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

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2
247 92
Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

3
254 99
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

4
167 56
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

5
192 74
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

6
136 36
Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Salmaca Salmaca added Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
228 94
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

8
163 61
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

9
176 73
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

10
133 52
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

11
111 53
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
138 70
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Within Temptation Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

13
118 67
Camel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Camel Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

14
102 54
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rick Wakeman Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

15
74 33
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Procol Harum Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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59 24
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
derk-bril added Marillion Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

17
84 49
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

18
97 62
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
AmberMarieMcBride added Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

19
136 110
Muse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

20
85 60
Focus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Focus Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock

21
53 29
Rush is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Sean Cahoon added Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

22
66 54
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Renaissance Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

23
66 58
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Trans-Siberian Orchestra Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

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25 18
Premiata Forneria Marconi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Premiata Forneria Marconi Progressive rock

25
46 47
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Keith Emerson & The Nice Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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31 38
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
shivam-sharma added Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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40 54
Triumvirat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Triumvirat Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

28
33 45
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
The Mahavishnu Orchestra Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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19 27
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Caravan Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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21 30
Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
brirobzep added Klaatu Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

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19 30
Fish is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
derk-bril added Fish Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock

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25 40
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
30 45
Delain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Delain Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

34
28 48
The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
JenLangfeld added The Mars Volta Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

35
16 30
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RussellRenneberg added David Garrett Classical music, Crossover

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12 26
Stradivarius is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
David Fowler added Stratovarius Power Metal, Symphonic Metal

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13 28
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
David Fowler added Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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3 7
The Enid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Kevin Jones added The Enid Rock music, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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20 41
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Skilletfan added Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

40
9 23
Le Orme is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Abigail added Le Orme Italian progressive rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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23 48
New Trolls is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
New Trolls Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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9 24
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

43
25 53
Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Grobschnitt Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

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23 44
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Xandria Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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2 9
Blackmore's Night is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Cheryl White added Blackmore's Night Rock music, Folk music, Medieval folk rock

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3 11
ZerO POint GiaNt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
JackLimpsey added ZerO POint GiaNt Symphonic Rock, Experimental Indie Rock Music - The only band I understand creates on a whim.  All errors included, nothing is corrected. It's a very risky, and valiant effort to allow music to be created like this.   Not sure if its multimple musicians but ...

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7 23
Ambrosia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
CarlosPlaza added Ambrosia Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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5 20
Violent Silence is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
schlurp added Violent Silence Thrash metal, Progressive rock, Art rock

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14 36
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Leaves' Eyes Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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11 32
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