Best Progressive Metal Songs of All Time


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101 Cheating the Polygraph - Porcupine Tree

An awesome, heavy, and long song that doesn't feel as long as the time suggests. Just an incredible mixture of different time signatures, guitar solos, effects, melodies, lyrics and of course the drums... Oh those drums!

102 The Magic of the Wizards Dream - Rhapsody
103 A Rite of Passage - Dream Theater

I really love this riff, its in my top 10 of favorites, and the solo just takes you into another dimension. The chorus is super catchy and its just a great song overall

104 Save Me - Avenged Sevenfold

I had never thought of this song as progressive before now, but listening to it again, whoever added it to this list is definitely right. Great song by A7X, and well worthy of being in a list of prog metal greats.

One of the best progressive metal songs ever, Just because this song is new, doesn't mean it isn't a great song. A7x aren't really regarded as progressive, but this song definitely sounds a lot like dream theatre. GIVE IT A LISTEN!

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105 Candlelight Fantasia - Symphony X
106 Stones of October's Sobbing - Maudlin of the Well
107 La Villa Strangiato - Rush V 1 Comment
108 A Nightmare to Remember - Dream Theater

This should at least be in the top 10! Amazing blend of progressive and heavy riffs.

All those time signatures! It doesn't get any more proggy! My favorite part:

Hopelessly drifting,
Bathing in beautiful agony!

109 Glory of the Empire - Circus Maximus
110 One - Metallica

Most of you don't know this song is a progressive metal song because your ears want to hear something like Dream Theater. One is the best progressive metal song ever written and played.

Oh God! I know it's a good song. But why it has to be on this list? - zxm

It was either this one or Octavarium. I think the reason One hasn't gotten as many votes as the others, is because Metallica are known as a thrash metal band. But... AFJA was definitely a progressive album.

No, Master of Puppets is more progressive than one.

111 Stockholm Syndrome - Muse

I love Muse and this song is brilliant! (Muse inspired some songs by Dream Theater :) )

Muse kicks ass, but it's not prog metal

112 Genesis - Dominici V 1 Comment
113 Hybrid Earth - Erra
114 Eve of Seduction - Symphony X
115 Welcome to Entropia - Pain of Salvation
116 King of Loss - Pain of Salvation

An excellent tune shifting between chill and driving sections, the melodies in this song in particular are great. Same goes for Gildenlöw as always.

117 Circle of Cysquatch - Mastodon

Come on guys dream theatre and Symphony X are not the only progressive bands out there. Also, progressive isn't really a genre so much as it is music that defies traditional genres and structures. It doesn't all sound like power metal guys...

118 When the Water Breaks - Liquid Tension Experiment
119 Trains - Porcupine Tree
120 This is the Life - Dream Theater
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