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. (184 items)
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306 124
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
2
353 138
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
3
409 174
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
4
236 90
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music
5
211 88
Cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
6
184 76
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
7
192 87
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
8
148 66
Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock
9
138 69
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock
10
139 61
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
11
128 65
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music
12
125 59
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
13
118 57
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock
14
122 70
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
15
131 78
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
ElijahKaganer added Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop
16
110 54
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
17
125 65
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock
18
107 54
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
19
105 53
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion
20
31 3
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wiza... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
a.gordonguitar added Psychedelic rock, garage rock, acid rock
21
87 30
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock
22
113 48
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music
23
157 93
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock
24
102 53
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
25
69 29
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
jonathan-guerra added Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk