Top Ten Best Progressive Rock Songs

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Supper's Ready - Genesis
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
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.
THE GREATEST SONG EVER! BELIEVE ME, I KNOW MUSIC!
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!
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2Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Part VI-IX) - Pink Floyd
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.
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"
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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!
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4Starless - 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

dasilvan2000

There's simply no word to describe the sonic whirl I got trapped in the very first time I listened to this song. Owning more the 2000 cds but I can barely compare other 5 or 6 song to this one for the immense mean to melt a stunning technical performance to a speechless emotive push.
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5Close 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.

EnglandSeller

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.
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621st 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.

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.

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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.
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.
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8Echoes - Pink Floyd
Live at Pompeii will get you appreciating this song a lot.
I think the version of Echoes from Live at Pompeii is the best song ever.

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Not just best progressive song ever (just slightly ahead of Supper's Ready in my opinion), it is possibly the best song ever.
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9Roundabout - Yes
Best intro of any song ever created. Also, stunning bass riff...
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10Thick 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!
This as a Brick is the greatest song ever written! People just need to be smart enough to understand this masterpiece!
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.
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The Contenders

11The 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.
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12Dogs - 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.
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13Pull 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!

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14A Day In the Life - The Beatles Listen to sample

15Firth of Fifth - Genesis Listen to sample

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.

17The 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.

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18The Sleepwalkers - Van Der Graaf Generator Listen to sample

19Time - 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.
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20Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Best Floyd song isn't even in top 10? Are You joking? No Way. Hey Floyd fans keep pushin' to put this higher up!
Best song ever or a least best guitar solo ever best album ever and it may not be the progiest song but it is awsme
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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.
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22Dancing With the Moonlit Knight - Genesis Listen to sample

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.
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24Epitaph - 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.

russian

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..

25The March of the Black Queen - Queen

I love Queen so I'm going with this one.

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26Six 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.
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27Trains - 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

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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 Listen to sample

30Nights In White Satin - The Moody Blues Listen to sample

31Still Life - Van Der Graaf Generator Listen to sample

32A 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.
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33In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
What is this awesome song doing down here?
One of the best songs ever heard!
32? Are yiu kidding? This is the best progressive song ever.

34The Cinema Show - Genesis
One of the most beautful song from the album Selling England By the Pound, by the way, the full album is fantastic.
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35Aqualung - Jethro Tull
My hobby is going far ^^ wide to Jethro Tull concerts, over 200.
One of my favorite Jethro Tull song with heavy horses!
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36Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

37The 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!
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38Arriving 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.
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39Heart of the Sunrise - Yes Listen to sample

40Lady 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.
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41Lateralus - Tool
9 and a half minutes of sheer bliss. One of my Favorite songs this century.
Deseeves to be in top 5

42The Advent of Panurge - Gentle Giant Listen to sample

43L'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
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44A 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)!
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45In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 - Coheed and Cambria Listen to sample

46On 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
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47Anesthetize - 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
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48And 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... "
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49Nimrodel / 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.
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50Awaken - Yes Listen to sample

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.
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52Rhayader Goes to Town - Camel
One of the best guitar solos ever...
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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).
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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.
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55The Revealing Science of God - Yes Listen to sample

56Punky's Whips - Frank Zappa

57Deliverance - 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.
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58Flying - Anathema
This songs is fantastic one of the best last 4min songs ever.
One the best songs I have ever heard :((
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59Ommadawn, Part One - Mike Oldfield Listen to sample

60Second Life Syndrome - Riverside Listen to sample

61Limelight - Rush Listen to sample

62Invisible Touch - Genesis
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63In the Flesh? - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

64Normal - 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...
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65Sheep - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

66Song 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.
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67Metropolis, Part 1: the Miracle and the Sleeper - Dream Theater

68The Ministry of Lost Souls - Dream Theater Listen to sample

69Cassandra Gemini - The Mars Volta Listen to sample

70Look Into the Future - Journey Listen to sample

71Incarnation of the Logos - Eloy Listen to sample

72Journey 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.
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73Man-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!
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74Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree Listen to sample

75Pictures of a City - King Crimson

76Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp Listen to sample

77Stream of Consciousness - Dream Theater
They are called gods of prog metal for this kind of songs. Amazing!
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78Absinthe and Rue - Symphony X Listen to sample

79Never Let Go - Camel Listen to sample

80Deadman - Karnivool Listen to sample

81The Remembering (High the Memory) - Yes Listen to sample

82The Fountain of Salmacis - Genesis Listen to sample

83Hey You - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

84Vicarious - Tool

85In Held 'Twas In I - Procol Harum Listen to sample

86Stockholm Syndrome - Muse Listen to sample

87Can You Understand - Renaissance Listen to sample

88Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes Listen to sample

89Follow You, Follow Me - Genesis Listen to sample

90PHHHP! - Ron Jarzombek Listen to sample

91One for the Vine - Genesis Listen to sample

92Mockingbird - Barclay James Harvest Listen to sample

93Welcome to the Machine - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

94Sever - Porcupine Tree Listen to sample

95Song Within a Song - Camel Listen to sample

96For Today - Camel

97It's a Long Way There - Little River Band Listen to sample

98Miracles out of Nowhere - Kansas Listen to sample

99The Carpet Crawlers - Genesis Listen to sample

100Ritual - Yes Listen to sample

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