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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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964 425
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
1,381 730
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

3
1,092 560
Yes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

4
989 587
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

5
1,056 713
Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
862 482
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
795 456
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

8
588 416
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
436 360
Camel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

10
426 369
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock

11
394 382
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
473 447
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

13
343 315
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

14
416 393
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

15
463 343
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

16
402 358
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

17
340 296
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

18
301 312
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
287 185
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

20
408 348
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

21
286 215
Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
MatthewGill added Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

22
310 230
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

23
362 256
The Who is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

24
303 292
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music

25
294 311
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

26
342 406
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

27
257 247
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

28
278 295
Tool is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
BenSomethinorother added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

29
195 144
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

30
274 271
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
bren911 added Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

31
255 166
Focus (Hocus Pocus) is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added

32
220 250
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

33
271 234
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

34
250 175
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

35
183 195
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RicardoBernal added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

36
208 182
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
jerrysrobins added Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

37
193 149
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

38
194 148
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
dc-patterson added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

39
246 252
Wishbone Ash is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

40
347 409
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

41
213 198
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
VaniadeBie-vernet added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

42
250 273
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

43
204 175
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

44
151 184
Steven Wilson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Industrial rock, Electronic music

45
122 58
Jon Anderson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Skiffle, New Age, New Age music

46
142 164
Pfm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Superpayasadas added

47
112 81
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Panou Urban added Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

48
154 188
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

49
133 160
UK is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

50
133 83
Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock