Best Bands of the 60srock2metal
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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.
The Beatles have my vote! Number one forever!
Yay Beatles is number one This band totally deserves the top spot. They completely rule the sixties! I wanna see this band stay up hereV 97 Comments
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.
Sorry but the door has always been closed
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 #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 39 Comments
Best ever by a country mile.
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!V 23 Comments
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.
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.
Love their music yet today. Go to any concert I can.
If they sang live in competition with the beatles, they would blow the beatles away.V 25 Comments
The Who is one of my favourite bands ever and there are lots of reasons why!
They are, as everyone already knows, talented musicians and incredible performers, but there's MORE to them than that!
Their music has saved my life and made it better! Their music has taught me life lessons, such as being more happy and less worried, it also taught me that I shouldn't get too angry at someone who insults me and that I should never let things such as hate comments ruin my day!
Listening to the Who's music makes me feel like they're next to me, teaching me life lessons!
Thank you Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, and of course, kudos to their songwriter, Pete Townshend!
Why not first? - Userguy44
The who should be number 3 and only number 3 2 or 1
THE WHO is one of the best bands if not the best! Pete Townsend wrote the first rock opera and is in top 10 rock guitarist of all time...in my opinion as good as anyone ever..Hendrix, Clapton, Page,etc! Keith Moon best rock drummer of all time on many lists; ask Alice Cooper! John Entwistle base player of the millennium! Roger Daltry sings Pete’s songs like no one canV 18 Comments
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.V 14 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
Come on! Pink Floyd deserves a top 5 spot. - Userguy44
They were more famous in the 70s, that's why I didn't vote for them, even though they are my favorite band. - MetarockV 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.
Most brilliant and underrated band of all time with great songs and great stories.
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 hahaV 17 Comments
Probably one of the most underrated bands ever! Every song was great. You just can't mistake their sound for anyone else!
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.V 15 Comments
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!
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.V 10 Comments
They were a 70s band for the most part, they shouldn't count. - Metarock
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 - rock2metalV 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.V 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.
Their music still stands up. As innovative as the Beatles. Guitarists are still using the string bender they invented.
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!V 5 Comments
Worst vocal group ever. Whoever the Cass Elliot hater is please stay
Whoever the Cass Elliot hater is, please leave.
Their music changed my life.
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.V 6 Comments
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...
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.V 7 Comments
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.V 2 Comments
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
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 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 singersV 8 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
Pure psychedelic majesty. Grace slick is one of the greatest vocalists to ever liveV 2 Comments
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 15V 2 Comments
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.V 8 Comments
Frank Zappa is so underappreciated for what he did for the world of music. It's a shame.
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'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."
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!
They are really good they made I started a joke, staying aliveV 8 Comments
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
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.
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.
! 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!
Jaq and Gus' favorite Motown group
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 love � - this group so much
I always think 💭 of Gus and JaqV 2 Comments
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 :-)V 7 Comments
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!
Come on guys listen to this rockers. Almost nobody else had such a sound in the 60's (except for the MC5). - zam67
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.
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.V 1 Comment
I am just a kid and I think they are the best
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.
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
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.V 1 Comment
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
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
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.
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!
How in the world do you overlook this group! Go back and listen again and realize how they helped mold rock n' roll from 69' to 73'. GOOD GRIEF!
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...V 5 Comments
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.V 2 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".
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
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..
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!
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