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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. (57 items)

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354 125
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

2
350 147
Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

3
351 146
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

4
342 143
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

5
240 77
Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Salmaca Salmaca added Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
260 104
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

7
249 123
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

8
206 96
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

9
209 120
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

10
188 84
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

11
167 80
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added The Alan Parsons Project Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

12
147 67
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rick Wakeman Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

13
102 47
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Sean Cahoon added Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
153 101
Camel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Camel Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

15
124 82
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

16
144 105
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
AmberMarieMcBride added Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

17
173 114
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Within Temptation Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

18
98 65
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Procol Harum Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

19
160 158
Muse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

20
77 58
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
derk-bril added Marillion Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

21
93 91
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Trans-Siberian Orchestra Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

22
96 90
Focus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Focus Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock

23
86 83
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Renaissance Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

24
62 73
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Keith Emerson & The Nice Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

25
59 83
Triumvirat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Triumvirat Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

26
40 60
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RussellRenneberg added David Garrett Classical music, Crossover

27
34 54
Premiata Forneria Marconi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Premiata Forneria Marconi Progressive rock

28
33 53
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Caravan Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

29
43 75
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
shivam-sharma added Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

30
18 20
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Lauren Veronese added Apocalypse Rock music, Progressive rock

31
39 78
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
The Mahavishnu Orchestra Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

32
33 73
Red is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
oa.jeff added Red Dark ambient, Nu metal, Rock music

33
44 76
Delain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Delain Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

34
18 28
The Enid is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Kevin Jones added The Enid Rock music, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

35
23 67
Fish is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
derk-bril added Fish Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock

36
25 65
Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
brirobzep added Klaatu Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

37
8 15
Eloy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
1519486457439 added Eloy Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock

38
0 0
Blood, Sweat & Tears is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
SalEE added Blood, Sweat & Tears Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

39
24 70
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Skilletfan added Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

40
25 76
Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Grobschnitt Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

41
24 74
New Trolls is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
New Trolls Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

42
12 45
Le Orme is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Abigail added Le Orme Italian progressive rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock

43
28 69
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Xandria Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

44
17 61
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
David Fowler added Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

45
4 18
The Flower Kings is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
1513171196745 added The Flower Kings Progressive rock

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13 53
Stradivarius is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
David Fowler added Stratovarius Power Metal, Symphonic Metal

47
18 58
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Leaves' Eyes Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

48
2 13
Transatlantic is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
FerrollGivens added Transatlantic Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

49
9 46
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

50
12 53
The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added The Gathering Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal