Best Psychedelic Music Artists

Looking for the best musicians of the psychedelic era.
The Top Ten
1 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd are 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

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.

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

They are so professional. They never really did drugs and made songs that sound like they were high.

2 The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The group comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. They are regarded as the most influential band of all time and were integral to the development of the 1960s counterculture and the recognition of popular... read more

Excellent band, very good quality music compared to other bands of the time. 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 forever!

I think George Harrison's use of Indian instruments in songs like Love You To and Tomorrow Never Knows makes The Beatles a defining psychedelic element.

3 The Arcana The Arcana are a British rock band formed in 2016 in London, England. The band consists of Peter Lennodo (vocals, guitars and keyboards), Jack Aquiziac (vocals, bass guitar and keyboards) and Joey Silverheel (drums and percussion)... read more

Ever wondered where the spirits of Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, and John Bonham ended up? Look no further.

4 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" and "May This Be Love." Come on guys, seriously.

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

5 The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965, comprising vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore. They were among the most influential and controversial rock acts of the 1960s, primarily due to Morrison's lyrics and voice,... read more

It's sad that they were so short-lived, but if you're really into psychedelic rock, you'll know 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.

I can understand people saying this isn't the best band, but when it comes to psychedelic rock, they absolutely rule.

Morrison's voice is unbelievable.

6 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.

7 Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane was a San Francisco, California-based band who pioneered the American counterculture movement as well as psychedelic rock.
Members: Grace Slick - vocals, piano, organ, recorder
Marty Balin - vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass guitar
Paul Kantner - rhythm guitar, lead... read more
8 Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.
9 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 the genius that made Pink Floyd possible. I love Pink Floyd, both their progressive and psychedelic eras, but I prefer the psychedelic side because of Syd Barrett.

Piper at The Gates of Dawn was absolutely perfect. A Saucerful of Secrets was also great. Other songs such as Echoes and their early singles like See Emily Play were spectacular. I also love Syd Barrett's solo albums as they are purely psychedelic and just amazing.

Anyways, Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd were the best psychedelic artists ever, in my opinion. The Doors are also very psychedelic, and their songs and albums are extraordinary. Their songs like The End, Soul Kitchen, Light My Fire, When The Music's Over, Touch Me, and People are Strange can be very psychedelic.

Also, The Beatles were extraordinary with songs like Lucy in The Sky with Diamonds, A Day in The Life, Tomorrow Never Knows, I'm Only Sleeping, Strawberry Fields Forever, and more.

10 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
The Contenders
11 Mamas & The Papas
12 King Crimson King Crimson were 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). However, the most notable lineup is between 1972-75, consisting of Fripp, John Wetton (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums),... read more
13 Quicksilver Messenger Service
14 Moody Blues The Moody Blues were 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
15 Tangerine Dream Tangerine Dream is a German electronic music band founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. The group has seen many personnel changes over the years, with Froese having been the only continuous member until his death in January 2015. The best-known lineup of the group was its mid-70s trio of Froese, Christopher... read more
16 Still Corners
17 Pond
18 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.
19 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 the best band I've heard from my era.

20 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 some of the best music albums produced in the past five years.

21 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".
22 Shocking Blue

The songs by Shocking Blue are good psychedelic songs, especially Venus, which has a good sound.

In my opinion, the version by Shocking Blue sounds much better than the garbage of Bananarama.

23 Animal Collective Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003. Its members and founders are Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist.
24 King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
25 Jethro Tull Jethro Tull are 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.
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