A blog discussing the best psychedelic albums and artists.
I’ve been listening to a lot of psychedelic music lately and I thought I would share some of my favorite albums.
I’ve always been a huge fan of electronic music, but in the past few years I’ve really gotten into psychedelic rock. I find that it has a very calming effect on me and helps me get into a creative mindset.
I know what you’re thinking: “What is this guy talking about? How can he be so ‘zen’ when he’s talking about drugs?” Well, keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.
The first album that comes to mind when someone says “psychedelic rock” is Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon.” While it is definitely one of the greatest albums ever made, it is not my personal favorite. My favorite album is “Houses of The Holy” by Led Zeppelin. This album contains some of the greatest songs ever made: “Kashmir,” “No Quarter,” “The Song Remains The Same,” and “Over The Hills And Far Away.”
Another great band that comes to mind when someone says
Here is a list of the top 15 psychedelic albums to get you through the week. These albums are perfect for those looking for a new psychedelic experience with music or for those who seek to relive old hippie days.
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs
Pixies – Doolittle
Radiohead – Kid A
The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
Dungen – Ta Det Lugnt
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
Queen – A Night at the Opera
The Flaming Lips & Stardeath and White Dwarfs featuring Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon
Here are my top psychedelic albums to get you through the week. These albums were chosen based on their psychedelic content, uniqueness, and overall quality. I have also included a link to a full length album stream of each album for your listening pleasure.
1) Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)
Psychedelic music is often a gateway to exploring the depths of your mind and creating a deeper connection with yourself and others. These albums, as well as many that are not included on this list, are incredibly important to me personally in my life as I have navigated through struggles with mental health.
Many people use psychedelics as a way to get outside of their own minds and see things from new perspectives. Music, especially psychedelic music, can be used in a similar way. It allows you to explore new dimensions of sound and meaning while you sit back, relax, and let the artists take you on a journey.
This week has been an incredibly difficult one for me. I have struggled with setting boundaries, overcommitting myself and feeling like I am drowning in all of my responsibilities. When I feel this way, I turn to music to inspire me and help me find peace in the chaos of life.
Here are 15 psychedelic albums that will help you get through any kind of week:
This week we bring you a bunch of psychedelic music we love. There’s some fresh tracks, some old favorites, and some that are definitely in-between. All are great for any time of day. Kicking off with a track from the new Tame Impala Album Currents, we hope you enjoy the list!
Psychedelic music, also called psychedelia, is a wide range of popular music styles and genres influenced by 1960s psychedelia, a subculture of people who used psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, mescaline and DMT to experience visual and auditory hallucinations, synesthesia and altered states of consciousness. Psychedelic music may also aim to enhance the experience of using these drugs.
Psychedelic music emerged during the 1960s among folk and rock bands in the United States and the United Kingdom, particularly in San Francisco and London. It often used new recording techniques and effects and drew on non-Western sources such as the ragas and drones of Indian music.
In the 1960s, there were two types of musicians interested in psychedelia: rock bands like The Beatles (who pioneered it with their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), The Doors (whose lead singer Jim Morrison was a big fan), The Byrds (whose album Sweetheart of the Rodeo featured several songs with Indian influences), Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd (whose album Dark Side of the Moon would be played at high volume alongside The Wizard of Oz), Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention (who released an entire album called We’re Only In It
1. The Brian Jonestown Massacre-Take it from the Man! (1996)
2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-Baby 81 (2007)
3. The Charlatans-Some Friendly (1990)
4. Spacemen 3-The Perfect Prescription (1987)
5. The Brian Jonestown Massacre-Thank God For Mental Illness (1996)
6. Primal Scream-Screamadelica (1991)
7. Loop-A Gilded Eternity (1990)
8. Spacemen 3-Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To (1986)
9. The Black Angels-Passover (2006)
10. The Verve-A Storm In Heaven (1993)
11. Spiritualized-Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)
12. Hawkwind-Space Ritual (1973)
13. Comets on Fire-Blue Cathedral (2004)
14. Tame Impala-Innerspeaker (2010)
15. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?