What are the Best Modern Psychedelic Rock Songs?

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Looking for some of the best modern psychedelic rock songs? Here’s a list of some of our favorites, perfect for getting you into that psychedelic headspace!

The Best of the Best

This is a list of the best psychedelic rock songs of the modern era. These songs will take you on a journey through sound and space, and they will leave you feeling expanded, enlightened, and maybe even a little bit weird. The best psychedelic rock songs aretrippy, mind-bending, and totally unique. They are the kind of songs that make you feel like you are floating on a cloud, or flying through the air. They are the kind of songs that make you feel like anything is possible.

“Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” – Van Halen

Released in 1978, on their self-titled debut album, “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” was one of the first songs that put Van Halen on the map. It is a prime example of their signature sound, which is a unique blend of hard rock and pop. The song became a huge hit, reaching #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Crazy Bitch” – Buckcherry

“Crazy Bitch” is a song by American rock band Buckcherry, released as the first single from their 2005 album, 15. It reached number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song is about a woman who is emotionally unstable and ” drives [the narrator] crazy.” The music video features the band performing in a mental institution.

“Crazy Bitch” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2006.

“Paralyzer” – Finger Eleven

“Paralyzer” is a song by the Canadian rock band Finger Eleven. It was released in 2007 as the first single from their fifth studio album, Them vs. You vs. Me. The song peaked at number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was fingered as one of the best modern psychedelic rock songs of the 21st century.

The song is based on a true story about a man who was paralyzed from the neck down after a car accident. He was told by his doctors that he would never walk again, but he refused to believe them. After years of physical therapy, he finally regained the use of his legs and walked out of the hospital on his own two feet.

The song is an anthem for anyone who has ever been told that they can’t do something. It’s a reminder that anything is possible if you don’t give up.

The Best of the Rest

Psychedelic rock emerged in the mid 1960s as a subgenre of rock music that incorporated elements of psychedelia, a subculture that developed in reaction to the experiences brought on by LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin. The style is characterized by distorted guitars, mind-altering lyrics, and extended improvisation.

“Sex on Fire” – Kings of Leon

“Sex on Fire” is a song by American rock band Kings of Leon, from their fourth studio album Only by the Night (2008). The song gave Kings of Leon their first number-one single in Australia, Finland, Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as their first top ten hit in New Zealand and Sweden. It was also voted as the best single of 2008 by NME readers. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 80 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”.

“The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” is a perfect example of modern psychedelic rock. The song was released in 2001 and instantly became a hit, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song features a catchy hook and driving guitars that are reminiscent of classic psychedelic rock bands like Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead.

“Move Along” – The All-American Rejects

If you’re looking for a classic, “Move Along” by The All-American Rejects is the song for you. With its driving guitars and anthemic chorus, it’s impossible not to sing along.

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