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List Rules 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 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. 

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1,351 707
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

2
931 414
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

3
1,068 556
Yes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

4
967 580
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

5
1,037 697
Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
845 478
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RayJewhurst added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

7
778 453
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

8
584 407
Gentle Giant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
PaulWojciechowski added Experimental rock, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

9
424 353
Camel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

10
387 369
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

11
410 360
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock

12
466 437
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

13
455 336
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

14
407 386
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

15
334 310
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

16
335 289
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

17
392 351
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

18
295 307
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

19
281 184
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

20
402 347
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

21
280 212
Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
MatthewGill added Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

22
304 228
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

23
357 254
The Who is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

24
300 289
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music

25
254 242
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

26
288 306
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

27
276 291
Tool is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
BenSomethinorother added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

28
336 403
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

29
254 164
Focus (Hocus Pocus) is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added

30
271 268
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
bren911 added Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

31
190 143
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

32
268 232
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

33
248 173
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

34
216 250
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

35
182 194
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RicardoBernal added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

36
205 180
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
jerrysrobins added Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

37
190 149
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

38
190 148
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
dc-patterson added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

39
244 251
Wishbone Ash is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

40
346 407
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

41
212 197
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
VaniadeBie-vernet added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

42
248 272
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

43
202 174
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

44
149 182
Steven Wilson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Industrial rock, Electronic music

45
117 58
Jon Anderson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Skiffle, New Age, New Age music

46
142 162
Pfm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Superpayasadas added

47
108 79
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Panou Urban added Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

48
131 158
UK is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

49
152 187
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

50
130 81
Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock