bands/musicians The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists  

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Implementing elements of the sounds of psychedelic folk and psychedelic rock, psychedelic pop has become one of the most interesting genres in music. Psychedelic pop bands are some of the most ambitious, creating sounds that only existed outside of the realm of any particular given genre. But that's what makes psych pop so cool. Though the genre theoretically peaked in the late 1960s and early 1970s, some of the most important and best rock bands of all time use psychedelic pop in their music. In fact, if not for psychedelic musicians, some of the most important pop songs in history may not have been written.

So, who are the best psychedelic pop bands? It's easy to start this list with some of the greatest psychedelic pop bands, like The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The role that psychedelic music had in shaping their later year popularity can't be understated. They helped turn psychedelica into one of the most important in all of music. Other popular psychedelic pop bands include the Flaming Lips, XTC, Grandaddy and The Zombies. All of these psychedelic pop bands have in common that they're some of the most influential psych pop musicians of all time.

That said, it's up to you, fan of psychedelic pop to determine should be at the top of this psychedelic pop bands list. This list answers the questions "who are the best psych pop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest psychedelic pop musician ever?" If notice that one of the top psych pop bands isn't on this list, feel free to add them since this psychedelic pop musicians list should include all of the top psychedelic pop musicians. If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular psychedelic pop bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote. (115 items)
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
*DSO* added The Arcana

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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
TrevorKuszmaul added Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Flaming Lips Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Lemon Pipers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

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The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Love is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Roky Erickson Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music

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Neu! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Neu! Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk

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The Psychedelic Furs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Psychedelic Furs New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Sparks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Sparks Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Skip Spence Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Tangerine Dream

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Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

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XTC is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
XTC Indie pop, New Wave, Psychedelic pop

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Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band Psychedelic pop, Experimental rock, Trad jazz

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July is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
July Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock

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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
*DSO* added The Arcana

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The United States of America is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The United States of America Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Troggs

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Carl Wilson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Carl Wilson Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Ars Nova is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Ars Nova Rock music, Progressive rock, Crossover

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Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Big Brother and the Holding Company Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Alextre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Alextre added Alextre Outsider Music, Psychedelic, Emo

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Status Quo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Status Quo Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Marmalade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Marmalade Pop music, Psychedelic pop, Merseybeat

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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
*DSO* added The Arcana

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The Tremeloes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Tremeloes British Invasion, Psychedelic pop, Merseybeat

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Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Klaatu Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

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The Poets is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Poets Psychedelic pop, Freakbeat, Blues

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The Idle Race is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Idle Race Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Of Montreal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Of Montreal Synthpop, Psychedelic folk, Dance-punk

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The Polyphonic Spree is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Polyphonic Spree Choral music, Pop music, Rock music

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Cherry People is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Cherry People Psychedelic pop, Hard rock

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Grandaddy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Grandaddy Synthpop, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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10 15
The Poppy Family is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Poppy Family Psychedelic pop

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The Black Angels is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Black Angels Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock