Best Progressive Rock Bands

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21Barclay James Harvest

This highly under-rated band deserve to be up there. Still making new music and touring, their hey-day was the 1970s - great mellatron influenced prog rock albums such as "Once Again", "Time-Honoured Ghosts", "Octoberon", "Gone to Earth" (3rd most successful album of all time in Germany, 1st being Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here") and "Everyone is Everybody Else". A Lancashire band but immensely successful all over Europe - played a free concert to a live audience of 250,000 people in West Berlin and were the first UK rock band to be invited to perform (to 175,000 people) in East Berlin. Currently touring in Japan.

Fully deserve a high placing in this list. Saw them live in their 'John Lees Barclay James Harvest' guise (the other 'splinter band' being 'Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd') as recently as December 2013, following the release of their excellent new album, "North", and they were even more impressive than I expected. Also, imagine my surprise when I switched on my television on Christmas Day, whilst on holiday in Germany, to find that they were putting on a special Christmas Day concert for the channel in question - all this 47 years after they were formed! A much bigger British band than people realise!

I find it incomprehensible that it has been necessary for me to add BJH to the bottom of a long list of lesser-known bands. Still going (in 2 different guises) after 45 years, they were in the forefront of the prog rock trail blazers of the late 60s and 70s. They achieved prenomenal success all over Europe (if not the UK) and played a free concert to 250,000 people in West Berlin. They were also the first western rock band to be invited to perform in pre-Glasnost East Berlin - to an audience of 175,000 people. Their album, "Gone to Earth" is officially the third most popular album since records began in Europe's biggest music market - Germany (Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" being number one). Their classic albums, particularly those made in the 60s and 70s are sublime.

Discovered them when Time Honoured Ghosts came out in the mid - seventies and still love them today. Looking forward to October in wolverhampton for John Lees' Barclay James Harvest and the new album!

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22SoundgardenSoundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.V1 Comment
23MuseMuse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read more.

The reason they are down low is because they aren't PROGRESSIVE. Love them anyway, but are just no where near progressive music. Some people...

A different style to progressive rock, extremely different from anything else. Alsk an alternative rock band, that is what they are commonly recognized as. You may not think they are progressive, but listen to their songs (I recommend "Knights of Cydonia" be one of them). These guys aren't the best progressive rock band, not even close, but I'm voting for them because I think they should be recognized in the prog world. Also sagnificant space rock band.

To make this simple, they're alternative, but fuse many genres, giving them a progressive sound,

They're not technically a prog rock and, but songs like Knights of Cydonia and The Globalist definitely shows that they at least deserve a spot in the top 20.

I though they were an alternative rock/pop song - zxm

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24PrimusPrimus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.

Primus has sucked for almost 30 years. I would call their sound Progressive Grunge. Shake hands with beef, fisticuffs, my name is mud, those damned blue collared tweekers, and laquer head. all groovy. check it out.

also, don't miss out on any of Les Claypool's side projects, such as flying frog brigade and colonel claypool's bucket of bernie brains. Mmmm

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25RiversideRiverside is a progressive rock/metal band from Warsaw, Poland. It was founded in 2001 by friends Mariusz Duda, Piotr Grudziński, Piotr Kozieradzki and Jacek Melnicki, who shared a love for progressive rock and heavy metal.

Riverside is amazing. Everything they do is good. Plus don't forget their "side project", Lunatic Soul.

Astounding. Breathtaking. Awe inspiring. One of my favourite bands now. Just listen to the entire Love, Fear and the Time machine album. Beautiful. RIP Piotr.

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26MastodonMastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

I love Prog Metal bands, as with Dream Theater and Opeth, I think it is unfair to rank them against the bands that influenced them. They are a great band, but Prog Metal is a genre big enough to be considered on its own separately along with all their bands

Crack the skye, listen to this album and you'll wonder why mastodon aren't number 1

The best prog rock metal has had to offer. Ex-aequo with Opeth. Musicians made of what the Rush' guys are made.

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27Roxy Music

They started the "Art Rock" progressive movement. - JervisTetch

They're one of my favourite bands. However, there is no earthly way they can be considered progressive rock. - PetSounds

28QueensrycheQueensrÿche is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob.

I am uncertain why this was not on the list.

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29IQ

IQ possibly the greatest band of all time, defining progressive rock to the letter, the only band with enough balls as to make their first song an epic, and a vocalist who's vocal cords age like a fine wine, topping themselves creatively with every album they make, and still keep a loyal fan base that only gains fans, and never loses them

Have you all forgotten this one? A band going strong for over 30 years, that delivered with "Frequency" one of the best albums of the past decade.

One of the most interesting bands I have ever listened to. You may listen to one of their songs a hundred times in a row, and still discoover something new. Amazing albums, complex and sublime songs.
With a suble mix of talent and skills, these guys manage to express nearly anything in the best possible way.
And after over 30 years, they still manage to evolve, never remaining stuck in their old ways. It's very interesting to notice their evolution over the decades.
I just won't leave the house without their music on my player!

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30Pendragon

Listen to not of this world. Delightful from start to finish everything that progressive rock should be but avoid men who climb mountains. A right duffer.

Recently started listening to this band, window of life is a fantastic album

Fantastic band along with arena and marillion

31Transatlantic

Transatlantic definitely deserve more attention. Epic 26 minute+ tracks like stranger in your soul and all of the above are amazing.

Maybe not #1, but should be in the top 10 in my humble opinion.

This band is the epitome of progressive rock! An all star band. These guys diserve to be at number one with their amazing combination of melodies, heavy riffs, harmonies and outstanding musicianship.

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32Supertramp

Who compiled this lists?
Doesn't make sense!
Yes, Genesis, Supertramp
Close to the Edge, Selling England by the Pound.. and Crime of the
Century
That's the definitive prog rock collection to bring to a desert island
There are many more albums by same bands. But there the perfect ones... Think about it!

They had some amazing songs. Seriously, they should be way higher.

Disappointing. This band should be way more up there

Best band ever. enough said

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33Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Love this band. But they are not a progessive rock band. Maybe close to a heavy metal blues band or just a metal band. However that being said it is one of the greatest bands of all times.

I agree. Child in time is prog, and try listening to April from 1969 and tell me that is anything but prog. Absolutely awesome but mostly lost as Deep purple fans are oblivious to the early stuff on the whole.

They're not progressive rock. But still awesome. - IronSabbathPriest

Deep Purple didn't have long songs like most prog rock bands do. But there musical style was pretty much like a prog rock - zxm

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34Renaissance

Whilst not the greatest progressive rock band (That belongs to either Genesis or Yes), these 5 fantastic musicians created some of the Genre's finest material, including the 8 minute masterpiece, "Ocean Gypsy" and the 24 minute "Song of Scheherezade" which is one of the most underrated epics of the genre. These classically trained musicians are unique among the genre and Annie Haslam's voice is possibly one of the finest voices of the 20th century. The rest of the band weren't that bad either... - theodorestone

I love this band not just for their music (though that is a big reason) but also because of how amazing Annie Haslam is as both a singer and a person in general. She brings a unique sound to the Prog world, but also a new light and energy.

Although this probably isn't the BEST band of all the time and wasn't much influential, I feel that Renaissance is so underrated. Almost nobody knows them, and it's easy to see their greatness, just listen to the whole Ashes are Burning, Mother Russia, Song of Scheherezade or anything. It is quite epic.

The best prog band EVER.

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35The Pineapple Thief

Just discovered this band. Good stuff!

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36Can

Their music is very uneasy, but that makes them an extremely interesting to listen to. They should be in the top 5

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37Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
38Gong

This band definitely needs to be higher up on this list. What an incredible band! They brought such a unique and interesting sounds to progressive rock or music at all. Amazing use of synthesizers, really tasty bass lines, incredibly goofy but great lyrics in it's own way and much more. This band is at least in the top 10 prog-bands ever in my book and I am sure that many can agree.

They moved around various styles but surely they should be included in progressive rock - AndyBasic

39Twelfth Night
40The Who The Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are ...read more.

The Who brought the synthesizer to the rock world in the one of the greatest rock albums of all time - Who's Next? Pete Townshend is a music writing genius.

One of the best band of all times but they can't be in this list. Pure rockers like them have nothing to do with prog's epicness. They are epic in their own way

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