Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Psychedelic Rock songs of all time 2017, It’s psychedelic, man! What is psychedelic? Nobody really knows for sure, at least as far music goes. But when you hear it, you sorta know it. Unless you don’t. Because, man…it is trippy. Heavy. Groovy. It’s like the top 10 best psychedelic rock songs of all time. Unless, you know, they aren’t. But, hey, it’s cool…whatever is your bag man. Cool. Very cool.
- 10. Daily Nightly by The Monkees
- 9. Kiss Them for Me: Siouxsie and the Banshees
- 8. Venus in Furs by Velvet Underground
- 7. Don’t Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty
- 6. The End by The DOORS
- 5. Eclipse by Pink…Floyd
- 4. Season of the Witch by Donovan
- 3. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
- 2. Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys (see above)
- 1. Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
Here we present the list of top 10 best Psychedelic Rock songs of all time 2017.
10. Daily Nightly by The Monkees
[The Monkees] are not the first band that comes to mind when thinking all things psychedelic. There is a very, very, very good reason why this song kicks off this list of the top ten best psychedelic rock songs of all time. Let us just say that it is far more appropriate than any other to indulge the commencement, so to speak. (Like that trippy turn of phrase? Feel free to use, man.) [The Monkees] take a lot of heat for being a fake band, but in reality the Beach Boys were less of a “real band” on record than [the Monkees] since most of their records were really just a one man show by Brian Wilson. The aural production talent of the first—and last “good” boy band—is on full display in this song that is very much a psychedelic light trip through the fantastic. Search it out on YouTube and wait for the very end of the video where the Mick sums it all up in one word.
9. Kiss Them for Me: Siouxsie and the Banshees
What is it about “Kiss Them for Me” that makes it psychedelic? The jangling guitars? No, that can’t be right. Something. Not sure exactly what. But then that is part of the genre’s appeal. Just don’t suggest that “Kiss Them for Me” isn’t psychedelic. Cause it is. Man. Man. Man. Man. Man.
8. Venus in Furs by Velvet Underground
Lou Reed is the singer and plays a mean guitar, but let’s face facts. The start of this trippy show is John Cale and his viola. Not just a viola, mind you, but an electric viola. Of course, it’s an electric viola. What other viola would be on a psychedelic song? By the way, walk into any reputable sex store and you will find a paperback book written by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch titled Venus in Furs. There’s your inspiration!
7. Don’t Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty
Here is the first psychedelic song on this list to have something to do with Alice in Wonderland. Not a whole lot since it is only the video. The lyrical content really has very little to do with Alice, but who cares. The main reason this song makes the list—besides being damnably catchy—is to prove that psychedelia didn’t die with the advent of disco like many think.
6. The End by The DOORS
Anyone who denies that “The End” became their favorite song by the DOORS before the release of Apocalypse Now is a dirty, low-down, stinking liar! Nobody even knew that “The End” existed before that movie came out. In fact, that song didn’t exist before Coppola’s Vietnam epic. In fact, it is a known fact that Jim Morrison rose from the grave just so he could write “The End” specifically for use in that movie. True story. Hand to God.
5. Eclipse by Pink…Floyd
Many will argue, of course. After all, who won’t argue that any song from Animals or Piper at the Gates of Dawn more accurately exemplify Pink…Floyd’s psychedelia than Dark Side of the Moon. But so what, when it comes to being both trippy and listenable, the song that closes out the mysterious voyage through the rock and roll version of 2001: A Space Odyssey is the best psychedelic rock song Pink…Floyd ever recorded. Go ahead: I dare you to differ.
4. Season of the Witch by Donovan
Almost the creepiest psychedelic song on this list (see below) is Donovan’s masterful little ditty about witches in season. By all rights, a song about witches should be creepier than a song about Alice in Wonderland…or should it? You know, that’s a real head-scratch. Let’s open it up for discussion, but remember that the very best part of Tim Burton’s reboot of Dark Shadows features Season of the Witch as its soundtrack song of choice.
3. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
Trippy. Trippy. Trippy. Dig it man: it’s Lewis Carroll set to music. And what music! Trippy. This one song almost—almost, mind you—makes up for the reformulated Jefferson Starship’s “We Built This City.” If you have never heard “White Rabbit” then do yourself a solid and don’t listen to while alone at night. It may be one of the creepiest songs ever.
2. Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys (see above)
Is “Good Vibrations” a psychedelic song? Like what lies as the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop, the world may never know. Still, it does have that Theremin sound that is not technically a Theremin and it does at times seem as though it is really two different songs trying to engage in some sort of cellular level genetic experimentation deigned to become as one. So, yeah, “Good Vibrations” is a psychedelic song. And a great one, too. (Unless) it’s not!
1. Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
Yeah, sure, they were not a psychedelic band. Not really. Not like Pink Floyd or the Airplane or even the Doors. What the Beatles were can only be summed by reminding critics that every time they tried something new…they wound up doing better than anyone else. They did make the best psychedelic album of all time—Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—and then they moved on. Strawberry Fields Forever, lest you be confused, is not to be found on that album. Perhaps on a CD that sticks the singles on but it is most assuredly not an official track on the Beatles album to which it certainly feels like it should be on. “Strawberry Fields Forever” stands alone. Not just form their own album, but from the entire genre.
It may be worth mention or may not, but it will be mentioned: the Psychedelic Furs were not found on this list despite the fact that it seems as if they should be here. Which is too bad because they are a great band. Just not a great psychedelic band. Weird huh? Yeah, but that is the nature of psychedelic music. It was weird. Sometimes very, very creative and very often forgettable crap…yeah, we’re looking at you Rolling Stones with your Satanic Majesties Request.