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41 The Who The 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

42 UK

Although short lived, UK should be nearer the top of the list, in my opinion. Seems like few people are familiar with the band, although John Wetton and Bill Bruford are sure to ring a bell with prog rock fans. Good stuff, check 'em out.

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43 Queen Queen Queen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Queen may not have been a prog band, but they loved growing some prog flair into their music. Queen II, A Night at the Opera, and Innuendo can all be considered prog albums. They don't deserve top 10, but they're certainly more progressive than The Smashing Pumpkins.

44 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

You know why you never see the velvets weighed against proggressive rockers? Because with one album they had already progressed into a level of creation that no other band or musician will touch.

45 It Bites

Truly awesome band... A mix of prog pop and rock. Fantastic song writers that always have a tendency to put a prog edge on their stuff. Extremely talented musicians... A must listen.. Title track.. ONCE AROUND THE WORLD (15 mins long)... It'll blow ya socks off.

46 Soft Machine Soft Machine

Drifted between Rock and Jazz but I would have thought they counted as progressive rock and should be included among the top prog rock groups (certainly high up my list) - AndyBasic

47 Focus

I think they're so low due to lack of a long successful career but the music stands up and should be top 20.

To be honest they should be in the top 5.

House of the king, Moving waves, Sylvia... etc how is Focus so low in this chart?

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48 Artcell Artcell Artcell is a Bangladeshi progressive metal band formed in October 1999. According to The Daily Star, a leading English national daily, Artcell is "one of the leading bands of the country".

One of those greatest Progressive Rock band in Bangladesh, no, in the whole world!

Try their song, it will blow your mind!

Artcell is the best progressive rock band in bengali language.

Huh artcell not in top ten? :S... listen there song Oniket Prantor.

Artcell is a mixture of prog rock and metal. And they play good songs - zxm

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50 Public Service Broadcasting

Combining a signature sound with BFI films to help bring it to life PSB have certainly progressed the modern rock world

51 The Mars Volta

I like Tool, King Crimson, Primus, and Pink Floyd more, but these guys were revolutionary. I've never heard a sound like theirs before.

The Mars Volta is one of the best modern progressive bands out there.

"Frances the Mute" is easily a classic.

One of the best bands I have ever heard. I would personally put them much closer to the top ten

I never heard a band like this before. And it is definitely not a one hit song band!

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52 Ayreon

Very imaginative music over a long period of time - check out his Guilt Machine too.

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53 Pallas

Even though they shouldn't be in the top ten, this band has produced several strong albums throughout the years. And with Alan Reed (who now has left) they had a wonderful voice.

All at once the most symphonic and song-oriented of the 80s cadre of Neo-Prog. A varied collection of styles that sort of cross between Vangelis, Rush and Saga, but with lyrics about grand themes that justify the bombast and personal journeys. Underlying all these are some of the greatest vocal talents in prog rock history with Euan, Alan and to some extent Paul. A rich and lush catalog of music that stands high with Marillion and Porcupine Tree forming the triumvirate of post-1980s prog rock.

Simply the best of the 80s prog bands - better and more original than Marillion, more approachable than Twelfth Night and more successful than Pendragon et al.

54 Eloy

Catchy, mystical, magical. Eloy is the soundtrack to the nights of big cities.

Ocean and Silent Cries are both classics of the genre, this band should be way higher. Their instrumentation is simply breathtaking. - Doom

Eloy eloy best progressive bands

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55 3

The ability to take an acoustic guitar in conjunction with metal and use it to bring ones ears to musical euphoria deserves to be near the top.

56 Coheed and Cambria Coheed and Cambria Coheed and Cambria is an American progressive rock band from Nyack, New York, formed in 1995. The band consists of Claudio Sanchez, Travis Stever, Josh Eppard, and Zach Cooper.

No other band has ever "hit the mark" so to speak with my musical style so well as Coheed. Honestly after hearing these guys few bands even come close. Not only is Claudio Sanchez the biggest musical and lyrical genius I've ever had the pleasure of hearing, but the entire band works so well that you can't help but feel it down in your soul. On top of their absolutely amazing riffs and solos all their alblums tie together and tell the story of Claudio's futuristic comic the Amory Wars (Coheed and Cambria are two AI characters that have been given false memories of being husband and wife). They literally cover every end of the spectrum of rock from soft, to punk, to progressive, to hard and verging on the brink of metal. Infact, they have even been said to have created a new genre that many call "new progressive" This band is SERIOUSLY amazing and SERIOUSLY under appreciated. The only band that even comes close to their level of epicness is Iron Maiden.

Should be number two on the list after rush. Unbelievably talented and very consistent band in the amount of amazing songs they have. Have not found a bad song yet, and I have almost all their albums. Very tight group and also include fantastic novels to go with each album. Bit shocked why it's so far down, even below bands which aren't even progressive at all (muse, radiohead). Should be in top 5 for sure

Well apparently only worn out old 70s band can get into the top ten. No offense to bands like Pink Floyd or rush, which I think are great band as well, but cohere and Cambrian tells a great, epic story that is epic in scope, and has phenomenal lyrics, music. One of my favorite bands if not my favorite.

The Mars Volta #1, Coheed & Cambria #2.

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57 Karnivool

Best thing to come out of Australia in a long time. So underrated, they are super talented. Check out Asymmetry, it's awesome, but nothing goes past Sound Awake!

They deserve to be in the top 10 definitely. They have a completely new sound. I love Pink Floyd, Rush, DT and PT too, and this is right behind them.

Underrated masters of they're craft. They bend melodies in such a beautifull and unique way it's rediculous that they are so unknown.

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58 Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra The Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.

I find it hard to believe that ELO hasn't hit this list yet. Some of their prog rock songs are the best I've ever heard, and they continue to be one of my favorite bands today.

What?! ELO is gotta be my favorite band along with The Who and Pink Floyd but what are The Who, Queen and Smashing Pumpkins doing here?

I've always thought of ELO as outside of the mainstream, but not necessarily my definition of prog rock. Still, I love 'em.

Holy hell these guys should be in the top 10 and they're just a newcomer? Damn man.

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59 Hawk Wind

Britain's Grateful Dead- not in terms of style: Hawkwind have their own imitable style, soaked in homemade westcountry scrumpy, but in terms of their ongoing commitment to the ideals of the 60's and 70's, and their massive army of committed space cadet fans. "Hurry on sundown" says it all.

60 Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention The Mothers of Invention were an American rock band from California that served as the backing musicians for Frank Zappa. Their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows.
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