Top 10 Psychedelic Rock BandsThis is where the great 60s rock genre was at, love on it.
The Top Ten
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.
Man I owe this band my life. I have tried to commit suicide multiple times and when I started listening to pink floyd I felt a natural high in my whole body. This made me realize if I can feel high from a song then why can't I feel high about life. This feeling gave me hope.
I like the Beatles better, but interns if psychedelic, no one does it like Floyd.
Its awfully considerate of you to think of me here and I'm most obliged for you making it clear that I'm not here and I never knew the moon could be so big and I never
Nobody does it like the Doors. Nearly every song they have is great. Thank you Jim Morrison
There's no band like the doors, best ever
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
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.
Tomorrow Never Knows, A Day in the Life, Strwberry Fields Forever, I Am the Walrus, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, that should say it all there...
Revolver and Sgt Pepper. Enough said.
One of the best bands ever
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.
Some of the greatest musical talents to have ever lived. The Jimi Hendrix Experience were something else.
The Jimi Hendrix experience is probably the coolest bands And in my opinion the most Phycedelic. The sounds and the way Jimi plays the gutar is surreal.
Jimi Hendrix Experience should be higher than Tame Impala. - zxm
People who vote for tame impala are idiots.
I'm not going to say Cream is the best rock band of the 60s, but I will say it's the best band of all time.
"Listen to their music you will know"
What why is the beatles ahead of cream?! and why is the beatles even on this list! this is total bs.
cream IS THE ULTAMATE psychadelic band, equal to hendrix id say.
Should be just after pink floyd
Oh yes. They're wonderful. - Lsdjesus
It’s sad that people nowadays don’t know the difference between psychedelic and progressive rock - lucaskt
Don't knock this band unless you've really listened to them. Seriously, great music does not only lie in the past bands of our generation, impala are amazing. I don't know if they're the best but they're certainly up there.
Major part of history and deserves to be on the mainstream. Please don't bring us down. - Lsdjesus
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!
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.
I'm a deadhead so Grateful dead is in the top 5.
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
How are these guys not number 1?
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.
Fabulous list. I really can't pick one. Remix time… - PetSounds
This band (in my opinion) is the most diverse band I have ever heard. They experiment so much with different sounds and instruments and it never seems to go bad. Stu Mackenzie, the lead singer/guitarist/clarinet player/flute player/keyboard player/bassist and a lot more is such a musical genius... He writes songs in 7/4 like it was a normal time signature. The way Stu experiments with different instruments is amazing to me, he can make any thing go together.
Best thing I have heard in the last couple of years, I got earworm for days now and not tired of it
Amazing band, great sound
The amount of diversity these guys bring to the table is unparalleled, with so many great albums in such a short span of time, each a wonder on their own but some forming a loosly cohesive "Gizzaverse". If you want a psych rock experience for the ages, throw on Nonagon Infinity and open the door. Just make sure you put it on repeat
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.
Nah - waldo
This should be #1
How is this not at least top 3?!?!?! You people know NOTHING about psychedelic music. Go listen to Curse of the Witches and Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow and come back and tell me this doesn’t deserve top 3. - MrMojoRis1n
8 Miles High was the first really big psychedelic hit
Definition of psychedelia listen to the whole thing not just in a gadda
So Underrated, name me one Iron Butterfly song besides In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida?
Listen to "Cavalry" or "Gold and Silver" and you'll know why Quicksilver is the best of psychedelic rock.
These guys were SO GOOD!
Why is thos behind a bunch on non-psychedelic bands. Also (no offense to the seeds), it is better than the seeds. - Sepron64
The Yardbirds pre-dated everyone else by over a year with what would become "the psychedelic sound".
Should be more higher. With Janis Joplin (the best singer of all time) and the rest of the band, they made great songs like Summertime, Piece of my heart, Ball and chain...
These guys used to play live while on Acid, doesn't get more phycedelic than that
The band that started it all.
Originality cannot be reinvented
Because... just listen.
Not really psychedelic, more extreme creativity and thinking outside the box.
Love these guys. They have a nice retro 60s sound to them - ryanrimmel
Thank you for including this talented group.
Deep Purple was a psych rock band in the early era. - zxm
Deep Purple is awesome, but they are definitely not psychedelic rock
Literally the most underrated band on the planet. Fame stole by the Doors (no hate towards them) and elektra records.
Love would deserve to be at least top 10
They are psychedelic. Have you listened to "It will rain for a million years" or "Untitled"
They're prog, not psychedelic. Doesn't belong in this category. - RockNRoll
Deserves to be in top ten
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.
BSF was one of the pioneers of psych rock and psych country along with the Byrds. Stills and Young were at the start of the peak creativity in late 60s. There has been no better protest song than "For all it's worth" while psychedelic gems like Mr Soul, Broken Arrow, Questions and Expecting to fly were quite ahead of the time
DIG! - marazico
Their first record, which was released in 1967, is a masterpiece and probably one of the most important and influential records in the history of rock.
Just listen to it, it's entitled Moby Grape.
I mean, even Robert Plant is a huge fan of their work, so much so that he decided to cover two songs off their first record in the early 90's.
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
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.
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.
These guys are not a dedicated psychedelic rock band. Also, I don't think that most of their psychedelic stuff is good enough to make them leaders of the genre. - Gg2000
Why is this this on the list
Ex; 2,000 Light Years From Home
Space rock pioneers whose career spanned decades. One of the most psychedelic bands ever recorded.
These guys were incorporating studio effects in a way that had never really been done before. Nobody really sounded like that at the time. - Gg2000
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
One of the most underrated bands.