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. (337 items)
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    added by RayJewhurst
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by slaft
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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    Progressive rock

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    added by bren911
    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    added by killershadow
    Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    added by JacksonMay
    Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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    often listed & added by Honda
    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Honda
    Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by MatthewGill
    Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by passionsears

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    often listed & added by RicardoBernal
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    added by Superpayasadas
    Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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

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    added by slaft
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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    added by Panou Urban
    Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    often listed & added by JacksonMay
    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    added by jerrysrobins
    Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    added by Superpayasadas

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    added by DannyGroat

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Panou Urban
    Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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    added by RobinGallego
    Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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    added by Panou Urban
    Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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    added by Panou Urban
    Rock music, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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    Synthpop, Rock music, World music

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

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    added by Panou Urban
    Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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    added by slaft
    Rock music, Flamenco, Progressive rock

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    added by RobinGallego
    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Jazz fusion

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

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    often listed & added by RobinGallego
    Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by Panou Urban

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    added by RicardoBernal

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