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

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Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
MatthewGill added Steve Hackett Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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

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The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
The Alan Parsons Project Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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

The Best Photo Editing Websites

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bren911 added The Mahavishnu Orchestra Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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

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

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

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

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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

The Best Rock Vocalists

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Ranker Video
RicardoBernal added Gong Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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Wishbone Ash is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Wishbone Ash Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Marillion is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Marillion Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

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Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
jerrysrobins added Renaissance Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Procol Harum Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Tool is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
BenSomethinorother added Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
VaniadeBie-vernet added Soft Machine Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Keith Emerson & The Nice Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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

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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

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

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

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

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Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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UK is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added UK Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Superpayasadas added Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Panou Urban added Bill Bruford Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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Jon Anderson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Jon Anderson Skiffle, New Age, New Age music