Best Bands of the 60s


Bands which were active from 1960 to 1969. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

The Beatles
This guys totally deserve it. And yes they are what we call THE LEGENDS even till now in the 21st century. Their music is apart of my life. They're new awesome bands out there that is really good, but nothing can beat The Beatles. My dad always plays While my guitar gently weeps and hey jude on the radio in the car and it has been apart of my life ever since I was a little girl. All I want to say is this are real musician and that is it. Thanks guys
The Beatles are the best! I love everything from Please Please Me to Rubber Soul to Sgt. Pepper to Abbey Road. John Paul George Ringo were the best thing ever! They are the only band from the 60s that continues to sell and inspire people. You can't say that about too many bands these days.
Yay Beatles is number one This band totally deserves the top spot. They completely rule the sixties! I wanna see this band stay up here
[Newest]Hands down the Beatles were the best

2The Doors
Dark beautiful melodies, and a soft brooding voice unlike any other. The Doors music and Morrison's voice --- some of us are so grateful for having found this treasure. An unworldly trip.
The doors are the most unique band and no one an ever be like them
The doors defined real music
[Newest]You gotta be kidding me, not even top 25.

3The Rolling Stones
How can the stones be behind Led Zeppelin here? Granted Led Zeppelin are amazing but they only really started at the end of the 60's where as the Stones were well established. The Stones should be second here with great albums such as beggars banquet and let it bleed and especially their legendary tours of 1969!
50 Years later and still the GREATEST Rock 'n' Roll Band in the world
Anyone with any knowledge of 60's rock & pop music would KNOW that the Beatles should rank # 1 & the Stones # 2. Any other opinion, is simply an uneducated one.
[Newest]Between 68-72 yes, after that no way

4The Beach Boys
Listen to incredible albums such as Pet Sounds, The Smile Sessions, Wild Honey, 20/20, Sunflower, Surf's Up (not a surf album, but is HIGHLY recommended), Carl And The Passions: "So Tough", and Holland!

The Beach Boys deserve to top the list for those albums alone!
Listen to "Pet Sounds" album from these guys and then you tell me what do you think of Beatles' Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band influences.
They were not rated as high as they were monumental in the music world. Their music was inspirational and enjoyed by most and was not considered head banger music... The old and young alike could understand the lyrics and they projected fun... Fun... Fun!

5The Who
One of the best bands ever. I think they at least deserve top 5. They were so innovative. Created the first rock opera
Popularlized the power chord. Had one of the best drummers, guitarists, bassists, and singers AND also popularized bass guitar solo.
Love the who think they should be top 5, have to listen to them in music and I love it!
They should be number 1 or 2. Beatles are too overrated even though I still love them. Led Zeppelin pretty much started in 1969. Lynyrd skynyrd was still a bunch of Jacksonville high school boys in the 60s... Don't know why they're up there

6The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Best guitarist ever to be, Will always rock the world!
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is one of the greatest band of the 60's indeed. Hendrix is, and always will be, one of the greatest guitarists ever to live on the face of this Earth.
Probably I Agree It is also a best band Ever problem is they're all up in heaven right up there ^ up in heaven :(
[Newest]Uh... Not really a band.

7Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ccr took the world by storm and created some of the best music and song ever heard to this day, can't believe lead singer and song writer john fogerty is still writing hit songs and actively putting on star performances. Keep up the good show can't wait for the next c/d. Some talk of a reunion, I think it would be amazing and new songs from such a talented group once again could take the world by the hand and lead them through a new storm of greater magnittudge.
Quite simply the best American rock band of all time.
The greatest AMERICAN rock band ever! They wrote the most recognizable Veitnam war song (Fortunate Son) and other classics that people sometimes over look like; Down on the Corner, Up Around the Bend, and Proud Mary.
[Newest]# 1 band of all times

8Led Zeppelin
Why is Led Zeppelin on this list? Led Zeppelin is obviously the best, but, most of their career was set during the 70s.
I'm in the mood for a melody, I'm in the mood for a melody I'm in the Mo o od.
if you don't like them, you don't have good taste in music


[Newest]Not a sixties group.

9Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd is legendary. They started with Syd Barrett, who is the greatest songwriter of all time. Then, tragically, Syd Barrett went crazy from abusing LSD in addition to other mental problems. They replaced him with David Gilmour, the greatest guitarist ever. They continued to make classic music that is still amazing today. R.I. P Syd Barrett and Rick Wright
Great Band. I listen to them since my childhood. And the film "The Wall" is a real masterpiece. I think everyone should like them. Long live Roger Waters and David Gilmour. And the other members of the band, who has died R.I.P.
I do think that Pink Floyd should definitely be before Creedence Clearwater. They are one of my favourite bands, my mum even walked down the isle to their song wish you were here
[Newest]The Syd Barrett era rules! They definitely should be higher than Creedence.

10The Velvet Underground
These guys laid the foundation for many new wave and underground bands!
The average person is too shallow to feel what this was about, touching the realities of our darker side
These lists are a joke, skynyrd about the underground? The airplane 47? What a jip

The Contenders

11The Kinks
They should be top ten, they are one of the best brilliant bands ever can't believe there only 17 this is a bad website considering the kinks wrote one Lola and you really got me and how are the beach boys 10th haha
An all time band that has influenced many artists and with some great songs that can bring a smile.


I totally agree with you! The Kinks should be on Top Ten. A great band!
[Newest]Rival the Stones... Easily destroy

12The Byrds
The byrds were one of the most influential bands of the 60s, introducing folk rock, acid rock, and country rock. They should of made the top ten.
The byrds should of made the top 5. In 65, they were already singing about more than girls and falling in love. THEIR WORDS MADE US THINK ABOUT LIFE AND BEYOND.
The Byrds were the first U.S. super group to rival the British. For that alone, they should be in the top ten.

13The Mamas & the Papas
This band changed the sound of rock music. They were the first to be fully intergrated sexually with two men and two women. Their vocal harmonies were, and remain, unparalleled.

14The Monkees
Great personalities, great voices, and a great band...
They caught a lot of undeserved flack, esp since a lot of bands in the sixties used session players on their albums... And the mtv shun was undeserved as well...
I'd put them in the top 10. They certainly sold many more albums than many of the other bands on this list.
After years away from them, I pulled out one of their lp's they did in 67. Sounded very weak compared to the real bands. Credit for good vibes though

15Black Sabbath
One of the best concerts I ever went to.
Black Sabbath not a 60s band

16The Hollies
Top power-pop songsters - great drummer, lead guitarist and then there was those quite incredible harmonies.

Personally I think Cream should be at least in the top 15... I mean Sunshine Of Your Love was an amazing song, and even though the group only lasted like, 3 years, they sure as hell made the most of it!
Clapton and Ginger Baker... REALLY? Way down here? WRONG! Hollie's with their crappy bubble gum junk shouldn't even be mentioned here.
Sunshine of your love

18Jefferson Airplane
Great list. Blows away any music in last 20 years and really last 45 years

19The Yardbirds
Heavies before their time. Beck and then Page. I doesn't get better than that.

20Herman's Hermits


22The Temptations
What an amazing group. Of all of mentioned, I don't think that anyone ever had so many original and timeless gems. One of the all time best bands making very REAL music. NO DUDS!

23Barclay James Harvest
Their greatest hits stacks up against anybody.
Currently in great form (i.E. the John Lees version, which I can vouch for having seen them twice in the past year) and likely to smash their 50th anniversary!
Formed in 1967 and still touring and making new music (in two separate formats - 'John Lees' BJH' and 'BJH featuring Les Holroyd'. Massively successful in Europe, especially Germany, but sadly neglected in their home country.

24Gary Lewis and the Playboys
The garylewis is verybest musician since 60s all the songs garylewis iluv it..

25The Dave Clark Five
! This group should be rated in the top ten!
1st British band to tour the US!

26The Grateful Dead
The Dead are classic, classic 60's. should be higher on the list. They are perfect, American Beauty was my first vinyl and by far remains my favorite.

27Status Quo
This must be a British poll.

28Deep Purple
These guys were one of the big three of heavy metal, so I don't understand why they aren't in the top 5 on best heavy metal bands...

29Crosby, Stills, & Nash


31Buffalo Springfield

32Small Faces
A massive band, top tunes - definitely should be in top 10 :-)
The Small Faces Should be number 1 Steve Marriot & Ronnie Lane wrote music just as good as the beatles and better then the stones or the kinks they had a sound like no other band and marriot had the most amazeing voice so small faces best band of the 60s
Steve marriot--Amazing should be in the top ten.

