Top Ten Best Progressive Rock Songs

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1 Echoes - Pink Floyd

Live at Pompeii will get you appreciating this song a lot.

Not just best progressive song ever (just slightly ahead of Supper's Ready in my opinion), it is possibly the best song ever.

It's nowhere near as good as Supper's Ready. Echoes is way too long while Supper's Ready has far more content to go with its length. - PlanetDeadwing

Very deep and probably the best song ever made. I think I beats the rest of the songs in this list because it is more simple, does not have a long opera like story nor the exaggerations of the other good prog songs like big solos or massive notes per second even comparing to other Pink Floyd songs.

This is nuber 1

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2 Supper's Ready - Genesis

Man! I love Shine On You Crazy Diamond so much, but Supper' Ready is not only the best progressive rock song of all time, it's also the best song of all time. The only reason this song isn't as popular as Bohemian Rhapsody or Stairway To Heaven is because it's 22 minutes long, and people can hardly listen to a song for more than five minutes. Nevertheless, us progressive rock fans know the greatness of this song. And come to think of it, it's better this way, because it makes it more special, more unique when less people know the existence of this epic masterpiece.

Aw man, can't be beat. Pink Floyd is great, although I would have chosen something other than SOYCD, perhaps Astronomy Domine or Careful With That Axe, Eugene? But Supper's Ready is the cream of the crop, a near perfect prog rock epic.

At the time I was a YES fanatic always going to the "record store" looking for more YES or similar style music I always called it "Classical" rock back then because it reminded me of classical music only the 20th century version. Anyway, back to the "record store" one day I walked in and suddenly heard something that gave me goosebumps music to my ears as it were. I went up to the counter and asked "who is that? " he replied GENESIS I was ecstatic he pointed over to the wall where new releases were on display I saw there were 4 GENESIS albums! on display "which one is this one playing" I said..."GENESIS LIVE" he said, I felt light headed (not because of what I may or may not have been smoking) but the fact that I found more Classical Rock and was amazed that this was GENESIS LIVE a live album sounding this good AMAZING! I was and am a die-hard GENESIS FREAK. I bought Nursery Crimes and Foxtrot. Supper's Ready is my all time favorite song. by the way I went back to the record the next ...more

One of the best songs ever made.

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3 2112 - Rush

You know the real reason this song is not number 1 is because nobody knows who rush is. People do not pay much attention to canadian bands. It is kind of sad actually. But this song has the most amazing lyrics and I love Geddy's bass in the temples of syrinx. Amazing musical masterpeice. Rush is the most underrated band there is to date. Rolling stone gives rush 2/5 stars on almost every album. I hope whoever is reading this does not like rolling stone. Or the hall of fame voters. Ha ha ha.

Perhaps one of the best and most diverse songs ever written, lyrically, and musically this song is flawless, unrivaled in creativity, those who don't like this song have brains that can't handle the epicness

this song is one of a few that really touchs you. You fell the emotion in the lyrics build up in your body as the history progress... amazing

This should be at the top

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4 Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Part VI-IX) - Pink Floyd

I love Supper's Ready by Genesis. It's defiantly one of my favorite songs of all time. I'm gonna vote for Shine On You Crazy Diamond, though. Pink Floyd is my favorite band and they make my favorite music. Shine On You Crazy Diamond is a masterpiece as well as 2112 from Rush, The Knife, Supper's Ready and the Musical Box by Genesis, Roundabout by Yes, Close To The Edge also by Yes, Passage To Bangkok and Twilight Zone by Rush, a long list of songs by Pink Floyd progressive rock is defiantly my favorite genre. It takes true talent to make progressive rock and true taste to listen to it. 21st Century Schizoid Man is another great progressive rock song.

No doubt about this, this song takes you for a ride, changing your mood over and over makes you think strange and experience a different dimension.

There's only one other song that can come close to its caliber, "careful with that axe eugene"

I love this song, whenever I hear it, I became a part of it and I just flying away from this world. Excellent, truelly amazing. The best progressive band should make a great song, and they've done it pretty well. I love Shine On You Crazy Diamond. I love Pink Floyd.

