Best Psychedelic Artists

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Looking for the best musicians of the psychedelic era.

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1 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were 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.

dark side of the moon, piper at the gates of dawn and meddle are the best psychadelic albums ever. Especially dark side.

I think, that this place should been named like "The Pink Floyd Sound" or "Pink Floyd with Syd", or "Syd Barrett" because only The Piper at The Gates Fawn, and part of Saucerful of Secrets was psychedelic.

I would say that Pink Floyd is more of a psychedelic band than a prog band. They have elements of both in their music, but I've always heard more psychedelic rock. Maybe it's just me, I don't know. Either way, it's some great stuff. - Metarock

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2 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.

Excellent band, very good quality music of the time compared to other bands, one of the greatest lyrical minds in john lennon and great instrumentalists too. Perfect chemistry between the band members and not one flaw in their masterpieces, they almost created psychedelic music and set in stone the staple trademarks with their album Revolver, Psychedelic Beatles Foreverr!

Lucy in the Sky. I Am the Walrus. Strawberry Fields. Tommorow Never Knows. All psychedelic masterpieces. - InsertNameHere

I think George harrison's use of the indian instruments in songs like: Love You To and Tomorrow never knows make the Beatles a defining Psychedelic element. -

I don't know if they're full on psychedelic, but they're great either way. - Metarock

3 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.

Jimi kicked ass creating most of the psychedelic sounds from that guitar of his, legendary. Tracks like "if 6 was 9", "May this be love" Come on guys seriously

Oh, yes. Jimi is a legend. Definitely another essential psychedelic act. - Metarock

4 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.

Its Sad that they were so short lived, but if you're really into psychedelic rock you'll no that there's no one better than the doors. I Love Pink Floyd and the Beatles but nothing can beat The Doors.

RIP Jim, your spirit will live on through your music and poems

If you like psychedelic rock, The Doors are essential! Especially their debut. Their sound shifted more towards blues in 1970 or so, but they still kept the psychedelic vibe in their music, for the most part. - Metarock

The Beatles and Pink Floyd have better music than the doors, but when it comes to psychedelic music, no-one is better than the doors period - fidelcanojr

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5 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.
6 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.
7 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
8 Grateful Dead 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.

The Grateful Dead were so defining in psychedelic rock that they created a huge worldwide community of Deadheads who followed them from show to show. Pretty much the definitive style and mood in psychedelia. No one can imitate their carefree blissful sound

I don't have to explain why they should be number one.

9 Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.

He is what made Pink Floyd psychedelic... get him higher. - BrianScott01

10 Mamas & The Papas

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11 Can Can Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968 by the core quartet of Holger Czukay (bass), Irmin Schmidt (keyboards), Michael Karoli (guitar), and Jaki Liebezeit (drums). The group cycled through several vocalists, including Malcolm Mooney ('68–70) and Damo Suzuki ...read more.

This is true psychedelic

12 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".
13 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, ...read more.
14 Captain Beefheart Captain Beefheart Don Van Vliet was an American singer, songwriter, musician and artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart.
15 Quicksilver Messenger Service

The best paychedelic rock band. - Sepron64

16 Tangerine Dream
17 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Where Bluebirds Fly, Everything In Its Right Place, Idioteque, Fitter Happier, Decks Dark, Feral, 4 Minute Warning, Kid A, Where I End and You Begin and Bullet Proof.. I Wish I Was and much more

One of the best band's today...

18 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.
19 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.
20 Moody Blues Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive ...read more.
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22 MGMT MGMT MGMT is an American rock band formed in 2002 by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman, joined the core band in the studio.

Listen to kids, the youth, congratulations, time to pretend and one of the greatest dance songs, electric feel. You will not be disappointed.

The youths are starting to change, really best band I've heard from my era.

23 Shocking Blue

The songs by Shocking Blue are good psychedelic songs. Especially the song Venus, which has a good sound.
I'm the opinion, the version of Shocking Blue sounds much better than the garbage of Bananarama.

24 Tame Impala Tame Impala Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music.

They have two albums and those are probably one of the best music albums produced in the past 5 years.

25 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.
26 Infected Mushroom Infected Mushroom Infected Mushroom is an Israeli musical duo formed in Haifa in 1996 by producers Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani. They are best known for pioneering the genre of psychedelic trance, but also for combining this with experimental bass music, as well as rock and Middle Eastern influences. The album "Converting ...read more.
27 Moby Grape Moby Grape
28 Los Bravos
29 Animal Collective Animal Collective
30 Jethro Tull Jethro Tull Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.
31 The Monkees The Monkees
32 Vibe Tribe

The god of PSYTRANCE...

33 The Hollies The Hollies
34 OM

Whispers,.. drums,... feeling,... and the person with the headphones on goes into a trance...

35 The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Infused with heady, existential earthliness the band is a genre melting pinnacle, of creativity and ever fluid change, a lava lamp of lush psychedelic grandeur. Traveling in human sized hamster balls, in otherworldly costumes, with balloons, confetti, and enlarged laser-beaming hands. Releasing all forms of media from a cult psychedelic X-mas film taking place on Mars, multiple comic books, a 24 hour song, gummy candy fetuses, gummy candy skulls each with music at the center. Conductors of interactive music experimentation in parking structures and auditoriums, they've released vinyl with their blood inside, and their most dark turn, actual human skulls to encase their music. No expense is spared, blood is shed, the shrapnel of love and feeling is inescapable in the warm glow of the humble super beings from Oklahoma.

36 Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree were an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.
37 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band has had numerous lineup changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (guitar). ...read more.

They should be higher, listen to Exiles, Cirkus, Red etc.

38 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.

Yes, their first albums were psych albums. heavy psych. - zxm

39 Big Brother and the Holding Company Big Brother and the Holding Company Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Cheer, and Jefferson Airplane.
40 Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music.
41 The Black Angels
42 King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
43 Gods and Monsters Gods and Monsters Gods and Monsters is an American psychedelic rock band from New York City, known for once having singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley as a member in the early 1990s.
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