Progressive Rock The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists  

Reference
Originally by
78.8k votes 5.4k voters 76.7k views 312 items

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. 

Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page.
list ordered by
1
1,409 719
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock
2
1,392 831
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
3
1,475 827
Yes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock
4
1,904 1,108
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
5
1,142 684
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
6
1,408 1,108
Rush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
7
1,107 839
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
822 659
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
676 569
Camel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
10
689 575
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock
11
692 629
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
12
567 556
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
500 486
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
494 455
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
15
629 527
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal
16
560 591
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
17
451 470
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music
18
167 48
10cc is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music
19
529 585
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop
20
548 507
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
21
328 333
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock
22
317 262
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
jerrysrobins added Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock
23
359 304
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
dc-patterson added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
24
409 415
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music
25
245 145
Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock