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The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists 

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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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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Emerson, Lake & Palm... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Camel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Gentle Giant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Rush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Van der Graaf Generator ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Jon Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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10cc is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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The Alan Parsons Project... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
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Marillion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists