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81American English
82Dir En GreyDIR EN GREY is a Japanese metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will.
83The Flower Kings

3rd generation progenitors, in the spirit of Genesis and Yes.

Incredible band. One of my all time favorites

One of my favourite bands, should be way higher in my opinion.

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84If

Great but unfortunately shortlived band, in my opinion their far best record is IF 4.

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85Big Big Train

Agreed, English Electric part one and two are stunning. They carry you back to industrial revolution England- and there is a musical beauty that runs through this that owes a lot to Tull and XTC, but there's so much more. the sort of albums you copy and press on every friend you have because "you need to hear this".

English Retro-Prog band which gets better with each new album. They carry forward the 70's prog of Genesis and Yes. Their sound is melodic and very atmospheric.

Great band. Lead singer sounds like a mix of Steve Winwood and Peter Gabriel.

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86Liquid Tension ExperimentLiquid Tension Experiment was an instrumental progressive metal band founded by Mike Portnoy, then Dream Theater's drummer, in 1997. The band has released two albums through Magna Carta Records.

The best compilation band of uniquely talented members. They completed their first album in 5 days... enough said.

Basicly Dream Theater with another name (portnoy, petrucci and rudess are in this band). They don't deserve a place in the top 10, but they're pretty cool. However, DT has way better albums than this guys.

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87Fragil

If their lyrics were in English, Fragil could be considered in the top 30

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88Pain of Salvation

Can't believe nobody put Pain of salvation on this list... they're like, amazing!

89Elio e le Storie Tese

There is no earthly way they can't be in this list but the fact they come from Italy...

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90Magnum
91Caravan

From what I've seen when out and about on the web Caravan and Camel share a similar level of popularity within the genre. Little did I know I'd come on here and see 60 odd spaces between them!

In the Land Of Grey And Pink is in my opinion the beat Prog lp ever, and the band are still going strong

Early 70's Canterbury sound (along with Hatfield & the North and, of course, the mighty Soft Machine, who deserve a top-ten place as well. ) Highly influential. "If I could do it all over again... "

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92SBB

The only Polish rock band to have successfully broken the restraints of the iron curtain, SBB - an abbreviation for either Silesian Blues Band or Search Break-up Build has been mesmerising their fans with long spacious melodies created by Jozef Skrzek, a true master of Hammond organs, that can easily break into fast galloping songs and poetic lyrics. Musicians of the Mahavishnu Orchestra once called SBB the most influential band they had ever met. Truly a must for any prog rock fan!

Probably, Pink Floyd is most known and most influential progressive rock band, period. But they are already on the first place - and this is why I decided to vote for SBB (shortcut for Silesian Blues Band).
It's not very popular group, especially because they were formed in Poland, when this country was behind the iron courtain.
If you don't know them, I highly recommend you to give them a chance. You won't regret.
It's a real deal - ambicious and full of emotions. Personally, I listen to them along with King Crimson or Pink Floyd.

93Oceansize

The fac that this band is currently only 91 this a crime, one of the most forward thinking prog rock bands of the decade that is sadly no more.

94The DoorsThe Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
95Traffic
96The ClashThe Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

Their Sandinista and London Calling is a great progressive punk album

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97The Beach BoysThe Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

Smile was kinda progressive in my opinion - RecklessGreed

98Art Bears
99Tides of Man
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