Best Progressive Rock Bands


The Contenders: Page 4

61 Hawk Wind

Britain's Grateful Dead- not in terms of style: Hawkwind have their own imitable style, soaked in homemade westcountry scrumpy, but in terms of their ongoing commitment to the ideals of the 60's and 70's, and their massive army of committed space cadet fans. "Hurry on sundown" says it all.

62 Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention 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.
63 Spock's Beard

"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!

64 Mike Oldfield

Definitely listen to Tubular Bells. One of the best tracks I've ever heard.

A real inspiration and perfect style...

65 Manfred Mann
66 Symphony X 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?

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67 Anathema

These guys are so awesome everyone would love if they heard it. You have to listen to them a few times to really get it as you do with many bands. They are brilliant musicians with wonderful voices they evoke such emotion into their music it's beautiful. My kids know all the words.

This band is so underrated as I see it in #93. People please give this band a try. They have everything. Lineup, music, lyrics. Songs like untouchable, The storm before the calm, Are you there? , etc are unbelievable.

These guys need to be a lot higher, if for "We're Here Because We're Here" alone.

Something like Pink Floyd with a spice of Rush

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68 Moon Safari

Moon Safari is without a doubt, one of the best progressive rock bands to come out in a very long time. They manage to keep the spirit of the prog from the 70s and then put their own flavor on it. You should listen to their album "Blomljud". Truly impressive stuff.

69 Nektar
70 PFM - Premiata Forneria Marconi

Perfect Formula Magical a sound for ever I could not understand Heavy Rock 2 Rush and 3 M. theater could not compete with such music

Stars from Italy - land of Ferrari, Masarati, Armani, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana - but who'd have thought such an excellent prog rock act. Try the music from mid-'70s, King Crimson, Genesis, ELP have very stylish company in PFM.

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71 Glass Hammer

Just a bunch of Yes-copycats, not that special

72 Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.
73 Haken

Unique sound, huge amount of talent and new ideas all wrapped up in complex refreshing songs covered by a sweet layer of a humoristic attitude.

These guys are absolutely amazing. Best prog coming from the 21st century in my opinion. Aquarius and Visions are masterpieces...

Amazing sound, wonder why bands like these do not become as popular as Dream Theater etc.

Cockroach King, baby!

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74 Le Orme

One of the best Italian prog rock band

75 Kingcrow

The best progressive band coming out from Italy in recent times, Kingcrow is in between prog Metal and Rock with tons of other influences.

76 New Monsoon
77 Colosseum Colosseum

It's a shame this band is so down in the rankings. Just listen to their album, Daughter of Time. It's a prog rock masterpiece.

78 Procol Harum Procol Harum Procol Harum are an English rock band formed in 1967. They contributed to the development of progressive rock, and by extension, symphonic rock.

Listen to side 2 of their 2nd album. The over 20 minute In held twas I in. This and The moody Blues and I am the Walrus came out at the same time and was the birth of progressive rock, Sorry but this occurred before almost all of the other entries.

79 Styx

Unless you've taken the time to listen to something other than their Best Of collections, you may not even be aware of what a kick-ass hard rocking' prog band Styx was in their heyday. I've recently revisited their earlier work, and am duly impressed still.

Thought this is a prog rocxk chart?! How is this not adult contemporary material, I dunno.

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