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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. (117 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
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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
TrevorKuszmaul added Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop
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The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock
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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
seanwbullock added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
seanwbullock added Garage rock, Indie rock, Psychedelic rock
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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added
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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music
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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
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The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop
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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music
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Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music
18
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
*DSO* added
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The Psychedelic Furs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock
20
Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop
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Ars Nova is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Progressive rock, Crossover
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The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added
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Rush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
seanwbullock added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop
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The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music