Top 10 Psychedelic Rock Bands

This is where the great 60s rock genre was at, love on it.

The Top Ten

1 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.

For all you non floyd listeners out there Thinking "What another brick in the whatsit isn't psychedelic! ", just for you to know, there are more albums then this and listen to pipe at the gates of dawn, an album fronted by my dear friend Syd Barrett. And those of you who want to talk to me about him please don't try to contact me. Yes I knew him, so did a lot of people though.

I like the Beatles better, but interns if psychedelic, no one does it like Floyd.

My favourite band is The Beatles and you gotta give them credit for starting it all, but Pink Floyd took psychedelia to heaven

Simply the best

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2 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.

Nobody does it like the Doors. Nearly every song they have is great. Thank you Jim Morrison

Not your typical psychedelic but no one takes you on more of a trip through dark, light, ominous and enlightening than The Doors One of a kind

There's no band like the doors, best ever

What do you expect from a sad, drunk, Lsd-fiyed rock God with a soothing voice? Yeah, the answer my friend is - poems, songs oozing with psychedelia, weird melodies and weird wild performances. That's The Doors for you all. Open the Doors of perception and peek into reality. According to Mr. Alex Huxley, "[i]f the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite." The name of the band was derived from Huxley's book, 'The Doors Of Perception'. I personally think, The Doors are neither the best nor the worst, they are just different.

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3 The Jimi Hendrix Experience 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 more.

Jimi Hendrix Experience should be higher than Tame Impala. - zxm

People who vote for tame impala are idiots.

4 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.

The Beatles are not only the influential band of all time, but also the most influential in psychedelic rock. A Day in the Life, which is psychedelic, is one of the best songs of all time, if not the best. Pink Floyd and The Doors only have a small amount of good material, while the Beatles have better material, and more material.

The beatles aren't that good of a phsycadellice band. But they have taken on the genre. Magical mystery tour is a good example of the doing phsycadellic. And I have a few other thins to say. First of all, who ever said day in the life is phsycadellic is wrong. It may have that erie part where it descended into amother section of the song but that doesn't mean it's phsycadellic. 2nd of all, the same person said pink floyd and the doors have only a small amount of good material. what is wrong with you? Pink floyd has more good material than the beatles. The doors aren't as good as the beatles but they sure as hell have more than just a small amount of good material. And this is phsycadellic were talking about. The doors and pink floyd are God's in that genre. - Cucboi99

Best band ever.. they started it all.. psychedelica metal.. you name it

5 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.

"Listen to their music you will know"

6 Tame Impala 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.

Notice how they're probably the only modern band on this list? They're that talented.

Hands down The only band in the modern times that can be called one of the best of all time!

These guys are talented musicians in the genre

Tame Impala are so good!

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7 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band had numerous band member changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (Guitar). more.
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.

Grace Slick wrote "White Rabbit" in 1965 when she was still with The Great Society, but it went mainstream in 1967 with the Airplane

Honestly how can they not be 1st? Jefferson Airplane put psychedelic music on the map and there isn't one member that plays bad. Jack Cassady hands down best American bassist ever. Jorma Kaukonen fingerpicking goodness with his signature weird noisy guitar psychedelicness. Skip Spence on drums for their first album and Spencer Dryden afterwards. Marty Balin incredible folk voice on debut album and Grace Slick powerful voice too. And Paul Kantner on rhythm and writing some incredible songs.

9 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

Fabulous list. I really can't pick one. Remix timeā€¦ - PetSounds

10 Grateful Dead Grateful Dead

GD will always be the ultimate psychedelic rock band of all time for me - the fact that they are still giving heads and a community that spans three generations their live experience at high levels and that dozens of quality cover/tribute bands expand the vibe around the country month to month speaks volumes.

None of these top bands, other than the Pink Floyds early years, would play long, 20 minute plus songs, and none of these bands would stay out and play 2 sets. These guys deserve to be number 1

The Absolute Best hands down!

Long live the Grateful Dead!

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The Contenders

11 King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

Amazing band, great sound

12 Strawberry Alarm Clock Strawberry Alarm Clock

This should be #1

13 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled more.

Not really, don't get me wrong I really like the band, but they're not Psychedelic. The only album they made which was psychedelic was The Who Sellout. Even with that said, that's just one album, not enough to call them a psychedelic band. - RogerWatersfan1999

Nah - waldo

14 13th Floor Elevators

The band that started it all.

15 MGMT 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.
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.

8 Miles High was the first really big psychedelic hit

17 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.
18 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.
19 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.

Deep Purple is awesome, but they are definitely not psychedelic rock

Deep Purple was a psych rock band in the early era. - zxm

20 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".

The Yardbirds pre-dated everyone else by over a year with what would become "the psychedelic sound".

21 Animal Collective
22 Graveyard Graveyard
23 Love
24 The People's Temple The People's Temple The People's Temple is a rock and roll band that formed in 2007 in Perry, Michigan and currently is based out of Lansing, Michigan.

Love these guys. They have a nice retro 60s sound to them - ryanrimmel

Thank you for including this talented group.

25 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.
26 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.

So Underrated, name me one Iron Butterfly song besides In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida? - RogerWatersfan1999

27 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

Why is this band on the list? Sure I like the band. But they are far from Psychedelic. Sure you could argue that some of their songs are somewhat Psychedelic, but they are more of a Hard/Blues rock band. The most Psychedelic album they made is Houses of the Holy, and the most Psychedelic song they've made was No Quarter off that same album I just mentioned. - RogerWatersfan1999

28 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Their original lineup included Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay, and Neil Young.
29 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.
30 Quicksilver Messenger Service

Listen to "Cavalry" or "Gold and Silver" and you'll know why Quicksilver is the best of psychedelic rock.

Why is thos behind a bunch on non-psychedelic bands. Also (no offense to the seeds), it is better than the seeds. - Sepron64

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31 The Seeds The Seeds

I saw the seeds In 1967 with the doors in Santa Barbara. I still love them and attended new documentary about them two years ago and got to hang out with Darrell hooper,teaches music in Northern Cal now. Very sad about sky saxon. I think they were more popular in California especially Southern Cal then the rest of the world but they are incredible

32 Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, more.
33 Hawkwind
34 The Arcana The Arcana The Arcana are a British indie/psychedelic/baroque rock band formed in 2015 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). more.

Some people consider that The Arcana's second album (Lemon Freddy Phantom Of The Sky) is a psychedelic album, but there are only a few songs on the album that could be considered as properly psychedelic: "Yellow Plastic Tiling", "When The Feeling's Gone" & "We In The Moonlight". But I'm sure other people will debate this. The band is still probably more psychedelic than most other contemporary bands linked to this genre.

35 Moby Grape Moby Grape
36 Liquid Sound Company
37 Big Brother And The Holding Company Big Brother And The Holding Company Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Cheer, and Jefferson Airplane.
38 Gong

Space rock pioneers whose career spanned decades. One of the most psychedelic bands ever recorded.

39 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.

Not really a " psychedelic " band. But their two sixties psychedelic albums " Between the buttons " and " Their Satanic majesties request " are classics of the psychedelic era. Their Satanic majesties request album did get when it came out bad reviews and still now many Rolling Stones fans concider this album as one of their worst albums. For me it's a masterpiece of psychedelic music. Just listen to songs like " Citadel ", " In another land ", " she's a Rainbow ", " The Lantern ", " 2000 Lightyears from home "... All masterpieces! And their psychedelic baroque singles such as " Lady Jane ", " Ruby Tuesday " or " Child of the moon ", " We love you ", " Paint it black ". They definitively belong on this list because their " psychedelic moment " in the sixties is part of the history of psychedelic music.

Why is this this on the list

Ex; 2,000 Light Years From Home

40 No Man's Land
41 Spirit
42 The Black Angels
43 My Morning Jacket My Morning Jacket My Morning Jacket is an American rock band formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1998. The band currently consists of vocalist/guitarist Jim James, bassist Tom Blankenship, drummer Patrick Hallahan, guitarist Carl Broemel, and keyboardist Bo Koster.
44 The Peanut Butter Conspiracy

One of the most underrated bands.

45 The Brian Jonestown Massacre
46 The Electric Prunes
47 Los Bravos
48 The Hollies The Hollies
49 The Cure The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

The Cure? It's New Wave, Dark Wave, Gothic-Rock, Post-Punk... whatever you want to call it but it's certainly NOT a psychedelic band!

Simply the best psychedelic rock band listen to the album disintegration pure masterpiece

50 Black Moth Super Rainbow
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