10 Best Rock Groups of the 60’s

No. 10 – The Mamas and the Papas

When you think of the ’60s you definitely think of the California beach sound. The Mama’s and the Papa’s were pioneers in this area. With songs like “Monday, Monday” and “California Dreamin'”, you can almost feel the sea mist on your face and the salt air blowing back your hair.

British rock group The Animals pictured in Bath as they celebtate their song House of the Rising Sun reaching Number One in the UK charts. Group members are: Eric Burdon (vocals), Alan Price (organ and keyboards), Hilton Valentine (guitar), John Steel (drums), and Bryan ‘Chas’ Chandler (bass), 4th July 1964. (Photo by Maurice Tibbles/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

No. 9 – The Animals

Another group who had themes to their music. They always wanted Good Times to Roll especially at “The House of the Rising Sun” and stayed friendly with bartenders with “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.”

No. 8 – The Yardbirds

Their best known song is “For your Love”. But you cannot leave off a band who had these guitarists either together or solo, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Paige, and Eric Clapton. Having these guys on the strings, even I could be the lead singer. Ummm no.

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: Photo of Jefferson Airplane (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

No. 7 – Jefferson Airplane

The first of our psychedelic groups, Jefferson Airplane had quite a few hits but my favorites are “Let’s Get Together”, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”. There are plenty more but I feel these are the best to enjoy some small ‘cigarettes’ or a blunt or 2.

No. 6 – The Byrds

At 6 is another of the softer rock bands the 60s was famous for, The Birds. At their outset, they relied on Bob Dylan to get their wings which is why they covered Mr. Tambourine Man. They then started pumping out hits of the 60s like Turn-Turn-Turn, I Am a Pilgrim, and Jesus is Alright.

No. 5 – The Monkees

Most people today would not count the Monkees in the list but having a groundbreaking combination Music and TV show and chart topping hits makes the Monkees very worthy. Just a few of their hits include, “I’m a Believer”, “Daydream Believer”, and “Last Train to Clarkesville”. The Monkees were groundbreakers and very enjoyable to watch and listen too.

CREAM – UK rock group in November 1966. From left: Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton. Photo: Tony Gale

No. 4 – Cream

This band did not stay together long but with members like Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton it would’ve hard to stay together with all that talent in one place. They also produced the first Platinum Album in Wheels of Fire. Some of their most influential hits are “Sunshine of Your Love” and “White Room”.

No. 3 – The Beach Boys

One of the most highly acclaimed bands of all time and in some respects don’t get the recognition that they deserve. As the world moves on, we sometimes forget the gems we had. They are the only band in US history to have 36 songs reach the US top 40 chart. And with songs like, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, “409”, and “Sloop John B”, it is easy to see how their music crossed many generations.

No. 2 – The Beatles

The four mates from Liverpool accomplished alot in 7 years. 13 albums were released by the Beatles in those 7 years from 1963-’70, when the band broke up. They are also the top selling group in the US having sold over 183 million units just in the states. As you may suspect, their hits are very numerous with “Norwegian Wood” being one of my favorites, as well as “The Taxman” and “Yellow Submarine”.

No. 1 – The Rolling Stones

It is always hard to pick the #1 in one of these polls but The Stones made it easy. In the beginning they had some help writing their early songs but in 1966 with the album “Aftermath” , they started writing their own material and the rest is history. The band seems to keep touring, most of us don’t know how or why but they may be sharing some of Keith’s special “vitamins.” The Stones are another band with hits too numerous to mention all of them but my top 3 are; “Mother’s Little Helper”, “Time is on My Side” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together.”

I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing this list. More to come next week. Either Solo artists or One Hit Wonders. It depends where the winds take me. Keep on Rockin.

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