Best Bands of the 60s

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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

1
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]Awesome group, they worked very hard to make their spot in history!

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]I was a child of the sixties and the DOORS were not that popular until Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix started their on stage bull antics. Those antics got the attention of the media and that is what made them popular. look them up on YouTube. both were lost souls that have become legends I say this not to down play them but to let you know that they were just kids that never had the chance to have a full life

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!
These guys sometimes get overshadowed by both the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Two bands who dominated their respective decades and are great no doubt. Yet the Stones were great for both decades and even if their latter material is weak what they did during the 60s and 70s cannot be denied.
50 Years later and still the GREATEST Rock 'n' Roll Band in the world
[Newest]Best 60s band ever. The fact that my 15 year old nephew loves them now shows the quality of the of the music and lyrics was something really special. Sorry Led Zeppelin you just didn't do enough during the 60s.

4The Beach Boys
People who don't think they deserve to be in the top 5 obviously have not heard their material from the late '60s and early '70s. While I do enjoy their early 60s surf music and it was extremely popular and era defining as well, their later material saw them really expand their musical palette. They also wrote some really great thoughtful lyrics. Carl Wilson is an underrated songwriter and a hell of a singer and Brian is a genius.
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.

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
Quite simply the best American rock band of all time.
Could easy be number 2 on your list, seen him four times, and would pay to see him again! Brought me back to the great time of my life.
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.

8Pink 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
How great was Pink Floyd? Well there are two bands that I can think of that pay tribute to THE FLOYD to this day. BRIT FLOYD and AUSSIE FLOYD.
I have watched BRIT and AUSSIE FLOYD on YouTube and both bands blew me away with their tributes to Pink Floyd. I will always agree with the person that wrote "There isn't a band that can compete in terms of being able to sit there and listen to the entire album from start to finish and enjoy every second, every album every song" Cover bands are a dime a dozen tribute bands are solid gold. Thank you BRIT and AUSSIE FLOYD for keeping the music of Pink Floyd alive and well.
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.
[Newest]There isn't a band that can compete in terms of being able to sit there and listen to the entire album from start to finish and enjoy every second, any album any song.

9Led 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

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[Newest]Correction on the Grand Funk, was more like 70 and 71..

10The 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.

zam67

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

The Contenders

11The 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
Never heard of them

12The 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.
The best vocal group ever!

13The 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.

14The Monkees
Sure they started off as manufactured boy band but they took control and ended up performing all their material and writing much of it as well. They also have great character sketch songs such as PO BOX 9847 and Mr Webster, that you would never hear from any boy bands from the last 4 decades. Also whether they wrote or played on certain songs, those first 6 albums are rock solid and sound like a perfect amalgamation of all the best acts of the 60s, specifically the Beatles, the Byrds, the Beach Boys and the Lovin's Spoonful.
You gotta be kidding me! The Monkees over the Kinks! The Monkees over CREAM! Who did the Monkees influence? The Kinks put a bit of a hard edge to catchy pop songs and Cream more or less laid the groundwork for hard rock and metal, for good or bad.
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.
[Newest]The Monkees should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Corporate greed ruined their image.

15Cream
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!
For White Room alone they deserve the top 20. One of the most stunningly amazing rock songs ever written. Of course they had a lot of other great material too.
Clapton and Ginger Baker... REALLY? Way down here? WRONG! Hollie's with their crappy bubble gum junk shouldn't even be mentioned here.

16The 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!

17Jefferson Airplane
Great list. Blows away any music in last 20 years and really last 45 years
Pure psychedelic majesty. Grace slick is one of the greatest vocalists to ever live

18The Yardbirds
Heavies before their time. Beck and then Page. I doesn't get better than that.

19The Hollies
Top power-pop songsters - great drummer, lead guitarist and then there was those quite incredible harmonies.
Graham Nash formed the band and eventually went on CSNY.. They had some great songs, Carrie Anne/ Bus Stop/He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother...

20Herman's Hermits
I actually don't like much of their material from 65-66 but their material from 67-69 starting with A Kind of Hush is very underrated and deserves a second look from anyone who loves 60s rock/pop. No Milk Today, Museum, Nice to Be Out in the Morning and more are great.

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