Top 10 Best Psychedelic Rock Artists

Basing bands off influence and popularity IN THE GENRE, so don't be surprised that the Beatles aren't number one.
Solo artists may be included too

The Top Ten

1 Blue Cheer Blue Cheer Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, more.

It is the hardest artist that is not Heavy metal or influence by Heavy metal. Have the same feel as The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Cream and The Who. It is not like your other Rock artists that just Rock but is very distortion and fuzzy. How can this artist not be top ten! Even though if you do just like the mainstream sound of Rock, Blue Cheer is still one of the top bests. If you know my account or look around it you would learn more why I like Blue Cheer the best. - BlueFuse

2 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.
3 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.
4 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
5 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.
6 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. 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 Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), more.

Their first two albums are concidered as pure psychedelic. After that it became a prog band. Floating sounds but not psychedelic anymore.

Comfortably numb

7 Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music.
8 Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane was a San Francisco, California-based band who pioneered the American counterculture movement as well as psychedelic rock. more.
9 Grateful Dead Grateful Dead
10 The Moody Blues The Moody Blues The Moody Blues are 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 more.

The Contenders

11 Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge was a American Psychedelic band in the late 1960s. Their two first album was all covers, but their third album is mostly original content. They are also credited for somewhat influencing Progressive Rock.
12 13th Floor Elevators
13 Strawberry Alarm Clock Strawberry Alarm Clock

I love that band, it's Poppy Psych, but it has a lot of Fuzz Guitar, it just screams psychedelic, and is just a treat to listen to. - RogerWatersfan1999

14 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.
15 Syd Barrett 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.
16 The Byrds The Byrds The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial more.

Why is an artist that is Folk rock and not part Psychedelic rock doing on the list! - BlueFuse

17 Love
18 Fields (1969)
19 Frijid Pink
20 Steppenwolf Steppenwolf Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1961 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton.
21 Quicksilver Messenger Service
22 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
23 Janis Joplin 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.
24 The Zombies
25 The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips

This artist is Neo Psychedelic not Psychedelic rock. There is a difference. Artists like The Moody Blues, Porcupine Tree, and Caravan are Progressive rock. Those artists should not be on the lists. - BlueFuse

26 The Yardbirds 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".

How is The Yardbirds Psychedelic rock! Their music is like The Who and The Kinks but does not as rock as much as The Who and is harder than The Kinks but not as heavy as the few harder songs of The Kinks. The Yardbirds is not part Psychedelic rock like The Gun is or The Stooges being Garage rock/Rock. The Yardbirds sounds nothing like Psychedelic rock and never will be. Saying The Yardbirds is Psychedelic rock is like just as bad as calling The Yardbirds Country or Folk. - BlueFuse

Jeff Beck's guitar intro to "Heart Full of Soul" in 1965 is arguably the very first time psychedelic music was heard by a general audience.
Its release predates everything else by at least a year or even two.

27 Caravan
28 Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree were an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.
29 Sir Lord Baltimore Sir Lord Baltimore
30 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.
31 Graveyard Graveyard
32 Pink Fairies
33 Edgar Broughton Band Edgar Broughton Band
34 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.
35 The Gun The Gun
36 May Blitz
37 Morgen
38 Crank
39 High Tide
40 Iron Claw
41 Attila (1969)
42 Stone Garden
43 Pulse
44 Leigh Stephens
45 Coven
46 The Electric Prunes
47 The Glass Sun
48 Spirit
49 Funkadelic
50 Parliament Parliament
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