Classic:-)

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5 Octavarium - Dream Theater

This is the very best song to listen to 1 000 000 0000 000 times, because you will never get bored no matter what! This song got everything that a song needs to be perfect, plus everything else the dream theater can come up with, we are talking about getting chilled to the bone, amazed of amazing guitar solos and riffs, and the very best harmony of any song EVER! LISTEN TO IT OR BE A BRICK. - mariuzmu00e6lum

Different moods to take us to a journey of life, complexity and length what prog song needs. And last but not least it is presented to us by the most talented band of our time.

This song is purely amazing, however, if I was stating my absolute favorite songs, Echoes and Dogs would be higher. So why did I vote for Octavarium? This is about best prog songs, not including psychedelic, and Octavarium definitely has an edge on them.

Amazing instrumentals, brilliant transitions and great contrasts, a good theme, just a fantastic song

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6 Close to the Edge - Yes

Close to the Edge is a masterpiece. Shine on you crazy diamond is vastly overrated. It's cool but mostly consists of the band jamming. Supper's Ready is a lot better but Close to the Edge is on a whole other level. All the instruments are equal in a perfect mix and nothing really stands out except the music itself. The abstract lyrics are an instrument themselves and when you listen to the piece you feel like LIVING. The different sections of the song cover a spectrum of different moods ranging from mayhem, melancholy, chilling, yearning, rage, mysterious, happy and serene. This song, if any, is made of pure awesome. - EnglandSeller

To me, it doesn't matter what order all these songs come in: each one is a masterpiece. However, Close to the Edge is more than just a masterpiece. This song is how I, a man with no religion but himself, have come to experience God (and no, I'm not literally claiming to have talked to a bearded man in the sky). The perfect storm of musicality, spirituality, and emotion, these 18 minutes laid out by Yes are the closest to the edge of perfection any song will ever reach.

I personally think Close to the Edge should be on the top of the list with Supper's Ready close behind. This song is just a masterpiece. I think Close to the Edge is the best progressive rock album ever and is certainly Yes at their highest creative and talented peak. Shine on is good and I like Pink Floyd and they're one of my favorite bands but they are overrated. I'm not the biggest Rush fan and 2112 is good but when I want to listen to prog, Yes is always my first choice.

Great song. My favorite Yes song, in my opinion

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7 Anesthetize - Porcupine Tree

Very happy to see this song here. MASTERPIECE made up of three songs moored into one 18 minute journey. A truly amazing piece of music

This is with no doubt completely underrated song from the most successful underground rock band ever cemented, 17 min epic masterpiece, still dreaming of new album from pt

There's no prog song better than this

Although the whole song is incredible, from 6:38 to 12:12 is out of this world

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8 Starless - King Crimson

I always feel this is a song about being depressed The song can take you to hell and back. Yet at the end it lifts you up, leaving you ahead again and seeing the beauty of it all.

To quote Pitchfork (because it is so well put): ""Starless" feels like a summation of all King Crimson had accomplished to that point. Through its strictly controlled verses, hackle-raising crescendo and wild freak-out coda, the band wrings moments of startling beauty and exuberant energy from the dread and dissonance at the song's core."

Artist: King Crimson
Album: Red (a must have)

The most epic, technically dazzling song you have never heard. The last 2 minutes still give me chills and always leaves me scratching my head, wondering how did anyone come up with this? Robert Fripp did, and he always will. Long Live The King - dasilvan2000

This song has the depth and psychedelia of any 20 minute long prog song but at the same time the "obvious" and simple melodies that will make you love it immediately. There's no struggle at the beginning when listening to this song yet you will never grow tired of it because of it's incredible depth.

It's kind of the perfect song considering that.

This has to be the most simple yet deep progressive rock song anyone can hear. The melody at the very start already has you hooked on to the song for the full 12 mins. But what follows is just a pure masterpiece from the King. The last 2 minutes is ecstacy, still gives me chills even after tons of hearing.

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9 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

This song is a great example of progressive rock at its best, by the band who helped to jumpstart the genre. The lyrics are relevant, Robert Fripp is great and the music is a genius arrangement.

Very antagonistic lyrics with absolutely amazing instrumental section in the middle. One of my favorites.

I love this song so much. The sax and the guitar are amazing. But I like Epitaph better.

