Top Ten Best Classic Psychedelic Rock Songs


The Top Ten

1 Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
2 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
3 I Need a Man to Love - Janis Joplin
4 Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues
5 Bluebird - Buffalo Springfield

"Not quite? " Historical revisionism has no place in reality. Rock 'n' roll began as country music, out in the country, by country folk. Its earliest forms were manifested in country blues, juke, be-bop, boogie-woogie and zydeco.. Rock, now an all-encompassing term which includes forms having little or no connection with rock 'n' roll, grew directly from those early forms, first as rockabilly. To say that it wasn't until some 40 years later that country was combined with rock to create something brand new is absurd.

Not quite: Zydeco and Rockabilly are awesome, but they remain distinct forms with their own identities. Within 3 months of Bluebird being released, recording for "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" began, and a direct line through to the present day bridged. Richie Furay was never a Hippie, though Neil Young certainly was.

Country rock began long before these hippies. Was called Zydeco and Rockabilly. Still is.

Also the birth of Country Rock, with the banjo solo in the Outro.

6 The Soft Parade - The Doors
7 Dark Star - The Grateful Dead
8 White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane

Not necessarily my favorite but anytime someone says "classic psychedelic rock", this is the song that instantly pops into my head. - THC13

9 Fire - Arthur Brown
10 Time of the Season - The Zombies

The Contenders

11 Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan

Down t'Greasy Gutter, had an old feller played hurdy-gurdy, but he never could find a monkey tame 'enough to hold the tin cup an' not gnaw on the clientele. So he used a shoat wearin' one them wizard hats, an' the pig'd oink folks' fortunes out the sidewalk. Course, the fact they was right out front from Jimmy-Jeff's Jumpin' Jivin' Jug Joint
mighta played some small part in they great success.

12 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly

Ooh...yes! This is good. I like a lot. - Britgirl

Unedited, 17-min original, right?

13 Manic Depression - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
14 East-West - Paul Butterfield Blues Band
15 Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer
16 I Don't Live Today - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
17 Beck's Bolero - Jeff Beck
18 Tales of Brave Ulysses - Cream
19 Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
20 Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles
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