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 was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

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

Rock band.

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

When the Mark II lineup reunited in 1984, front man Ian Gillan refused to sing material from the three albums the band had recorded with David Coverdale.

9. Black Sabbath

Soundtrack | Iron Man

Their first song written with Ronnie James Dio was "Children of the Sea".

10. Jefferson Airplane

Soundtrack | Four Brothers

Skip Spence died of lung cancer at age 52 on April 16, 1999.

11. The Kinks

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The band was paid tribute in the London Stage musical "Sunny Afternoon", based on their formation and career (2014).

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

On their recording of "Mr. Tambourine Man", their first hit song, Roger McGuinn was the only member of the group who actually played an instrument; the rest of the music was performed by session musicians. The other members of the group, however, did supply the vocals.

21. Steppenwolf

Soundtrack | Star Trek: First Contact

The group's original lineup consisted of the late Jerry Edmonton (drums), John Kay (vocals), Goldy McJohn (keyboards), Michael Monarch (guitar and vocals), and the late Rushton Moreve (bass and vocals).

22. The Beach Boys

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The Beach Boys was born in 1961 in Hawthorne, California, USA.

24. The Monkees

Soundtrack | The Monkees

Peter Tork noticed much about his Monkees audition was unusual or comical, so he joined the antics by walking into a wall when coming through a door. This got him noticed by the show's producers, but also led to his getting cast as the "dummy" of the group. Anyone who knew Peter (or listened to him...

26. The Hollies

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The band's 1967 #1 hit, "Carrie Anne" was written about singer, Marianne Faithfull, as revealed by Graham Nash in an interview in 1995. He mentioned that he was "too shy" to name the song "Marianne" so they changed it to "Carrie Anne" instead.