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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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1,096 474
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
1,540 793
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

3
1,202 597
Yes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

4
1,113 620
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

5
1,157 784
Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
934 536
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
855 500
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

8
620 469
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
475 391
Camel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

10
495 395
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock

11
464 421
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

12
438 405
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
515 482
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

14
509 372
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

15
383 321
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

16
381 333
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

17
444 380
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

18
317 235
Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
MatthewGill added Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

19
342 340
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
458 365
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

21
312 201
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

22
331 307
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music

23
347 253
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

24
279 267
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

25
315 332
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock