Introduction:You don't need to take drugs to like this stuff. You'll get a contact high and flashbacks just from listening. Get out your black light, tie on your headband, and chill to these top five most groovy psychedelic rock songs ever.
Jimi Hendrix was the most psychedelic guitar man of all time. His strangely haunting vocals and mellefluous electric guitar both seem to be on acid in this one. "Purple Haze" was the name of one strain of LSD for many years.
(I love it that Hendrix once played a psychedelic rock version of the "Star Spangled Banner" on the electric guitar. He played some notes with his teeth!)
The Grateful Dead sang and played this ultra-mellow rock hippie tune. It is all calm and warm sounding with great harmonies. Dead Heads, as their faithful followers were called, went all over the world, concert after concert, to groove to tunes like this one. Some of it is a bit off key, and that's a big part of its charm. Keep on truckin'...
Iron Butterfly puts you in a zone. It's a whole different world for 17 minutes. They say the lyrics were supposed to be, "In the Garden of Eden, Baby...", but that was too coherent to use. So they just went, "In-a-gadda-da-vida, baby..." (Of course, its possible the singer couldn't sing the psychedelic words right for some reason.)
The Beatles were on acid a lot, and some say the initials of this psychedelic rock song, LSD, were purposefully written that way. The Beatles claim it was just a coincidence. Listen to the song, man. What do you think?
Steppenwolf is unleashed in this one. The anti-war lyrics and refrain capture the '60s and early '70s vibe. This song brainwashed a psychedelic rock generation to ignore the establishment and be their wild, wild selves.
So, what do you think? Are these the best psychedelic rock songs ever?
Good list, although I would have included an early Pink Floyd track like "Astronomy Domine" or "Arnold Layne" instead of born to be wild, which doesn't strike me as extremely psychedelic.
This is a great list! I like all these songs! :)
Nice list - Born to be Wild is my fav of your Top 5
Great list! I'll forever associate Born to be Wild w/ the movie "Easy Rider."
You picked some winners here! Rock on, Joan!
Ha, all of these are getting popular with the kids again. My son loves the Beatles.
These are the songs I remember -- good choices!!
I absolutely love your list! Takes me back to my hippie days! LOL
select one here...