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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286 116
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

2
330 127
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
17 0
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wiza... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
a.gordonguitar added

4
372 166
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

5
224 83
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

6
202 81
Cream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

7
170 71
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

8
179 85
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

9
141 63
Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

10
134 56
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
130 66
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

12
123 62
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

13
115 54
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

14
121 58
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

15
118 66
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

16
108 51
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
106 50
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

18
123 62
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

19
104 50
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
119 73
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
ElijahKaganer added Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

21
101 51
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

22
111 46
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

23
100 51
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

24
90 44
Vanilla Fudge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

25
100 71
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
buster added Baroque pop/rock