bands/musicians The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands  

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At it's apex in the late 1960s, psychedelic rock has long remained one of rock's most popular genres. Popularized by the Summer of Love, the best psychedelic rock bands were able to fuse elements of other sounds - in particular those of the non-Western variety - to replicate the trippy, groovy feeling that was popular during that era. Psychedelic rock became a more underground rock movement since the late 1960s, but that doesn't mean it's not any less relevant. The neo-psych bands drew a lot of inspiration from earlier psychedelic rock bands and the kaleidoscopic nature of their sound, though it's not associated with the counter culture, remains one of the most excited brands of rock music.

So, who are the best psych rock bands? When you think of psychedelic rock bands, you have to include the likes of The Doors, Grateful Dead, Flaming Lips, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Zombies, Iron Butterfly and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Some of these psychedelic rock bands are considered some of the greatest rock bands of all time, and with good reason. Their songs transcend psych rock and continue to strike a chord with music listeners across the globe and through multiple generations. 

That said, take a look at this list psychedelic rock bands and it should provide a context of who is considered the best in psych music. If you are a fan of psych or need a point of reference of what are new psychedelic rock artists, this is the place to look.
This list answers the questions "who are the best psychedelic rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest psychedelic rock musician ever?" 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 rock bands that you might've heard of. {#nodes}
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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2
110 43
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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157 77
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
83 29
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
passionsears added David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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103 44
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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144 73
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

7
117 56
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

8
107 48
Cream is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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94 41
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

10
115 55
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

11
61 20
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

12
69 26
Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

13
46 9
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
ElijahKaganer added Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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92 42
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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63 24
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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63 24
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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66 27
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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63 25
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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48 14
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Big Brother and the Holding Company Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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40 9
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
46 14
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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34 7
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

23
53 20
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Quicksilver Messenger Service Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

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46 15
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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42 11
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
manny-kent added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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51 19
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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48 17
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

28
45 15
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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37 8
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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42 13
Vanilla Fudge is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Vanilla Fudge Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

31
39 11
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

32
28 4
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

33
40 12
The Move is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Move British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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60 27
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Iron Butterfly Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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36 8
The Amazing World of Arthur Br... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
manny-kent added The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Rock music, Shock rock, Pop rock - Psychedelic Rock

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41 13
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
jonathan-guerra added The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

37
48 17
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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38 11
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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43 15
The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Pretty Things British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock

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35 9
The Incredible String Band is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Incredible String Band Psychedelic folk, World music

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42 13
Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Roky Erickson Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music

42
39 12
The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Blues Magoos Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

43
29 5
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blind Faith Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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30 7
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

45
15 1
The Holy Modal Rounders is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Brendan Hamilton added The Holy Modal Rounders Psychedelic folk, Freak folk

46
27 5
The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Great Society Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

47
29 7
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
jonathan-guerra added The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

48
22 3
The Amboy Dukes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Amboy Dukes Rock music, Heavy metal, Acid rock

49
14 1
The Fugs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Brendan Hamilton added The Fugs Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia

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25 6
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock