Best Epic Progressive Songs

This list was created with the intention of sharing some true masterpieces of progressive music, particularly those of lesser known bands who IMO deserve more attention.

The Top Ten

1 Second Life Syndrome - Riverside

This is a really unique and emotional piece from a seruiously underrated Polish act - petrucci75hammet

Sm*sh its a amazing boy band of Indonesia

2 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here - Porcupine Tree

A perfect example of the unique melancholy yet beautiful music Porcupine Tree are capable of producing. Steven Wilson is a musical genius! - petrucci75hammet

3 Xanadu - Rush

There has to be a Rush song on here - after all, these guys invented progressive rock/metal! - petrucci75hammet

Sorry, but they didn't invent progressive rock. If you're trying to give them credit for "inventing" progressive metal rock, that's possibly a legitimate claim. - Billyv

4 A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater

A Change of Seasons is Fantastic. When people ask me what my single favorite song is, I always answer A Change of Seasons without hesitation. It is purely awesome from start to finish, and has a little something for every fan. Metal, jamming, aggressive vocals, melodies, and it's fair share of bizarre time signatures. A very emotional song that tells an interesting story, which the instrumentation helps to build the theme. And the ending is just phenomenal. - Operation_Fortitude

From what I have heard from all these songs, A Change of Seasons and Lateralus are the only two that belong on this list.

5 Echoes - Pink Floyd
6 Roads to Madness - Queensryche

A classic epic from Queensryche, one of the most influential prog metal bands ever - petrucci75hammet

7 Anesthetize - Porcupine Tree
8 Supper's Ready - Genesis

Greatest song I've ever heard by far. This needs to be number 1.

Absolutely amazing progressive rock

9 Close to the Edge - Yes

Close to the edge at 10? Yea right. This list is dumb.

How is this song not eV en in the top 10? A masterpiece by a band unrivaled by but a few in terms of talent.

10 Dreamflight - After Forever

This is a very atmospheric epic track from the band's final album before breakup - petrucci75hammet

The Contenders

11 Octavarium - Dream Theater
12 Elysium - Stratovarius

The technically proficient keyboards of Johanssen along with other elements help drive this recent epic song from Stratovarius - petrucci75hammet

13 Lateralus - Tool

Brilliant musicianship! Everymember of the band shows excellence and the song is comlex lyrically and instrumentally..

14 Larks' Tongues In Aspic - King Crimson
15 Infinite Fire - Flying Colors

This song just what Flying Colors is capable of, in this case writhing music that's just amazing.

A catchy and epic closing track to the debut album of this supergroup, including Mike Portnoy - petrucci75hammet

16 Telegraph Road - Dire Straits
17 The Leper Affinity - Opeth

Found on "Blackwater Park", one of the most original albums ever released, Lopez's drumming talent particularly stands out on this - petrucci75hammet

18 Revelation (Divus Pennae Ex Tragoedia) - Symphony X

Very few artists produce epic metal greater than Symphony X! - petrucci75hammet

19 You Enjoy Myself - Phish
20 Colossus - In Mourning
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Anesthetize - Porcupine Tree
2. Octavarium - Dream Theater
3. Echoes - Pink Floyd
1. Second Life Syndrome - Riverside
2. Roads to Madness - Queensryche
3. Xanadu - Rush
1. Supper's Ready - Genesis
2. Larks' Tongues In Aspic - King Crimson
3. Close to the Edge - Yes

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