Christopher’s Top 40 Psychedelic Songs


1. House of Four Doors / Legend of a Mind / House of Four Doors – The Moody Blues


2. Amazing – One Eskimo


3. Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles


4. Soul Meets Body – Death Cab for Cutie


5. Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds


6. Across the Universe – The Beatles


7. Have You Heard/ The Voyage / Have You Heard – The Moody Blues


8. Memory of a Free Festival – David Bowie


9. The Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson


10. A Day in the Life – The Beatles


11. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd


12. Within You Without You – The Beatles


13. I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home) – Grand Funk Railroad


14. Wooden Ships - Crosby, Stills, and Nash


15. Higher and Higher – The Moody Blues


16. Close to the Edge – Yes


17. Us and Them – Pink Floyd


18. Eyes of a Child / Floating / Eyes of a Child – The Moody Blues


19. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix


20. Journey to the Center of the Mind – Amboy Dukes


21. And You and I - Yes


22. Time – Pink Floyd


23. Candle of Life – The Moody Blues


24. Breathe – Pink Floyd


25. Out and In – The Moody Blues


26. Roll the Bones – Rush


27. Why Can’t I Be Free – Spirit


28. A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum


29. I Am the Walrus – The Beatles


30. Astronomy Domine – Pink Floyd


31. Shut Your Eyes – Snow Patrol


32. When I Touch You – Spirit


33. Ride My See Saw – The Moody Blues


34. In a Gadda Da Vida – Iron Butterfly


35. Soldier - Spirit


36. Losing My Religion – REM


37. The Afternoon – The Moody Blues


38. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – The Beatles


39. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin


40. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane


Other Songs of Interest (in alphabetical order)


2000 Light Years from Home – The Rolling Stones


After the Gold Rush – Neil Young


All Along the Watchtower – Bear McCreary


Champaign Supernova  - Oasis


Dιjΰ Vu – Crosby, Stills, and Nash


Eight Miles High – The Byrds


Electric Feel – MGMT


Ghost of a Chance – Rush


Grace – Country Joe and the Fish


Hotel California – The Eagles


I Can See for Miles – The Who


Iron Butterfly Theme – Iron Butterfly


I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) - The Electric Prunes


Let’s Live for Today – Grass Roots


Love, Peace and Happiness – The Chambers Brothers


Magical Mystery Tour – The Beatles


Morning Glory – Oasis


Mother Russia – Renaissance


Nature’s Way – Spirit


Rain – The Beatles


Rainmaker – Traffic


Ride Captain Ride – The Blues Image


Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles


The High Road - Broken Bells


The Sun King – The Beatles


Time Has Come Today – The Chambers Brothers


Time of the Season – The Zombies


Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season) – The Byrds


What Light – Wilco


White Bird – It’s a Beautiful Day


White Room – Cream


Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd


Woodstock - Crosby, Stills and Nash




The term “psychedelic” was coined in 1956 by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond who, in correspondence with Aldous Huxley regarding the need for a word to describe the experience imparted by entheogenic substances, stated:


To fathom Hell or soar angelic,

Just take a pinch of psychedelic.


The origins of the word are from the Greek, essentially meaning soul-manifesting, spirit-manifesting, or mind-manifesting.


The ranked songs were selected based on their ability to promote spiritual enlightenment or profound self-awareness – a Psychedelic Experience.




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