Progressive Rock The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists  

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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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1,489 850
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
2
1,511 734
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock
3
1,508 834
Yes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock
4
1,962 1,190
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
5
1,235 692
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
6
1,440 1,192
Rush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
7
1,129 918
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RayJewhurst added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music
8
901 670
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
760 579
Camel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
10
767 585
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock
11
746 635
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
12
590 574
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music
13
517 506
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock
14
399 268
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
jerrysrobins added Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock
15
509 471
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
16
393 349
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock
17
486 418
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music
18
316 148
Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock
19
471 477
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music
20
230 68
10cc is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music
21
284 125
Jon Anderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Skiffle, New Age, New Age music
22
573 604
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop
23
575 660
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
24
434 437
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock
25
642 596
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal