The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands of the 60s

The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands of the 60s – a list of the top 10 psychedelic rock bands of the 1960s, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and more.

The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The group, whose best-known line-up comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, are regarded as the most influential band of all time. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, they later utilised several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. Their popularity grew in Britain as they toured extensively around the country during 1963. By the end of the year, they had received widespread press coverage and television exposure, including two appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show—which led to Beatlemania in the United States.


The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first stable line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as a touring member until his death in 1985. Jones died less than a month after Wyman’s departure in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1974. After Taylor’s departure, there were a series of bassists including Ronnie Wood, who joined in 1975 and has been on guitar since 1976. Following Wyman’s retirement in 1993, Darryl Jones has been the main touring bassist.

The Stones have released 30 studio albums, 23 live albums and numerous compilations. Let It Bleed (1969) was their first of five consecutive number one studio albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers (1971) was the first of eight number one studio albums in the US. In 2008, the band ranked 10th on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists chart. In 2012, they ranked number four on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. They have sold more than 200 million records worldwide.{{cite web|url=http://www.rollingstone
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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. They were one of the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison’s lyrics and stage performances, and the group was widely regarded as an important part of the Counterculture of the 1960s.

The doors produced two albums that topped the US charts—The Doors (1967) and Strange Days (1967)—and were among the ten best-selling US albums of 1967. The band’s sixth studio album, L.A. Woman (1971), returned them to commercial success; it was their final album with Morrison, who died three months after its release.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd was an English rock band formed in London in 1965. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Their first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), incorporated elements of Syd Barrett’s psychedelic artwork. Pink Floyd are known for the 1971 album The Dark Side of the Moon, which remained on the Billboard chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988 and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. With their 1994 album, The Division Bell, they became one of the few rock bands to achieve commercial success while experimenting with long form experimental pieces.

The Who

The Who is an English rock band that formed in 1964. The group became known for their energetic live performances and reckless style. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom with their singles “I Can’t Explain” and “My Generation”, and they released their debut album Who’s Next in 1971. The Who is considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, and they have sold over 100 million records worldwide.

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