My Top 26 Favorite Rock Bands/Performers Formed in The 1960's

by martin-m-kiryakov | created - 18 Jun 2013 | updated - 25 Sep 2013 | Public

1. The Doors

Soundtrack | 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 John Densmore on drums. The band got its name, at Morrison's suggestion from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception. They were ...

2. Led Zeppelin

Soundtrack | The Song Remains the Same

Led Zeppelin are a popular British band best known for their iconic "Stairway to Heaven" as well as for co-creating the music genre of heavy metal. Since their nine albums were recorded between 1968 and 1979, Led Zeppelin has been one of the most popular bands of all time, having sold more than 300...

3. Alice Cooper

Soundtrack | Wayne's World

Alice Cooper was born Vincent Damon Furnier, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of a minister. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona, at a young age and still lives in the state today. At age 17, he formed a rock band called the Earwigs, who changed their name to The Spiders and then The Nazz, before finally ...

4. The Rolling Stones

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The Rolling Stones are the legendary British rock band known for many popular hits, such as Paint it Black, Lady Jane, Ruby Tuesday, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Almost everyone who attended their shows is quick to comment on their ability to start you up and shake your hips. Their song "...

5. Pink Floyd

Soundtrack | Doctor Strange

Syd Barrett: vocals, guitar (born: Roger Keith Barrett; 6 January, 1946; Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK). In 1968, Syd Barrett left the band. Syd died in July, 2006 at aged 60 from pancreatic cancer.

David Gilmour: vocals, guitar (born: David John Gilmour; 6 March, 1946; Cambridge, ...

6. Uriah Heep

Soundtrack | Life on Mars

Members have included lead singer David Byron, Mick Box, Philippe Melançon, Bernie Shaw, Russell Broom, Ken Hensley.

7. Janis Joplin

Soundtrack | Watchmen

Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...

8. Deep Purple

Soundtrack | Twister

Formed in 1968 in Hertford, England.

9. Black Sabbath

Soundtrack | Iron Man

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre ...

10. Jefferson Airplane

Soundtrack | Four Brothers

Jefferson Airplane, a rock band based in San Francisco, California, was one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic rock. Formed in 1965, the group defined the San Francisco Sound and was the first from the Bay Area to achieve international commercial success. They were headliners at the three most ...

11. The Kinks

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

Robbie Williams made the cover of their song "Lola" to celebrate the 40th birthday of BBC Radio 1 (2007).

12. The Stooges

Soundtrack | Kong: Skull Island

The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

13. Roy Orbison

Soundtrack | Star Trek: First Contact

Roy Orbison was born on April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas, USA as Roy Kelton Orbison. He was married to Barbara Orbison and Claudette Frady. He died on December 6, 1988 in Madison, Tennessee, USA.

14. The Who

Soundtrack | The Kids Are Alright

Roger Daltrey formed the Detours in 1962, with several member changes and role swaps abound, John Entwistle joined. Sometime later, on John's recommendation, Pete Townshend was added to the line up. In the meantime, The Detours had become a four-piece band; the drummer was changed with Keith Moon ...

15. The Animals

Soundtrack | Suicide Squad

The Animals was a British rock band that started out as The Alan Price Combo and aimed for a hard blues/R&B sound. They changed their name when Eric Burdon joined the band in 1962. Their second single, "House of the Rising Sun", hit #1 on both the British and American charts in 1964. They had a ...

17. Cream

Soundtrack | Snowpiercer

British rock band Cream formed in 1966. Its members had come from other bands and had backgrounds in blues. Drummer Ginger Baker and bass guitarist Jack Bruce had both played with The Graham Bond Organization, an early British blues band, while lead guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton had come from The...

18. The Beatles

Soundtrack | The Beatles Anthology

The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas...

19. The Turtles

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

Starting out in the early 1960s as an instrumental band playing surf music under a variety of names, The Turtles saw the impact that "British invasion" groups were having on pop music and in 1964 decided to go in that direction. They then veered toward folk-rock, a la The Byrds, but soon veered off...

20. The Byrds

Soundtrack | Forrest Gump

Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

21. Steppenwolf

Soundtrack | Star Trek: First Contact

Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock band, formed in late 1967 in Los Angeles. Steppenwolf has sold over 25 million records worldwide, released eight gold albums and 12 Billboard Hot 100 singles, of which six were top 40 hits, including three top 10 successes: "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet ...

22. The Beach Boys

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The Beach Boys is an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson; their cousin Mike Love; and their friend Al Jardine. The Beach Boys are one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, ...

24. The Monkees

Soundtrack | The Monkees

Michael Nesmith wrote "Daily Nightly" (which appeared on the "Pisces" album) in reaction to the 1966 Sunset Strip curfew riot in Hollywood. Micky Dolenz sang, and played his new Moog synthesizer on the recording, becoming the first artist (and making the Monkees the first group) to include a ...

26. The Hollies

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The group's original lineup consisted of Bernie Calvert (bass) Allan Clarke (vocals), Tony Hicks (guitar), Bobby Elliott (drums), and Terry Sylvester (guitar). Graham Nash is considered one of the original members before his departure from the group in 1968. He later rejoined the group in the 1980s...



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