Best Progressive Rock Bands

The Top Ten Best Progressive Rock Bands

1 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.

Pink Floyd... Pink Floyd.. Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd! Pink Floyd! Pink Floyd! One of these bands in wich you see all the members of the group, that make they job really good. Very underrated band, for me they should stay at the same place were everyone put Led Zeppelin, cause this band really deserves it. All knew the "Another Brick in the Wall", "Comfortably Numb" or "Wish You Were Here" but not only on this songs Pink Floyd ends. They made so many excellent albums like: Meddle, Dark Side of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Division Bell- all of them have something unusual something special. Without this special thing, I feel my world would be more empty then it's now. Long live the Pink Floyd!

Dark side of the Moon is by far the best album ever made and will be for a long time if not forever. Wish you were here, Animals, The Wall and Echoes from the Meddle album are all amazing.

So glad that Pink Floyd is number one on this list. They are the pioneers of progressive rock and have made the best prog albums ever. Dark side of the moon, the wall, animals, and wish you were here are master pieces. On a side note glad to see Rush at number 2. It was a hard decision to pick between these two prog gods - dchamblin42

Along side Jethro Tull they started back in 1967. Before David Gilmour joined in 1968 the band consisted of members Nick Mason, Richard Wright, Roger Waters and Syd Barret. They where involved in the psychedelic, underground druggy scene and had singles such as Arnold Lane and See Emily play. Other bands either played on the same stage as them or where around the same time such as; Jimi Hendrix, The Move, Roy Harper ( who sang on have a cigar). Syd had a LSD drug problem and was replaced with gilmour in 1968. I thought gilmour introduced prog to the band with such master pieces as Dark side of the moon, echoes, Shine on you crazy diamond, Animals, the Wall and the unreleased film soundtrack called Zabriskie Point. Putting two great writers together like Gilmour and Waters together in 1968 is like putting McCartney and Lennon together you know your going to get great music. In 1983 the band returned to the studio to record the final cut, an album that was sung about the Falklands War. ...more

2 Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

Best musicians all around in any of the programs rock genre, their seamless time changes are unparalleled

La Villa Strangiato is just one example of the complex compositions that Rush can play their instruments to; the sheer instrumental talent alone propels this band. Neil Peart is an absolute drum god, and Geddy Lee multitasking while putting down amazing bass lines that match Alex Lifeson's wailing guitar are feats in themselves. Put together, you get one hell of a talented and progressive band. Not to mention the crazy time-signatures that some of their earlier work is set in is one of the reasons why they are so perfect as a progressive band. Though, Neil Peart's lyrics may not be top notch all the time ("I Think I'm Going Bald" off of Caress of Steel), once you listen past the lyrics you will always find instrumentals that are consistently full of talent and creativity, while still sounding good. Take note of their exuberant fan base (arguably the most die-hard and most devoted in rock). Definitely one of the finest bands in prog, and one of the best in rock. Period.

Dude! 20 studio albums, started in 1968 and never broke up! They have the greatest rock bassist, greatest rock drummer, and one hell of a guitarist! I know some people are not big fans of their lyrics, and they weren't as commercially successful, but give them a chance. They have some powerful albums, especially albums such as Counterparts, Test For Echo, Grace Under Pressure, Fly By Night, and so on. For 40 years they have been a band, and took a 6 year hiatus but have never called it quits. They always find ways to try new musical styles and make their next album better than the last. Listen to Geddy Lee's bass solos and Neil Peart drum! They are wicked awesome! And don't forget Alex Lifeson's solos. Powerful stuff in all of their albums. They deserve the #1 slot! They are not only the best prog rock band, but in my opinion the best band ever!

They broke up a couple months ago for good, but still, roughly 50 years of music is damn impressive for a single band. - AdamDestructorJr.

Rush will always be my favorite band of all time. Their style of rock that blended hard rock anthems with progressive lyrical themes and compositions helped make them (in my opinion) the greatest of all rock bands. You've got Geddy Lee, the greatest of all rock bassists who did triple duty with singing, bass, and keyboards. Neil Peart, who is the greatest drummer in all of rock over John Bonham and Keith Moon (And I will fight you if you disagree). And then there's Alex Lifeson, a masterful guitarist who has contributed to some of the greatest riffs in all of rock. Though they are now done, Rush will live on forever as masters of rock. They don't deserve number one over Pink Floyd because Floyd IS progressive rock, but in my eyes, Rush is better. Long live Rush! - CaptDeadeye

3 Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

The Band released their first album back 1969. It was called as From Genesis to Revelation. And I thought it was repetitive and dull. Around this time the band focused more on music related to religion. They started prog a year after 1969 joining Fripps unique sound. The Band members are Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett and Tony Banks. Peter Gabriel helped provide strange lyrics and outfits with masterpieces such as Selling England by the pound, foxtrot and Nursery Cryme. He left the band in 1975 after being offered a role in a film and his wife was pregnant. Though Gabriel left, Collins agreed to sing vocals. They released albums such as Trick of the tail and Wind And Wuthering with songs like Earl Of Grey and Dance on a volcano, which both had reprises. He invented guitar tapping but some people say Van Halen did. Hackett left the band after the Wind and Wuthering sessions. The band continued to perform without him. I felt like Collins got too involved ...more

