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
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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 defined real music
The doors are the most unique band and no one an ever be like them
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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
Best band ever mick jagger and keith richards are genius's
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4The Beach Boys
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.
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!
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!
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5The 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.
Hendrix's music redefined rock... too bad he died so young :(

6The 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
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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.
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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
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
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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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10The Velvet Underground
These guys laid the foundation for many new wave and underground bands!
These lists are a joke, skynyrd about the underground? The airplane 47? What a jip

The Contenders

11The 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.

12The 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
I totally agree with you! The Kinks should be on Top Ten. A great band!
An all time band that has influenced many artists and with some great songs that can bring a smile.


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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.

14The Yardbirds

15The 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!
Sunshine of your love
They were awesome... Short lived but awesome.

17Jefferson Airplane
Great list. Blows away any music in last 20 years and really last 45 years

18The 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.

19The Temptations

20The Dave Clark Five
! This group should be rated in the top ten!

21Crosby, Stills, & Nash

22The Mothers of Invention

23Small Faces
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
A massive band, top tunes - definitely should be in top 10 :-)


25Vanilla Fudge

26Buffalo Springfield

27The Animals
Under-rated one of the best lead singers
One of the most underrated bands of all time

28The 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...
They were a real band in the end.

29Gary Puckett and The Union Gap

30The Zombies
Love love love them. Hands down the best

31Deep 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...

32Big Brother and the Holding Company
Janis's screeching voice with the collective noise the boys made was the epitome of that eras rock.

33Blood, Sweat & Tears
I think of this band's sound when I think of the late 60's.

34The Band
Best roots rock band ever. just listen to the brown album

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

36The Jackson 5
Michael Jackson Best King Of Pop

37Status Quo

38Fleetwood Mac

39Gerry and The Pacemakers

40The Bee Gees

41The Fugs

42Lynyrd 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
What is this... They are so bad. Wouldn't even be in my top 25 of the 60's... And where is the most influential band of the 60's: The Velvet Underground

43Paul Revere and The Raiders

44Barclay James Harvest
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.

45Jethro 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

46The Stooges

47The Ronettes
The greatest girl group of all time.

48Iron Butterfly

49The Blues Project

50The Four Tops

51Smokey Robinson and The Miracles


53The Association


55Classics IV

56The Troggs

57The Easybeats

58The Up

59The Kingsmen

60The Seeds


62Gerry & The Pacemakers
Only other Liverpool group to rival The Fab Four.

63The Rascals
Just look at all the hits they had.

64Sly and the Family Stone




68Earth, Wind & Fire


7013th Floor Elevators
Should be on list. Rocky is still rocking Austin.

71The Four Seasons

72The Turtles

73The Shadows

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