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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. (66 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

2
322 133
Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

3
317 134
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

4
298 130
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
238 92
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

6
206 66
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
202 94
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

8
234 109
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

9
194 88
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
161 80
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

11
147 75
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
132 65
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rick Wakeman Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

13
119 64
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

14
87 23
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
*DSO* added The Arcana The Arcana are a British rock band that formed in 2015. Albums: Lemon Freddy Phantom of the Sky (2017), Tomorrow is Yesterday (2016).

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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139 93
Camel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Camel Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

16
92 50
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Procol Harum Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

17
82 44
Rush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Sean Cahoon added Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

18
159 96
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Within Temptation Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

19
129 91
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
AmberMarieMcBride added Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

20
72 42
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
153 141
Muse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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22
94 77
Focus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Focus Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock

23
84 76
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

24
81 70
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Renaissance Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

25
57 65
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

26
58 69
Triumvirat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Triumvirat Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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33 41
Premiata Forneria Marconi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Premiata Forneria Marconi Progressive rock

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35 48
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RussellRenneberg added David Garrett Classical music, Crossover

The Best Rock Vocalists

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16 7
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Lauren Veronese added Apocalypse Rock music, Progressive rock

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38 63
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
shivam-sharma added Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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38 65
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
The Mahavishnu Orchestra Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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8 3
Eloy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
1519486457439 added Eloy Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock

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16 16
The Enid is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Kevin Jones added The Enid Rock music, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

34
23 49
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Caravan Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

35
39 65
Delain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Delain Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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21 54
Fish is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
derk-bril added Fish Neo-progressive rock, Progressive rock

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28 62
Red is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
oa.jeff added Red Dark ambient, Nu metal, Rock music

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23 53
Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
brirobzep added Klaatu Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

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1 0
İlhan İrem is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
VolkanS. added İlhan İrem

40
12 34
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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30 70
The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
JenLangfeld added The Mars Volta Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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1 2
Transatlantic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
FerrollGivens added Transatlantic Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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3 10
The Flower Kings is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
1513171196745 added The Flower Kings Progressive rock

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25 66
Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Grobschnitt Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

45
23 62
New Trolls is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
New Trolls Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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21 58
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Skilletfan added Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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16 48
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
David Fowler added Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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27 58
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Xandria Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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13 45
Stradivarius is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
David Fowler added Stratovarius Power Metal, Symphonic Metal

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9 37
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Italian progressive rock, Progressive rock, Art rock