Best Bands of the 60s


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1The 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

Amazing blah blah

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2The 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

Love the stones I think they should be first on this list. my favorite songs are "Paint it Black" and "Sympathy for the Devil" they are great songs.

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3The 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

One of the greatest bands of the 60's with incredible songs and a legendary lead singer

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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.

Brian Wilson is a genius and composed some of the most beautiful and, dare I say it, perfectly constructed melodies of all-time such as Wouldn't it be nice and Don't worry baby.

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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

The first mod band with all four members being super talented. They inspired so many bands and were part of British culture.

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6The 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!

Ray Davies the Best Singer /song writer ever

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7The 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 :(

Long live the Purple Haze!

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8Led Zeppelin

I'm in the mood for a melody, I'm in the mood for a melody I'm in the Mo o od.

Why is Led Zeppelin on this list? Led Zeppelin is obviously the best, but, most of their career was set during the 70s.

if you don't like them, you don't have good taste in music - rock2metal

They don't deserve to be on the top 10

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9Creedence Clearwater Revival

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.

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.

I was in the Army during 1968-71. This group produced the sound track of the Vietnam era.

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10Pink 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.

I'm 13 and its 2015 but Pink Floyd is still rocking

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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

Loved the uniqueness of this band. Deserves to be in the top 5.

Lou Reed was a genius!

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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.

One of the best American bands ever. Their strong folk music influence changed the rock sound for a long time and their songs still resonate today. Definitely belong in the top 10!

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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.

The best vocal group ever!

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.

The Monkees should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Corporate greed ruined their image.

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15The 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!

Sold more than 100 million records. Their lead singer still performs today after more than 50 years. Broadway musical about their lives and music is # 12 all time. If Beach Boys are included in the top 10 so must the 4 Seasons be included. Thank you!

16The Animals

Before the Doors there was the Animals. House of the Rising Sun is simply the best song of 1964 and a stunning record. Rock had an edge before for being raw and sexual but the Animals were the first group to introduce a real sense of darkness into the genre. Rock has never been the same since.

Under-rated one of the best lead singers

One of the most underrated bands of all time

A grunge band before there was grunge.

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17Herman'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.

18The Yardbirds

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

They had this one other guitarist before Beck and Page. What was his name again?
They always used his nickname "God", so I forgot his real name.

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...

20Jefferson 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

Grace Slick was an amazing singer. White Rabbit is fantastic!

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