What are the best psychedelic rock songs

The top 5 best psychedelic songs

Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Iron Butterfly, The Beatles ... pretty much every band back in the late 1960s and early 70s released at least one psychedelic song. Here is a leaderboard of 5 of our personal favorites.

Many great psychedelic songs were released in the late 1960s and early 70s. These classic songs still represent an individual era and ethos in which people expressed themselves through psychedelic drugs, music, and art. So put on your headphones, turn it on, and then mentally switch off - here are just a few of our favorite psychedelic songs.


"White Rabbit" is the most famous psychedelic song by Jefferson Airplane. It was written by Grace Slick for the band's 1967 album "Surrealistic Pillow". The song became an instant hit for the band, who subsequently pioneered the "Psych" genre. "White Rabbit" was her second top ten hit, reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Slick is said to have written the song after an LSD trip. Apparently it was intended as a slap in the face for parents who read psychedelic novels to their children and then wondered why they later used drugs. People who listen to the song say it can get very intense while coming down from an LSD trip.


"Shine on You Crazy Diamond" is a nine-part composition by Pink Floyd that appeared on her 1975 album "Wish You Were Here". Many people think that the song is a true psychedelic masterpiece. At the beginning, the 26-minute piece sounds like an attempt to find something that has been lost.

As the song progresses, a change occurs. At this point people say that it fills the mind with inner peace. "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" is a fantastic song that you will want to listen to outdoors under a starry sky. With or without your preferred psychedelic substance, prepare yourself for an indescribable experience!


The song "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum was released in 1967 and immediately rose to number 1 in the UK Singles Chart. It is one of the most played recordings in the last 70 years. The Beatles' John Lennon is said to have been a huge fan of the song, which he played repeatedly in his psychedelic Rolls Royce.

The song is said to have been inspired by a conversation the band's writer - Keith Reid - overheard at a party where a man said to a woman, "You've turned a whiter shade of pale." This sentence stuck in his mind.

"A Whiter Shade of Pale" uses a haunting instrumental organ motif inspired by Bach and features soulful singing with unusual lyrics.

It's interesting to note that the song, along with Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," made the Illinois Crime Commission's list of "drug-oriented recordings." To no one's surprise, this in no way detracted from the song's sales, it just made it more popular!


"The End" is one of The Doors' most psychedelic songs. It was written in 1966 by the band's lead singer, Jim Morrison, after breaking up with his girlfriend Mary Werbelow.

The "harrowing, sadistic, spiritual journey of 12 minutes" was inspired by the psychodrama "King Oedipus". While experimenting, Morrison yelled that he wanted to kill his father and yelled that he wanted to fuck his mother, causing the band to be kicked out of their quarters. When they recorded the song the following year, the lyrics were toned down, but you can hear the original lyrics on various live recordings.


"Apocalypse Dreams" by the Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala is a newer psychedelic classic that was released in 2012. It's heavily influenced by John Lennon and Pink Floyd and comes across like a true masterpiece from the 1960s. Some describe the song (which uses the piano, consistent drum beats, and a hypnotic bass line) as very addicting. In the middle of the song "the sound implodes into a vacuum and hits your awesome face milliseconds later". "Apocalypse Dreams" is an ingenious addition to the neo-psychedelia genre.