Best Bands of the 60s
The Top Ten
No offense to the guy who says "Silver Beatles at end of his post. The Beatles were tremendous players of every instrument each picked up. It was the "touring years", in which it is said they were "mediocre". And, Paul McCartney (of course arguably) had the best voice in rock and all other genres they played. John's and Georges (starting in '65 for George) were quite amazing as well. You kind of (no offense) sound like a listener who hasn't hear many Beatles songs. Try listening to "The White Album", "Revolver" and "Abbey Road". Sincerely - BeatlesWereBestFan
These bands didn't just revolutionize the rock and roll, RnB or pop styles of music, they made them. Without these bands music wouldn't have been the same. The 60s was the best and worst era in many way and that's why I love it, a bit of both isn't always bad.
No band will ever come close to what the Beatles did in the 1960s.. What makes them even more incredible is that they were kind of mediocre musicians. Paul and John had amazing voices; but I think there are Way better voices in the 1960s (i.e., Simon and Garfunkel, Jim Morrison, etc.).. There ability to put together hits will never be equalled (in my humble opinion).. Thank you Silver Beatles!
This is one of the bands that I grew up listening to. My dad would always play their music for me int eh car and I loved it! I think that they totally deserve to be number 1!
Possibly the best band. Over 35 albums and they are still performing. This band is timeless - so easy to be loved by every generation. Countless hits.
The Rolling Stones are my favorite band of the British Invasion and probably of all time. All the music now is nothing compared to bands like the Stones. I like their early music better than their older music though. My favorite songs that the stones released are satisfaction, wild horses, sympathy for the devil, paint it black, and especially gimme shelter. The Rolling Stones made a lot of good songs with other music artists and singers like Merry Clayton. The Rolling Stones will always be my favorites even though the Beatles are probably the greatest.
For me " The Rolling Stones " was a band that has influenced more people in the US during the sixties than " The Beatles ". Just listen to the millions of US garage-punk bands of the mid-sixties ( they were obviously more interested in the rawer rebellious sounds and attitudes of " The Rolling Stones ", " The Kinks ", " The Yardbirds ", " The Who "... than " The Beatles ". ). I'm not saying that " The Beatles " were not talented but what if " The Rolling Stones " would have been the first instead of " The Beatles " to invade the US? Wouldn't that have changed the history?
The 60s were their most interesting time, when you felt they could really pull a classic song out of the bag even while out of their heads.
I can't say enough about the doors. What is unfortunate is that Jim Morrison was more interested in poetry than music.. If Jim could have defeated his drug and alcohol addiction, stayed alive, and focused on music, they had the potential to be the greatest band of all time.. I compare what happened to Jim Morrison and the Doors with what happened to my favorite band "the Beach Boys".. if Brian and Jim held it together, music history would be much different. These guys were Brilliant! I wish I could have attended one of their concerts in the late 1960s..
Maybe they didn't change music, maybe they didn't re invent genre's... and maybe they weren't political motivated lyricists. But they Where poets and scholars, their dominion was the mind and the existential. And they are the only one of this list that Movies get made for by Oliver stone and Francis ford Coppola. They are influential to people's minds, Morrison had an IQ of 149 his flower power era persona hides the true depth of his message and immense intellect.
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
Jim Morrison wasn't just one of the ultimate rock legends. He was a poet of rock n' roll. In fact, he did tenure studying at UCLA. A true lyrical genius. Not to mention that he wrote some of their greatest songs independently before he and Ray Manzarek started the band. they practically invented and owned Psychedelic Rock. Thank you, Jim. I sure as hell wish I could have met you. That would be a dream come true.
Although I agree that the Beatles were the most influential and popular band of the 1960s with the most number one hits, I believe the beach boys had better harmony, better quality music, and had the best and most ingenious song writer of the 1960s (Brian). I think if they released Smiley Smile as originally intended Music history would be different. Too bad Brian flaked and missed the opportunity of a lifetime!
They should be number 2! They should also be at number 2 at the greatest bands of all time list! I mean, the Beach Boys did my life for three years, every time I felt happy, I crawled for some good-old fun Beach, girls, and Hot rod songs. When I wanted something artistic I will hear Pet Sounds for five times in a row, followed by Today! and the rest of the genuine music they created! They are so unique in every way, and they always make me happy, they make me cry, and make me think of life differently. They mean a lot to me, and I am just 13 years old, I wish people would love them as much as me.
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.
First off, the Beatles are better. But I have to give my vote to Brian Wilson and his backup singers of the 60s. What Brian achieved is unmatched only to be topped by The Beatles, and if Brian didn't have a drug/mental breakdown The Beach Boys would of achieved what the Beatles had, though maybe still underrated because the Beatles were more commercial
What's up with all the people raving on and on about the Grateful Dead?
OK, I admit that they're a great live band. To be honest, they have some songs that I like, but The Who take the edge!
The Grateful Dead are indeed a great band, but they don't have:
1. Live At Leeds, Live At Hull or the ability to pull off a show like these.
2. Who's Next, Quadrophenia, Tommy, or as much diversity of songs and albums that The Who have.
3. John "The Ox" Entwistle and
4. Keith "Moon the Loon".
Just The Who's performance of Sparks at Woodstock alone blows away anything by The Grateful Dead!
My favorite band of all time. Their 4 albums that they released in the 60s were amazing, with their best two being Tommy and The Who sings my generation. Apart from their albums, they also released multiple singles that are all amazing. Should be higher
The Grateful Dead are way too overrated in my opinion, I just find their songs to be a bit boring honestly. Just because they played 30-minute songs doesn't mean they were good.
The Who, however, are one of the best bands of all time! They weren't all about playing long songs live. The Who actually knew how to play live, they put a lot of feeling and power in their performances! They truly epitomize what a live Rock N'Roll concert should be!
Just listen to their Live At Leeds album. The Grateful Dead could never come close to making anything as good as that, nit enin their dreams!
Could somebody explain me why are the Grateful Dead in the Top 15? I don't see what's so special about the Grateful Dead and what's all the deal with them, I just find them to be an average, ordinary band! Not that their music is bad, I just find some of their songs to be a little underwhelming.
The Who, on the other hand, is one of the Top 10 best rock bands ever! Roger Daltrey, a magic frontman with a loud, sometimes hypnotic voice, Pete Townshend, a brilliant songwriter and unique guitarist whose playing sounds like a strong wind, John Entwistle, an electrifying bassist with his thundering bass playing and the mad, wild genius Keith Moon beating the drums! What else do you want?
The Who is like no other rock band, they produced some of the most original, timeless classic rock songs of all time (Baba O'Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again, I Can See For Miles, My Generation, etc.), some of the most entertaining, groundbreaking rock albums (Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia) and not to ...more
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.
Three of the top albums of 1969...and a sound that you can't mistake for anyone else...lyrics that take you around the American landscape and then deposit back to your record player to hear Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Born on the Bayou, Green River, Fortunate Son, Who Will Stop the Rain and the list goes on and on...the top American Rock Band
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.
I love them so much, so underrated, so many songs that where covered and became huge, forunate son and proud mary! I will have these at my funeral for sure.
I saw them in the 60s top of the bill in the Empire Liverpool. He is my no. 1 all time favourite absolutely fantastic never been beaten in my opinion. Absolutely incredible. Died too soon.
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.
Best rock Guitarist of all time! Wish Jimi would have held it together and stayed alive.
Jimi's guitar playing and songwriting plus the drumming of Mitch Mitchell is awesome.
Those melodies are gold
Led Zeppelin is a 60s band, just like Pink Floyd! Real "60s music" (and politics, war, race, etc.) is from about August 1963 (Meet the Beatles) to about May 1973 (Stooges, Fun House; Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon). End of 60s. The early 70s are easily an extension of the late 1960s. Musically, the identity of the 70s does not really start until the disco era, glam rock, and light weight singer-song writer music. I could provide dozens of reasons and examples, but if you did not live through this period or taught/took college courses in this area, then you will neither understand nor accept this reality.
Their first two albums were made in the sixties. They were even called the " New Yardbirds " in the beginning because of the Jimmy Page connection. All the members were in bands before they formed Led Zeppelin. So, yes it's a sixties band. The comment who says " they're a 70's band, geniuses " is stupid. The Rolling Stones, The Who etc... were all active in the seventies. That doesn't mean that they are 70's bands.
They started a whole new sound that took off in the 70's and should not be on this list.. Grand Funk Railroad ruled the world in 69 and 70and Zep was the next heavyweight to Change the scenery of Classic Rock.. Zep and Jimmy Page were the best song writers ever..
Why is Led Zeppelin on this list? Led Zeppelin is obviously the best, but, most of their career was set during the 70s.
The Kinks were the forerunner of power pop and punk. They used the power chord to its full advantage before anyone else realised. They wrote some of the cleverest pop songs ever with the greatest hooks that made there music happy and full of fun. They are uniquely English and proud of it. Ray Davies has penned songs that will never be forgotten or sound dated even today. Deserve a top three slot in any chart
The Kinks wrote songs of every style and mostly did it better than every other band of the era. It's a shame they were banned from the US in their prime which limited their international exposure. The one thing the Beatles really had on them was George Martin. It seems to me that if The Kinks had the same access to production techniques & guidance as the Beatles, this wouldn't even be a discussion.
I believe that The Kinks was the 2nd best band of the 1st British invasion; their songs and albums of the 60s were far superior to the ones of the Stones and The Who. Even in the 70s and 80s they did some great albums. Ray Davies is still one of the best british songwriters.
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
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.
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
I'm waiting for my man, $26 in my hand. He's never early, he's always late. First thing you learn is you always gotta wait.
The average person is too shallow to feel what this was about, touching the realities of our darker side
I'm glad they aren't in the top 5 where they should be...this way I know I'm still cooler than you lol.
These guys laid the foundation for many new wave and underground bands!
Cream influenced so many bands. They were the first 'supergroup'!
Clapton is a legendary guitar player. Simply amazing.
Bruce was a prodigal bass player, songwriter (w/ Pete Brown), music composer and singer. I challenge anyone to do what Jack could...
Baker is one of the best drummers there's ever been.
If you were a musician in the 60s it was Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, Cream, Zeplin. Those are far and away the best. Easy. Who, Byrds, Animals, Airplane, Kinks, Yardbirds, Doors, Floyd, Beach Boys,... All great but a step down from the big 5. Underground and CCR you can keep. Moknkees are joke. They shouldn't be on this list. Seriously..
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.
Along with the Searchers these guys helped usher in jangly guitars to rock and the genre has never been the same since. There would be no CSN, Eagles, America, Seals and Crofts, Tom Petty, R.E.M. , Gin Blossoms, Counting Crows or Toad the Wet Sprocket without these guys.
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!
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 one of the most influential bands of the 60s, introducing folk rock, acid rock, and country rock. They should of made the top ten.
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 Mamas and the Papas were the most forgotten band and that’s why I’m pointing ☝️ to how unimportant Mama Cass was due to John Phillips Denny Doherty and Michelle Phillips kicking her out of the band because she was too big, too fat and too round and the other three liked Jill Gibson better and she replaced Cass Elliot
Whoever the Cass Elliot hater is, please leave.
The idiot spamminhow he hates Cass probably likes Justin Bieber.
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.
One of the greatest bands, underrated because of what happened later with them (multiple splits that caused multiple of the members to use the band's name). House of the Rising Sun, Don't let me be misunderstood, We've got to get out of here. Lead singer is amazing, would later go on to make Sky Pilot whihc is really good as well.
They Have good albums and their hit house of the rising Suns a good one and my Favorite member is Chas Chandler Due to him being a good bass player and leader
Under-rated and often forgotten but the way they played blues backed rhythms was simply special
Best band ever. I'm not a fan of their psychedelic drug music (and anyway, Jefferson Airplane did that better) but the sheer musicianship of the group has never been equaled. Granted, no one can butcher their own songs like the Dead but from folk rock to psychedelic, traditional mountain ballads to highly experimental improvisational jam pieces, no one American band better defines the sixties.
When they were "on" they were simply transcendental. Best gigs ever for me: 6 hours of GD at the Bickershawe festival 1972 - sheer protracted bliss! Spirit lives on in London GD tribute the Cosmic Charlies.
First time I saw Jerry Garcia was at Carlmont High School, near S.F. He was leaning on a concrete wall and laughing. I asked, "Who is that guy? " Answer: "He's a great guitar player! " Next time I was in a bar men's room just south of The City. He was standing next to me doing what I was doing. He said, "Where's the chicks man? "
Simply the most musical, the most experimental, the most rhythmic, possessing the best combination of lead and rhythm guitar players EVER: Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir.
Crosby Stills and Nash must be in the top ten in my opinion. They dominated the "folk-rock"scene. If you compare the quality of the music with other 1960s bands CSN has to be in the top ten.
The fact that no other band with the exception of the Beatles made more music on an individual basis during the 70's is a testament to the talent these guys had..Csn had great solo albums to begin the 70's and continued through the decade...Neil young is in a class all by himself..No way a group of guys with this much creativity can stay together and make albums when they all had this much material on hand...
It's hard to rank CSN in a decade b/c their two best records, while only a year apart, are also separated by a decade as well. Therefore they will always never be as high on a 60s or 70s list as a result. Great group though.
This band should be #3 best of the best why#19 is ridiculous. The monkysvover this group of talented music makers is testimony to this being a silly survey.
They deserved more recognition then what they got, they were one of the first bands that had to compete with the Beatles.
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...
Outstanding band still touring today - for me second to the Beatles
Number 22; come on...Simon and Garfunkel are the most innovative duo of all time.. Their song writing is ridiculously good and I don't think there are more beautiful voices in pop music..
They should be top3 right after beatles and beach boys. No one beaten simon on melodic catchiness, the man is pure gold in everything he touches
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
After their disbandment, Paul Simon (often known as "Al") went solo.
Historically, a very underrated group considering their massive appeal and huge record sales and airplay especially during their heyday in the 1960's and '70's. Thanks to the mega-hit Broadway musical, "Jersey Boys," their music and influence on other popular bands has been reassessed and their music has been rediscovered by a new generation of fans. This group is certainly worthy of consideration in any top 10 list of the best bands of the 1960's, and should at least be acknowledged for their popularity and success on the music charts during that decade.
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!
Who held their own against the British Invasion? The Beach Boys... and the Four Seasons.
Really good memories about this band - exceptional musicians!
...The first lead guitarist of The Yardbirds was Anthony "Top" Topham. He left the band before they achieved mainstream popularity, and was replaced by Eric Clapton, the first of three lead guitarists from the Yardbirds to gain an international reputation (the other two being Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
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.
Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton. WHAT MORE COULD YOU NEED? Well, besides Hendrix
Heavies before their time. Beck and then Page. I doesn't get better than that.
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...
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
They would be more up if they had wrote their own songs like the Beatles but great band I love stepping stone
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.
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.
Pure psychedelic majesty. Grace slick is one of the greatest vocalists to ever live
Great list. Blows away any music in last 20 years and really last 45 years
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.
If only they had had the success they needed when it counted. They could have gone on to even greater heights.
Time of the Season is one of the best records of all time. She's Not There is not far behind.
Love this band. Their music has passed the test of time. Classic and relevant.
Frank Zappa is so underappreciated for what he did for the world of music. It's a shame.