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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. (59 items)
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1
327 109
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
370 198
Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

3
369 193
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

4
393 204
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

5
365 186
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

6
278 121
Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Salmaca Salmaca added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
270 131
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

8
266 145
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

9
187 89
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

10
201 97
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

11
219 142
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

12
152 76
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

13
112 52
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Sean Cahoon added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
136 87
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

15
161 106
Camel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

16
156 112
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
AmberMarieMcBride added Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

17
180 122
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

18
101 70
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

19
164 165
Muse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

20
82 63
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
derk-bril added Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

21
103 96
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

22
100 94
Focus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock

23
90 87
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

24
65 76
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

25
60 87
Triumvirat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

26
39 55
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

27
41 63
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RussellRenneberg added Classical music, Crossover

28
36 56
Premiata Forneria Marconi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Progressive rock

29
45 79
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
shivam-sharma added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

30
19 23
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Lauren Veronese added Rock music, Progressive rock

31
41 81
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

32
36 76
Red is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
oa.jeff added Dark ambient, Nu metal, Rock music

33
4 1
10cc is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
makson.gromov90 added Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

34
45 79
Delain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

35
11 16
Eloy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
booking.sloveniaguide added Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock

36
19 31
The Enid is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Kevin Jones added Rock music, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

37
2 2
Blood, Sweat & Tears is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
SalEE added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

38
28 68
Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
brirobzep added Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

39
25 69
Fish is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
derk-bril added Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock

40
0 0
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
randypanthegoatboy added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

41
6 19
The Flower Kings is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
mlindkolt added Progressive rock

42
13 46
Le Orme is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Abigail added Italian progressive rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock

43
25 75
New Trolls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

44
25 75
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Skilletfan added Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

45
30 70
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

46
25 78
Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

47
17 62
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
David Fowler added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

48
13 54
Stradivarius is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
David Fowler added Power Metal, Symphonic Metal

49
19 59
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

50
10 46
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Art rock