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

2
918 413
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

3
1,062 556
Yes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

4
965 579
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

5
1,033 694
Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
844 477
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
774 452
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

8
583 406
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
422 352
Camel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

10
384 361
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

11
402 359
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock

12
465 429
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

13
455 327
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
333 308
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

15
405 386
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

16
335 287
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

17
390 351
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

18
294 305
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

19
279 183
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

20
400 347
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

21
278 212
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
303 227
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

23
357 253
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
298 288
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music

25
252 241
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

26
287 305
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

27
275 291
Tool is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
BenSomethinorother added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

28
334 403
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

29
254 164
Focus (Hocus Pocus) is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added

30
271 267
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
bren911 added Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

31
190 143
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

32
268 232
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

33
247 173
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

34
216 250
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

35
182 194
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RicardoBernal added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

36
204 180
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
jerrysrobins added Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

37
189 149
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

38
244 251
Wishbone Ash is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

39
189 148
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
dc-patterson added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

40
345 406
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

41
212 197
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
VaniadeBie-vernet added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

42
201 173
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

43
247 272
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

44
148 182
Steven Wilson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Industrial rock, Electronic music

45
142 162
Pfm is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Superpayasadas added

46
116 58
Jon Anderson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Skiffle, New Age, New Age music

47
107 79
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Panou Urban added Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

48
152 187
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

49
130 158
UK is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

50
130 81
Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock