Bands/Musicians 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. (59 items)
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462 164
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock
2
496 206
Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock
3
497 206
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
4
325 141
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
5
100 6
10cc is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
makson.gromov90 added Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music
6
301 151
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music
7
409 249
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music
8
228 109
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
9
209 101
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
445 317
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
11
237 158
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music
12
212 123
Camel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
13
323 227
Queen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Salmaca Salmaca added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
14
175 103
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
15
167 96
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
16
154 84
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock
17
145 97
Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock
18
131 97
Rush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Sean Cahoon added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
19
125 101
Focus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock
20
96 75
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
173 166
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
AmberMarieMcBride added Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal
22
96 80
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock
23
192 177
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
GeoffDuke added Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music
24
184 219
Muse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music
25
88 99
Triumvirat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Rock Bands
Progressive rock, Symphonic rock