Best Bands of the 60srock2metal
The Top Ten
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
Changed the world of music forever!V 93 Comments
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.
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!
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?
GreatV 23 Comments
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
The #1 All-American band of the 1960s and arguably the first mainstream alternative-rock band. They have no contemporaries - they are in a class all their own.V 37 Comments
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!
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.
They should be at least number 2 or number 3. Because man, The Beach Boys are one of the greatest bands of all time, along with the Beatles and the Stones, and people just don't get it.V 25 Comments
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.
How can The Who be placed below The Doors and The Beach Boys? Musically, they were better than those two. The song writing of Pete Townshend was as good, if not better than Brian Wilson. Just the concept of "TOMMY" puts them in the #3 position.
Love the who think they should be top 5, have to listen to them in music and I love it!
Why not first? - Userguy44V 16 Comments
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.
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.
Great songsV 13 Comments
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.
Yes.V 17 Comments
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.
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
Most brilliant and underrated band of all time with great songs and great stories.V 17 Comments
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
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.
Probably one of the most underrated bands ever! Every song was great. You just can't mistake their sound for anyone else!V 14 Comments
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.
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.
Why is Led Zeppelin on this list? Led Zeppelin is obviously the best, but, most of their career was set during the 70s.
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.
if you don't like them, you don't have good taste in music - rock2metal
They were a 70s band for the most part, they shouldn't count. - MetarockV 15 Comments
These guys laid the foundation for many new wave and underground bands!
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
So overlookedV 9 Comments
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!
Their music still stands up. As innovative as the Beatles. Guitarists are still using the string bender they invented.V 5 Comments
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.
Whoever the Cass Elliot hater is, please leave.
Band would have been better without Cass Elliot
Their music changed my life.V 5 Comments
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...
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.
The Monkees should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Corporate greed ruined their image.
Love all their songs, especially "i'm a Believer."V 7 Comments
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
I love them there should be higherV 8 Comments
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.
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.
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.
The Greatful Dead save lives. They’re really just for everyoneV 5 Comments
Top power-pop songsters - great drummer, lead guitarist and then there was those quite incredible harmonies.
They deserved more recognition then what they got, they were one of the first bands that had to compete with the Beatles.
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
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...
So much talent in this band.. Woodstock wouldn't be the same without them.. They were solid in the 60's and 70's..
Amazing band who only got better with Neil Young.
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.V 1 Comment
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.
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!
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!
I Agree!V 9 Comments
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.
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.
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!V 2 Comments
After their disbandment, Paul Simon (often known as "Al") went solo. - playstationfan66
They are absolutely amazing how could they not be top 5!
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
At least top 15V 2 Comments
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
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.V 2 Comments
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.
I've been a Peter no one fan since 1965. In 2013, I saw a poster that had his concert listed. I had no idea they tour the U.S. all the time! Peter's voice is wonderful, he's energetic, fun, and great with the audience. I'm hooked, and I go to every concert I can. I have most of his music. Every one who attends his concerts leave happy! Herman's Hermits starring Peter no one will always be my favorite band.
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."
Best band ever! They did not write disco songs. The media made them into disco. Their songs are timeless and will live forever! Such innovative songs! The blend of the three voices is pure heaven! Plus each one has a beautiful solo voice!
BEST BAND EVER! Anybody think of "Massachusetts or "I Started a Joke? " How about "Holiday? " WHAT ABOUT ROBIN GIBB?
Robin has such a beautiful voice... Should be #1!
The best irreplaceable band ever!V 8 Comments
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"
Man. I didn't realize what great music and musicians there were in those days❤️❤️❤️��� - ❣👍🏻
Brown-eyed Girl. Great song!
His band was called " THEM " before he went solo.
Not a band!
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.
SLY THE MUSIC GOD OF THE 60S " #1 GOING TO BE #1 THANK you SLY
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.
Very good lead singer his voice is ijust wright for the songs they sung
Janis's screeching voice with the collective noise the boys made was the epitome of that eras rock.
Their greatest hits stacks up against anybody.
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.
Come on guys listen to this rockers. Almost nobody else had such a sound in the 60's (except for the MC5). - zam67
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...
Best band on this list. - Userguy44
! This group should be rated in the top ten!
Definitely top ten took america big good 60s band
1st British band to tour the US!
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.
Jaq and Gus' favorite Motown group
Jaq and Gus love � - this group so much
Jaq and Gus can dance 💃 to that music 🎵V 2 Comments
A massive band, top tunes - definitely should be in top 10 :-)
He is the best he has only been forgotten. with the internet people will find him, and his voice. THE SMALL FACES
My favourite band of all time, just love them
It's a shame they're not that well known today, they were amazing! Definitely among my favourites. - yutexV 7 Comments
Baby Please Don't Go, Mystic Eyes, Here Comes The Night and G.L.O.R.I.A GLOOORIA! Van Morrisons band before he became Van Morrison.
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!
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.
I am just a kid and I think they are the best
Black Sabbath not a 60s band
Certainly one of the greatest rock bands ever, but, their first album came out in 70', so, they can't possibly be considered a 60's band. - cptron
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.
They made the 60s look like how we look at it today, hard rock and psychedelic
Steppenwolf is kinda underrated in this list.
When rock was great
I can't understand why this guy isn't number one, he was clearly the best singer of the sixties if not ever and all the guys were extremely talented, at least they played their own instruments unlike many of that time.
Come on guys Gary puckett, s got to be the best male vocal of the 60s awesome.
Great band. Some of my favorite songs from that era.
Loved Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. Saw them in a small neighborhood bar in Phili in 1967/68 and felt these guys were going to be super stars. Didn’t disappoint.
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?
Growing up in the 60s, they were constantly on my radio. record player, and whatever means I could listen. saw them in concert in san diego, the best
One top hit album and they are considered? Well, yes
Not so keen on the 60s Peter Green era but still good then. In the 70s however... Greatest band ever
Stevie Nicks knocked it out of the arena! Loved their concerts.
De Best Gerup everV 1 Comment
Slade is no way a 60's band but I love them anyway!
Their first album came out in 1969 ( then under the name " Ambrose Slade " ). Before that they were called " The In-Be-Tweens " and made some singles under that name. But besides those facts I concider them as a 70's band.
They had so many hits on the radio, True American early 60, s band should be high on the list.. One of my favorite bands as a kid...
Too many hits to list but my favorites were Eli's Coming/Mama told me not to Come/One/Joy to the World...
They need to be top 30!
I couldn't believe that Three Dog Night came in #49. And, what about Chicago? Did they not even make the list? Concert tickets are over $100 in DC!V 5 Comments
This band's later spinoffs were- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, along with Poco, and also Loggins & Messina, plus solo careers of Neil Young and Stephen Stills.
Haha the only song anyone remembers is "For What It's Worth". It's even on Forrest Gump.
They were great with there song stop hey whats that sound
The song was called "For What It's Worth".
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