Top 10 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums

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21 Brain Salad Surgery - Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

This should be in the top ten, awesome album!

A masterpiece and as part of the ELP early albums a cornerstone on which Prog Rock was built... It never gets old. ELP took risks, But they defined power the intricacy and precision on which the entire genre was built...

One of my favorite prog rock albums of all time. It should be placed much higher than "Misplaced Childhood", for instance.

21? This should be in the Top 5. - patrickfloyd

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22 Frances The Mute - The Mars Volta Frances The Mute - The Mars Volta

The best progressive rock band of today with the best progressive rock album of today, and I just want to ask why Tokio Hotel is here? They're not even close to progressive rock.

MY GOD, THIS ALBUM IS TOO AMAZING. Only 5 songs, but with over 77 minutes of music, this album is a mammoth, and should be higher on the list. Great prog!

The most mind blowing album of all time. Listen to all in one sit down, INSANE

This is probably my favorite album of all time

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23 Tales from Topographic Oceans - Yes Tales from Topographic Oceans - Yes

After the lamb lies down on Broadway this is my next favourite. It's bonkers as all good prog rock is. Its John Anderson's interpretation of Hindu scriptures over two slabs of vinyl that rings with some of the most out there expiremental music ever recorded. Some people say it's a difficult album to listen to and I can understand that, but I have always loved it and get some rich rewards every time I listen to it. And the cover art by Rodger Dean is incredible my favorite cover art ever.

Expansive to be sure, but that is part of the key to its success. By stretching their canvas out to such a degree, the music has more room to breathe, making the melodic underpinnings more elusive at first listen, but so much more rewarding in the end.

Many Yes fans, myself included, consider this to be their best album, and their greatest work. It consists of 4 complex songs, each about 20 minutes long.

Amazing blow my brain to outer space

24 Images and Words - Dream Theater Images and Words - Dream Theater

A phenomenal album which showcases Dream Theater's true proficiency and skill as a progressive metal band.

Master piece IMAGES AND WORDS is perfect creation of mankind

It s the best. why this album is after Green Day is an insult to the Dream Theater one of the best prog band in the world with Pink Floyd, yes, Genesis... Etc BUT NOT Green Day, they are the opposite of DREAM THEATER. For justice vote this GREAT ALBUM (Pull Me Under, Another Day, Take The Time, Surronded, Metropolis PT. 1: The Miracle And The Sleeper, Wait For Sleep, Learning To Live) If you are insicure listen this album. I think this album should be in the first position. Sorry for my English but I m Italian.

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25 Relayer - Yes Relayer - Yes

Relayer is my favorite album along with my favorite song, "The Gates of Delerium". This album is a masterpiece, and contains a great depth of musicalness, strong technique, beautiful melodies and harmonies, and most important of all, a vast amount of emotion. The music is engaging and complex, but in an orderly manner. If you do not enjoy this album, you are probably still lacking high musical understanding, and do not worry, with learning, experimentation, time, and practice, you will reach a point where you can enjoy this album. And oh, boy, will you enjoy it...

I totally agree with you, Relayer is my favourite album by Yes not to mention Fragile, the yes album and Going for the one which should also deserve high ratings.

This album deserves to be much higher on this list

I agree with all the other comments, one of their best albums!

26 To Our Children's Children's Children - The Moody Blues To Our Children's Children's Children - The Moody Blues

The most haunting, atmospheric album of all time.

The best ever moody blues album

27 Caress of Steel - Rush Caress of Steel - Rush

Listen to it and you will like it

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28 The Wake - IQ The Wake - IQ

Never heard of IQ until I started listening to Marillion and The Wake was suggested to me several times before I broke down and listened WOW what a great album

29 Script For a Jester's Tear - Marillion Script For a Jester's Tear - Marillion
30 The Snow Goose - Camel The Snow Goose - Camel

Not the best album ever but a great listen nonetheless. Everyone out there should listen to this instrumental album, it's better than anything kraftwerk put out

The live version is even better.

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31 Lateralus - Tool Lateralus - Tool

The greatest album ever recorded.

This record holds secrets and hidden experiences above anything I've ever known.
Mathematically arranged, spiritually constructed, emotionally powerful, musically and technically proficient.
If you are prepared to search for the end result of enlightenment and put in the work by thinking for yourself, this album will guide you on a journey so incredible I cannot emphasise human potential enough.

This album changed my life and made me understand there is so much more than anything you are now.

I urge you to research 'The Holy Gift' based on this 'Lateralus Prophecy' and I promise you that you will see as I see. Most other music gives you a shortcut, Lateralus takes you to eternity.

This did get Best Metal Performance of the 21st Century for a reason.