This band is absolutely incredible. They've made so many masterpieces, including The Knife, The Musical Box, Supper's Ready, Firth of Fifth, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, In the Cage, and SOOO much more. If I didn't list one of your favorites, don't be upset, as I listen to everything Genesis makes and chances are I love it to death also and didn't forget about it. However, it doesn't stop there. Once Peter Gabriel left, the band turned more to the pop style, and many fans of the band's early works hate this and believe they sold out. This can't be though, since they made so many good songs in that style too (I guess they're just amazing at everything) and also made many songs that pay homage to their earlier ways. Don't believe me? More "pop-like" songs like Abacab, Home by the Sea, and Land of Confusion are amazing as well as so many others, and many songs like The Lady Lies, One for the Vine, A Trick of the Tail, and Dodo/Lurker are more unique, slightly longer pieces ...more

Very underrated band in my opinion, they continued making great albums even after Peter Gabriel's departure and later Steve Hackett. Especially their live albums are very good. Phil Collins is a very good singer and a great drummer. Tony Banks keyboards playing looks simple, but is spot on.

Genesis is clearly number 1 in my opinion
and some bands that make this list make no sense or I don't understand. As far as musical arrangement and just great musicians Genesis number one and Pink Floyd a close second.

4 King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band has had numerous lineup changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (guitar). However, the most notable lineup is between 1972-75, consisting of Fripp, John Wetton (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), ...read more.

Pink Floyd is my favorite band and has been for years, but no band has done as much for progressive rock as King Crimson. Fripp is a genius and this band should have the recognition they deserve.

And Dream Theater, really guys? Also Porcupine Tree over Yes, ELP, and King Crimson? Hahaha and Grateful Dead even on the list? Oh wow, my sides.

Oh no Jethro Tull or Gentle Giant? I am so disappointed.

They are awesome. In The Court of The Crimson King one of the first prog rock albums, IF not the first. They've also Made Red, with a heavier sound, Island, with a more classical, relaxed sound, Lark's Tongues in Aspic, Discipline, a new-wave progressive sound. They've done so many great thing for progressive rock, and for me, this is the ultimate prog rock band.

Why KING CRIMSON? Simply listen to EPITAPH or STARLESS and you'll understand why they are the best PROG ROCK band of all time.

If you're a big of prog fan then you must agree with me that they are indeed number 1. I always thought that back in 1969, in the court of the of the crimson king started prog. There are different reasons why they are number 1 such as: the greatest prog album of all time; In The Court Of the Crimson King. Some of the best prog songs their ever was such as: 21st csm, larks tongues in aspic I-IV, Discipline, fractured etc. They have a very different sound that introduced: melotron ( basically a orchestral kind of thing in a box) Violins, Organs, horns, bells, saxophones. I all ways thought if it wasn't for the beatles we wouldn't have sgt pepper and if we didn't have sgt pepper we wouldn't have king crimson and the genius that is Sir Robert Fripp ( who was the only member not leave the band), sitting there in the corner like a mad scientist guitarist. And that's what introduced prog and is the best prog had on offer in my own opinion.

5 Yes Yes is an English progressive rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music. Their best known song is their 1971 hit "Roundabout" off of their album Fragile.

Not only the most prolific and musically diverse progressive rock band (at least of the most famous) ever, but also the band with simply the best progressive rock songs. Compared to the other "big five" prog rock bands, Yes saw the most mainstream limelight besides perhaps Pink Floyd, and though its concept albums were less cutting-edge and progressive than Floyd or Crimson, Yes never sought progressive technique for its own sake. Albums like Fragile, Close to the Edge, and Relayer simply showcase some of the finest musical craftsmanship in rock history, and perhaps the greatest musicality too.

And besides mastering the progressive, long-form symphonic piece, Yes were quite proficient at whatever was popular. Their first two albums contain some of highest quality rock songs of the era, having a derivative advantage due to bands like the Beatles. Not to mention their 80s albums, while often lacking in coherence or self-awareness, are full of character and personality that their ...more

3 compositions (Close to the Edge, The Gates of Delirium and Awaken) are the best prog rock suits ever composed. They are perfect and cannot be even compared to each other (each of the 3 is a different one). The other songs are also remarkable. The 80s did not affect the band so much as the other prog bands since 90125 is a very good album. The later works showed the return of the old quality (especially in the Key to Ascension) - Mind Drive, That That is, Homeworld, Dreamtime and Fly from Here (and even Endless Dream) are still very good pieces of music.

I consider The Revealing Science of God to be Yes' best prog rock suite. The other suites on Tales from Topographic Oceans are also contenders. - Crwth

Jon Anderson has an extremely beautiful voice. The bass in their 70s work is one of the best things I'll ever hear.

Best musicians and best songs. The 70's albums of Yes are the best prog albums ever. I like early Genesis and Floyd and I love Camel but Yes are a cut above.

