Five Good Psychedelic Pop Albums

Junior’s buddy expressed an interest in psychedelic pop. Here’s a selection of good albums, one for each decade. There is of course also heavier psych rock with prominent blues guitar in the tradition of Hendrix.

  • 60s. Beatles, Revolver
  • 70s. This decade produced a treasury of psych rock, prog rock and space rock, but I haven’t got a recommendation for something both poppy and psychedelic.
  • 80s. Stone Roses, The Stone Roses
  • 90s. Olivia Tremor Control, Music from the Unrealised Film Script ‘Dusk at Cubist Castle’
  • 00s. Of Montreal, Aldhil’s Arboretum
  • 10s. Tame Impala, Lonerism

See also my blog entry about good Swedish psych rock.


  1. #1 Isabel Kovi
    September 23, 2013

    Hi everyone! I really enjoy psychedelic pop and suppose that it is a great mistake that there wasn’t Jefferson Airplane in this list. If you remember their amazing hit Somebody to Love you will see that this song is the real anthemof 70s.

  2. #2 Martin R
    September 23, 2013

    “Somebody To Love” is great but it was released in ’67.

  3. #3 Thomas Ivarsson
    September 23, 2013

    Was not the early Pink Floyd with Syd Barret band in this category?

  4. #4 Martin R
    September 23, 2013

    Certainly, the amazing Piper at the Gates of Dawn from ’67.

  5. #5 Eric Lund
    September 23, 2013

    Early Pink Floyd isn’t really poppy. If you want something from them that’s both reasonably poppy and psychedelic, I’d go with Wish You Were Here, which would fill your hole from the 1970s. The Wall might also work. Although I’ve heard that lots of people listened to Dark Side of the Moon while tripping and/or stoned, I find it more poppy than psychedelic.

    Jefferson Airplane isn’t a bad choice for this genre, but most of their best-known material is from the 1960s. I don’t know their albums, but as far as singles go “White Rabbit” is much more psychedelic than “Somebody To Love”.

  6. #6 Thomas Ivarsson
    September 23, 2013

    I would add the song “I am the walrus” from the “Magical Mystery Tour”. The “Yellow Submarine” song was said to be inspired by ACID LSD. The song in itself is not psycadelic musically.

  7. #7 Martin R
    September 24, 2013

    Love “White Rabbit”!

  8. #8 Anders
    September 24, 2013

    The 70’s are tough, but I think Surf’s Up (1971) by the Beach Boys fits the bill. It’s admittedly heavy on pop and a little light on psychedelia but the blend is still there.

    Wild tangents below

    Once you’ve got him hooked on The Beatles, don’t forget to grace his life with the brilliant Rutles album.

    For more loving parody, and in my mind one of the best 60’s psych-pop albums ever made: An EP from 1985; 25 O’Clock by the Dukes of Stratosphear.

  9. #9 Martin R
    September 24, 2013

    25 O’Clock was my second choice for the 80s!

  10. #10 Beakers Bro
    September 25, 2013

    The 70s are hard.

    Maybe Spirit – 12 dreams of Dr Sardonicus?

    Hawkwind? though more space than psych/

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