Top Ten Most Psychedelic Songs Ever

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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

I'm taken to another world when I hear this song. It's not just a piece of music; it's its own living, breathing entity.

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.

Everything about it made it a great song, the instruments, the lyrics, jim Morrison. - Indiechild

From the trippy sitar riffs to the excellent use of drums and keyboard, to Morrison's acid filled vocals, The End brings the best parts of a trip to the ears of the listener.

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2 White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane

White Rabbit

Thanks, Platoon. - Kevinsidis

Should be #1

Feed your head

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3 Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles

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.

Most and the best!

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 is the single most psychedelic song I have ever listened to. It has reversed loops, a sitar, and other psychedelic elements. This has to be #1.

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4 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Great PF song, but come on, this isn't a psychedelic song. Examples for PF psychedelic songs are Astronomy Domine, Bike, Set the Controls... OK?

This belongs in the number two slot, one of the best songs to trip to ever. Especially the extended version

Well nothing to speak song will say for itself

the best

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5 Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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.

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? - Indiechild

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.

This whole song is about the psychedelic experience. Just listening to it makes you want to get high.

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6 Echoes - Pink Floyd

No song can top it in this genre.

Unique Song, with many facets

The best psycedhelic song of all time

best song

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7 I Am the Walrus - The Beatles

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

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

Absolutely perfect - like many Beatles pieces...but miss the trippy mood...that I can find in doors, floyd etc...perhaps it's there but I can't hear it

Deserves a higher place on the list!

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8 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles

What do you want from psychedelic music? This song has it all.

Come on now. This song stands for LSD. It defines psychedelic music! Describing psychedelic pictures.

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

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!

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9 Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd

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!

Come on, how is this below Comfortably numb (Prog), I am the walrus (Pop-Psychedelic) and Baba O'Riley (Hard Rock) This song is just pure auditive acid

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..

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10 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

Legendary guitar riff and great lyrics. Best song by cream - Indiechild

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

Strange brew too

The Contenders

11 Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd

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...

Best blast off song ever! My go to

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.

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, - Kyledren

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

One of the greatest songs of all time

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

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.

13 Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan

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 - Indiechild

Really and underrated psychedelic song

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14 Baba O'Riley - The Who

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

Its not psych rock, its hard rock. - zxm

How?

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

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.

Hell yeah, my favorite of jimi's right now

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.

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16 The Red Telephone - Love

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 - Indiechild

This song consumes me

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.

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

17 Flaming - Pink Floyd

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

Alone in the clouds all blue... Lying an an eiderdown! Yippee! You can't see me, but, I... Can... You... !

Amazing, but where is interstellar overdrive and astronomy domine?

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.

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18 Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock

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.

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.

Best psychedelic song ever. Should be #1. This song has everything that makes psychedelic rock, psychedelic.

Clearly should be a Top Ten entry...

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19 Venus In Furs - The Velvet Underground

Lou reed has the most distinct and amazing voice. - VaticanCameos

Era-defining song

Cool

oh ya

20 Within You Without You - The Beatles

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

21 Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles

Definitely number 1

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. - ThatDudeRoss

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

If not number one, then in the Top 3.

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22 A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum

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.

Defined British psychedelic music. Classic song - Indiechild

Best single of all time. Love it

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

23 Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun - Pink Floyd

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

24 Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf

cool

25 Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane

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

Its just classic, why the hell not?!

Better song than white rabbit

Best psych band ever

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26 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Folk rock, hard rock. Not psych rock. - zxm

This will be played on my funeral. Magnificent song

27 I'm Only Sleeping - The Beatles

Incredible drumbeat by Ringo, beautiful vocals by John and effective backward guitar.

Great song to get high to

nice song

yes

28 The Elements: Fire (Miss O'Leary's Cow) - The Beach Boys

Really psichedelic!

You need to hear it!

29 Only a Northern Song - The Beatles

While this probably ISN'T the Beatles MOST psychedelic song... It's a damn good choice, congrats to whoever nominated it.

because it's amazing

Its psycedelic, but is also just one of the best and most underrated songs ever

By the point the beatles stop in the 1970s they are still pretty popular and when I play minecraft I listen to them while I'm playing

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30 Eight Miles High - The Byrds

This is an early example of early mainstream psychedelic rock. This song was released in 1966, and was considered by many Americans to be influencial to psychedelic rock songs later on. For example, the song "Dance The Night Away," recorded and written by Cream the next year in 1967, was influenced by Eight Miles High. Great song!

This was so early, it was banned for using the word high! Great feedback drumming.

One of the first

31 Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Very nostalgic

Reminds me of Vietnam, great song to trip do, brings very good vibes.

Coming down from a trip, watching the rain pour from outside my window. And I was just so happy due to the experience that for me it was a "sunny" happy day even though I could see the rain.

This I believe will jump to the top of the list, if you know what it means. ahh the lyics, ahh the rhythm. no waste.

32 2000 Light Years from Home - The Rolling Stones

Does a remarkable job of actually capturing the flavor of an acid trip.

Absolute essence of the psychedelic sound.

33 No Quarter - Led Zeppelin

I like Led Zeppelin's No Quarter a lot... but I love Tool's version 100% more!

trippy

34 Psychodrama City - The Byrds
35 Lucifer Sam - Pink Floyd

That cats something I can't explain! Beautiful song

It should be much higher on the list man.

36 Inside People - The Freeborne
37 Lizard - King Crimson
38 Crimson and Clover - Tommy James and the Shondells

The greatest psychedelic song ever composed. I never smoked a joint but if I did I would want this song playing in the background

I am die hard Beatles Fan, and its hard to admit, but to me, this should be number 1. Its just so Krazy Kool

underrated

Classic, very chill, and trippy

39 The L.S. Bumble Bee - Peter Cook & Dudley Moore
40 Love Is Only Sleeping - The Monkees

A terrific song that originally was to be paired with Daydream Believer as a 45. AMAZING Mike vocal!

41 Tales of Brave Ulysses - Cream

This song, among with many other songs on Cream's great 1967 album, has a great psychedelic riff.

42 Elephant - Tame Impala

Best band ever

You gotta listen this band

Pure psychedelic

Awesome-Ness, I like it

43 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

Good Vibrations is Phsychedelic

44 The Devil's Triangle - King Crimson
45 Itchycoo Park - Small Faces

Definitely an overlooked song because of its lack of popularity in the United States. The Small Faces were an underrated band.

Really cool, weird, beautiful and anything else that can describe this awesome song - Indiechild

Should be Top 10. The music and lyrics are totally psychedelic.

Also All Along The Watchtower, Time Has Come Today, Light My Fire, Time Has Come Today, 2000 Light Yrs from Home---Many more at Madcap Music Review

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46 Revolution 9 - The Beatles

Not a song at all-it is a tape editing experiment by John Lennon. This should not be on this list.

It's easy to say they were high when they made this.

A strange song that defines The Beatle's psychedelic song writing.
Very strange song indeed.

47 Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo

Also one of my favorite top 2 psychedelic songs of all time with the other being small face's Itchycoo Park Absolute fantastic songs during a great period of life. I could listen to both songs morning, noon, and night.

Obviously the most, if not the best psychadelic song of the 60s/ever

That is my favourite psychedelic rock song ever! I think, the song fits to the Flower-Power-Generation well.
Pictures Of Matchstick Men is and stays the best psychedelic song ever!

Top 10 psychedelic rock song. This is one of those songs that you can picture listening too while you're getting stoned.

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48 Love You To - The Beatles

George really knew how to play his sitar ^^

49 Amazing Journey - The Who

A pure psychedelic journey

50 Flash Delirium - MGMT

Completely underrated music from the best psychedelic rock band in the new century

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