Top 10 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums

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41 Permanent Waves - Rush Permanent Waves - Rush
42 Argus - Wishbone Ash Argus - Wishbone Ash

Always in my top 10 albums, great songs - throw down the sword, the king will come, time was. all classics!

Awesome album, but "The King Will Come" is unparalleled!

How is this not in the top 20, absolutely superb album.

One of the bests

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43 Illusions On a Double Dimple - Triumvirat Illusions On a Double Dimple - Triumvirat

German band in the style of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. One of the fanciest albums that you'll ever hear.

44 Black Clouds & Silver Linings - Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings - Dream Theater
45 Turn of the Cards - Renaissance Turn of the Cards - Renaissance

"Mother Russia" and "Running Hard" on the same album! - roncohp

46 Black Holes and Revelations - Muse Black Holes and Revelations - Muse

Not the best of muse albums but come on this is muse they are amazing absolution and origin of symmetry should at least be in the top 20 it is really hard to get far here from epic bands like Pink Floyd and rush

I love muse but never thought of them as Prog, I guess some songs are - DeadAsian

Not my favorite album, but it has Starlight, Take a Bow, Knights of Cydonia... amazing album.

47 Leftoverture - Kansas Leftoverture - Kansas

Kansas's first 5 Albums should all be in the top 50. This one is probably the best. If you listen to all the songs you'll realize just how great this album is. Carry on Wayward Son is a classic and their most well known. But Miracles out of nowhere is a spectacular classical orchestral composition of real splendor. Magnum Opus is a brilliant prog epic. Cheyenne Anthem is a very distinctive beautiful piece of unique subject matter for prog. The Wall is great. Opus Insert is a fine song. What's on my mind is fun. It's just the best album top to bottom. It definitely deserves top 10.

A great album by America's greatest prog band. The members of Kansas are masters of creating and performing technical and melodic symphonic prog.

Leftoverture & Point Of Know Return are great from start to finish.

48 For Girls Who Grow Plump In the Night - Caravan For Girls Who Grow Plump In the Night - Caravan

Superb and overlooked album by this long lived UK Prog act.Finds them embracing and mixing a number of styles with their established prog sound and successfully pulling it of

49 In Absentia - Porcupine Tree In Absentia - Porcupine Tree

In absentia, well it should be higher, great album, can't believe it's so underrated - Suliman Elkhoury

50 OK Computer - Radiohead OK Computer - Radiohead

Their last truly great record. It was all directionless noise from there

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51 In the Land of Grey and Pink - Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink - Caravan

This remains one of my favourite albums of all time. It is difficult to describe the spell cast by this quintessentially British musical journey into lands of dream and wonder, but it grows with repeated listenings. From the sublime to the ridiculous, it's all there in the right measure - imaginative but accessible playing, quirky poetic lyrics, warm vocals, incredible organ meanderings, deft rhythms and clean engineering.

Deserves the plaudits it gets and"One Nation Underground" which takes up the entire 2nd side more than justifies that

52 Aqualung - Jethro Tull Aqualung - Jethro Tull

Do the people on this page even know what Progressive Rock really is? This album is just as important to the Progressive Rock movement as Dark Side Of The Moon, In The Court Of The Crimson King, Close To The Edge and countless others! Songs like "Locomotive Breath," "Cross-Eyed Mary" and let's not forget the title track are some of the best Progressive Rock songs out there! Seriously people, this album deserves to be at least in the top 5!

I agree, I know this album since 1978 an it is still one my favourite album

So underestimated and underrated. Jethro Tull definitely should be in the first 10, if not 5, with Aqualung and/or Thick as a Brick.

Top Five (not necessary in that order) DSM, ITCOCK, Aqualung/Thick as a Brick (preferably Aqualung), Close to The Edge, and Lamb Lies Down/Selling England/Foxtrot (though one here).

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53 Five Bridges - The Nice Five Bridges - The Nice
54 Hand. Cannot. Erase - Steven Wilson Hand. Cannot. Erase - Steven Wilson V 1 Comment
55 The Sentinel - Pallas The Sentinel - Pallas
56 The Turn of a Friendly Card - The Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card - The Alan Parsons Project

This is pop prog at its finest. The first side sets up a tight sequence of songs featuring the usual amazing array of APP vocalists, flowing naturally into a second side that all runs together perfectly from Alan Parsons' superb instrumental "The Gold Bug" through Eric Woolfson's beautiful "Turn of Friendly Card" suite (with some nice Ian Bairnson guitar passages along the way). This is orchestra heavy throughout, though never in a way that diminishes the immediacy of the band - from those opening French horns you know your in for a treat. Woolfson's vocal debut on the evocative, underrated piano and strings ballad "Time" are an impressive debut for the brilliant songwriter himself, and Parsons production and engineering remains a testament to the master.

Gets my vote thanks to the brilliant suite on the flip side... Perhaps the best 16 minutes of pop prog ever made!

I don't think the perfect album exists, but to me this comes incredibly close...!

What a wonderful prog. Rock album!

57 Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield

My favorite album period. Might be a little different for prog rock fans hence the rating but listen to both sides, hopefully your life is now better.

A true classic. Disturbing and beautiful at the same time.

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58 Free Hand - Gentle Giant Free Hand - Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant is the best prog band, and both Free Hand and the Power and the Glory are their best 2 studio albums. Although they never became popular like Pink Floyd did, their music is much brighter than the brooding atmosphere in Pink Floyd. Also their musical expertise far outshines all other prog bands.

Kerry Minnear (on keyboards) has a degree in composition from the Royal Conservatory of Music in London which explains the diversity of music, syncopation, and harmonies WITHIN many songs, such as "On Reflection," in which every band member plays at least 2 instruments. "Free Hand" and "Just the Same" are also masterpieces.

Finally, the band members versatility in playing many instruments is legendary, and not just in studios but live. (Check out their full live concert: Sight and Sound). Ray Shulman, the bass player, also plays acoustic guitar, trumpet, violin, and sings. Ray even sings WHILE he plays violin! Ray's brother Derek, the lead singer, also plays bass, ...more

59 Nursery Cryme - Genesis Nursery Cryme - Genesis

It's absurd that it isn't even top 50. Without a doubt, one of the greatest prog albums ever, not one song on it is less than great.

This album is right behind foxtrot, both should be in the top ten!

My second favorite album from Genesis' discography, the first one being "The Lamb..."

60 Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Free bird isn't even an album!?!?! Why!?!

They probably mean the album that had "Freebird". However, it is still NOT prog!

Gross misplacement or is someone taking the piss...or perhaps a bit of both. Lynyrd Skynyrd is about as progressive as Justin Beiber is the next Bob Dylan

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