The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists Bands/Musicians

The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

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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. (229 items)


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    the people's #1
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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  2. 2
    + 338
    - 98


    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  3. 3
    + 380
    - 90

    added by RayJewhurst
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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  4. 4
    + 387
    - 191


    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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  5. 5
    + 364
    - 203


    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  6. 6
    + 387
    - 255

    most listed
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  7. 7
    + 225
    - 60

    ranked low on reranks & added by PaulWojciechowski
    Experimental rock, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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  8. 8
    + 244
    - 160


    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  9. 9
    + 151
    - 68

    added by killershadow
    Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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  10. 10
    + 168
    - 108

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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  11. 11
    + 140
    - 50

    added by Honda
    Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  12. 12
    + 154
    - 72


    Synthpop, Rock music, World music

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  13. 13
    + 84
    - 14

    added by slaft
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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  14. 14
    + 98
    - 58

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Progressive rock

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  15. 15
    + 148
    - 80


    Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

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  16. 16
    + 185
    - 98

    added by JacksonMay
    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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  17. 17
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    No image

    ranked low on reranks & added by passionsears

  18. 18
    + 73
    - 24

    added by bren911
    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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  19. 19
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    added by slaft
    Rock music, Flamenco, Progressive rock

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  20. 20
    + 86
    - 21

    added by brian-grills
    Celtic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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  21. 21
    + 179
    - 144


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  22. 22
    + 124
    - 85


    Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

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  23. 23
    + 67
    - 40

    added by JacksonMay
    Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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  24. 24
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  25. 25
    + 126
    - 100

    added by Honda
    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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  26. 26
    + 89
    - 51


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  27. 27
    + 64
    - 32

    added by RobinGallego
    Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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  28. 28
    + 159
    - 164

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 84
    - 18

    ranked low on reranks & added by bri-gri
    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  30. 30
    + 121
    - 118


    Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

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  31. 31
    + 108
    - 104


    Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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  32. 32
    + 46
    - 23


    Krautrock, Industrial rock, Electronic music

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  33. 33
    + 52
    - 38

    added by RicardoBernal
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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  34. 34
    + 65
    - 47

    added by MatthewGill
    Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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  35. 35
    + 126
    - 126


    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  36. 36
    + 62
    - 37

    added by jerrysrobins
    Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  37. 37
    + 47
    - 32

    added by RobinGallego
    Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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  38. 38
    + 100
    - 78

    added by BenSomethinorother
    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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  39. 39
    + 40
    - 29
    No image

    added by Superpayasadas

  40. 40
    + 99
    - 114

    added by RobinGallego
    Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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  41. 41
    + 105
    - 101

    added by RobinGallego
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  42. 42
    + 27
    - 19


    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Jazz fusion

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  43. 43
    + 59
    - 44


    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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  44. 44
    + 68
    - 63


    Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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  45. 45
    + 38
    - 23


    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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  46. 46
    + 42
    - 34

    added by RobinGallego
    Space rock, Progressive rock

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  47. 47
    + 52
    - 38

    added by BenSomethinorother
    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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  48. 48
    + 58
    - 68

    added by RobinGallego
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  49. 49
    + 37
    - 40

    added by Superpayasadas
    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive metal, Progressive rock

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  50. 50
    + 48
    - 47

    added by VaniadeBie-vernet
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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