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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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872 458
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

3
565 247
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

4
622 347
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

5
584 263
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RayJewhurst added Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

6
507 292
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

7
645 482
Rush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
444 208
Gentle Giant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
PaulWojciechowski added Gentle Giant Experimental rock, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

9
283 158
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

10
263 194
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Van der Graaf Generator Progressive rock

11
266 194
Camel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Camel Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

12
275 235
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

13
222 97
The Who is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

14
203 135
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bren911 added The Mahavishnu Orchestra Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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229 206
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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182 108
Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
MatthewGill added Steve Hackett Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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181 128
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Caravan Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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163 65
Focus (Hocus Pocus) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Focus (Hocus Pocus)

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162 93
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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210 191
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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264 247
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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252 222
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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166 78
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

24
243 219
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Porcupine Tree Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

25
198 105
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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128 94
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RicardoBernal added Gong Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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142 82
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
jerrysrobins added Renaissance Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

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194 143
Wishbone Ash is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Wishbone Ash Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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133 66
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Keith Emerson & The Nice Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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189 127
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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129 76
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Superpayasadas added Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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152 97
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
VaniadeBie-vernet added Soft Machine Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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101 65
Pfm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Superpayasadas added Pfm

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190 188
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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114 54
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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259 266
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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133 71
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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160 162
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Procol Harum Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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118 62
The Nice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
DannyGroat added The Nice

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107 55
Amon Düül II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Panou Urban added Amon Düül II Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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159 216
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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109 77
Atomic Rooster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Atomic Rooster Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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96 44
Magma is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Panou Urban added Magma Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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87 37
Robert Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Panou Urban added Robert Wyatt Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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121 65
Hatfield and the North is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
VaniadeBie-vernet added Hatfield and the North Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

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87 59
Steve Hillage is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Steve Hillage Rock music, Electronic dance music, Jazz fusion

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88 41
Matching Mole is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Panou Urban added Matching Mole Rock music, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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112 74
Carmen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Carmen Rock music, Flamenco, Progressive rock

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91 55
Can is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RicardoBernal added Can

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189 231
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
The Alan Parsons Project Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock