Top 10 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums

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

The most haunting, atmospheric album of all time.

The best ever moody blues album

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 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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24 A Farewell to Kings - Rush
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 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...

By far and away the best prog rock album of all time. Story, lyrics, music, instrumentation. I enjoy Dark Side of the Moon but it can't compare with the energy and inventiveness of LLDoB.

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28 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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29 Caress of Steel - Rush

Listen to it and you will like it

Very underrated album

30 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

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 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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34 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

Where metal meets prog a classic of its era.

How is this not on here while Tokio Hotel is...

35 Twelfth Night - Twelfth Night
36 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

37 Asia - Asia
38 Secret Messages - Electric Light Orchestra
39 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.

40 Octavarium - Dream Theater V 1 Comment
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