Top 10 Most Psychedelic Songs

We know almost every band of the 60s 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

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!

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.

This song, at the time, was one of the most controversial songs. Now, It's accepted as piece of history. The Doors and Jim Morrison we're never afraid of making music that shook up the world.

2 White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane

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.

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.

Love love love this, makes me think that the creativity of john lennon was at a point where it could surpass anything they had done before... When boom a few years later The Walrus comes out!

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

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.

4 Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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

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...

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

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

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

6 Echoes - Pink Floyd

"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.

I don't know about top 10 psychedelic rock songs, but this song is certainly one among top 3 Pink Floyd songs ever!

Now this is instrumental music; takes you on a journey into your soul. Best companion of the pot smoker.

7 I Am the Walrus - The Beatles

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

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!

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!

COME ON! Even the initials for this song is LSD! This websites main demographics are 8 year old jerkfaces with iPhones and are spoiled which listen to crappy music. That's also 80% of America's youth.

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

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!

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

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

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

Strange brew too

Not just the best psychedelic rock song but also best rock song ever made, legendary

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...

People need to understand that this absolutely NEEDS to be in the top 3 at least. It's an absolute masterpiece and no other song will ever come close to taking you on a journey while you're tripping hard.

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.

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

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.

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!

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

Got my 19 year old neighbor into some psychadelic rock. I often hear this blasting at 2am. Good lad!

13 Flying High - The Arcana

I'm tripping already+

14 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.

Made Zodiac more creepy.

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

15 Baba O'Riley - The Who

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

Its not psych rock, its hard rock.

16 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.

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.

17 Venus In Furs - The Velvet Underground

Lou reed has the most distinct and amazing voice.

18 Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock

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.

19 The Red Telephone - Love

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?..

20 Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles

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.

If not number one, then in the Top 3.

Definitely number 1

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

21 Within You Without You - The Beatles

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

A lot of Pink Floyd and Tame Impala songs came to mind, but Within you without you was first to come to mind

22 Flaming - Pink Floyd

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.

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

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

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 Tomorrow is Yesterday - The Arcana
25 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

Best single of all time. Love it

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