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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
1,023 505
Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

3
936 529
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

4
856 390
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

5
817 431
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RayJewhurst added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

6
989 648
Rush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
751 415
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

8
565 371
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
401 319
Camel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

10
443 383
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

11
433 297
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

12
363 335
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
360 344
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock

14
393 363
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

15
320 269
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

16
268 173
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

17
270 199
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
316 298
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

19
384 337
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

20
275 290
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

21
362 341
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

22
339 237
The Who is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

23
266 252
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
bren911 added Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

24
243 230
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

25
289 277
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music

26
243 153
Focus (Hocus Pocus) is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added

27
284 215
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

28
257 220
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

29
239 160
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

30
177 181
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RicardoBernal added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

31
268 295
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

32
241 237
Wishbone Ash is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

33
181 133
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

34
195 168
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
jerrysrobins added Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

35
311 391
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

36
249 279
Tool is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
BenSomethinorother added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

37
183 139
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
206 185
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
VaniadeBie-vernet added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

39
210 240
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

40
329 392
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

41
174 136
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
dc-patterson added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

42
189 161
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

43
234 261
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

44
135 150
Pfm is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Superpayasadas added

45
101 67
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Panou Urban added Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

46
125 145
UK is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

47
107 49
Jon Anderson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Skiffle, New Age, New Age music

48
58 49
Focus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive rock, Instrumental rock

49
143 175
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

50
155 151
Colosseum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz