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. (262 items)
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    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

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

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    Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists


    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Yes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists


    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

  5. 5
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    Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

    ranked low on reranks & added by RayJewhurst
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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

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

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

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Progressive rock

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

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    added by bren911
    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

  12. 12
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    Kansas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists


    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

  13. 13
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    added by killershadow
    Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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    added by JacksonMay
    Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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

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    Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

    added by MatthewGill
    Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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

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    Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by passionsears

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    Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by DannyGroat

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    added by Honda
    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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

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

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    added by jerrysrobins
    Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists


    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    added by slaft
    Rock music, Flamenco, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Jazz fusion

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    added by Superpayasadas

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Panou Urban
    Rock music, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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

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    added by RobinGallego
    Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    The Who is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

    added by slaft
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Synthpop, Rock music, World music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Panou Urban
    Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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

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    Traffic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by passionsears
    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Panou Urban

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

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

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    added by Panou Urban
    Rock music, Rock and roll, Jazz

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

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