6 Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

Dream Theater introduced me into the world of progressive metal/rock and I will be thankful forever for that. I would like to say that Dream Theater is one of the best bands in the progressive music scene, incluiding complex song structures and beauty flowing between every arrangement. For instance, the song A change of seasons introduces you completely into DT's world and it really seems as if it was shifting seasons. And the wonderful Octavarium... If I had to choose one song to listen to for the rest of my life, I would choose this masterpiece. So please, don't be scared because of its 24 minute long duration, and don't give up if the first time you don't like it! And if you don't like it after several listens, just check up the lyrics... They are so moving!

The first time I listened to Octavarium, I was completely blown away. How could five guys produce music instrumentally of such a high standard... All virtuosos on their instruments. I then went on and listened to the rest of their catalogue of albums and soon realised this band were very special in prog circles. I just love their ability to play long complex numbers with huge instrumental sections... Which I think epitomises PROG ROCK

I started listening to dream theater when I was in high school... My music life change! I like dream theater, no! I really really really like their music... I always listen to all their song... I collected all albums... So I want to be number 1!

A brilliant band. Simple as that. Except its definitely not that simple. In fact, Dream Theater are one of the most talented and complex bands I have ever know. They take prog rock/metal to a whole new level. Just listen to Octavarium or the Illumination Theory and you'll understand what I mean by 'complex'. Over 20 minutes of thousands of carefully tuned notes in perfect sync. Also the drummer, Mike Mangini, is absolutely amazing. He makes Dream Theater what it is now, and we should all be grateful for that. - WhenWorldsCollide02

7 Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree were an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.

When you consider a true prog rock genre, I can't see how any other band comes close. Some prog rock polls have both PT and Steven Wilson in their top -10.

Steven Wilson is the most talented artist I have ever seen. #1 for me.

Better lyrically than all but Floyd.
Better conceptually than all but Floyd.
This is prog rock for those after something transcendent, with effect, atmosphere and meaning as paramount, rather than pretentious, overblown time signature hopping and rambling about elves.

Porcupine Tree should be second to Pink Floyd. Given that Pink Floyd was the definitive best Prog Rock band ever, Porcupine Tree deserves to be at #2 for being the band that defined the future of the genre post Pink Floyd and consistently put forth music that has the ability to touch the soul and feel anew no matter how many times you listen to and gives us something which will be remembered generations later.

8 Emerson Lake And Palmer

-Emerson Lake & Palmer, hands down, the Holy Trinity of Progressive Rock.
-Keith Emerson was a great keyboardist. Gerald Lake was a great singer, bassist, guitarist and producer. Carl Palmer was a great drummer. But what they came up with was from another world.
-They were creating new rock music sounds, including adaptations of classical music with jazz and symphonic rock elements, dominated by Emerson's flamboyant use of the Hammond Organ, Moog synthesizer, and piano. It was like nothing else out there.
-They had nine RIAA-certified gold record albums in the US, and an estimated 48 million records sold worldwide. How is that not incredible.
-Sadly, in 2016 we lost Keith Emerson from suicide on March and Gerald Lake from cancer 9 months later, leaving Carl Palmer as the only surviving member.
-The band may have had a tragic end, but their influence will forever be felt in Progressive Rock bands of today like Dream Theater and Opeth.

Truly great masterpieces came from this group like Tarkus and Brain Salad Surgery

A three member band with extraordinary musicianship that would take anyone on these musicals adventures in almost any of their songs.

Talk about three guys who studied and mastered the art of Progressive Rock, you know, who lived it, breathed it, and where like professors at it.

9 Jethro Tull Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.

They Started off as a folk band 1967 and the singer/ piper Ian Anderson has been with them ever since. The band started progish on the second album and have carried on this style ever since. It was 1967 Anderson started playing the flute and quickly taught himself how to play. In 1970 the band had reached success with aqualung, a concept album about a tramp. Ian Anderson said that the album was never intended to be a concept album and still says it isn't till this day. Glenn Cornick left the band after the aqualung sessions to go on and do other things, he would eventually become a member of Bob Welsh's Paris band. After hearing people say that aqualung was a concept album Anderson decided to make one. Thick as a Brick was released in 1971 and is one of the best concept albums to listen. Both sides of the albums where one song each, split into several sections. Most Progressive rock bands do this anyway such as Emerson, lake and palmer's Tarkus, pink floyd's Atom Heart Mother and ...more

I think Yes is the best prog band, but Tull is a top 5 for sure. These guys capture the very essence of music.

Ian Anderson is a real genius in the musical field and perhaps the most articulate spirit of the rock world.

Simply the best progressive rock band from my perspective. The Masters of diversity! They visit so many different genres and are able to pull it off, in a spectacular way. The musicianship of all the band-members are simply mind-blowing at times, since they all are quite familiar with two or three instruments beside their main instrument. That's way I've "named" them the Masters of Diversity!

10 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

1. Tool is a Progressive Metal Band.
2. Tool's Music is more of an Experience rather than just music.
3. They don't claim to be the best, neither do we. Tool's music is exactly what Tool stands for "use us as a catalyst in your process of finding out whatever it is you need to find out, or whatever it is you're trying to achieve."
4. Thank god for TOOL.

