Best Bands of the 60s

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21Jefferson AirplaneJefferson Airplane was a San Francisco, California-based band who pioneered the American counterculture movement as well as psychedelic rock. ...read more.

Grace Barnett Slick, Her career spanned all or parts of four decades, most notably with the bands Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship. She started with The Great Society and also had stints as a solo performer. - Mischu1699

Best acid rock band of all time. Also disappointed country joe and the fish aren't on here. Jefferson Airplane is by far my favorite band of all time.

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

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

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22The YardbirdsThe Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down".

Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton. WHAT MORE COULD YOU NEED? Well, besides Hendrix - Brobusky

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.

23Herman'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.

This band is very good, with Peter Noon as the singer. I know someone joined the band in 1998 and left in 2000. They are a very great band. My favorite of their songs is "Silhouettes."

24The Lovin' Spoonful

I cannot believe these guys are not even on here. John Sebastion is one the great songwriters of his time. He writes about love in a way that's actually feels real and relatable unlike a lot of love songs. Darlin Be Home Soon was my wedding song and Summer in the City gets my vote for best song of the decade. Outside the hits they had great deep cuts too like Coconut Groove, Sittin Here Lovin You and Younger Girl

25Simon & Garfunkel

After their disbandment, Paul Simon (often known as "Al") went solo. - playstationfan66

I'm REALLY RREALLY shocked there are right now 92 defined entries and nobody cared about them. Shoul be in the top 5! Come on. I know the discography of the 75% of the top 25 and S&G deserve being in the top 5

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26The Zombies

Aside from The Beatles, this was the most musically innovative group of that era, and perhaps of all-time. The Zombies are without question the most underappreciated group in the history of rock and roll.

Time of the Season is one of the best records of all time. She's Not There is not far behind.

They had at least 5 hit songs so they should be higher on the list!

Love this band. Their music has passed the test of time. Classic and relevant.

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27The Rascals

These guys are being sorely forgotten and underrated these days where classic rock radio plays more Poison and Bon Jovi then 60s greats. Their chemistry was great and they performed with a real sense of passion. Their run of hits from 66-68 is as good as anything else from the entire decade. At their best The Rascals just make you feel good.

Just look at all the hits they had.

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"

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28Van Morrison

His band was called " THEM " before he went solo.

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29Sly and the Family StoneSly and the Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1967 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music.

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.

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30Barclay James Harvest

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.

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31The Turtles

Everyone thinks they are a one hit wonder with Happy Together when really they had just as many hits as anyone outside the Beach Boys, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Be sure to check out She's My Girl, You Showed Me, Eleanore, She's Rather Be With Me and It Ain't Me Babe.

32Big Brother and the Holding CompanyBig Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Jefferson Airplane.

Janis's screeching voice with the collective noise the boys made was the epitome of that eras rock.

33The StoogesThe Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are ...read more.

Come on guys listen to this rockers. Almost nobody else had such a sound in the 60's (except for the MC5). - zam67

34The Four Tops

Besides possibly Stevie Wonder the Four Tops sang with more passion and zeal then any of the other Motown Acts. Their singing can give me chills.

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35Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Deep Purple was the pioneer in early heavy guitar metal.. They were like no one else.. I remember them as a 70' band though..

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...

36The Dave Clark Five

! This group should be rated in the top ten!

Definitely top ten took america big good 60s band

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37The 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!

38The Mothers of Invention
39MC5

These guys along with Iggy Pop and the Stooges completely destroyed almost every band they came across just like The Who did to the Rolling Stones! Apparently from what's going around they played so awesome that the more popular band Cream felt like they were 1-upped. Who do you think would win though, 1970s' Who, or MC5?

40Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.

They didn't make an album in the 60s, they still started then though, but I see them as a 70s band

One of the best concerts I ever went to.

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