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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. (64 items)
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Yes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock
2
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
3
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
4
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock
5
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
6
Camel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music
8
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RussellRenneberg added Classical music, Crossover
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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music
10
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock
11
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
12
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock
13
Focus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock
14
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
15
10cc is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
makson.gromov90 added Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music
16
The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock
17
Triumvirat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Progressive rock, Symphonic rock
18
The Enid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Kevin Jones added Rock music, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock
19
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music
20
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Lauren Veronese added Rock music, Progressive rock
21
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
derk-bril added Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock
22
U-Piter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
makson.gromov90 added Rock music, Russian rock, Post-punk
23
The Nice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
makson.gromov90 added Symphonic rock, Progressive rock, Art rock
24
Piknik is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
makson.gromov90 added New Wave, Gothic rock, Space rock
25
Nautilus Pompilius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
makson.gromov90 added New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music