"Not Just the Beatles and the Rolling Stones" - Seven iconic '60s bands that had a major influence on rock

Let's remember the interesting bands that left their profound mark on the world history of rock - and culture, of course!

They had a tremendous influence on rock music, even though they were neither the Beatles nor the Rollers

When we talk about Rock bands of the '60swho had a tremendous influence on many of their contemporaries and followers, as well as on culture in particular, we involuntarily recall The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Undoubtedly, they are the true monsters of their era, the brightest representatives of the British Invasion and, by the way, worthy competitors. But the era of the '60s was centered not only around them.

Since neither the Beatles nor the Rollers need any introduction (their influence and contributions undeniableand there is no point in telling about it), we decided to remember other - no less interesting bands that have left their profound mark on the world history of rock - and culture, of course!

The Who

The Who
The Who

The Who is one of the most influential groups 60s and 70sand in history in general. The group presented the world with true geniuses of their craft - just one Keith Moon what is it worth?! He was critically acclaimed as an innovator who managed to take the drums to a new level and give them a much greater importance in the sound of the band!

The Who has more than a dozen premium tracksBut at one time these rockers were famous for their wild escapades, even on stage! Mastery John Entwistle in the realm of "wrecking guitars" probably deserves its own article. Some of the brightest, rumbling (in every sense of the word) and most significant representatives of their era, who are still adored by millions of listeners today!

The Byrds

The Byrds (band)
The Byrds

The Byrds refined folk-rock and made country mainstreamand for that they couldn't help but make our list! They were the most popular and influential band of their time! The line-up changed many times and, in fact, the only permanent member was the frontman Roger McGuinn. Nevertheless, the public adored the band and its hits.

This group is multi-faceted not only in terms of composition, but also in terms of sound. The Byrds started their way with folk-rock, then went deeper into space-rock and psychedelic style, and towards the end of the 60s they even got to country-rock (Sweetheart of the Rodeo is the bright embodiment of that period). Their contribution simply cannot go unnoticed...

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival

It was when, in 1967, American rockers took their name Creedence Clearwater Revival (the band had previously performed under different names), they created an image of "ordinary guys from the good old American South" that was instantly beloved by the audience of those years! The CCR lyrics were succinct and accessible, but also contained social and political unrest, which added weight to the band.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was a colossal success: all of the studio records became hits on both sides of the Atlantic, and 14 singles were in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100! The total worldwide circulation of the band has long ago passed the mark of 120 million and, as we know, CCR records continue to be willingly bought up to this day.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd brought madness and the lion's share of art to rock. Each of their tours was accompanied not only by a full house, but also by incredibly high theatricality, and the album covers represent a true work of art.

In many ways, the band's style was shaped by the influence of founder Syd BarrettThe band, one of the pioneers of the psychedelic trend in rock music. In the iconic "The Wall." his enigmatic, bordering on insane personality was reflected.

Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane 1960s
Jefferson Airplane

One of the most iconic bands of the '60s, the epitome of the era hippie. Jefferson Airplane The first time they were in the hands of the people, they were not long in existence, and only blossomed with the advent of the Grace Slickwhich brought with it two timeless hits to this day - "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit". But these songs are not the only ones highly appreciated by listeners, especially the admirers of the work of these pioneers of psychedelic rock.

In the '60s it was one of the most sought-after and highest-paid rock bands on Earth. The band had a great influence on their contemporaries, and also made history with their performances at the three landmark festivals of that time were Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969), and Altamont (1969).

The Yardbirds

Rock Legends: The Yardbirds
Rock Legends: The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds became an iconic band of the '60s for a number of reasons: the blues-rock fusion, the three inimitable guitarists (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page), some worthy hits... And, of course, the fact that it was one of the first with a new guitar sound: fuzz!

And the fact that The Yardbirds subsequently reincarnated in Led ZeppelinIt only adds weight to this band. We could also have mentioned Zeppelin in our list, but still their influence had already spread in the 70's.

The Doors

The Doors
The Doors

You can love or hate The DoorsBut it's impossible to deny the influence of this band. It significantly stood out against its peers with its sound and lyrics, which are full of riddles, mysticism and ambiguity...

The Doors influenced both rock and '60s culture, and frontman Jim Morrison went down in history as the most enigmatic, colorful and scandalous personality of the era.


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