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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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Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock
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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft 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 & Palm... 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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Camel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added
Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
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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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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RayJewhurst added
Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music
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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, 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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Van der Graaf Generator ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock
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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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The Alan Parsons Project... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock
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Electric Light Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
dc-patterson added
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
18
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Lom added
Classical Crossover, Western Classical Music, Romanticism
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Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added
New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock
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Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock
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10cc is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music
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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion
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Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added
Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock