Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Bands Formed in the 60s

What are the best bands that played hard rock or heavy metal and were formed between the years 1960-1969? No matter if they released one or more albums in those years.

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1 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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 more.

Maybe better than Beatles actually the best

The combination of Jimmy Page's guitar riffs and solos and Robert Plant's powerful vocals make this band so amarzing

Many rip offs, this is a cover band that "forgot" to mention the originals. - Metal_Treasure

This is true but I was thumbed down by ignorant people. Check out the list "Top 10 Songs That Led Zeppelin Ripped Off" and be convinced. - Metal_Treasure

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2 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, more.

@the guy who commented before me: Actually the classical influence makes them sole inventors of metal music as we know it now - rock music based on classical. Nobody else played rock based on classical back then. Of course, they also played hard rock (which is based on blues) and they are one of the hard rock pioneers, too. - Metal_Treasure

With blackmore on one side and lord on the other doing there battles PLUS the classical influence made DEEP PURPLE one of the founding fathers of hard rock

Good hard rock. Blackmore, Lord and Paice - enough said?

The godfathers of METAL -rock on

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

The godfathers of Heavy Metal. Any metal musician will tell you so - ryanrimmel

Black Sabbath are the founders of metal!

The truly fathers of Heavy Metal genre!

The father of metal music I think

4 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a more. V 2 Comments
5 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more. V 2 Comments
6 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.
7 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.

One of the best underrated bands of their era

8 The Who The Who The Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are more. V 1 Comment
9 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.

Maybe, listen to #cream# then jump to top 5

10 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

Better than rush and deep purple and scorpions and black sabbath and judas priest and the who! - sparkle

The Contenders

11 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" more.
12 Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".

I know, Led Zeppelin is untouchable and so is The Who in some ways. Well I might argue that Secret Treaties is superior to them all. Blue Oyster Cult's hard rock compositions of their first 5 albums and the beauty and lightning of Buck Dharma's guitar --- sorry... The world got it wrong.

I agree with you on so many ways, but come on. Secret Treaties is severely overrated. - TheStargazer

One of the best bands of all time. Although they are hard to categorize, they probably were the first Gothic band (although some so called experts don;t even list them..look up "The Relationship between Blue Oyster Cult and Vampires" for an excellent argument that should they be included. They are very influential in many styles from punk and metal.

13 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.
14 Sweet
15 UFO UFO UFO are an English rock band that was formed in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal.
16 ZZ Top ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.
17 Blue Cheer Blue Cheer Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, more.

Their debut album "Vincebus Eruptum" recorded in '67 practically created the distorted and loud Heavy Metal sound.

No, they did not create it - check out 'You Really Got Me' by The Kinks, 1964. - Metal_Treasure

18 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.

These guys were the god fadders of heavy metal and they are @.5%? what druggie is voting on this ?

19 Nazareth
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