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Rock Music of The 1960s

Updated on April 11, 2017

60s Rockers

The Rolling Stones are from England but they rocked the world for over 30 years. One of the Stones best songs was Start Me Up.
The Rolling Stones are from England but they rocked the world for over 30 years. One of the Stones best songs was Start Me Up. | Source
Jimi  Hendrix is one of if not the best guitarist in history. One of his best songs is Foxy Lady.
Jimi Hendrix is one of if not the best guitarist in history. One of his best songs is Foxy Lady. | Source
The Beatles consisted of: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and George Harrison.
The Beatles consisted of: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and George Harrison. | Source
The Doors are famous for many songs including, Riders on the storm.
The Doors are famous for many songs including, Riders on the storm. | Source

Legendary 60s Music

1. The Beatles: The Beatles ruled rock music and pop music from 1960-1970 and in many ways they still rule it. Sales speak for themselves. Personally, I am a John Lennon fan but, Paul McCartney is a really talented artist. They transcended the music world to the mainstream with songs like: Hard Days Night, 8 Days a Week and Hey Jude are just a few of their Rock tunes. Best selling rock band in history of the U.S. and the U.K., where they are from. My dad's favorite band is The Beatles and they are one of my tops too!

2. The Rolling Stones: The Stones, like The Beatles began in England and Mick Jagger and Kieth Richards began rocking in 1962 and believe it or not they are still pumping out new music to this day. If the Beatles are Michael Jordan than The Stones are Scottie Pippen indeed. My top songs from The Stones are : Satisfaction, Angie, Start Me Up and Beast of Burden. I remember when they cam to Birmingham, Alabama where I live and I did not get to go because tickets were gone in one day of being on sale.

3. Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix is one of the best guitarist in music history who died way too early. Before Jimi Hendrix left us at age 27, in England, he left us with such classics as: Foxy Lady and Hey Joe. Purple Haze is my favorite and I can listen to his electric sound for hours at a time. He was a master on the guitar, simply one of the all-time best, and he seemed to really get into his music with mind, body and soul. Guitar players really try hard to be this artist but their is only one.

4. The Doors: Jim Morrison and his crew had some of the darkest songs ever written in rock music including: Break on Through and Riders on The Storm. The Doors lyrics were like Pink Floyd's in that they were out there but, usually had meaning behind them. The Doors had great drum playing and guitar solos that often lasted for several minutes. There was a movie written about their lives and it was released at the movie theater. You know you have made it when you have a movie made about you. I own 3 of their CD's and love hearing them when they come on the car radio as well.

5. Janis Joplin: Joplin, although known as the queen of Folk music and is to a degree the Queen of Rock music as well. She had (4) four studio albums but, counting live performances and her singing with other bands, equal (9) nine albums of pure artistry from a legend who left us far too early at 27. She put everything that she had into her music. This was her way of expressing herself through her music and you could tell in how she sounds and her actions that she always came from the heart and soul when performing.

6. Cream: Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce started their band in England. Although they broke up in less than five years, their singing and acoustics were second to none in the 1960s. They made (4) four albums and the instrumentals on all four albums were astounding. Clapton could get down on vocals and guitar and they played in venues across the world. Eric Clapton enjoyed a great solo career but this is where it all started.

7. Pink Floyd: Floyd did most of their most important work in the 1970's, but they made several albums and taught the world about psychedelic rock. They managed three albums and made a movie soundtrack during the turbulent 60's. The album Umma Gumma is a double Disc. They made most of their music dealing with politics and social issues as well as the life of lead singer and band founder Roger Waters. Of course, Syd Barrett was also a central theme of this band's music.

8. The Who: Like Floyd, Stones and The Beatles, The Who came from England and took the U.K. and the U.S. by storm. The Who has made eleven albums and toured all over the world. The song "Who are You" is a classic for all ages and even my kids who cannot drive yet knows this groups classic hits. A band for all times to be sure.

9. The Beach Boys: The Beach boys mostly made surf rock but they knew how to play guitar and drums that's for sure. They have released over thirty albums amazingly and also the songs Surfin' Safari and Surfin' USA are radio and television classics. This band has been on television shows and even featured in a couple of films.

10. Creedance Clearwater Revival: When I think of this band I think of the Forrest Gump soundtrack which features CCR. This group was started by The Fogerty brothers and there songs had a beat but also many of them touched on important issues which along with the vocals touched my heart on a few songs to be honest.

* Please share your favorite 60's rock group with me in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this hub.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd came out with their first album, "The Piper at The Gates of Dawn" in 1967. The members were Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, David Gilmore, Rickard Wright and Nick Mason
Pink Floyd came out with their first album, "The Piper at The Gates of Dawn" in 1967. The members were Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, David Gilmore, Rickard Wright and Nick Mason | Source

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John Lennon

Lennon was a legendary musician and the lead singer for The Beatles. He lost his life far too early when he was shot in New York in 1980.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      More of a Beatles and Beach Boys girl here! Thanks for the memories...used to listen to all these in my mum's car,and dad's a professional guitarist so I kind of grew up with them. Thanks of sharing, and I share too.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      I love so much all the 60s groups/musicians from your list :) especially the Who & the Beatles

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      go-barbara-go 4 years ago

      The Beatles...I remembered playing everything Beatles in a one-hour block over the radio and ended up suspended for a week. I was 18 years old, a new DJ and was assigned to play 60's on Sunday morning show. I didn't know anything but Beatles and a little bit of The Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Cascade.

      Thanks for this hub...it brings back memories.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It was the Beatles and then everyone else in 2nd place. :) Good job!

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      John Lennon number 1 Billybuc.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 4 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      Good stuff but don't forget about the early 1960s - Dion, Roy Orbison, Everly Brothers, Righteous Brothers, etc. And, especially, one of the greatest groups of all time in my opinion Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons.

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