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Top 20 Most Iconic Songs of the 60s psychedellic era

The 60s were wild and free, and certain songs from that decade bring that out. The late 60s brought on the Psychedellic Era, which was especially wild and iconic in itself.  Here are the top 20 pop/rock songs of the 60s, those that bring to mind the decade when those notes are first heard. These are not all the most popular, but definitely are the most iconic. There's a little bubblegum here, because it was far too trippy to ignore, but most are psyche.

Any in the top 5 could easily be #1. 

1/tie Time of the Season by The Zombies always conjured a psychedelic 60s image from that first iconic chord.

1 - Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane - and White Rabbit is equally iconic, featured in many movies to depict the late sixties movement.

2 - California Dreamin' by The Mamas and the Papas

3 - Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles ... very trippy and multicolored for their latter phase.

4 - Incense and Peppermints by the Strawberry Alarm Clock even featured in Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me, in the 60s sequence.

5 - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) by the 5th Dimension

6 - All Along the Watchtower bv The Jimi Hendrix Experience

7 - Light My Fire by the Doors

8 - Walk Away Renee by the Left Banke

9 - Piece Of My Heart by Janus Joplin

10 - White Room by Cream

11 -  Heart Full of Soul by The Yardbirds

12 - In a Gadda Da Vida by Iron Butterfly, the full 17 minute version brings the experience to life.

13 - Turn Turn Turn by the Byrds, though a little overplayed it does belong in the iconic box.

14 - I'm a Believer by the Monkees — Oh yeah... we were tripping hard when we took that in.

15 - A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harem

16 - Mirage by Tommy James and the Shondells, along with Crimson and Clover

17 - You Keep Me Hangin' On by Vanilla Fudge

See also:

18 - See Emily Play by Pink Floyd

19 - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones

20 - Kicks by Paul Revere and the Raiders, ironically it was an anti-drug song in a very hallucinogenic era.

Honorable Mention:

Sugar Sugar by the Archies, the best of bubblegum pop that spilled from the sixties

Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet by The Blues Magoos

Atlantis by Donovon (Way below the ocean...)

I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye was certainly an iconic 60s tune but less psychedelic or bub gum and more ... pop/cool.

That's it. Your playlist for the trippy 60s. Enjoy. And be careful out there.

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