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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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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
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The Pineapple Thief is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Davide Benini added New Prog, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
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Marillion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock
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Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock
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Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock
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UK is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Jazz fusion, Progressive rock
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Curved Air is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Folk rock, Progressive rock
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The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
bren911 added Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz
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Ozric Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Space rock, Electronic music, Instrumental rock
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Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk
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Caravan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
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10cc is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music
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Jon Anderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Skiffle, New Age, New Age music
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Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Superpayasadas added Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Art rock
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The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
dc-patterson added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
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The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion
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Nektar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Space rock, Progressive rock
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Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
MatthewGill added Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock
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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music
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Eloy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Costas Smaseliaf added Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock
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Styx is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Tool is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
BenSomethinorother added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal
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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal
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Änglagård is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Wunderhorn added Progressive rock