The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists

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Upvote your favorite prog rock bands and artists, excluding progressive metal bands.

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 top 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 legendary artists to choose from below. No list would be complete without the inclusion of British progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Genesis. These groups are some of the most influential progressive rock bands in history. In fact, some may argue that Pink Floyd is one of the best bands of all time. Other prog rock artists featured on this list include Rush, King Crimson, Yes, and Muse.

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 (songs and albums) instead of just voting for the most popular or famous progressive rock bands that you might've heard of.

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