They truly do have one of the strongest lineups of all time. Rush is as strong as well. And Dream Theater. That's just speaking in terms of raw talent. Then you have people like Pink Floyd who are insanely artistic. Tool is amazing with this as well. Best altogether band for a long, long time.

In my humble opinion Tool Must be at least in the TOP 5, besides Pink Floyd & King Crimson

Tool should be AT LEAST behind rush fort progressive rock. I would put them at number one followed by rush and then Floyd but I know that's not for everyone but def should be in the top 3 for this category if not for all rock categories. New Album in like 20 DAYS! new single is awesome!

The Contenders

11 Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive ...read more.

The Moody Blues expanded their minds then went on to expand ours. For those of us who viewed psychedelics as a way to attain expanded consciousness, there was only one way to travel and that was with the Moody Blues as your soundtrack/guides.

First, psychedelic and progressive are not exactly the same; the Moody had multi-level meaningful themes--from individual to national to global to cosmic levels of analysis and a variety of sounds--which should place them next to Pink Floyd. To put such boring or little or irrelevant bands as Yes or Emerson ahead of the Moody Blues is a great injustice, just like their extremely late entrance into the RR Hall of Fame--silly or ignorant black-balling similar to Hollywood.

Enduring while others disbanded or stopped producing, the Moody Blues established, then reinvented themselves time and time again. Their melodies, harmonies and lyrics are mesmerizing.

I agree that The Moody Blues should definitely be in the top 5 and that "their core 7 albums are pure genius". They took the mellotron to new levels and their harmony singing was hard to match. Although Justin Hayward sang lead on most of their hits, many of my favorite songs of theirs were sung by the other 3 lead singers: keyboardist Mike Pinder, flutist Ray Thomas and bassist John Lodge.

12 Gentle Giant Gentle Giant was a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band was known for the complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members.

My favorite band of all time! They've done incredible things. Not the most influential bands in prog rock, but definitely one of the absolute best.

There's no beating Gentle Giant. They've gotten inspiration from numerous different genres of music, and you really hear it in their songs. Incredible compositions and lyricism that really captures the spirit and diversity that progressive rock truly is. Pink Floyd's great, but they're a lot more psychedelic. Dream Theater's very technical, but they haven't been able to keep it together recently. Rush is great, but isn't as diverse in instrumentals. Gentle Giant is the best of prog.

Caught them live in 1970 playing to a sparse crowd, not ready for what we were about to hear! Unlike any band heard before. Totally enthralled with their multi-instrument skill and complexity of the music. Some of the songs take a second, third or forth listening but once you " acquire the taste" you're hooked. "Playing The Fool" may be the best live prog album.

I haven't listened to too much by this band, but what I have heard proves one thing. They have an amazing sense of effect, as in they truly see how their music will make someone think and feel. Listening to one of their songs at my friends earlier made me realise just how sombre and beautiful prog can be

13 Kansas Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".

I Love Kansas. Not quite like any other Prog band. They have a violin and a more orchestral sound than most prog bands. They aren't early enough to be a Prog pioneer, so they just sort of took the concept in a different direction. Sort of like Pink Floyd but in a different direction. They are certainly the first good American Prog group and somehow that is perceived as bad by some. I won't lie and say the Kansas kept making the best music ever into the 80s and 90s, although some of their later stuff is fine. I just like Kansas in the 70s more than any other band at any other point. Choosing a longer standing band with a less impressive peak is like picking a sour candy over a chocolate. Who does that?

And I don't think they get enough credit for their hot period because A. they started in nowhere America.B. They started in the mid 70s as opposed to late 60s. And they had cooled off a few years after people had finally caught on to how great they were. Listen to their first 3 ...more

Kansas is one of the few bands that I have purchased every things the original six members have put out, together and individually. There is just something about them that I can't get enough of them. While I agree that all the bands in this list have a place in the top ten, I think Kansas is in the top 5.

While they weren't pioneers of the genre, they proved that they were just as good as their European cousins in that thanks to their complex compositions and catchy hooks. They also helped define the arena rock sound with later albums before returning to their roots in the early 2000s.

70's Kansas is a must-hear band for prog-rock fans. Leftoverture, Point of Know return... All amazing albums... - MaxPap

14 Van der Graaf Generator Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by singer-songwriters Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith and the first act signed by Charisma Records.

I didn't think they'd be this high. I would have expected them somewhere in the high 20's or 30's, 'cause of how weird they are. But they're definitely my favorite Prog band of them all. Peter Hammill might be the greatest lyricist of all time, his voice is so unique and David Jackson on sax is absolutely perfect! And it's only our own dumb resistance that's making us stay... - Idontreallycaretoomuch

I guess this is what people call "full prog". So progressive it's closer to experimental atonal music than to normal psychedelic rock. - JoLeKosovo

I'm not even sure VDGG should be called prog, given that they bear no resemblance to any other famous prog band of the classic prog era, neither in line-up nor in outlook. But I suppose we have to put them somewhere and since prog means pushing the boundaries, it'll do. The thing the Van Der Graaf Generator have over all the other groups is that once they suck you into one of their best songs (no, they aren't all masterpieces but boy are there still a lot), they take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and spit you out pretty much exhausted at the end. They-just-do-not-let-up. No long solos, just an avalanche of relentless, often maniacal riffs and barely a guitar in sight, and of course the voice and lyrics of Peter Hammil who needs those riffs to have something to outdo, which he unerringly does.

You and the Undercover man should both agree with me that Van Der Graaf Generator should be in the top ten. don't be a lemming and vote for Rush or Genesis because you think they were better because they were more commercial. I have a childlike faith that this bands music will last centuries after the earth has been scorched by the flames of war and ravaged by plagues. - Doom

15 Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with ...read more.

Definitely deserves to be within the top five zone --- these guys are not musicians they're artists.

Not sure who places Tool above Opeth, Tool are so over-rated. There's a rare brilliance to Opeth, not only in their time and key changes, but also in the way they know a catchy riff and draw it out where most bands play their best riffs only for a few bars. Best works are Blackwater Park and Deliverance albums

OPETH ARE GENIUSES NOT ONLY IN PROGRESSIVE METAL but also have the sweetest progressive rock ballads like Harvest, Burden, In My Time Of Need, Benighted and more and more...

18?!?! This band should be much higher. There is tons of variety in their music, with some of it being very heavy and containing death growls, and some of it is very soft with clean vocals. They have been very prolific over the years with 11 studio albums since 1995. One of the best prog bands out there.

16 Camel Camel are an English progressive rock band formed in 1971. Led by founding member Andrew Latimer, they have produced fourteen original studio albums, fourteen singles plus numerous live albums and DVDs. Without achieving mass popularity, the band gained a cult following over the years with albums such ...read more.

Give Camel some love! Their music has a feeling of it's own, listen to Lady Fantasy and tell me they aren't top 10

They made some very good albums. Nude is one of my favorites. They also made some very good live albums.

Well there are other very good prog artists: Pink Floyd, Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, VDGG... But Camel is the most emotive prog band. Apart having good musicians (Peter Bardens, Andy Ward and Doug Ferguson at the beginning; then Richard Sinclair, Mel Collins, Kit Watkins, Colin Bass, Ton Scheerpenzel... ), the leader, guitarist and composer Andy Latimer is one the best musician ever: everything is in his guitar playing emotion (Lady Fantasy, Ice, Never Let Go), power (Rhyader goes to Town, Lunar Sea) and virtuosity (Candle Hour, Rajaz, Air Born). This could definite the whole band!

Camel's music is melodic and beautiful. Although they use 5/4, 7/4 and other time signatures the music is never complex just for its own sake. Quite a few talented musicians have been part of the band over the years, including Peter Bardens who did much to establish the distinctive Camel sound and Andy Ward, the wonderful drummer on all their 1970s material. But its the peerless Andrew Latimer, a wonderfully emotional guitar player and flautist and talented composer, who is the heart and soul of this fantastic band.

17 Supertramp Supertramp is an english progressive rock band that was founded in 1969 in London, United Kingdom with members Roger Hodgson, Frank Farrell, Rick Davies, Kevin Currie, and Dave Winthrop. The band reached their commercial peak with 1979's "Breakfast in America" which sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide. ...read more.

Tmw when The Police is apparenly a better prog rock band than Supertramp... what?! And I'd rather call Dream Theater and Tool prog metal bands but I'll let that pass.

The entire Crime Of The Century album is superb. Just listen to School and tell me that's not an amazing prog rock song.

Is there any album out there that’s more beautifully crafted than Breakfast In America? I would say nay.

Crime of the century, Crisis? What crisis? , Even in the quietest moments... Come on Supertramp deserves to be at least top 10!

Who compiled this lists?
Doesn't make sense!
Yes, Genesis, Supertramp
Close to the Edge, Selling England by the Pound.. and Crime of the
Century
That's the definitive prog rock collection to bring to a desert island
There are many more albums by same bands. But there the perfect ones... Think about it!

18 Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention The Mothers of Invention were an American rock band from California that served as the backing musicians for Frank Zappa. Their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows.
19 The Police The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. They are most known for their songs "Message In A Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close To Me", "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Roxanne", ...read more.

They're not prog, they're post punk

They're reggae and post punk

So many comments of "they're not prog, they're *extremely obscure subgenre*" - AdamDestructorJr.

Best Band ever...

20 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Despite what most seem to be saying, Queen were very much a Progressive Rock band. Their earliest works are their most complexly constructed pieces and forward looking studio engineering. Their mid-career was a more Pop driven era for them, but they ended off with a more developed Prog Rock. Even Bohemian Rhapsody is a glorified Progressive Rock track. It's just so popular that people fair to realise how ahead of it's time it was. Prog is all about pushing forward with unique forms of song construction, often incorporating classical themes with experimental recording. This has Queen written all over it. Queen II and A Night At The Opera are fantastic Prog albums. The Miracle and Innuendo help bookend their career with the genre. To label them as just Pop and Rock is a dramatic understatement.

