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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. (347 items)
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Yes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Gentle Giant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Gentle Giant Experimental rock, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Van der Graaf Generator Progressive rock

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Camel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Camel Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Mahavishnu Orchestra Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Steve Hackett Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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Caravan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Caravan Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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Focus (Hocus Pocus) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

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Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rick Wakeman Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Mike Oldfield Synthpop, Rock music, World music

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Porcupine Tree Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

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Gong Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Keith Emerson & The Nice Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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Wishbone Ash is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Wishbone Ash Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Renaissance Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Soft Machine Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Pfm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pfm

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Colosseum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Colosseum Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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The Nice is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

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Amon Düül II is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Amon Düül II Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Procol Harum Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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+ - 155 213
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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Atomic Rooster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Atomic Rooster Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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Magma is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Magma Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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Robert Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Robert Wyatt Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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Can is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Can

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Hatfield and the North is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Hatfield and the North Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

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Carmen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Carmen Rock music, Flamenco, Progressive rock

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+ - 87 39
Matching Mole is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Matching Mole Rock music, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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Steve Hillage is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Steve Hillage Rock music, Electronic dance music, Jazz fusion

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Henry Cow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Henry Cow Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion