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. (118 items)
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

2
54 37
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
TrevorKuszmaul added Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

3
81 68
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

4
62 54
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

5
58 51
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

6
40 33
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

7
47 41
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

8
32 28
The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

9
11 6
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
*DSO* added

10
34 31
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

11
17 13
Prince is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

12
36 34
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

13
47 46
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

14
55 55
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

15
37 36
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

16
25 23
Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

17
35 34
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

18
10 7
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

19
5 2
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added

20
12 10
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

21
10 8
Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music

22
25 25
Sparks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

23
24 24
XTC is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Indie pop, New Wave, Psychedelic pop

24
6 4
The Psychedelic Furs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

25
5 3
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

26
4 2
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

27
4 2
Ars Nova is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Progressive rock, Crossover

28
8 7
Neu! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk

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5 4
Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

30
4 3
The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added

31
10 10
The United States of America is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

32
9 9
Carl Wilson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

33
9 9
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

34
1 0
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
*DSO* added

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7 7
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Psychedelic pop, Experimental rock, Trad jazz

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11 12
July is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock

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2 2
Status Quo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

38
2 2
Alextre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Alextre added Outsider Music, Psychedelic, Emo

39
13 15
Marmalade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
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

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0 0
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
seanwbullock added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
seanwbullock added Garage rock, Indie rock, Psychedelic rock

43
0 0
Rush is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
seanwbullock added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

44
16 19
The Tremeloes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Psychedelic pop, Merseybeat

45
3 4
Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

46
7 9
The Poets is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Psychedelic pop, Freakbeat, Blues

47
7 9
The Idle Race is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

48
10 14
Of Montreal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Psychedelic folk, Dance-punk

49
9 13
Ariel Pink is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Outsider music, Psychedelic pop

50
8 12
The Polyphonic Spree is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Choral music, Pop music, Rock music