The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists Bands/Musicians

The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

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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. (229 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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  2. 2
    + 331
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    Larks' Tongues in Aspic, In the Court of the Crimson King, In the Wake of ...

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    - 86

    ranked low on reranks & added by RayJewhurst
    Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

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    Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125

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  5. 5
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    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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  6. 6
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    most listed
    Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

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

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    Emerson Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus

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    added by killershadow
    Mirage, Moonmadness, Music Inspired by The Snow Goose

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  10. 10
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    Point of Know Return, Leftoverture, Kansas

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    added by Honda
    Argus (bonus disc), Pilgrimage, Wishbone Ash

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    Tubular Bells, Ommadawn, Tubular Bells 2

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  13. 13
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    added by slaft
    Hot Rats, Joe's Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3

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  14. 14
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    In Absentia, Fear of a Blank Planet, Deadwing

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    H to He, Who Am the Only One, Pawn Hearts

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  16. 16
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    added by JacksonMay
    Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends

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    ranked low on reranks & added by passionsears

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    added by bren911
    Birds of Fire, The Inner Mounting Flame, Between Nothingness & ...

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    added by slaft
    Dancing on a Cold Wind, Fandangos in Space, The Gypsies

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    added by brian-grills
    The Táin, The Book of Invasions, Dancehall Sweethearts

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    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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

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

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    On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night

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    - 50


    Fragile, Close to the Edge, Going for the One

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    added by RobinGallego
    Quark, Strangeness and Charm, Yule Ritual

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    ranked low on reranks & added by bri-gri
    Mr. Beast, The Fountain, Rock Action

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    Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Images and Words, Metropolis

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

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    Procol Harum, Grand Hotel, Shine on Brightly

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    Insurgentes, IEM Have Come for Your Children, Arcadia Son

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    added by RicardoBernal
    Fairy Tales, Angel's Egg: Radio Gnome Invisible, Part 2

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

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

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    added by BenSomethinorother
    Ænima, Lateralus, 10

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    added by Superpayasadas

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

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

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

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

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

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    added by BenSomethinorother
    Blackwater Park, Damnation, Ghost Reveries

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    Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock

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

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