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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. 

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896 432
Yes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

2
1,136 571
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
826 455
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

4
734 339
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

5
724 361
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
868 582
Rush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
669 367
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

8
521 321
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
398 315
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

10
351 283
Camel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Camel Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

11
381 243
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

12
316 284
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

13
348 307
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

14
311 302
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Van der Graaf Generator Progressive rock

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

15
235 144
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rick Wakeman Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

16
240 172
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

17
333 296
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

18
273 243
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

19
304 194
The Who is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

20
244 215
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bren911 added The Mahavishnu Orchestra Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

21
323 307
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Porcupine Tree Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

The Worst Qualities in A Man

22
268 279
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
The Alan Parsons Project Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

23
230 265
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

24
220 203
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Caravan Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

25
266 253
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Mike Oldfield Synthpop, Rock music, World music

26
219 127
Focus (Hocus Pocus) is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Focus (Hocus Pocus)

27
165 158
Ranker Video
RicardoBernal added Gong Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

28
258 185
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

The Best Rock Vocalists

29
240 191
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

30
224 212
Wishbone Ash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Wishbone Ash Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

31
165 112
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

32
177 144
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
jerrysrobins added Renaissance Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

33
214 141
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

34
245 272
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Marillion Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

35
189 162
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
VaniadeBie-vernet added Soft Machine Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

36
193 218
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Procol Harum Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

37
303 357
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

38
165 124
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Keith Emerson & The Nice Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

39
274 371
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

40
203 247
Tool is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
BenSomethinorother added Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

41
213 242
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

42
136 111
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
dc-patterson added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

43
166 145
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

44
121 132
Pfm is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Superpayasadas added Pfm

45
148 132
Colosseum is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Colosseum Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

46
135 139
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Superpayasadas added Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

47
131 158
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

48
111 132
UK is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added UK Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

49
129 121
The Nice is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
DannyGroat added The Nice

50
84 56
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Panou Urban added Bill Bruford Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion