Top 10 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums

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41Lark's Tongues In Aspic - King Crimson

This album is practically the definition of prog rock

One of King Crimsons best albums

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42Pawn Hearts - Van Der Graaf Generator

On Man-Erg, one of my favorite songs ever, Jackson plays 2 saxophones simultaneously! But the album also has "Lemmings" and a "Plague of Lighthouse Keepers"!

Totally agree with you but most people do not know about VdGG, is it because of the dark soundscape, or the fantastic but rather special voice of Peter? They are not well known but those who know about them rate the albums highly, just check the reviews on ProgArchives. But over to the album, and the music. VdGG had a rather special orchestration and used flute and sax instead of guitar most of the time. Lemmings is the "worst" song on the album in my opinion but I would give it 4/5 for the Voice and special soundscape. Man-Erg is incredible and starts with piano and then an Electronic organ comes in until Peter starts singing, a crazy middle section comes in and 2 saxes scream Wildly. The song becomes more cacaphonic. 5/5 A plague of lighthouse keepers is a long epic filled with epic parts. 4.5/5. I think it is a masterpeice, and Peter Hammil, Jackson (Saxophone, flute) Banton (organ) Evans (a insane drummer) and Robert Fripp on guitar makes this album a must in any prog collection. ...more

Wow! Only 21? This is one of the most important prog album (and there is important prog albums! )! Hammil chnaging voice on "Lemmings (including Cogs)", sometimes playing piano as on the beautiful "Man Erg", Jackson's screaming saxs which can be handsome on all songs, Banton's pure organ parts trying to create new atmospheres, Evans's complex drumming... And as it wasn't enough Robert Fripp plays an excellent guitar solo at the end of the magnificent "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers" a dark 20 minutes piece dominated by the great Hammil!

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43A Trick of the Tail - Genesis

No its not, it's on Foxtrot. The remastered version of a trick of the tail has live footage of the Phil collins genesis performing Apocalypse in 9/8 and Aching men's feet which is from Suppers Ready... So you're both wrong.

Supper's Ready may not be on it, but "Dance on a Volcano" is.

Supper's ready is on it, enough said

44Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson Lake & Palmer
45Days of Future Passed - The Moody Blues

The moody blues has been the most influential band in my life. The first time I heard this album, I was hooked. From there it only got better. However, I wouldn't classify them as prog rock, more symphonic than anything. The poetry in the opening and close of the album is haunting, and sets the scene better than any other intro I can think of. Coupling with Peter Knight was amazing, as the interludes between songs were masterful. This album was the first of it's kind, and will never be forgotten. A+ work. Moodies Forever!

One of the earliest and best works of the genre. Listen and enjoy.

46Argus - Wishbone Ash

Always in my top 10 albums, great songs - throw down the sword, the king will come, time was. all classics!

Awesome album, but "The King Will Come" is unparalleled!

How is this not in the top 20, absolutely superb album.

One of the bests

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47Illusions On a Double Dimple - Triumvirat

German band in the style of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. One of the fanciest albums that you'll ever hear.

48Black Clouds & Silver Linings - Dream Theater
49Black Holes and Revelations - Muse

Not the best of muse albums but come on this is muse they are amazing absolution and origin of symmetry should at least be in the top 20 it is really hard to get far here from epic bands like Pink Floyd and rush

I love muse but never thought of them as Prog, I guess some songs are - DeadAsian

Not my favorite album, but it has Starlight, Take a Bow, Knights of Cydonia... amazing album.

50Turn of the Cards - Renaissance

"Mother Russia" and "Running Hard" on the same album! - roncohp

51Leftoverture - Kansas

Kansas's first 5 Albums should all be in the top 50. This one is probably the best. If you listen to all the songs you'll realize just how great this album is. Carry on Wayward Son is a classic and their most well known. But Miracles out of nowhere is a spectacular classical orchestral composition of real splendor. Magnum Opus is a brilliant prog epic. Cheyenne Anthem is a very distinctive beautiful piece of unique subject matter for prog. The Wall is great. Opus Insert is a fine song. What's on my mind is fun. It's just the best album top to bottom. It definitely deserves top 10.

A great album by America's greatest prog band. The members of Kansas are masters of creating and performing technical and melodic symphonic prog.

Leftoverture & Point Of Know Return are great from start to finish.

52More - Pink Floyd
53For Girls Who Grow Plump In the Night - Caravan

Superb and overlooked album by this long lived UK Prog act.Finds them embracing and mixing a number of styles with their established prog sound and successfully pulling it of

54In Absentia - Porcupine Tree

In absentia, well it should be higher, great album, can't believe it's so underrated - Suliman Elkhoury

55Octavarium - Dream TheaterV1 Comment
56OK Computer - Radiohead

Their last truly great record. It was all directionless noise from there

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57Aqualung - Jethro Tull

Do the people on this page even know what Progressive Rock really is? This album is just as important to the Progressive Rock movement as Dark Side Of The Moon, In The Court Of The Crimson King, Close To The Edge and countless others! Songs like "Locomotive Breath," "Cross-Eyed Mary" and let's not forget the title track are some of the best Progressive Rock songs out there! Seriously people, this album deserves to be at least in the top 5!

I agree, I know this album since 1978 an it is still one my favourite album

So underestimated and underrated. Jethro Tull definitely should be in the first 10, if not 5, with Aqualung and/or Thick as a Brick.

Top Five (not necessary in that order) DSM, ITCOCK, Aqualung/Thick as a Brick (preferably Aqualung), Close to The Edge, and Lamb Lies Down/Selling England/Foxtrot (though one here).

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58In the Land of Grey and Pink - Caravan

This remains one of my favourite albums of all time. It is difficult to describe the spell cast by this quintessentially British musical journey into lands of dream and wonder, but it grows with repeated listenings. From the sublime to the ridiculous, it's all there in the right measure - imaginative but accessible playing, quirky poetic lyrics, warm vocals, incredible organ meanderings, deft rhythms and clean engineering.

Deserves the plaudits it gets and"One Nation Underground" which takes up the entire 2nd side more than justifies that

59Nursery Cryme - Genesis

It's absurd that it isn't even top 50. Without a doubt, one of the greatest prog albums ever, not one song on it is less than great.

This album is right behind foxtrot, both should be in the top ten!

My second favorite album from Genesis' discography, the first one being "The Lamb..."

60Five Bridges - The Nice
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