Top 10 Psychedelic Rock Bands

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

The Top Ten Psychedelic Rock Bands

1 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was 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.

World's best band Evan after 1/2 of a century I love to listen them

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.

2 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

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.

3 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 ...read more.

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.

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.

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.

5 Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.

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.

6 King Crimson King Crimson is 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.

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

7 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.

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!

8 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.

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?

9 Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane was a San Francisco, California-based band who pioneered the American counterculture movement as well as psychedelic rock. ...read 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.

10 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 ...read more.

The Contenders

11 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 time… - PetSounds

12 King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

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

13 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read 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.

Nah - waldo

14 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.
15 Strawberry Alarm Clock Strawberry Alarm Clock is a psychedelic rock band formed in 1967 in Los Angeles best known for their 1967 hit single "Incense and Peppermints".

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

16 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.

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

17 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 ...read more.

8 Miles High was the first really big psychedelic hit

18 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.

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?

19 Quicksilver Messenger Service

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

20 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 Graveyard
22 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.

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...

23 Hawkwind Hawkwind are an English rock band and one of the earliest space rock groups. Formed in November 1969, Hawkwind have gone through many incarnations and they have incorporated different styles into their music, including hard rock, progressive rock and psychedelic rock.
24 13th Floor Elevators

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.

25 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.

Not really psychedelic, more extreme creativity and thinking outside the box.

26 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.

27 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, ...read more.

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

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

28 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, ...read more.
29 Love

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

30 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 ...read more.
31 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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 ...read 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.

32 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.

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

33 Spirit
34 The Brian Jonestown Massacre

DIG! - marazico

35 Moby Grape Moby Grape is an American rock group from the 1960s, known for having all five members contribute to singing and songwriting, which collectively merged elements of folk music, blues, country, and jazz with rock and psychedelic music.

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.

36 Procol Harum Procol Harum are an English rock band formed in 1967. They contributed to the development of progressive rock, and by extension, symphonic rock.
37 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

38 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.

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.

39 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, ...read more.
40 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). ...read 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.

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

41 Temples
42 The Black Angels
43 Gong

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

44 The Electric Prunes

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

45 Liquid Sound Company
46 No Man's Land
47 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

48 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.
49 The Peanut Butter Conspiracy

One of the most underrated bands.

50 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
8Load More
PSearch List