bands/musicians The Best Symphonic Rock Bands  

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Symphonic rock is often times confused with progressive rock and with good reasons. Many of the best symphonic rock overlap with prog rock but what sets them apart is unlike other progressive rock bands, symphonic rockers use traditional prog rock elements - like classical music infused in their sound for example - as opposed to the psychedelic and experimental nature of prog rock. Sometimes, the best symphonic rock bands use orchestras or even synthesizers that give their music the feel of having an orchestral nature. Either way, the genre that shot to popularity in the 1970s remains a strong influence today.

So, what are the best symphonic rock bands? Any list of symphonic rock bands has to have the likes of Pink Floyd, the Moody Blues, Yes, Genesis, Electric Light Orchestra and Jethro Tull. These are some of the best symphonic rock bands of all time and some are even considered the greatest rock bands of all time. So, as a genre, symphonic rock is well respected and well represented in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

That said, it's up to you to decide what is the best symphonic rock band. If you notice a band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best symphonic rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest symphonic 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 symphonic rock bands that you might've heard of. (57 items)

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Camel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Camel Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
The Alan Parsons Project Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

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Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Within Temptation Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rick Wakeman Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Marillion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Marillion Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Procol Harum Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Focus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Focus Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Renaissance Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

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Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Keith Emerson & The Nice Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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Fish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Fish Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock

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Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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Triumvirat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Triumvirat Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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Caravan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Caravan Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Klaatu Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

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Premiata Forneria Marconi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Premiata Forneria Marconi Progressive rock

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The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
The Mahavishnu Orchestra Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Stradivarius is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Stratovarius Power Metal, Symphonic Metal

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Red is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Red Dark ambient, Nu metal, Rock music

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Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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ZerO POint GiaNt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
ZerO POint GiaNt Symphonic Rock, Experimental Indie Rock Music - The only band I understand creates on a whim.  All errors included, nothing is corrected. It's a very risky, and valiant effort to allow music to be created like this.   Not sure if its multimple musicians but seemingly ...

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The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
The Mars Volta Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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Violent Silence is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Violent Silence Thrash metal, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Le Orme is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Le Orme Italian progressive rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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Delain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Delain Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Xandria is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Xandria Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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Ambrosia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Ambrosia Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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New Trolls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
New Trolls Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Grobschnitt Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

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Les Friction is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Les Friction New Age music, Rock music, Electronic music

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Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Leaves' Eyes Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
The Gathering Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
David Garrett Classical music, Crossover

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Tristania is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Tristania Death-doom, Gothic metal, Heavy metal