Top Ten Most Psychedelic Songs Ever

We know almost every band of the 60's made at least one psychedelic song, the Beatles, the Kinks, the Doors. So what is THE most psychedelic song ever made?
The Top Ten
1 The End - The Doors The End - The Doors Cover Art

This is by far one of the greatest songs to have ever been made. If you really pay attention to it and open your mind to the seductive weirdness of Jim Morrison and The Doors, "The End" will change your life.

Ii am 52 and recall this song when growing up in the late 60s around my dafds 12 younger brother and sisters. More than any other song, it transports me back to that time immediatlely and it triggers memories long since forgotten like only music and do to us. The perfect anthem for the time, quieter and more subdued than the chart favorites at the time (or even the other flower power hits by the likes of Guthrie, Dylan, hendricks, Iron Butterfly, etc) so controversial radio would never played it. No, in my opinion no other song can touch this Doors' classic. And no song has ever found a better soulmate than 'The End' and 'Apocalypse Now', See growing up next to the Rock Island Arsenal during the Vietnam War and the daily, constant artillery testing, the dozens of flyovers every single day by the Chinooks and the Huey helicopters, we knew we were a country at war then. What makes this company should've song and will be so strong is that they represent such complete dichotomies what ...more

This is the ULTIMATE Psychedelic Song! A great Band and a great song. It's deep dark and disturbed. I know we all love Jim but special credit has to be given to Ray Manzarek for his haunting organ keyboard and base line that continues throughout the song and provides a base for Jim to take poetic flight. Accompanied by Robby K's eclectic guitar intro that sustains and John D's thumping drums that punctuate this INCREDIBLE song. You want ACID in a song?...look not further as you have reached THE END!

As much as a theatrical performance as a song. Beautifully details the taboo of the oedipal complex in a soothing and aesthetic way. One of The Door's best tracks.

2 Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles Cover Art

There are three kinds of psychedelic songs: songs that sit you down and take you for a ride (Echoes), songs that make your brain melt (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds), and then there's this song, which straight-up gives you a brain transplant. Arguably the first song that truly pioneered electronic (yes, this is a half=psych rock, half electronic song), what this song does is take away everything you think you know and destroy it, and then replace it with train horns, seagulls, down tempo electric guitar, and some proto-trance-style tape tampering. Either this, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, or Echoes is the most trippy song overall.

Amateur stuff. Interstellar overdrive and in general all songs on a piper att the Gates of dawn is better than this. The Only people who really voted for this is the people who 1 Only listen to Beatles or 2 has never heard Pink Floyd. There are numerous other songs and bands and albums that are more pshycadelic than this and more pshycadelic than the Beatles, all and all this song is good but not worth anywhere near the Top 10 spot.

This song is a blueprint for popmusic the next 60 years. Without this no Pink Floyd, no nothing. Just brilliance from the best band ever.

Turn off your mind, relax and float this UPstream. Should be top, so far ahead of its time, creativity in its purest form, draws inspiration from such diverse fields. I loves it lots and lots and lots x

3 White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane Cover Art

The San Francisco Sound with a thumping rabbit-foot like bass and a wafting, curling smoke ring guitar eventually pierced by Grace Slick's magnificent, clear and knowing vocal. Awesome.

This is and always will be my favourite all time song. It takes me back to such a gentle time in my youth. I've told my kids I want it playing at my funeral!

On my opinion best psychedelic band is the animals. They were trailblazers of this style. But Jefferson airplane I love as much as possible.

Definitely a Top 10 psychedelic rock song. Music and lyrics are what psychedelic rock is all about.

4 Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Cover Art

Nothing compares to Hendrix and his guitar work. When I saw his guitar at the EMP I felt this aura of passion and love. I think of all the black musicians he inspired. Seattle still is the best town for rock music. It's a shame he was so involved in drugs like most of the artists from there. He will be missed.

Jimi Hendrix was not only a guitar god but he was an acid legend to. This song was about drugs written for people who took drug by a man who took drugs. How psychedelic can you get?

Trippy tune, trippy production. The guitar and drums all in the middle like it's a mono track and then Jimi's voice on either side really pulls your mind out.

I love all the bands on this list, but my vote has to go to Jimi, with his thundering guitar riffs in this song, this is the definition of Psychedelic.

5 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Cover Art

Excellent song but don't get me wrong, this is progressive rather than psychedelic, if you want Psychedelic Pink Floyd, listen to 1967-1969 era stuff like Astronomy Domine, Careful With That Axe Eugene and Jugband Blues.

I know most of you know it, but if you don't it's obviously about drugs. Listen to the lyrics. Pink Floyd's one of the greatest bands out there or that will ever be there. But not the BEST...

This song speaks to you and heals your mental ailments through lyrics and powerful guitar solos. Number 1 in my book

Amazing song in my opinion, everyone should listen to it. It really teaches you that school is a terrible place.

6 Echoes - Pink Floyd Echoes - Pink Floyd Cover Art

"Strangers passing in the street
By chance two separate glances meet
And I am you and what I see is me
And do I take you by the hand
And lead you through the land
And help me understand
The best I can"

I think that's enough.

This Music is Just Average, please it's good this sacred music is known only to few people like you n me, it takes you to a paradise reminding of life's little things the rise, the fall, this music can't be re-created try it, even genius of PF would fail to create this magic again :) I have spent years listening to this song.. It's a music that fades n lightens but has a length to tell a mesmerizing story that is not forced on to you, the song doesn't hurry you on up, it lays a foundation where you automatically start thinking about life's real point, where things matter yet they don't matter much, hurt seems to dissolve and a new breath with full of life being blown into you.. People would say there's this weird part right in the middle that's psychedelic.. That's the backbone of the song I love all the parts please listen to full 24 mins song n don't disgrace it by listening it only 8 mins. That will be cheeky and disrespectful, believe me it takes time but I'm not publicizing ...more

"It's not just a song... rather, it's a journey." That's what my friend said about it and he was right. you just don't listen to a good song, it takes you places, man! you just sit down and relax and try to enjoy the journey, The journey through the planets and the galaxies of the universe. Try to feel how small you are compared to stars and galaxies and how gigantic you are compared to the Quarks, Leptons and other subatomic particles.
It's the best ever made by a band in the history of mankind. For me at least.

It is probably not just one of the best psychedelic songs ever, it's one of the best songs a group of human beings could possibly ever compose.

7 I Am the Walrus - The Beatles I Am the Walrus - The Beatles Cover Art

The intro takes me somewhere I've never been before. Like a peaceful land with color and simplicity. Listning to this has changed my view of the world, it makes me take a step back and think about what matters in life. What a mean rock song this would make, with screaming guitar solos after the chorus and power chords in that ascending part of the song. I believe music is the most powerful medium.

It's just so good. Might be a bit biased but my first acid trip I listened to this and every time I get high and listen to this song, it takes me right back to that amazing trip at my summer cottage with my friends in midsummer! Love this song!

This song's lyrics mean nothing together but everything alone in John's twisted mind which is the genius behind it. Layers of subtle psychedelic sounds, King Lear lyrics. Love version brings out more clarity to layers hidden on original recordings

This song is unrelentingly intense and perfectly captures the fractured psychedelic state of mind. "Smoke pot, smoke pot, everybody smoke pot... "

8 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles Cover Art

Lennon kept claiming that the song didn't actually stand for lsd, it was just the idea of his 5 year old son or something of that sort, but even when you think about it this way, you can't help but notice how psychedelic it actually is when you listen to the lyrics. Magic!

Okay, I just have to clear up that it wasn't written about LSD, that was a coincidence. However, it very well could have been with Lennon's descriptive lyrics. It's crazy

How this isn't in the top 10 blows my mind! The guitar alone brings you on a journey full of visuals and the slow to fast pace would make any beatnik psychodelically satisfied

This song is not about LSD. It has been said by the band many times it is not. It is about a child's drawing. Get your act together and do your research!

9 Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd Cover Art

Listen to the end of the song and you'll know why it needs to be number #1. Psychedelia isn't all about hippies, trust me being a young man in London in the 60s I know this. It is about creativity and a different style of rock that changed a lot. This is psychedelia. British psychedelia is better than American, trust me. Having also known Syd Barrett he was not very hippy, but more a child's heart in a mans body.

This song is a great blend of psychedelic rock and space rock. This song is very psychedelic in my opinion, and is very inflencial to psychedelic music, space rock, the Pink Floyd's later work in the 1970's, punk rock, grunge, and progressive rock. This song is underrated. I love this song!

I searched for something like this for years, and I have to say that this is in my opinion the most psychedelic song ever created. Take a trip through universe and subconciousness with this one. Of all of the rock of 70's, it represents the biggest masterpiece in it's kind.

This guys, this people, this song, is the best and powerful psychedelic ever created... Lucy in the sky with diamond is not psychedelic...

Pink Floyd.. They created the psychedelic genre..

10 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream Sunshine of Your Love - Cream Cover Art

Awesome trippy riff, And the most psychedelic Cover Art I have ever seen

Possible the best-known guitar riff next to Smoke on the Water.

Legendary guitar riff and great lyrics. Best song by cream

Strange brew too

The Contenders
11 Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd Cover Art

As others have said, this should be Number 1. Some of the songs higher on the list are normal people's *idea* of psychedelic. But this is the song that psychotropic drugs would vote for, if they could vote. Which they can, but you don't know it's happening. Yet...

This needs to me #1. It is a journey through the universe. This is not just a song, but a psychedelic masterpiece, more psychedelic than comfortably numb and and echoes, and everything above it. Needs to have that #1 spot,

This is the greatest psychedelic song of all time. It's like taking a trip through the universe with a man (Syd barret) that has traveled it well.

Brilliance... The first track from 'Piper' - I knew from the first few bars of Syd's Telecaster that my life would never be the same again...

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

I am not even sure how to define Psychedelic music but when I hear this song I think Psychedelic! Check out Iron Butterfly Theme -- Psychedelic!

This is one of the most heavy non-underground American heavy psychedelic rock songs released back in 1968. This deserves much more credit, and this song, and this band is better than the overrated Beatles.

The full version has the best backbeat and grooviest instrumental break of all time.

The organ, guitar, the singer. All so brilliant. Together they make one hell of a song

13 Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan Cover Art

Solo not by Beck; it was Jimmy Page during his studio period. However, if Beck had done it, it might have been even greater!

The Beck solo transforms a folk song into a major experience.

Great lyrics and just so weird. It really defined Donovans style

Really and underrated psychedelic song

14 Baba O'Riley - The Who Baba O'Riley - The Who Cover Art

This is definitely not psych rock. Just some goood ole classic rock.

Its not psych rock, its hard rock.

15 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Cover Art

Sex, drugs and rock and roll baby - you are looking at the genuine customer. Right at the heart of it. Not some white guys sniffin' around the blues. Jimi was the psychedelic blues.
Also check out Room Full of Mirrors. Hold your hand? Move over Rover and let JImi take over.

A far greater psychedelic song than his more famous Purple Haze, 1983 has the capacity to transport you to a surreal land, which is what psychedelia is all about in my opinion.

Largely ignored, but truly a psychedelic classic, much more so than other cliche songs. It's the feeling of the song that really drives it home.

This tune has such a stoned feel - even if you are not stoned you feel stoned. Crazy.

16 The Red Telephone - Love The Red Telephone - Love Cover Art

Yep great song. It might be of interest that the line “we are normal and we want our freedom” was nicked from the song we are normal by the Bonzo Dog band on their album Doughnut In Granny’s Green house.

The most underrated band of the 60's. The lyrics are so eerie and odd you just can't listen to it without being hypnotised by it. "we're all normal when we want our freedom" Amazing

This song consumes me

They're locking 'em up today
they're throwing away the key
I wonder who it'll be tomorrow-
you or me?..

17 Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock Cover Art

Even today, when someone on a T.V. program is having a psychedelic experience, many times this song plays somewhere in the background. Incense and Peppermints should be a top 10 entry, it is one of the most psychedelic sounding and flavorful songs ever created and when people think psychedelia, this is one song that immediately comes to mind.

This song got Strawberry Alarm Clock famous. It was released in 1967 and this is one of the most famous psychedelic song coming from the American West Coast. This song, and especially this band, is underrated.

This song defines psychedelic music. Sung by a 16-year old kid who just happened to be in the studio that day and was never a member of the band. They still tour based on this one incredible song.

The instant I hear this, it brings back a whole entire timeline of that happy, happy time. I was 14, but had older bros... good times.

18 Venus In Furs - The Velvet Underground Venus In Furs - The Velvet Underground Cover Art

Lou reed has the most distinct and amazing voice.

Era-defining song

19 Flaming - Pink Floyd Flaming - Pink Floyd Cover Art

The Pink Floyd was better before the Dark Side of the Moon, released much later in March of 1973. This is not only one of my personal favourite Pink Floyd songs, but it is one of my favourite psychedelic rock and psychedelic pop songs, and perhaps, one of the best songs of all time.

Probably the greatest psychedelic album of its time. Floyd was never able to re-create anything as trippy once Syd left.

It's like everybody has forgotten about syd. Songs like see emily play and lucifer Sam are amazing

So incredibly happy to see this beautiful early floyd masterpiece on this list!

20 Within You Without You - The Beatles Within You Without You - The Beatles Cover Art

The experinece is beyond the hallucinations and visualisation of the psychedelic world butbeven transcends to a spiritual level. One of the best George's song

Powerful! connects you to a reality that is beyond this one.

21 Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles Cover Art

This song is the epitome of psychedelic. From the lyrics to John Lennon's vocals to the warped instrumentation, it's a perfect drug trip of a track.

This should defitnetly be at number 1! Great song from the greates band ever

If not number one, then in the Top 3.

The end is so psychedelic

22 Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun - Pink Floyd Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun - Pink Floyd Cover Art

Well.. Whatever, nevermind.
that song is what hash smockers looking for it would definitely make you fly, listen the judge

23 A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum Cover Art

I like this song, and I love this band. Procol Harum released this song as a single, and on their first self-titled album in the same year, and that would be in 1967. This song has psychedelic aspects, however, it has classical aspects as well, among with baroque pop and baroque music. These mixtures may form some progressive rock music. So overall, great song, but it is much more progressive than psychedelic in it.

One of my personal favorites of all time, but it's a protoprog song not a psychedelic one

Defined British psychedelic music. Classic song

Best single of all time. Love it

24 Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf Cover Art
25 Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane Cover Art

Its just classic, why the hell not?!

Better song than white rabbit

Best psych band ever

Is it really 25s? It must not be lesser than 3!

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