32 Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis

Even though it was the last album to feature Peter Gabriel as part of Genesis, what a bang it was for him to go out on. This story of Rael Imperial Aerosol Kid who tries to save his brother John from a strange fantasy world is very enchanting and scary at the same time. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

This one is among the few concept albums that really make sense. Some of popular music's most touching moments can be found here. The perfect time for Peter Gabriel to leave this band, when finally, what more could we expect to come than that? He knew it. Magical.

How the hell is this so low on the list!?!? I understand that people here have opinions but this at least needs to be in the top ten...! There's too much of a variety on this album to say that this isn't essential...

Everyone says "Amazing text and... good music - just good" - but it isn't true! Did someone listened to "Anyway", "TLLDOB", "Lamia", "In the Cage", "IT", "Counting Out Time", "Carpet Crawlers"? Just close your eyes and you're in New York City...

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33 Twelfth Night - Twelfth Night
34 Meddle - Pink Floyd Meddle - Pink Floyd

36? This album has One of these days and of course Echoes! It should be in the top 10. - RalphSaad

Meddle is simply amazing, pure progressive. It includes Echoes so it should be top 20. Question is, wheres atom heart mother

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35 Once Around the World - It Bites Once Around the World - It Bites

This may not be a pivotal album for prog rock, cause it came out in the 80's where prog rock was not hot, but it certainly is underrated. Check out the titletrack - this is class A prog rock, probably an inspiration for Dream theater. Certainly for me.

36 Gone to Earth - Barclay James Harvest Gone to Earth - Barclay James Harvest

Hard to choose between all their excellent early albums, but this one is officially the third most popular album since records began in Germany (the biggest European music market), where they achieved phenomenal success. It will always be a mystery to me why they were so woefully under-rated in the UK but their 'dark horse' status has probably made their fans even more devoted. This album features 'Hymn' and 'Poor Man's Moody Blues', two of their most popular songs.

... If for no other reason than that, in 2011 official German chart company Media Control named BJH's Gone To Earth the third most successful chart album ever in Germany - the largest music market in Europe! Their chart is based on points given for the number of weeks spent on the official chart and the positions reached. Number one is Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here (the new remastered edition of which recently re-entered the German album chart at No. 4), and second was German schlager singer Andrea Berg's Best Of. "
(Personally I prefer some of their other albums, such as "Once Again" and "Everyone is Everybody Else", but who am I to disagree with all those German record buyers. )

37 Asia - Asia Asia - Asia
38 A Trick of the Tail - Genesis A Trick of the Tail - Genesis

No its not, it's on Foxtrot. The remastered version of a trick of the tail has live footage of the Phil collins genesis performing Apocalypse in 9/8 and Aching men's feet which is from Suppers Ready... So you're both wrong.

Supper's Ready may not be on it, but "Dance on a Volcano" is.

Supper's ready is on it, enough said

39 Lark's Tongues In Aspic - King Crimson Lark's Tongues In Aspic - King Crimson

This album is practically the definition of prog rock

One of King Crimsons best albums

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40 Pawn Hearts - Van Der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts - Van Der Graaf Generator

On Man-Erg, one of my favorite songs ever, Jackson plays 2 saxophones simultaneously! But the album also has "Lemmings" and a "Plague of Lighthouse Keepers"!

Totally agree with you but most people do not know about VdGG, is it because of the dark soundscape, or the fantastic but rather special voice of Peter? They are not well known but those who know about them rate the albums highly, just check the reviews on ProgArchives. But over to the album, and the music. VdGG had a rather special orchestration and used flute and sax instead of guitar most of the time. Lemmings is the "worst" song on the album in my opinion but I would give it 4/5 for the Voice and special soundscape. Man-Erg is incredible and starts with piano and then an Electronic organ comes in until Peter starts singing, a crazy middle section comes in and 2 saxes scream Wildly. The song becomes more cacaphonic. 5/5 A plague of lighthouse keepers is a long epic filled with epic parts. 4.5/5. I think it is a masterpeice, and Peter Hammil, Jackson (Saxophone, flute) Banton (organ) Evans (a insane drummer) and Robert Fripp on guitar makes this album a must in any prog collection. ...more

Wow! Only 21? This is one of the most important prog album (and there is important prog albums! )! Hammil chnaging voice on "Lemmings (including Cogs)", sometimes playing piano as on the beautiful "Man Erg", Jackson's screaming saxs which can be handsome on all songs, Banton's pure organ parts trying to create new atmospheres, Evans's complex drumming... And as it wasn't enough Robert Fripp plays an excellent guitar solo at the end of the magnificent "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers" a dark 20 minutes piece dominated by the great Hammil!

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