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These guys are so awesome everyone would love if they heard it. You have to listen to them a few times to really get it as you do with many bands. They are brilliant musicians with wonderful voices they evoke such emotion into their music it's beautiful. My kids know all the words.

This band is so underrated as I see it in #93. People please give this band a try. They have everything. Lineup, music, lyrics. Songs like untouchable, The storm before the calm, Are you there? , etc are unbelievable.

These guys need to be a lot higher, if for "We're Here Because We're Here" alone.

Something like Pink Floyd with a spice of Rush

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62Spock's Beard

"What makes a dream so many different from the other dreams? " Maybe Spock's Beard! Starting a career with a 16 minutes long song ("The Light" in an album where all the tracks are as long easy, but Neal and Alan Morse (the beautiful voice and the killing guitar), Dave Meros (the virtuosic bass) and Nick D'Virgillo (the drummer everyone dream of) succeed. And later joined by the fantastic keyboardist Ryo Okumoto they followed a bright career!

63Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of InventionThe 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.
64PFM - Premiata Forneria Marconi

Perfect Formula Magical a sound for ever I could not understand Heavy Rock 2 Rush and 3 M. theater could not compete with such music

Stars from Italy - land of Ferrari, Masarati, Armani, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana - but who'd have thought such an excellent prog rock act. Try the music from mid-'70s, King Crimson, Genesis, ELP have very stylish company in PFM.

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65The Alan Parsons ProjectThe Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990, consisting of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, more.

Deserves a higher position because is much better than many of those above.

Best band ever, years ahead of their time, loved by the few who know them, unknown to the masses.

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66Glass Hammer

Just a bunch of Yes-copycats, not that special

67Between the Buried and MeBetween the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.

Unique sound, huge amount of talent and new ideas all wrapped up in complex refreshing songs covered by a sweet layer of a humoristic attitude.

These guys are absolutely amazing. Best prog coming from the 21st century in my opinion. Aquarius and Visions are masterpieces...

Amazing sound, wonder why bands like these do not become as popular as Dream Theater etc.

Cockroach King, baby!

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69Mike Oldfield

Definitely listen to Tubular Bells. One of the best tracks I've ever heard.

A real inspiration and perfect style...

70Manfred Mann
71Le Orme

One of the best Italian prog rock band

72New Monsoon

It's a shame this band is so down in the rankings. Just listen to their album, Daughter of Time. It's a prog rock masterpiece.

74Procol HarumProcol Harum are an English rock band formed in 1967. They contributed to the development of progressive rock, and by extension, symphonic rock.

Listen to side 2 of their 2nd album. The over 20 minute In held twas I in. This and The moody Blues and I am the Walrus came out at the same time and was the birth of progressive rock, Sorry but this occurred before almost all of the other entries.


Unless you've taken the time to listen to something other than their Best Of collections, you may not even be aware of what a kick-ass hard rocking' prog band Styx was in their heyday. I've recently revisited their earlier work, and am duly impressed still.

Thought this is a prog rocxk chart?! How is this not adult contemporary material, I dunno.


The best progressive band coming out from Italy in recent times, Kingcrow is in between prog Metal and Rock with tons of other influences.

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78A Perfect Circle

Can't believe you would leave them out folks, they along with Tool should be in the top five with Pink Floyd Led Zeppelin and Yes! Really. EP Old Hippie


This band deserves more points than any band here.

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80Uriah HeepUriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.

Why is this found only in the seven page? This band made such masterpieces such as "July Morning" and "The Magician's Birthday," that they deserve a spot in page 4 at least.

Mainly rock but lots of excellent Prog songs make Uriah Heep a band that needs to be much further up this list.

July morning is a progressive rock classic

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