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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
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock
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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
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Yes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
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Rush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RayJewhurst added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music
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Gentle Giant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
PaulWojciechowski added Experimental rock, Folk rock, Jazz fusion
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Camel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
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Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock
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Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
jerrysrobins added Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock
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RicardoBernal added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
13
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music
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UK is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Jazz fusion, Progressive rock
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Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop
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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
17
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock
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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion
19
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
20
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk
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Focus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive rock, Instrumental rock
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Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock
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Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music
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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music
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10cc is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music