Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Bands Formed in the 60s

What are the best bands that played hard rock or heavy metal and were formed between the years 1960-1969? No matter if they released one or more albums in those years.
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1 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.

@the guy who commented before me: Actually the classical influence makes them sole inventors of metal music as we know it now - rock music based on classical. Nobody else played rock based on classical back then. Of course, they also played hard rock (which is based on blues) and they are one of the hard rock pioneers, too.

Yeah, I agree that they created "heavy metal". but hard rock was even before them. I heard that Ritchie Blackmore was a pop guitarist. so when hard rock creation was on the way, he wasn't there. his works started with Jon Lord.

Great Band - Saw them twice and their music is as good as in the recording studio.

Good hard rock. Blackmore, Lord and Paice - enough said?

2 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.

At #1 again... Look, this is the most overrated band of all time because their most popular songs are rip offs, uncredited covers. Led Zep is a cover band that "forgot" to mention the originals. Find some originals on YouTube and be convinced (the list is way longer though):
Jake Holmes - Dazed And Confused
The Small Faces - You Need Loving
Muddy Waters - You Need Love
Spirit - Taurus

Absolutely one of the most influential hard rock and heavy metal bands of all time.

Many rip offs, this is a cover band that "forgot" to mention the originals.

Led Zeppelin is the best

3 Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.

Judas Priest not in the R&R HOF is the biggest travesty in the history of music!

Halford is the Metal God!

4 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.

Black Sabbath are the founders of metal!

The godfathers of Heavy Metal. Any metal musician will tell you so

The truly fathers of Heavy Metal genre!

5 Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.
6 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal ...read more.
7 Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. The band has had an iconic lineup since 1975, which included Neil Peart (Drums, Percussion), Geddy Lee (Vocals, Bass, Keyboards), and the guitarist, Alex Lifeson. Peart passed away after a 3 year battle with brain cancer in January of ...read more.
8 Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.
9 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" ...read more.

A really good band!

10 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.

Dude, they were the 1st thrashers
They smashed their instruments into the ground and made your ears ring
You don't see excitement like that these days

The Contenders
11 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

Better than rush and deep purple and scorpions and black sabbath and judas priest and the who!

12 Sweet
13 UFO UFO are an English rock band that was formed in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal.
14 Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".

One of the best bands of all time. Although they are hard to categorize, they probably were the first Gothic band (although some so called experts don;t even list them..look up "The Relationship between Blue Oyster Cult and Vampires" for an excellent argument that should they be included. They are very influential in many styles from punk and metal.

I know, Led Zeppelin is untouchable and so is The Who in some ways. Well I might argue that Secret Treaties is superior to them all. Blue Oyster Cult's hard rock compositions of their first 5 albums and the beauty and lightning of Buck Dharma's guitar --- sorry... The world got it wrong.

15 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.

These guys were the god fadders of heavy metal and they are @.5%? what druggie is voting on this ?

16 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.

Had this album when I was a teenager in the early 70s. Still listen to it occasionally today. It's a classic!

Their debut album "Vincebus Eruptum" recorded in '67 practically created the distorted and loud Heavy Metal sound.

17 Nazareth
18 Slade Slade are an English rock band from Wolverhampton. They rose to prominence during the glam rock era in the early 1970s, achieving 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones on the UK Singles Chart.
19 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.
20 ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.
21 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.
22 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".
23 Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.
24 Free Free were an English rock band formed in London in 1968, best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now".
25 Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and ...read more.
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