Top Classic Psychedelic Bands

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The Litter was an American psychedelic and garage rock band, formed in 1966 in Minneapolis. They are best remembered for their 1967 debut single “Action Woman.”

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The Blues Magoos are a rock music group from the The Bronx, New York. They were at the forefront of the psychedelic music trend, beginning as early as 1966. They are best known for the hit song ” Nothin’ Yet”.

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The Seeds were an American rock band. The group, whose repertoire spread between garage rock and acid rock, are considered one of the pioneers of punk rock.

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The Pretty Things are an English rock and roll band from London, who originally formed in 1963. They took their name from Bo Diddley’s 1955 song “Pretty Thing”.

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Vanilla Fudge is an American rock band known predominantly for their psychedelic renditions of popular songs.

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The Zombies are an English rock band, formed in 1962 in St Albans and led by Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone. The group scored British and American hits in 1964 with “She’s Not There”.

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Silver Apples are an American psychedelic electronic music duo from New York, comprising Simeon, who performs on a primitive synthesizer of his own devising; and, until his death in 2005, drummer Danny Taylor.

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The Moving Sidewalks was a American psychedelic blues-rock band, most notable for giving future ZZ Top guitarist, Billy Gibbons, his start in the music business.

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The Incredible String Band were a psychedelic folk band formed in Scotland in 1966. The band built a considerable following, especially within the British counterculture, before splitting up in 1974.

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Pearls Before Swine was an American psychedelic folk band formed by Tom Rapp in 1965 in Eau Gallie, now part of Melbourne, Florida. They released six albums between 1967 and 1971, before Rapp launched a solo career.

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Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock, and for live performances of long musical improvisation.

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Hawkwind are an English rock band, one of the earliest space rock groups. Their lyrics favour urban and science fiction themes. They are considered a key link between the hippie and punk cultures.

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Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968. Later labeled as one of the first krautrock groups, they transcended mainstream influences and incorporated strong minimalist and world music elements into their often psychedelic music.

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Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1965. A pioneer of counterculture-era psychedelic rock, the group was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success.

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The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City by Lou Reed and John Cale, who both went on to find success as solo artists.

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Soft Machine were an English rock band from Canterbury, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene, and helped pioneer the progressive rock genre.

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The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band was an American psychedelic rock band of the late 1960s, based in Los Angeles, California.

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Amon Düül II is a German rock band. The group is generally considered to be one of the founders of the Krautrock scene and a seminal influence on the development of it.

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The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.

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Love was an American rock group of the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were led by singer/songwriter Arthur Lee who wrote most material, though some of their best known songs were written by Bryan MacLean.

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in October 1966.

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The Mothers Of Invention were an American rock band from California that served as the backing musicians for Frank Zappa, a self-taught composer and performer whose diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often impossible to categorize. Their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows.

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Don Van Vliet was an American musician, singer-songwriter, experimental composer, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart.

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The 13th Floor Elevators was an American rock band from Austin, Texas, formed by guitarist and vocalist Roky Erickson, electric jug player Tommy Hall, and guitarist Stacy Sutherland, which existed from 1965 to 1969.

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The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool, in 1960. With John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era.

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Pink Floyd were an English rock band that achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music.

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