I am a 21st Century Schizoid Man. - Pony

10 The Gates of Delirium - Yes

The most beautiful, dynamic masterpiece ever made on this planet. I've never listened to a song that could astound me as much as the Gates of Delirium. There is so much skill, technique, complexity, insane writing skills, and most of all emotion in this song. If you have not heard it you must give it a full listen. Note that this song may be too much to handle for inexperienced listeners/musicians. - cheese_face

I continue to find it hard to find an equal to this masterpiece. I love most pre Trevor Rabin Yes, but even Close To The Edge doesn't quite have the dimensions that Gates has. Didn't even need Wakeman to make this work. Wow!

The most complex song, pure excellence, Yes at their best. Not of this world! I would also recommend To Be Over. What a song!

This song is amazing. The second song on the album Sound Chacer is as well.Alan Whites drumming at the start is intense. My favourite YES album.

The Newcomers

? Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep
? Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 1

The Contenders

11 Roundabout - Yes

Best intro of any song ever created. Also, stunning bass riff...

They always play this last at every Yes concert - Sabbath

Actually they play Starship Trooper at the end of every Yes concert.

THE song that comes to my mind when you mention "prog rock."

<= To Be Continued | | |

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12 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here - Porcupine Tree

The defining piece of today's progmasters - this 12 minute epic has everything that porcupine tree is about - ethereal lyrics, atmospheres that make your hair stand and gorgeous guitars. Wilson & Co can take a bow. They outdid their own selves with this one. And that is something!

In some ways Porcupine Tree is better than Pink Floyd. This song proves that.

Anesthetize is greater than trains or this but still

I can't have enough of this masterpiece.

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13 Remember Us - The Pineapple Thief
14 Thick As a Brick, Pt. 1 - Jethro Tull

The greatest song ever written! I am a huge prog rock fan and I know all of these songs, but none of them can ever touch THICK AS A BRICK, which is 45 minute long masterpiece and which incorporated 4 (! ) music genres! Again-- the greatest song ever written!

What a great song the complexity of the magnificent lyrics are truly mind altering.. I have listened to the album over 100 times never gets old like a great movie. Thank you Ian.

This as a Brick is the greatest song ever written! People just need to be smart enough to understand this masterpiece!

What happened to part 2? - patrickfloyd

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15 Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) - Pink Floyd

Those four notes... Nothing in the world can beat them.

Probably the best song of all time. It simply doesn't have flaws. But why not the entire song? :c

Sexiest guitar ever, beautiful song.

Better than parts VI-IX. - jimicenafromintempo

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16 Dogs - Pink Floyd

This is an amazing. It's not only one of the best Pink Floyd songs but one of the best in the world. I seriously think this song is vastly underrated.

A lengthy masterpiece which puts you into a different world, and it has really had an impact on the way I look at society. Clever lyrics, a brilliant multitude of guitar solos and simply an interesting atmosphere. Possibly best Pink Floyd song.

I listened to this song a couple of days ago, actually. Long but great song. - Pony

Best Pink Floyd song

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17 Tarkus - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

You really understand how difficult and complex is Tarkus when you try to play it. It has many tempo changes and its structure is very atypical. 'enough said.

A complete masterpiece if you haven't heard it you don't know progressive rock or rock in general it is an amazing musical achievement!

Brilliant and complex, Tarkus spins a melodic tale that captivates the listener as no other.

This is basically a mythical tale with epic solos

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18 Telegraph Road - Dire Straits

Glad to the underrated gem that is 'Telegraph Road' by the underrated group Dire Straits on this List. For me, it is up nearer to the top, up with Octavarium, Echoes, 2112, and Close To The Edge. - Beatlesboy9

19 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

This is the best song of all time, but guys, come on, this isn't Prog!

While it's not as "progressive" as other songs in this list, it's absolutely fantastic. - PetSounds

The only reason this isn't higher is because it isn't progressive rock, but still a great song!

As great as it is, it isn't quite prog-type. - naFrovivuS

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20 Firth of Fifth - Genesis

Songs ain't got to be 20 min to be the best it just needs to amazing especially the piano organs guitar and vocals

Unbelievable piano intro! When I first heard this song, I listened to it 7 times in a row; I have never listened to a song twice in a row before then!

Still as powerful today as when it was first released. Banks & Hackett put on a clinic.

One of the best prog rock songs you will ever hear. Stunning piano intro. A hacket masterclass in guitar solo's... the bass pedals... the drums... hello..whats not to love in this.

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