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41 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

42 Caravan

From what I've seen when out and about on the web Caravan and Camel share a similar level of popularity within the genre. Little did I know I'd come on here and see 60 odd spaces between them!

In the Land Of Grey And Pink is in my opinion the beat Prog lp ever, and the band are still going strong

Early 70's Canterbury sound (along with Hatfield & the North and, of course, the mighty Soft Machine, who deserve a top-ten place as well. ) Highly influential. "If I could do it all over again... "

Caravan at 85?! - BrideiMacBella

43 Twelfth Night
44 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.

The best progrock band ever.

Saw them tour their first lp!

Love em,love em,love em.

45 Supertramp

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!

Best that ever did it

THIS BAND MUST BE AT TOP TEN!

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46 Queen Queen Queen are a British rock group 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.

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.

47 The Velvet Underground 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.

48 Focus

I think they're so low due to lack of a long successful career but the music stands up and should be top 20.

To be honest they should be in the top 5.

House of the king, Moving waves, Sylvia... etc how is Focus so low in this chart?

Great mostly-instrumental band. Very unique sound. desserves top 20

49 The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention

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.

50 Eloy

Catchy, mystical, magical. Eloy is the soundtrack to the nights of big cities.

Ocean and Silent Cries are both classics of the genre, this band should be way higher. Their instrumentation is simply breathtaking. - Doom

Eloy eloy best progressive bands

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51 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
52 Soft Machine Soft Machine

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

53 It Bites

Truly awesome band... A mix of prog pop and rock. Fantastic song writers that always have a tendency to put a prog edge on their stuff. Extremely talented musicians... A must listen.. Title track.. ONCE AROUND THE WORLD (15 mins long)... It'll blow ya socks off.

54 The Nice
55 Public Service Broadcasting

Combining a signature sound with BFI films to help bring it to life PSB have certainly progressed the modern rock world

56 Artcell Artcell Artcell is a Bangladeshi progressive metal band formed in October 1999. According to The Daily Star, a leading English national daily, Artcell is "one of the leading bands of the country".

One of those greatest Progressive Rock band in Bangladesh, no, in the whole world!

Try their song, it will blow your mind!

Artcell is the best progressive rock band in bengali language.

Huh artcell not in top ten? :S... listen there song Oniket Prantor.

Artcell is a mixture of prog rock and metal. And they play good songs - zxm

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57 The Mars Volta

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

Check out cygnus vismund cygnus, day of the baphomets, or cassandra gemini

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58 Ayreon

Very imaginative music over a long period of time - check out his Guilt Machine too.

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59 Pallas

Even though they shouldn't be in the top ten, this band has produced several strong albums throughout the years. And with Alan Reed (who now has left) they had a wonderful voice.

All at once the most symphonic and song-oriented of the 80s cadre of Neo-Prog. A varied collection of styles that sort of cross between Vangelis, Rush and Saga, but with lyrics about grand themes that justify the bombast and personal journeys. Underlying all these are some of the greatest vocal talents in prog rock history with Euan, Alan and to some extent Paul. A rich and lush catalog of music that stands high with Marillion and Porcupine Tree forming the triumvirate of post-1980s prog rock.

Simply the best of the 80s prog bands - better and more original than Marillion, more approachable than Twelfth Night and more successful than Pendragon et al.

60 Mahavishnu Orchestra

These guys are the best prog jazz band ever

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