Queen may not have been a prog band, but they loved growing some prog flair into their music. Queen II, A Night at the Opera, and Innuendo can all be considered prog albums. They don't deserve top 10, but they're certainly more progressive than The Smashing Pumpkins.

Queen is Hard Rock and Pop Rock, not Progressive Rock. It doesn't mean they're not awesome, they're just not prog rock. - CaptDeadeye

Hear The March of the Black Queen.

21 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

This isn't even prog rock. It's alternative/experimental/electronic rock.

Radiohead IS progressive, since they always try creating new sounds and doing new things, which is what progressive is all about, so shut up if you say they aren't progressive. Have you hear The National Anthem? Everything In Its Right Place? Paranoid Android? Airbag? Climbing Up The Walls? Optimistic? 15 Step? Reckoner? Weird Fishes/Arpeggi? Burn The Witch? Obviously prog.

Clearly you don't know what "progressive" means, in musical terms. - Adrian_4

Radiohead are so underrated as a prog band, yeah they may lean more towards the alternative/experimental side of things but prog isn't defined by it's sound but by its progression and complexity. And Radiohead have that. Ok Computer is the best example of this. And they still have prog elements in their later stuff but not as much. They are such an inventive band but I certainly don't think their the best. Pink Floyd will always be the most loved and dominant Prog Group.

It is actually defined by the sound too but whatever. Radiohead have some prog rock songs. - PanagosBoi17

Paranoid Android was prog. But that was about it. They should do more progressive sounding stuff. Paranoid Android is probably my favorite Radiohead song. - Slipperyjack40

22 Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation.

This is a grunge band

They are NOT PROGRESSIVE

Not progressive. They are cool nonetheless.

Billy corgan got a nice head?

23 Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

They are prog rock. they hopped genres a bit...sure, but John Lord is prog. Child in time, Lazy, Hush...not to mention deeper cuts. AND, they are great, deserve top 10.

Love this band. But they are not a progessive rock band. Maybe close to a heavy metal blues band or just a metal band. However that being said it is one of the greatest bands of all times.

I agree. Child in time is prog, and try listening to April from 1969 and tell me that is anything but prog. Absolutely awesome but mostly lost as Deep purple fans are oblivious to the early stuff on the whole.

Deep Purple was formed as a progressive rock band and carried that style throughout their early years. One of the absolute best. 17th on this list is a joke.

24 Primus Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.

You just can't deny their progressive elements, aka fusing so many genres and such unorthodox writing.. It's just how it is..

Weird but awesome

THEY SUCK(no they rock - EvilMangoes

Les claypool is a genius.

-agus gojeg

25 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.

The made the album tommy, which was a rock opera, an idea that would be influential for progressive rock groups, and in turn their album quadrophenia was influenced by progressive rock, but they are not a prog rock band themselves - RecklessGreed

The Who brought the synthesizer to the rock world in the one of the greatest rock albums of all time - Who's Next? Pete Townshend is a music writing genius.

One of the best band of all times but they can't be in this list. Pure rockers like them have nothing to do with prog's epicness. They are epic in their own way

Who?

26 Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Chris Cornell died on May 17th, 2017.

Not progressive rock.

Not prog rock at all. - Soulstealer

27 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

You know why you never see the velvets weighed against proggressive rockers? Because with one album they had already progressed into a level of creation that no other band or musician will touch.

28 Queensryche Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they ...read more.

I'm not a big fan of Progressive Rock but damn, Queensryche is just so awesome.
~Kat

I am uncertain why this was not on the list.

Way overlooked!

So overlooked

29 Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

I love Prog Metal bands, as with Dream Theater and Opeth, I think it is unfair to rank them against the bands that influenced them. They are a great band, but Prog Metal is a genre big enough to be considered on its own separately along with all their bands

Crack the skye, listen to this album and you'll wonder why mastodon aren't number 1

The best prog rock metal has had to offer. Ex-aequo with Opeth. Musicians made of what the Rush' guys are made.

They are very underrated. Crack the Skye just shows you how much amazing their conposition is. Their use of effects is fenomenal and the amount of amazing riffs is outstanding. Hearts Alive, This Mortal Soil, The Czar, The Last Baron, Joseph Merrick, etc are just one of the most incredibly songs. If they manage to pump out an álbum that outdoes the others and rise to popularity wr can very well see them getting to Rush status.

30 Electric Light Orchestra The Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.

Electric Light Orchestra is one of the bands with the most successful concept albums - stillwater

There are people who are closeted ELO fans, but I happen to be an open ELO fan.

There's a weird passage right now from number 17 to number 24 most bands are not really prog...

I find it hard to believe that ELO hasn't hit this list yet. Some of their prog rock songs are the best I've ever heard, and they continue to be one of my favorite bands today.

31 The Mars Volta The Mars Volta was an American progressive rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001. The band's final lineup consisted of Omar Rodríguez-López, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Juan Alderete, Marcel Rodríguez-López and Deantoni Parks. The band formed following the break-up of Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala's ...read more.

I like Tool, King Crimson, Primus, and Pink Floyd more, but these guys were revolutionary. I've never heard a sound like theirs before.

The Mars Volta is one of the best modern progressive bands out there.

"Frances the Mute" is easily a classic.

One of the best bands I have ever heard. I would personally put them much closer to the top ten

Tetragrammaton just redefines the genre, amazing.

32 Devin Townsend Project Devin Townsend Project was a Canadian progressive metal band founded in 2008 and another venture of Devin Townsend, considered separate from the material released as Devin Townsend.
33 A Perfect Circle A Perfect Circle is an American rock supergroup formed in 1999 by guitarist Billy Howerdel and Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan.

Can't believe you would leave them out folks, they along with Tool should be in the top five with Pink Floyd Led Zeppelin and Yes! Really. EP Old Hippie

Yes.

34 Spock's Beard

Too far down this list... should be in the top 5... best modern prog since Genesis

"What makes a dream so many different from the other dreams? " Maybe Spock's Beard! Starting a career with a 16 minutes long song ("The Light" in an album where all the tracks are as long easy, but Neal and Alan Morse (the beautiful voice and the killing guitar), Dave Meros (the virtuosic bass) and Nick D'Virgillo (the drummer everyone dream of) succeed. And later joined by the fantastic keyboardist Ryo Okumoto they followed a bright career!

Number 1 in my opinion... there are few better than Neal Morse

35 Renaissance

Female Lead Vocalist. Progressive Music, when at it's best is ethereal. Ethereal music needs and ethereal voice, and that is what Annie Haslam provides.

Whilst not the greatest progressive rock band (That belongs to either Genesis or Yes), these 5 fantastic musicians created some of the Genre's finest material, including the 8 minute masterpiece, "Ocean Gypsy" and the 24 minute "Song of Scheherezade" which is one of the most underrated epics of the genre. These classically trained musicians are unique among the genre and Annie Haslam's voice is possibly one of the finest voices of the 20th century. The rest of the band weren't that bad either... - theodorestone

I love this band not just for their music (though that is a big reason) but also because of how amazing Annie Haslam is as both a singer and a person in general. She brings a unique sound to the Prog world, but also a new light and energy.

Although this probably isn't the BEST band of all the time and wasn't much influential, I feel that Renaissance is so underrated. Almost nobody knows them, and it's easy to see their greatness, just listen to the whole Ashes are Burning, Mother Russia, Song of Scheherezade or anything. It is quite epic.

36 The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention were an American rock band from California. Formed in 1964, their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows.

Frank Zappa and the Mothers produced some of the most far-out and intricate records of the 60s and 70s. The wide scope of Frank Zappa's work cannot be denied as impressive. By 1975, Zappa had taken progressive rock to new heights (unmatched by most English prog bands, except for Gentle Giant and maybe King Crimson). Even though Zappa was never traditional prog, coming at his music from a different way than, say, Yes or Genesis, Zappa definitely contributed to the medium in a very significant and very American way.

They're already here under Frank Zappa. - AdamDestructorJr.

37 Transatlantic

Transatlantic definitely deserve more attention. Epic 26 minute+ tracks like stranger in your soul and all of the above are amazing.

Some of the greatest musicians in modern prog deserve better than this position.

Hands down the best prog supergroup of modern prog rock.

Maybe not #1, but should be in the top 10 in my humble opinion.

38 Roxy Music Roxy Music were an English rock band formed in 1970 by Bryan Ferry, who became the band's lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson.

They started the "Art Rock" progressive movement. - JervisTetch

They're one of my favourite bands. However, there is no earthly way they can be considered progressive rock. - PetSounds

39 Saga

Having guitar god Ian Crichton in the band should be enough to vault this band into the top ten. Almost 2 dozen albums so dive in and enjoy the ride.

No one sounds like this band and I mean no one. This is a very scarce quality in music, prog or otherwise. Will always love Saga.

Am I the only person on here who recognizes the greatness of this band? Rush gets all the plaudits for Canadian prog, but Saga is the true king. Check out fantastic later works like Trust and 20/20 and discover what you are missing. Unique and magical.

Music just doesn't get any better for me than tracks like Careful Where You Step, Ice Nice, Tired World, Mouse In A Maze, It's Time, Don't Step Out Of Line, Don't Be Late...just got listen to the self titled album, or Silent Knight, or all the Chapters in sequence...

40 Gong

This band definitely needs to be higher up on this list. What an incredible band! They brought such a unique and interesting sounds to progressive rock or music at all. Amazing use of synthesizers, really tasty bass lines, incredibly goofy but great lyrics in it's own way and much more. This band is at least in the top 10 prog-bands ever in my book and I am sure that many can agree.

They moved around various styles but surely they should be included in progressive rock - AndyBasic

Must be higher

39 at time of voting - makes baby Jesus sad.

41 IQ

They mostly make great albums, even the worst one is very good!

IQ possibly the greatest band of all time, defining progressive rock to the letter, the only band with enough balls as to make their first song an epic, and a vocalist who's vocal cords age like a fine wine, topping themselves creatively with every album they make, and still keep a loyal fan base that only gains fans, and never loses them

Have you all forgotten this one? A band going strong for over 30 years, that delivered with "Frequency" one of the best albums of the past decade.

Magic group - keisersose

42 Soft Machine Soft Machine are an English rock and jazz band from Canterbury formed in mid-1966, named after the novel The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs.

Drifted between Rock and Jazz but I would have thought they counted as progressive rock and should be included among the top prog rock groups (certainly high up my list) - AndyBasic

Tender Machine - Murphdog405

43 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal ...read more.

Terribly underrated but I feel you'll get that when polling people from a wide range of age groups...in general people tend to favor the music of their youth/early adulthood because of its formative nature...The Wizard means as much to me today (if not more) than it did nearly 50 years ago...

Why is this found only in the seven page? This band made such masterpieces such as "July Morning" and "The Magician's Birthday," that they deserve a spot in page 4 at least.

Mainly rock but lots of excellent Prog songs make Uriah Heep a band that needs to be much further up this list.

Excellent Band in the seventies with original line -up. Now still playing with a very good line-up. Highly recomended, they sound is between the best. Just to recognize Mick Box listen to his various guitars playing. Should be much better ranked.

44 Barclay James Harvest

This highly under-rated band deserve to be up there. Still making new music and touring, their hey-day was the 1970s - great mellatron influenced prog rock albums such as "Once Again", "Time-Honoured Ghosts", "Octoberon", "Gone to Earth" (3rd most successful album of all time in Germany, 1st being Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here") and "Everyone is Everybody Else". A Lancashire band but immensely successful all over Europe - played a free concert to a live audience of 250,000 people in West Berlin and were the first UK rock band to be invited to perform (to 175,000 people) in East Berlin. Currently touring in Japan.

Fully deserve a high placing in this list. Saw them live in their 'John Lees Barclay James Harvest' guise (the other 'splinter band' being 'Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd') as recently as December 2013, following the release of their excellent new album, "North", and they were even more impressive than I expected. Also, imagine my surprise when I switched on my television on Christmas Day, whilst on holiday in Germany, to find that they were putting on a special Christmas Day concert for the channel in question - all this 47 years after they were formed! A much bigger British band than people realise!

I find it incomprehensible that it has been necessary for me to add BJH to the bottom of a long list of lesser-known bands. Still going (in 2 different guises) after 45 years, they were in the forefront of the prog rock trail blazers of the late 60s and 70s. They achieved prenomenal success all over Europe (if not the UK) and played a free concert to 250,000 people in West Berlin. They were also the first western rock band to be invited to perform in pre-Glasnost East Berlin - to an audience of 175,000 people. Their album, "Gone to Earth" is officially the third most popular album since records began in Europe's biggest music market - Germany (Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" being number one). Their classic albums, particularly those made in the 60s and 70s are sublime.

BJH are indeed a truly great band, and also one of the most under-rated of bands, particularly over here on their own soil. Albums such as 'Gone to Earth', 'Once Again', and 'Time Honoured Ghosts' are amongst the finest produced by any band and over the last 40+ years songwriters John Lees, Les Holroyd, and Woolly Woolstenholme have built up an extensive catalog of superb songs.

45 The Alan Parsons Project The Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990, consisting of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, ...read more.

The Alan Parsons Project is far deserving of a much higher rating. They went in directions that few Prog Rock bands never dreamed of. Instrumentally and lyrically. They’re merry-go-round of lead singers (Alex Wolffson being the only constant) kept their songs fresh and very listenable. Even their big hits were unlike anything anyone else was doing. Their themed albums were amazing, notably Turn of a Friendly Card (my personal favorite), Pyramid and Tales of Mystery and Imagination. I downloaded their Anthology and can’t listen to it enough.

"Tales from mistery and imagination" is one of the best prog rock albums of all time

Deserves a higher position because is much better than many of those above.

Best band ever, years ahead of their time, loved by the few who know them, unknown to the masses.

46 Manfred Mann

Vry good

47 UK

Although short lived, UK should be nearer the top of the list, in my opinion. Seems like few people are familiar with the band, although John Wetton and Bill Bruford are sure to ring a bell with prog rock fans. Good stuff, check 'em out.

Saw them tour their first lp!

The best progrock band ever.

Love em,love em,love em.

48 Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

This should be way on top of the list. One of the most incredibly mind blowing bands ever to happen to humanity.

43 you must be kidding me, this band are Number one best ever! What happen to your taste in music!

Outstanding band! At the top with Dream Theater! They just needed more marketing to get out there!

How is this not one of the first?

49 Chicago Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, calling themselves the Chicago Transit Authority in 1968 before shortening the name in 1969. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” began writing politically charged rock music, and later moved to a softer sound, generating ...read more.

I'm lost as to definition of prog for this chart. AOR at its best - save the early '60s to mid '70s music or by the Carnegie Hall Live era the best jazz rock fusion band around, not prog. Can't recall Robert Lamm ever playing the moog or synthesiser!

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