Progressive Rock 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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1,328 778
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
2
1,304 655
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock
3
1,395 767
Yes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock
4
1,776 1,021
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
5
1,317 1,021
Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
6
1,029 651
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
7
1,061 753
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RayJewhurst added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music
8
744 622
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
597 536
Camel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
10
616 539
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock
11
516 535
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
507 510
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop
13
463 462
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
522 554
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
15
584 503
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
454 433
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
17
583 611
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
18
523 464
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
19
411 451
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music
20
291 266
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
BenSomethinorother added Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal
21
308 253
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
22
416 486
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog
23
349 332
Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
MatthewGill added Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock
24
220 230
Steven Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Industrial rock, Electronic music
25
321 259
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
dc-patterson added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music