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The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists 

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Updated November 6, 2019 4.4k votes 584 voters 18.4k views 118 items

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. (118 items)
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King Gizzard & the L... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Giles, Giles & Fripp... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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The Mamas & the Papa... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Strawberry Alarm Clock ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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XTC is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Sparks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists