Top Ten Best Progressive Rock SongsCharles_Foster_Kane
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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.
Man! I love Shine On You Crazy Diamond so much, but Supper' Ready is not only the best progressive rock song of all time, it's also the best song of all time. The only reason this song isn't as popular as Bohemian Rhapsody or Stairway To Heaven is because it's 22 minutes long, and people can hardly listen to a song for more than five minutes. Nevertheless, us progressive rock fans know the greatness of this song. And come to think of it, it's better this way, because it makes it more special, more unique when less people know the existence of this epic masterpiece.
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
Definitely the best song of all time.V40 Comments
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.
The kings of Prog's song is at 2. No, not acceptable. The Beatles invented prog with Sgt. Pepper, but Pink Floyd perfected it and made it their own. Most bands you know probably wouldn't sound like they do today if it wasn't for the Floyd.V33 Comments
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
this song is one of a few that really touchs you. You fell the emotion in the lyrics build up in your body as the history progress... amazing
Beautiful. Simply beautifulV23 Comments
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
To me, it doesn't matter what order all these songs come in: each one is a masterpiece. However, Close to the Edge is more than just a masterpiece. This song is how I, a man with no religion but himself, have come to experience God (and no, I'm not literally claiming to have talked to a bearded man in the sky). The perfect storm of musicality, spirituality, and emotion, these 18 minutes laid out by Yes are the closest to the edge of perfection any song will ever reach.
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.
Unlike many other prog rock songs, Close to the Edge is practically continuous, and does not rely on excessive filler at all. Just the most brilliant and epic track of all time.V20 Comments
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.
Very deep and probably the best song ever made. I think I beats the rest of the songs in this list because it is more simple, does not have a long opera like story nor the exaggerations of the other good prog songs like big solos or massive notes per second even comparing to other Pink Floyd songs.
This is one of the finest songs in Progressive Rock. Perfect 23 minutes. Don't understand why this isn't higher on the list.V10 Comments
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
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.
Sun down, dazzling day... - IronSabbathPriestV13 Comments
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. - mariuzmu00e6lum
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.
A swan song to all the prior Prog influences that led Dream Theater to this point, Octavarium takes the listener on a musical journey beyond space and time. Leaving ones soul renewed, the conclusion to this magnum opus revels in perfection.V9 Comments
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. - cheese_face
I continue to find it hard to find an equal to this masterpiece. I love most pre Trevor Rabin Yes, but even Close To The Edge doesn't quite have the dimensions that Gates has. Didn't even need Wakeman to make this work. Wow!
Best intro of any song ever created. Also, stunning bass riff...
They always play this last at every Yes concert - Sabbath
Actually they play Starship Trooper at the end of every Yes concert.
Better than shine on your crazy diamond
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 love this song so much. The sax and the guitar are amazing. But I like Epitaph better.V1 Comment
Starts as a ballad, but leads in to a heavy, but still melodic rock song. It is only about 6 and half minutes long, but still very complex and the guitar work of Uli Roth at the end is amazing.V1 Comment
A masterpiece by Deep Purple. Ian Gillan's screams are amazing, as well as Ritchie Blackmore's guitar.
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!
One of the pillars of Prog-rock!V7 Comments
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. - Pony
Best Pink Floyd songV2 Comments
This is the best song of all time, but guys, come on, this isn't Prog!
While it's not as "progressive" as other songs in this list, it's absolutely fantastic. - PetSounds
Are you kidding me? Comfortably Numb is THE best song ever. It's like it was recorded to be number 1 and its on no.13? How the hell!?!?!?
Awesome song deserves to be way further upV3 Comments
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! - tomislav95
Learning to Live is better than Pull Me Under.V3 Comments
It's a great keyboard. Maybe better than Hoedown! I love them. It's unbelieveble in this incredible fusion of organ and guitar.V1 Comment
Songs ain't got to be 20 min to be the best it just needs to amazing especially the piano organs guitar and vocals
Over 40 yrs old and still progressive. Just beautiful, magical music. Always will be. Timeless.V1 Comment
Those four notes... Nothing in the world can beat them.
Sexiest guitar ever, beautiful song.
The perfect intro to any Pink Floyd album, in one my favorites Floyd album. all the parts flows so well together and that chorus is amazing.
Probably the best song of all time. It simply doesn't have flaws. But why not the entire song? :cV3 Comments
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.V2 Comments
Come on. I love this song--probably my #3 Beatles song. But it's not prog. - PetSounds
Why have the Beatles got to be on every list even if it's unrelated? You could find the Beatles on a list of most beautiful ponies...
This song IS prog. Probably the first one too!V1 Comment
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 :-)
Just magical, lucky the man who does not know it yet and has to listen to it for the first time...it will take him out of time and space... you can listen to it as much as you live and it stays alive alive and forever fresh, never boring, just magical.
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