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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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1,046 453
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
1,151 577
Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

3
1,465 772
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
1,061 603
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

5
1,111 758
Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
895 512
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
828 479
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

8
602 442
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
456 373
Camel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
killershadow added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

10
474 380
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive rock

11
497 462
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

12
441 404
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

13
487 356
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

14
418 393
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

15
362 311
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

16
362 324
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

17
302 226
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
325 326
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
423 369
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

20
434 355
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

21
297 193
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

22
315 299
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music

23
330 242
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

24
302 321
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

25
267 257
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

26
381 267
The Who is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
slaft added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

27
283 278
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
bren911 added Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

28
366 415
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

29
304 309
Tool is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
BenSomethinorother added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

30
221 156
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
dc-patterson added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

31
282 241
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

32
230 258
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

33
203 151
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

34
263 176
Focus (Hocus Pocus) is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added

35
253 185
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

36
227 178
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

37
363 418
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
JacksonMay added Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

38
212 191
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
jerrysrobins added Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

39
196 156
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

40
272 282
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

41
185 202
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RicardoBernal added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

42
130 64
Jon Anderson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Skiffle, New Age, New Age music

43
220 205
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
VaniadeBie-vernet added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

44
165 191
Steven Wilson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Industrial rock, Electronic music

45
252 258
Wishbone Ash is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Honda added Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

46
141 90
Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

47
122 87
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
138 166
UK is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

49
171 235
Asia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

50
156 196
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists
RobinGallego added Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk