Top Ten Best Progressive Rock Songs


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Supper's Ready - Genesis
Aw man, can't be beat. Pink Floyd is great, although I would have chosen something other than SOYCD, perhaps Astronomy Domine or Careful With That Axe, Eugene? But Supper's Ready is the cream of the crop, a near perfect prog rock epic.
Epic Genesis story telling at it's best! Best Prog Rock song by far! Best 23 minutes you'll ever spend! Genesis never got any better than this. The atmosphere f the song is electric! How Pink Floyd has more votes is unbelievable
I can listen to only this song and it never gets boring/old to me! This is the most addicting song ever! The song, which involves more talent than any other song!
[Newest]It is the best song of all time.

2Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Part VI-IX) - Pink Floyd
I love Supper's Ready by Genesis. It's defiantly one of my favorite songs of all time. I'm gonna vote for Shine On You Crazy Diamond, though. Pink Floyd is my favorite band and they make my favorite music. Shine On You Crazy Diamond is a masterpiece as well as 2112 from Rush, The Knife, Supper's Ready and the Musical Box by Genesis, Roundabout by Yes, Close To The Edge also by Yes, Passage To Bangkok and Twilight Zone by Rush, a long list of songs by Pink Floyd progressive rock is defiantly my favorite genre. It takes true talent to make progressive rock and true taste to listen to it. 21st Century Schizoid Man is another great progressive rock song.
No doubt about this, this song takes you for a ride, changing your mood over and over makes you think strange and experience a different dimension.

There's only one other song that can come close to its caliber, "careful with that axe eugene"
I love this song, whenever I hear it, I became a part of it and I just flying away from this world. Excellent, truelly amazing. The best progressive band should make a great song, and they've done it pretty well. I love Shine On You Crazy Diamond. I love Pink Floyd.
[Newest]Best, Song, Ever, I, Am, Not, Kidding.

32112 - Rush
You know the real reason this song is not number 1 is because nobody knows who rush is. People do not pay much attention to canadian bands. It is kind of sad actually. But this song has the most amazing lyrics and I love Geddy's bass in the temples of syrinx. Amazing musical masterpeice. Rush is the most underrated band there is to date. Rolling stone gives rush 2/5 stars on almost every album. I hope whoever is reading this does not like rolling stone. Or the hall of fame voters. Ha ha ha.
Perhaps one of the best and most diverse songs ever written, lyrically, and musically this song is flawless, unrivaled in creativity, those who don't like this song have brains that can't handle the epicness
I remember when I was in 7th grade back in 1977 hearing this song for the first time and I was blown away [ to the year 2112]! I have listened to this song countless times since along with all of RUSH's other music. 2112 is an original masterpiece of art with an excellent story being told! Highly recommended!
[Newest]Should be number 1...

4Close to the Edge - Yes
Close to the Edge is a masterpiece. Shine on you crazy diamond is vastly overrated. It's cool but mostly consists of the band jamming. Supper's Ready is a lot better but Close to the Edge is on a whole other level. All the instruments are equal in a perfect mix and nothing really stands out except the music itself. The abstract lyrics are an instrument themselves and when you listen to the piece you feel like LIVING. The different sections of the song cover a spectrum of different moods ranging from mayhem, melancholy, chilling, yearning, rage, mysterious, happy and serene. This song, if any, is made of pure awesome.


I personally think Close to the Edge should be on the top of the list with Supper's Ready close behind. This song is just a masterpiece. I think Close to the Edge is the best progressive rock album ever and is certainly Yes at their highest creative and talented peak. Shine on is good and I like Pink Floyd and they're one of my favorite bands but they are overrated. I'm not the biggest Rush fan and 2112 is good but when I want to listen to prog, Yes is always my first choice.
This is my fav yes song and prog rock song, because it has different sections, interesting time signatures, lots of things going on, and is very long. Just like a symphonic arangement rather than a song. I f you lie down in a dark room and listen to it, it takes you places.
[Newest]Yes is the embodiment of Prog. Rock, plain and simple.

5Starless - King Crimson
I always feel this is a song about being depressed The song can take you to hell and back. Yet at the end it lifts you up, leaving you ahead again and seeing the beauty of it all.

To quote Pitchfork (because it is so well put): ""Starless" feels like a summation of all King Crimson had accomplished to that point. Through its strictly controlled verses, hackle-raising crescendo and wild freak-out coda, the band wrings moments of startling beauty and exuberant energy from the dread and dissonance at the song's core."
Artist: King Crimson
Album: Red (a must have)

The most epic, technically dazzling song you have never heard. The last 2 minutes still give me chills and always leaves me scratching my head, wondering how did anyone come up with this? Robert Fripp did, and he always will. Long Live The King


This song has the depth and psychedelia of any 20 minute long prog song but at the same time the "obvious" and simple melodies that will make you love it immediately. There's no struggle at the beginning when listening to this song yet you will never grow tired of it because of it's incredible depth.

It's kind of the perfect song considering that.
[Newest]Starts with a sweet-jazzy melody, then moves to a chilling dissonant bass/guitar interlude, then to a funky quick instrumental, and finally in the last 2 minutes takes the best of the 3 of them into a beautiful mayhem that gives the perfect closure to one of the best songs mankind has ever produced.

6Echoes - Pink Floyd
Live at Pompeii will get you appreciating this song a lot.
Not just best progressive song ever (just slightly ahead of Supper's Ready in my opinion), it is possibly the best song ever.
I think the version of Echoes from Live at Pompeii is the best song ever.


[Newest]Feel high without DRUGS

7Octavarium - Dream Theater
This is the very best song to listen to 1 000 000 0000 000 times, because you will never get bored no matter what! This song got everything that a song needs to be perfect, plus everything else the dream theater can come up with, we are talking about getting chilled to the bone, amazed of amazing guitar solos and riffs, and the very best harmony of any song EVER! LISTEN TO IT OR BE A BRICK.


Different moods to take us to a journey of life, complexity and length what prog song needs. And last but not least it is presented to us by the most talented band of our time.
This song is purely amazing, however, if I was stating my absolute favorite songs, Echoes and Dogs would be higher. So why did I vote for Octavarium? This is about best prog songs, not including psychedelic, and Octavarium definitely has an edge on them.
[Newest]A tie after Close To The Edge. But this song get a bonus point for first being my first time hearing prog and get addicted to it, and second because it is just amazing on it's own.

821st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
This song is a great example of progressive rock at its best, by the band who helped to jumpstart the genre. The lyrics are relevant, Robert Fripp is great and the music is a genius arrangement.
Very antagonistic lyrics with absolutely amazing instrumental section in the middle. One of my favorites.
I am a 21st Century Schizoid Man.


9The Musical Box - Genesis
A genuine prog-rock masterpiece. The genius of this song can not be expressed in words. It's as close to magic as you're ever gonna get without LSD or other psychedelics.
Pure joy to listen with its mood changes, great singing and amazing guitar and keyboard atmosphere. Orgasmic! Thank you Genesis for this Chef d'oeuvre :-)

10Roundabout - Yes
Best intro of any song ever created. Also, stunning bass riff...
They always play this last at every Yes concert


Actually they play Starship Trooper at the end of every Yes concert.
Better than shine on your crazy diamond

The Contenders

11Pull Me Under - Dream Theater
A great song, but honestly probably the worst song off Images and Words. Learning to Live deserves this spot.
I listen to this song everyday. This song is nice example for progressive music and also the best from Dream Theater. I could listen the intro for rest of my life..
This song is pulled me into Dream Theater and prog world.
One of the greatest songs!


[Newest]I love this song but I'm not sure why its so high since everyone in the world but me hates it...

12Thick As a Brick, Pt. 1 - Jethro Tull
The greatest song ever written! I am a huge prog rock fan and I know all of these songs, but none of them can ever touch THICK AS A BRICK, which is 45 minute long masterpiece and which incorporated 4 (! ) music genres! Again-- the greatest song ever written!
What a great song the complexity of the magnificent lyrics are truly mind altering.. I have listened to the album over 100 times never gets old like a great movie. Thank you Ian.
This as a Brick is the greatest song ever written! People just need to be smart enough to understand this masterpiece!
[Newest]Nah guys this is metal

13Firth of Fifth - Genesis
Over 40 yrs old and still progressive. Just beautiful, magical music. Always will be. Timeless.

14Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
This is the best song of all time, but guys, come on, this isn't Prog!
Best Floyd song isn't even in top 10? Are You joking? No Way. Hey Floyd fans keep pushin' to put this higher up!
Awesome song deserves to be way further up

15Dogs - Pink Floyd
This is an amazing. It's not only one of the best Pink Floyd songs but one of the best in the world. I seriously think this song is vastly underrated.
A lengthy masterpiece which puts you into a different world, and it has really had an impact on the way I look at society. Clever lyrics, a brilliant multitude of guitar solos and simply an interesting atmosphere. Possibly best Pink Floyd song.
I listened to this song a couple of days ago, actually. Long but great song.


16Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) - Pink Floyd
Those four notes... Nothing in the world can beat them.
Sexiest guitar ever, beautiful song.
It is the sexiest guitar ever.

17Time - Pink Floyd
Wow! Beautiful list with wonderful songs! And wonderful artists! But personally I love "Time" because of many things: after listening this song, I wanted to play guitar (Gilmour is just great! ), and the lyrics remind me my parents who don't want me to do what I really want... And Mason is brilliant in the introduction!
One of my favorites... No doubt! This song completes the whole album concept, in which you hear the perception of time from the point of view of any given person, who once is young, but realizes that time flies away one day... Excellent and very recommendable!
Long life to Pink Floyd!
Its just a classic deserves a spot in top 5.

18The Gates of Delirium - Yes
The most beautiful, dynamic masterpiece ever made on this planet. I've never listened to a song that could astound me as much as the Gates of Delirium. There is so much skill, technique, complexity, insane writing skills, and most of all emotion in this song. If you have not heard it you must give it a full listen. Note that this song may be too much to handle for inexperienced listeners/musicians.


19A Day In the Life - The Beatles
... Is this song even PROG?


20The Sleepwalkers - Van Der Graaf Generator

21Tarkus - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
A complete masterpiece if you haven't heard it you don't know progressive rock or rock in general it is an amazing musical achievement!
You really understand how difficult and complex is Tarkus when you try to play it. It has many tempo changes and its structure is very atypical. 'enough said.
Brilliant and complex, Tarkus spins a melodic tale that captivates the listener as no other.
[Newest]How is this not in the top ten?

22Trains - Porcupine Tree
The clean intro guitar riff just blows you away and as it slowly starts to build the tempo of train moving on rails you will get goosebumps..

The best part is When I here the engine pass I kissing you wide...
And the ending drums and guitar just make you bang your head till you cry
I love it <3 Thank you Porcupine to give your fans a music like that

23Karn Evil 9 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
It's a great keyboard. Maybe better than Hoedown! I love them. It's unbelieveble in this incredible fusion of organ and guitar.
It is a complete master piece of progressive rock.

24The March of the Black Queen - Queen
I love Queen so I'm going with this one.

25Epitaph - King Crimson
so peaceful and beutiful. releaves you from stress. best king crimson song. although shine on is also 1 of my favs, its already #1.


Best, most musically sophisticated piece of music to come out of the 20th century. That is a fact, not up for debate. Case closed.
Beatufilly orchestrated.. One of the earliest masterpieces.. Impressive vocals.. Precise drumming.. Ambient guitars.. Orgasmic..

26Dancing With the Moonlit Knight - Genesis

27Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater
This song has perfect lyrics, switches genres several times and manages to keep a central theme running for 42 minutes with no boring the listener.
42 minutes of pure awesomeness. WATCH THE LIVE VERSION!

28Schism - Tool
I think Tool it's awesome.. Because they had the courage to make a different kind of music... I don't think that everyone could listen to this kind of music... And I respect them for this :) ( Sorry for my bad english )...
Maynard has the best vocals for a prog band
I was hoping to see Tool here, thank you.

29Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

30Lateralus - Tool
9 and a half minutes of sheer bliss. One of my Favorite songs this century.
Deseeves to be in top 5

31Nights In White Satin - The Moody Blues
The Moody Blues second greatest prog rock band in the world pure melodic rock
Pink are first supertramp third.. Barclay james harvest fourth renaissence fifth

32The Poet/After the Day - Barclay James Harvest
The Poet segues seamlessly into After The Day, and the band usually play them in sequence. Together they demonstrate extremely well what BJH were all about - initially a gentle, folky, melodic song but leading into a dramatic tour de force complete with soaring mellotron and crashing guitar crescendo. Never fails to produce that special tingle-factor - but then so do many of their other songs, and the standard being so uniformly high, everyone will no doubt have a different favourite.
The definitive prog rock classic from BJH's early years - the climax never fails to get the spine tingling!

33A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers - Van Der Graaf Generator
In my opinion this composition should be #1. It's real work of genius.
The most powerfull and deep composition of progressive rock music.
I can't quite understand how anyone who has heard this song would vote anything else.
No prog song ever is as good as "SupperĀ's Ready". That being said, this is as close as it gets.

34Still Life - Van Der Graaf Generator

35In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
What is this awesome song doing down here?
The ultimate. Yet to be surpassed
The song that defines the genre

36Arriving Somewhere But Not Here - Porcupine Tree
The defining piece of today's progmasters - this 12 minute epic has everything that porcupine tree is about - ethereal lyrics, atmospheres that make your hair stand and gorgeous guitars. Wilson & Co can take a bow. They outdid their own selves with this one. And that is something!
Anesthetize is greater than trains or this but still
In some ways Porcupine Tree is better than Pink Floyd. This song proves that.

37Aqualung - Jethro Tull
My hobby is going far ^^ wide to Jethro Tull concerts, over 200.
One of my favorite Jethro Tull song with heavy horses!

38Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
This song is beauty incarnate. everything about it is perfect
Not the best, but really should be higher.

39The Cinema Show - Genesis
A wonderful epic song with its harmonious acoustic beginning and engulfing keyboard solo under an amazing bass and drum rhythm. To be listened to attentively eyes closed... Thank you Genesis for this masterpiece :-)
One of the most beautful song from the album Selling England By the Pound, by the way, the full album is fantastic.

40Heart of the Sunrise - Yes
#39? Really? It should be #1!

41Lady Fantasy - Camel
Wow great work! Nevertheless the lyrics are quite mysterious and should be more precise. But this doesn't mean this is not a timeless masterpiece, and in fact it is!
That solo at 2:30... amazing.

42A Script for a Jester's Tear - Marillion
This song make me cry! It's so beautifull! Fish voice brings me to heaven, and Rothery's guitar solos do even better! If you don't know it, go quickly listen to this masterpiece (this is the word)!

43Anesthetize - Porcupine Tree
This is with no doubt completely underrated song from the most successful underground rock band ever cemented, 17 min epic masterpiece, still dreaming of new album from pt
Steven wilson no where to be mentioned? Are you fkn kidding me? PT is the new age prog rock and the past and the future

44L'Via L 'Viaquez - The Mars Volta
I think this song is not the perfect example to show one of the most brilliants bands ever.. they capture the roots of prog rock.. listen cicatriz.. tetragramatton.. OMG
No one can play disorder in such a beautiful way than Mars Volta

45The Advent of Panurge - Gentle Giant

46In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 - Coheed and Cambria

47Awaken - Yes

48On the Backs of the Angels - Dream Theater
This is what got me into dream theater, I find this song beautiful in every way possible. I've really come to like this song, and is one of my overall favorite songs

49And You and I - Yes
One of the best of the best.
"I listened hard but could not see life tempo change out and inside me... "

50Nimrodel / The Procession / White Rider - Camel
This song is just wonderful! It's about a Tolkien-esque story about knights and strange creatures, and it's a good occasion for master Andy Latimer on guitar an d flutes, wizard Peter Bardens on keyboards, powerful and precise Andy Ward on drums and dynamic Doug Ferguson on bass, to show their bright talents.

51A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater
I never get tired of listening to this amazing epic!
If this song is anywhere below about #3, then it is to low.
This makes me mad... The best prog song of all time is number 66 but "Pull Me Under" is in the top 10. If you have never heard this 23 minute commentary on life, you simply have not experienced what music is supposed to sound like.

52Rhayader Goes to Town - Camel
One of the best guitar solos ever...

53The Prophet's Song - Queen
Folks, if you went to this website to discover a song/band/music that will blow your mind by its difficulty, originality, remarkable syncopation, and most importantly physical/emotional response (i.E. goosebumps/tears/headbanging, you hardcore music lovers know what I mean! ), then check out this song, the amazing part is the acapella vocal Mercury does in perfect pitch using a Echoplex (the goto popular delay machine of the 70's).

54Change - Karnivool
The entire "Sound Awake" album by Karnivool is amazing; Change (Pt. 2) is the culmination of the album and is, in my personal opinion, one of the best tracks written in this genre
A truly amazing song from an even more amazing album, Karnivool are probably the best prog band to have emerged in the last decade. Listening to the album "Sound Awake" from start to finish is almost a life changing experience and Change is the perfect way to end the elbum.

55Metropolis, Part 1: the Miracle and the Sleeper - Dream Theater
I'm not going to go on about how one of my favourite songs didn't get in the top ten, but I will say that this inspired an entire concept album, and many of you should go and see for yourself just how great it is to be able to do this!

56Limelight - Rush

57The Revealing Science of God - Yes

58Punky's Whips - Frank Zappa

59Deliverance - Opeth
Very progressive music with a lot of different soft and hard parts.
You deaf idiots you put all the garbage on top and OPETH at 55 go check your ears.

60Song for America - Kansas
Musical genius... This song showcases Kerry Livgren's composing skill and each member's skill on their perspective instruments without a hint of flashiness. This is Livgren's finest composition and deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest progressive rock songs of all time.
I'm shocked as to how many prog fans don't know that Kansas is progressive, explaining why this song is often left out of "Top 10 prog songs" lists. It's a must-have song for any progressive rock fan.

61Flying - Anathema
This songs is fantastic one of the best last 4min songs ever.
One the best songs I have ever heard :((

62Cassandra Gemini - The Mars Volta

63Ommadawn, Part One - Mike Oldfield

64Second Life Syndrome - Riverside

65Invisible Touch - Genesis

66In the Flesh? - Pink Floyd

67Normal - Porcupine Tree
The best prog ever written and nothing close can ever be written again...
Porcupine Tree gets on your brains and nerves and makes you wanna listen to this like a trillion times non-stop...
GREAT progressive rock song from this classic progressive rock band. They are the forefather of progressive rock. Please listen once. It deserves higher position...

68Sheep - Pink Floyd

69The Remembering (High the Memory) - Yes

70The Ministry of Lost Souls - Dream Theater

71Look Into the Future - Journey

72Incarnation of the Logos - Eloy

73Journey from Mariabronn - Kansas
This is a great song from a very underrated band. If you only have listened to their radio hits, then you are missing out. Definitely a prog masterpiece.

74Man-Erg - Van Der Graaf Generator
Van der Graaf Generator on its best, the best song on Pawn Hearts, a very strong album. The epic crazy middle section, and the cacaphonic section, and Peters Voice on top of that. Absolutely a great song!

75Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree

76Pictures of a City - King Crimson

77Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp

78Stream of Consciousness - Dream Theater
They are called gods of prog metal for this kind of songs. Amazing!

79Absinthe and Rue - Symphony X

80Sever - Porcupine Tree

81Never Let Go - Camel

82Deadman - Karnivool

83Ritual - Yes

84The Fountain of Salmacis - Genesis

85Hey You - Pink Floyd

86Vicarious - Tool

87In Held 'Twas In I - Procol Harum

88Stockholm Syndrome - Muse

89Can You Understand - Renaissance

90Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes

91Follow You, Follow Me - Genesis

92PHHHP! - Ron Jarzombek

93One for the Vine - Genesis

94Mockingbird - Barclay James Harvest

95Welcome to the Machine - Pink Floyd

96Song Within a Song - Camel

97For Today - Camel

98It's a Long Way There - Little River Band

99Miracles out of Nowhere - Kansas

100The Carpet Crawlers - Genesis

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