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

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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

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3 Echoes - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
4 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

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5 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.

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6 Roads to Madness - Queensryche

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

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7 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.

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8 Anesthetize - Porcupine Tree UListen to Sample
9 Supper's Ready - Genesis

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

Absolutely amazing progressive rock

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10 Dreamflight - After Forever

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

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The Contenders

11 Octavarium - Dream Theater UListen to Sample
12 Elysium - Stratovarius

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

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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

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16 Telegraph Road - Dire Straits UListen to Sample
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

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18 Revelation (Divus Pennae Ex Tragoedia) - Symphony X

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

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19 You Enjoy Myself - Phish UListen to Sample
20 Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
21 Colossus - In Mourning UListen to Sample
22 Thick As a Brick - Jethro Tull UListen to Sample
23 The Count of Tuscany - Dream Theater UListen to Sample
24 The Ministry of Lost Souls - Dream Theater UListen to Sample
25 Kingdom of Heaven - Epica

This is an absolute masterpiece from Epica, uniquely combining progressive and symphonic elements - petrucci75hammet

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26 All of the Above - Transatlantic UListen to Sample
27 The Ninth Wave - Blind Guardian

This metal epic just came out (Jan 2015) and really impressed me - a powerful combination of symphonic and progressive elements.
And yes, this band deserves more attention - their musicianship and consistency are exemplary. They will never become very popular because their stuff is too epic, complex and somewhat odd for the mainstream.
The biggest master in this band is Hansi Kürsch - nobody's perfect but his voice comes close to my idea of perfect metal vocals (studio and live). Besides, his tonal versatility is unmatched and you never know which one of his several voices he's gonna use next. This particular song doesn't show it very much but he's a tonal chameleon and allegedly - a vocal god, and... (hehe) - the ruler of Germany. - Metal_Treasure

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28 The Odyssey - Symphony X UListen to Sample
29 Age of Shadows - Ayreon

Awesome song.
Vocals: Daniel Gildenlöw, Floor Jansen, Hansi Kürsch, Anneke van Giersbergen, Jørn Lande, Jonas Renkse, Steve Lee, Tom Englund. - Metal_Treasure

This is a unique song and a masterpiece (2008). Give a listen, you won't be sorry.
Daniel Gildenlöw, Floor Jansen, Jørn Lande, Hansi Kürsch, Anneke van Giersbergen, Jonas Renkse, Steve Lee, Tom Englund.

Story - An alien race needs help and sends the ASCII code:
01101000 - H
01100101 - E
01101100 - L
01110000 - P - Metal_Treasure

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30 Home Invasion / Regret #9 - Steven Wilson UListen to Sample
31 2112 - Rush UListen to Sample
32 Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield UListen to Sample
33 Open Car - Porcupine Tree

People are too deaf in choosing their best and epic progressive song. The intro and the vocals in this song will drive you insane. The transition is very powerful. The instruments are alive and superb. You would not listen for more than any song because this song is too perfect. I can listen to this the whole day over and over again without stopping. - joshsanz

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34 Starless - King Crimson UListen to Sample
35 Svefn-G-Englar - Sigur Ros UListen to Sample
36 Breaking All Illusions - Dream Theater UListen to Sample
37 The Learning - Nevermore UListen to Sample
38 The Island - The Decemberists UListen to Sample
39 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
40 Ghost of Perdition - Opeth UListen to Sample
41 Russia On Ice - Porcupine Tree UListen to Sample
42 The Moor - Opeth UListen to Sample
43 The Glass Prison - Dream Theater UListen to Sample
44 The Best of Times - Dream Theater UListen to Sample
45 Even Less - Porcupine Tree UListen to Sample
46 Buying New Soul - Porcupine Tree UListen to Sample
47 The Black Lodge - In Mourning UListen to Sample
48 Reverie/Harlequin Forest - Opeth UListen to Sample
49 Dogs - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
50 Time Flies - Porcupine Tree UListen to Sample
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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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