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The Best Symphonic Rock Bands 

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Symphonic rock is often times confused with progressive rock and with good reasons. Many of the best symphonic rock overlap with prog rock but what sets them apart is unlike other progressive rock bands, symphonic rockers use traditional prog rock elements - like classical music infused in their sound for example - as opposed to the psychedelic and experimental nature of prog rock. Sometimes, the best symphonic rock bands use orchestras or even synthesizers that give their music the feel of having an orchestral nature. Either way, the genre that shot to popularity in the 1970s remains a strong influence today.

So, what are the best symphonic rock bands? Any list of symphonic rock bands has to have the likes of Pink Floyd, the Moody Blues, Yes, Genesis, Electric Light Orchestra and Jethro Tull. These are some of the best symphonic rock bands of all time and some are even considered the greatest rock bands of all time. So, as a genre, symphonic rock is well respected and well represented in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

That said, it's up to you to decide what is the best symphonic rock band. If you notice a band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best symphonic rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest symphonic 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 symphonic rock bands that you might've heard of. (91 items)
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Yes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Emerson, Lake & Palm... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Camel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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10cc is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Electric Light Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Aphrodite's Child is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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The Nice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Harmonium is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Atlantis Philharmonic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Anthony Phillips is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Änglagård is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Wobbler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Moon Safari is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Transatlantic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Piknik is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Cryoshell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Glass Hammer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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The Gift is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
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Big Big Train is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands