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

2
1,208 596
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

3
1,673 940
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
1,233 727
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

5
1,248 938
Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
1,018 667
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RayJewhurst added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

7
931 613
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

8
678 586
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
559 504
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock

10
533 503
Camel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

11
426 428
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

12
474 510
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
550 479
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

14
500 531
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

15
259 204
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
BenSomethinorother added Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

16
479 462
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

17
556 588
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

18
429 419
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

19
379 437
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
496 456
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

21
338 320
Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
MatthewGill added Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

22
289 238
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
dc-patterson added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

23
424 351
The Who is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

24
300 328
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

25
350 383
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music