Top 10 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums

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21 Misplaced Childhood - Marillion

Fish at his best vocals and lyrics work, Rothery as a guitar master, Kelly finding great keyboards sounds, a good rhythm section Trewavas-Mosley, lots of melodies... This is Misplaced Childhood!

Every note at its best, hard to listen only 5 times in a row.
A real masterpiece.

Inspired cycle of songs that seem to discuss one's journey through life. Misplaced Childhood music is firmly grounded in 70's Symphonic rock but adds enough new spices (punch, adrenaline, scottish folk, etc). Lyrically speaking it ranks on top of the prog rock genre: romantic disillusions, freudian analyzed family issues, pheromonial adolescence, life on the road, drugs, political doubts, despair with human kind and hope in the end! There's no childhood's end, we have friends, life is not so bad after all. The author raises an independance flag. Imagine there's no countries, just the pride of being ourselves, of respecting and following our own hearts.
The album accomplishes so much with prog rock it should make Johnny Rotten feel like a fragile infant holding a lollypop.

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22 Tarkus - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

I think this album is just a masterpiece. Even though side 2 is just mediocre, side 1 is just the opposite. If you have never listen to the prog rock magnum opus Tarkus, you shouldn't be considered a human.

The first side is incredible. The second side some people may not enjoy. I like songs like "Jeremy Bender' and "Are You Ready Eddy". Overall, this album is very good and definitely one of ELP's greatest overall and deserves to be higher

Atrocious album, why is it even on the list?

23 A Farewell to Kings - Rush
24 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

Real progressive rock band! No pauses here, no blanks, TMV is just the best thrilling rock band ever. And Frances their best album

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25 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 Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree

Fear of a Blank Planet, the name itself has a arcane and mystical feeling to it while the compositions add to the feel. Guests like Alex Lifeson(Rush) and Robert Fripp(King Crimson) have graced the album with their spine chilling solo performance. Steven Wilson with his compositions accompanied by the ambience mastermind Richard Barbieri, jazz infused bass playing elements incorporated by Colon Edwin and of course, the man from a blank planet, Gavin Harrison showcasing his drumming prowess and seems a bit too much to take for us, the resident of Earth.

27 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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28 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 Caress of Steel - Rush

Listen to it and you will like it

Very underrated album

30 Ghost Reveries - Opeth
31 Script For a Jester's Tear - Marillion
32 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.

33 Octavarium - Dream Theater

Octavarium definitely gets my vote. - naFrovivuS

Amazing

34 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.

Amazing instrumental - RalphSaad

35 Twelfth Night - Twelfth Night
36 Asia - Asia
37 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

best

38 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.

39 Blackwater Park - Opeth

Yes, into death metal. But drawn with progressive elements. A great album.

40 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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