Best Bands of the 60s

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The Top Ten

1 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

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.

Absolute rubbish! Pathetic singers, poor musicians and sell overrated. They just had an image for the time, that's al. If I had had a free ticket to see them in concert I wouldn't have been bothered to go. They were crap. The best band ever was the bee gees.

They are a part of my life. Their songs are so catchy and so much better than today's modern music. Honestly no one can beat The Beatles

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2 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

My brother is a big fan of this band. At least, he used to be one. I'm not sure if he still is... - Misfire

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.

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.

The doors are the most unique band and no one an ever be like them

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3 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

Amazing band!

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.

Best ever by a country mile.

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!

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4 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

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.

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.

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.

Should be #2. Go up to most people now a days, they will be able to name 5 Beatles or Beach Boys songs off the top of their head. Can’t say that would happen for the stones or the doors

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5 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.

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

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!

People rave on about the Grateful Dead being the band with the best live rock performances, but in my opinion, The Who just kick them off-stage! I'm sorry, Grateful Dead fans, but The Who live just make them sound boring as heck. I just can't sit down and listen to a whole Grateful Dead song.
The Who, on the other hand, rock! I could listen to them all day long, non-stop, without ever getting bored of it!
The Who are the TRUE masters of live rock performances!

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!

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6 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.

They should be number one and will always be number one

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.

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7 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.

2nd only to the Beatles in the 60s, one of the best british rock bands ever

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

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8 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

I'm 14 and love this band

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.

Probably one of the most underrated bands ever! Every song was great. You just can't mistake their sound for anyone else!

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9 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.

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.

Come on! Pink Floyd deserves a top 5 spot. - Userguy44

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.

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10 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

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.

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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.

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The Contenders

11 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

So overlooked

The best!

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.

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12 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.

Simply the best

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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.

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!

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13 The Byrds The Byrds The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial ...read more.

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.

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14 The Mamas & the Papas The Mamas & the Papas The Mamas & the Papas were an American folk rock vocal group that recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968, reuniting briefly in 1971. The group was a defining force in the music scene of the Counterculture of the 1960s.

Worst vocal group ever. Whoever the Cass Elliot hater is please stay

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.

Their music changed my life.

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15 The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances ...read more.

I like them, I'm not saying they weren't great, but there are way better bands!

I like them, but I don't get what makes them the best band ever! Maybe I'll never know why people like them so much...

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.

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.

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16 Crosby, Stills, & Nash

Better than the overrated Grateful Dead!

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.

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17 The Hollies The Hollies The Hollies are a British pop/rock group best known for their pioneering and distinctive three-part vocal harmony style.

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.

Outstanding band still touring today - for me second to 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...

18 The Four Seasons

Who held their own against the British Invasion? The Beach Boys... and the Four Seasons.

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!

I Agree!

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19 The Animals The Animals The Animals were an English band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the early part of the decade.

I love them there should be higher

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.

Wut the hell this should be number 3

Under-rated one of the best lead singers

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20 The Yardbirds The Yardbirds The 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.

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.

21 Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane Jefferson 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

Pure psychedelic majesty. Grace slick is one of the greatest vocalists to ever live

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22 Simon & Garfunkel

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

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

They are absolutely amazing how could they not be top 5!

At least top 15

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23 The Monkees The Monkees The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971, with reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed.

They would be more up if they had wrote their own songs like the Beatles but great band I love stepping stone

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.

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24 The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention were an American rock band from California. Formed in 1964, their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows.

Frank Zappa is so underappreciated for what he did for the world of music. It's a shame.

Absolutely brilliant

25 The Zombies The Zombies The Zombies are an English rock band formed in 1962 in St Albans and led by keyboardist and vocalist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone.

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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26 Herman's Hermits

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.

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."

27 Van Morrison Van Morrison Sir George Ivan Morrison OBE is a Northern Irish singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. In 2016, he was knighted for services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.

Brown-eyed Girl. Great song!

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

Not a band!

28 Sly and the Family Stone Sly and the Family Stone Sly 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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SLY THE MUSIC GOD OF THE 60S " #1 GOING TO BE #1 THANK you SLY

29 The Bee Gees

Awesome Brothers!

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!

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30 The Turtles

Very good lead singer his voice is ijust wright for the songs they sung

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.

31 The Dave Clark Five

Very underrated, overshadowed by The Beatles. The Dave Clark Five deserve more recognition for their work in 1963-1965.

Tied with Beatles as best invasion band.

! This group should be rated in the top ten!

Definitely top ten took america big good 60s band

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32 The 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.

Jaq and Gus' favorite Motown group

I always think πŸ’­ of Gus and Jaq

Jaq and Gus can dance πŸ’ƒ to that music 🎡

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33 Barclay James Harvest

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.

34 The Temptations The Temptations The Temptations are an American vocal group notable for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s.

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!

35 Them

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.

36 Small Faces Small Faces Faces were an English rock band formed in 1969 by members of Small Faces after lead singer/guitarist Steve Marriott left that group to form Humble Pie.

It's a shame they're not that well known today, they were amazing! Definitely among my favourites. - yutex

Massive 60's band

Number 5 I think

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

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37 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...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.

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

38 Gary Puckett and The Union Gap

What a voice.

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.

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39 The Lovin' Spoonful The Lovin' Spoonful The Lovin' Spoonful is a U.S. rock band, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and well known for a number of hit songs in the 1960s including "Summer in the City", "Do You Believe In Magic", "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?", and "Daydream".

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

40 Slade Slade Slade are an English rock band from Wolverhampton. They rose to prominence during the glam rock era in the early 1970s, achieving 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones on the UK Singles Chart.

Amazing

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.

41 The Band The Band The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in 1965 . Which originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson ...read more.

The kid is right! If you haven't listened to The Band yet, you have really missed out. I was lucky enough to see them in 1974 when they toured with Dylan. The tightest rock band in the business. They traded off the vocals like nobody else in rock and roll. And then there is the organist, Garth Hudson, a one of a kind!

This one deserves number 1 it is really an amazing band respected by all musicians, bob dylan, eric clapton,.. When you listen to them and you hear the lyrics, they are really meaningfull and when you add epic guitar solos, fantastic piano, organ,.. And AMAZING vocals I'm not only speaking about levon helm and rick danko butt also about richard manuel, who has really the best voice that I EVER heard! They have to be number 1 please vote for them they are really amazing! If you are scrolling down and reading this and don't know who they are search on YouTube! Respect for te band! And rip Levon, Rick and Richard! Sorry if my English was bad I'm a Belgian, 14 year old boy!

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

They were one of the best bands ever and respected by their peers. That rockabilly sound was theirs.

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42 Three Dog Night Three Dog Night Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with a line-up consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron.

You need to listen to "One"!

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!

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...

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43 Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge was a American Psychedelic band in the late 1960s. Their two first album was all covers, but their third album is mostly original content. They are also credited for somewhat influencing Progressive Rock.

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

44 Steppenwolf Steppenwolf Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1961 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton.

Steppenwolf is extremely underrated in this list...Just ask any Vietnam vet. This group has songs that are in movies and everyone in my age group has at least one album. Should be in the upper 20s.

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.

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45 Grass Roots

your mom

Much better than this rating.

I loved this band. Top 20 on my list. Rob Grill was an awesome lead singer! They really had their own sound. R.I.P Rob Grill 2011.

Best lead singer, drummer, harmony, and brass sound of the 60’s!

46 Gary Lewis and the Playboys

They are not an all time band for sure but for 2 years they had some great singles like Green Grass, She's Just My Style, Count Me In and especially This Diamond Ring, which can go toe to toe with any other great songs from the 60s.

The garylewis is verybest musician since 60s all the songs garylewis iluv it..

47 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep 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.

Best band on this list. - Userguy44

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...

48 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Their original lineup included Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay, and Neil Young.

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".

49 The Jackson 5 The Jackson 5 The Jackson 5, or Jackson Five, also known as The Jacksons in later years, is an American popular music group. Formed in 1963 under the name the Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon.

Who cares about their age.
How about Shirley Temple her age.

Come on! Is this a joke? Who was The Jackson 5 in the sixties? Even if they existed nobody cared back then. They were just a minor act of the Motown group.

Michael Jackson Best King Of Pop

More awesome than the beatals

50 The Rascals

Hip, soulful, diverse political, and even danceable songs; too underrated here just like the Chambers Brothers, the Spencer Davis Group, the Stooges, and Rare Earth! Just layers of great bands and artists for the 1960s. If an ignorant person wants Deep Purple for the 1970s, then he can just "Hush" it back to 1967/68.

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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