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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
1,139 528
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

3
1,245 646
Yes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

4
1,153 669
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

5
1,196 849
Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
964 595
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
881 556
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

8
637 526
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
519 445
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock

10
488 449
Camel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

11
458 452
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

12
523 424
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

13
479 473
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

14
398 376
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
460 423
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

16
532 532
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

17
403 364
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

18
362 382
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
327 277
Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
MatthewGill added Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

20
476 405
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

21
361 298
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

22
323 243
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

23
338 351
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music

24
407 470
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

25
331 375
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock