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. (182 items)
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246 101
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

2
289 110
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
314 152
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
201 76
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

5
180 73
Cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

6
159 62
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

7
128 57
Love is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

8
120 56
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

9
153 82
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

10
121 51
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
111 56
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
108 59
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

13
105 49
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

14
114 56
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

15
95 44
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
105 61
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
ElijahKaganer added Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

17
94 45
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

18
95 46
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

19
97 65
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
buster added Baroque pop/rock

20
106 54
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

21
98 50
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

22
94 48
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

23
102 45
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

24
142 87
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

25
85 45
The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock

26
87 36
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

27
78 30
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

28
83 44
Vanilla Fudge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

29
74 37
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

30
70 34
The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

31
84 45
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

32
84 45
The Move is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

33
63 29
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
jonathan-guerra added Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

34
83 35
The Amazing World of Arthur Br... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
manny-kent added Rock music, Shock rock, Pop rock - Psychedelic Rock

35
68 34
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
jonathan-guerra added Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

36
75 40
The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

37
68 26
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

38
87 51
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

39
87 41
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
manny-kent added British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

40
81 40
Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music

41
31 10
The Peanut Butter Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
jonathan-guerra added Psychedelic rock

42
35 7
Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music

43
78 54
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

44
62 40
The Incredible String Band is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Psychedelic folk, World music

45
66 45
CAN is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

46
28 12
Golden Earring is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Pop music, Nederpop

47
33 13
The Amboy Dukes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Acid rock

48
26 7
The Fugs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Brendan Hamilton added Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia

49
33 14
Status Quo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

50
27 10
Coven is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Shock rock, Pop rock