33The Animals
Under-rated one of the best lead singers
One of the most underrated bands of all time
The animals one of the best 60 s group in history

34The Mothers of Invention

35Vanilla Fudge

36Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
Come on guys Gary puckett, s got to be the best male vocal of the 60s awesome.

37The Zombies
Love love love them. Hands down the best
They had at least 5 hit songs so they should be higher on the list!

38Fleetwood Mac

This list is a joke if Steppenwolf isn't on it. They have one thing that almost no other bands from the 60s has 2 immortal songs: Born to Be Wild and Magic Carpet ride. I mean everyone has at least heard one of those two song once in their life and if you think you haven't look them up and you'll find that you have.
When rock was great

40Big Brother and the Holding Company
Janis's screeching voice with the collective noise the boys made was the epitome of that eras rock.

41Blood, Sweat & Tears
I think of this band's sound when I think of the late 60's.

42The Jackson 5
Michael Jackson Best King Of Pop
More awesome than the beatals

43The Band
This one deserves number 1 it is really an amazing band respected by all musicians, bob dylan, eric clapton,.. When you listen to them and you hear the lyrics, they are really meaningfull and when you add epic guitar solos, fantastic piano, organ,.. And AMAZING vocals I'm not only speaking about levon helm and rick danko butt also about richard manuel, who has really the best voice that I EVER heard! They have to be number 1 please vote for them they are really amazing! If you are scrolling down and reading this and don't know who they are search on YouTube! Respect for te band! And rip Levon, Rick and Richard! Sorry if my English was bad I'm a Belgian, 14 year old boy!
Best roots rock band ever. just listen to the brown album
Best ever the band for number 1

44The Rascals
One of the most diverse bands of the 60s... Dino Danelli was a machine on the drums.. Felix Cavaliere on the Hammond and his incredible vocals... As Steven Van Zandt said at the R&R Hall of Fame Speech inducting The Rascals.."To sound that black you have to be Italian"
Just look at all the hits they had.

45Lynyrd Skynyrd
We'll, in my opinion, the best band ever but not really a 60s band even though they were playing clubs
Woah hell ya gotta love skynyrd hell ya

46Gerry and The Pacemakers
Only other Liverpool group to rival The Fab Four.

47The Association
Most under-rated band of the '60s.

48The Bee Gees
They are really good they made I started a joke, staying alive

49The Fugs
Do you like boobsalot?

5013th Floor Elevators
Should be on list. Rocky is still rocking Austin.
Greatest band of the sixties era and regarded as the first psyhcadelic band in the U. S

51The Four Seasons
These guys were great, they came from destitute families and were involved with the mob, Tommy and Nick had like 20 years in prison between them. Then they still managed to get 3 number one hits and they were the only group to have a number one hit in the 50's,60's,70's,80's and 90's!
They have the quintessential rags to riches story.

They are 4 very underrated guys!

52Iron Butterfly

53Paul Revere and The Raiders

54The Troggs

55Jethro Tull
Very unique sound. A blend of blues, folk, jazz, and experimental infused into their own enchanting rock music formula. You can't hear them play their materpieces and simply turn around!
I added Jethro Tull to this list last week, 13 Sep 2013, and it landed at the list's tail ranking 51 initially. I am so delighted to see that it climbed up so quickly and ranked 33 so far. I am so proud of you voters, hurray!
Jabr Hawr

56The Stooges
Come on guys listen to this rockers. Almost nobody else had such a sound in the 60's (except for the MC5).


57The Ronettes
Fantastic songs and singers, probably the top 10 in the '60s... I WAS THERE. A time when people danced and were in love, THESE were the songs that melted hearts.
The greatest girl group of all time.

58The Turtles

59The Shadows
Great instrumental music. They had the most hits behind elvis and the Beatles in the UK.

60Nashville Teens

61Blue Cheer

62The Trashmen

63The Pretty Things

64The Blues Project

65The Four Tops

66Smokey Robinson and The Miracles



69Classics IV

70The Easybeats

71The Up

72The Kingsmen

73The Seeds


75Sly and the Family Stone
Some of their stones are simply anthems and will keep being just that. So much talent and relevant original music... #67? Whoever trumped up this goofy list doesn't know much about music.



78Earth, Wind & Fire


80Fairport Convention
Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson et al


82Rare Bird

83Blind Faith

84The Rip Chords
Great 60's beach music. Listen to them still today. They tour an out on great live shows. Go Cobra!

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