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Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

List Criteria: Upvote your favorite prog rock bands and artists

Loved by many and hated by some, progressive rock - or prog rock - is one of the most popular subgenres of rock music. Melding elements of psychedelic rock with art rock, the best progressive rock bands successfully teeter the line between both of those genres. Over time, extensive melodic jams, spacey solos and complicated musicianship has prog rock artists not only popular with their fans and contemporaries, but critics as well. The best progressive rock bands have sold out arenas and stadiums across the globe, and some of the greatest progressive rock bands are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

So, who are the best prog rock bands? There are plenty of icons to choose from on this list of progressive rock bands. No list would be complete without the inclusion of British progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and Genesis. These are some of the most influential progressive rock bands in history, and the most important. In fact, some may argue that Pink Floyd is one of the best bands of all time. Other prog rock artists on this list include Rush, King Crimson, Yes and Muse.

There lots of great choices on this best progressive rock bands poll. This list answers the questions "who are the best progressive rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest progressive rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular progressive rock bands that you might've heard of. If you notice that a progressive rock band is missing, please add them because this should include all of the greatest progressive rock bands. (183 items)

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    the people's #1
    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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    Larks' Tongues in Aspic, In the Court of the Crimson King, In the Wake of ...

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    Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125

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    Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

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    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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    Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

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    Emerson Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus

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    ranked low on reranks & added by PaulWojciechowski
    Gentle Giant, The Power and the Glory, Octopus

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    Point of Know Return, Leftoverture, Kansas

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  10. 10
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    Mirage, Moonmadness, Music Inspired by The Snow Goose

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    In Absentia, Fear of a Blank Planet, Deadwing

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    ranked low on reranks & added by slaft
    Hot Rats, Joe's Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3

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    H to He, Who Am the Only One, Pawn Hearts

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    Tubular Bells, Ommadawn, Tubular Bells 2

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    Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends

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    Argus (bonus disc), Pilgrimage, Wishbone Ash

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    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    Birds of Fire, The Inner Mounting Flame, Between Nothingness & ...

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    On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night

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    Clutching at Straws, Misplaced Childhood, Script for a Jester's Tear

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    Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Images and Words, Metropolis

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    added by Honda
    Days of Future Passed, Long Distance Voyager, In Search of the Lost Chord ...

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    Fragile, Close to the Edge, Going for the One

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    added by JacksonMay
    In the Land of Grey and Pink, A Night's Tale: Live in the USA, If I Could ...

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    Procol Harum, Grand Hotel, Shine on Brightly

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    added by RobinGallego
    Quark, Strangeness and Charm, Yule Ritual

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    ranked low on reranks & added by slaft
    Dancing on a Cold Wind, Fandangos in Space, The Gypsies

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    Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe, I Robot, Eye in the Sky ...

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    ranked low on reranks & added by brian-grills
    The Táin, The Book of Invasions, Dancehall Sweethearts

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    Insurgentes, IEM Have Come for Your Children, Arcadia Son

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    added by BenSomethinorother
    Ænima, Lateralus, 10

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    added by MatthewGill
    Spectral Mornings, Voyage of the Acolyte, Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

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    The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Amused to Death, When the Wind Blows ...

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  34. 34
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    added by jerrysrobins
    Turn of the Cards, The Other Woman, A Song for All Seasons

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    added by RobinGallego
    U.K., Concert Classics, Volume 4

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    ranked low on reranks & added by passionsears

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    added by RicardoBernal

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  38. 38
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    added by RobinGallego
    Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

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    Mr. Beast, The Fountain, Rock Action

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    added by RobinGallego
    The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

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    added by Superpayasadas
    Are You Sitting Comfortably?, Nomzamo, Tales From the Lush Attic

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    added by RobinGallego
    Breakfast in America, Crime of the Century, Even in the Quietest Moments… ...

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    Frances the Mute, De-Loused in the Comatorium, Amputechture

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    Motivation Radio, Green, Fish Rising

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    Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock

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    The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, John Barleycorn Must Die, On the Road ...

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    Remember the Future, A Tab in the Ocean, Journey to the Centre of the Eye ...

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    added by BenSomethinorother
    Blackwater Park, Damnation, Ghost Reveries

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    added by Superpayasadas
    Banco, Io Sono Nato Libero, ...di terra

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