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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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1,090 471
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
1,194 595
Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

3
1,530 791
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
1,107 618
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

5
1,151 782
Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
928 534
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
851 497
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

8
617 465
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
473 387
Camel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

10
491 393
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock

11
461 417
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

12
435 403
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
508 370
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
511 482
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

15
379 320
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

16
377 332
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
316 231
Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
MatthewGill added Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

18
442 378
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

19
339 338
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
455 363
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

21
311 197
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

22
328 305
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music

23
344 250
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

24
276 265
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

25
311 330
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock