Top 10 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums

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101 Blackwater Park - Opeth Blackwater Park - Opeth

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

102 The Divine Wings of Tragedy - Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy - Symphony X

This is the culmination of what "prog" and "rock" really mean. Symphony X brings mastery of every instrument and mastery of complex compositions to the table.

103 The Odyssey - Symphony X The Odyssey - Symphony X

One of the best albums of all time. These guys are the Kansas of Progressive metal.

Wow, outside of top 100, really? It's one album I keep coming back after many years of listening

104 The Joy of Motion - Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion - Animals As Leaders

Understandably low as AAL is fairly new to the scene, however it should be MUCH higher. Some awesome harmonic and rhythmic complexity with amazing songwriting. Not one weak band member. If you've never heard of them I highly recommend you give them a shot.

105 Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson

What the crap this isn't prog. This is well... literally crap!

106 Every Good Boy Deserves Favor - The Moody Blues Every Good Boy Deserves Favor - The Moody Blues
107 Masque - Kansas Masque - Kansas

This album is all great, but it contains "Icarus: Borne on Wings of Steel." The song is based on the legendary flight of Icarus in Greek mythology but its in the first person and its application today is amazing.

108 U.K. - U.K.

I rate this, and their other studio album "Danger Money", very highly. For those of you who don't know them, U.K. sound like a cross between King Crimson, ELP and Yes, with some influences of Gong, Soft Machine and Mahavishnu Orchestra.

The debut album of this supergroup is powerful! Allan Holdsworth (from Soft Machine & Gong) plays lead guitar, John Wetton (from King Crimson & Uriah Heep) sings and plays bass, Eddie Jobson (from Curved Air & Frank Zappa & the Mothers) plays violin and keyboards, Bill Bruford (from Yes & King Crimson) is the drummer.

If you like Prog Rock DON'T MISS THIS ALBUM! For me is THE BEST EVER MADE! Listen to the powerful voice of John Wetton, his sharp and firm Bass, the excellent Drums by Bill Bruford, but expecially the exquisite Guitar of Allan Holdsworth and the wonderful keyboards and the "Magic" Electric Violin of Eddie Jobson...WONDERFUL!

109 Fly to the Rainbow - Scorpions Fly to the Rainbow - Scorpions

A mixture of psychedelic-, progressive-, and hardrock. They were all great musicans exspecially Klaus Meine on vocals and Uli Roth on lead guitar. The title track is a 10-minutes long masterpiece.

The first TRULY GREAT Scorpions LP. Some of you may say Lonesome Crow is and that's fine but this is where the ball really gets rolling with Uli Jon Roth on board and led to a succession of great LP's that after hr left,slowly started to deplete.The crowning of greatness in the scorpions cannon starts here

110 Death Walks Behind You - Atomic Rooster Death Walks Behind You - Atomic Rooster

Awesome record.They never did anything as good as this again and later releases same them leaning more towards R and B and not doing a good job of it. Guitarist John Du Cann and Drummer Paul Hammond went on to form Hard Stuff and put out one sonic debut LP "Bulletproof'(1972) and an OK second LP "Bolex Dementai"(1973)

111 Deadwing - Porcupine Tree Deadwing - Porcupine Tree

Not as 'in your face' proggy as many albums on this list, but far more enjoyable and melodic. I'm glad to see some good (sensible) modern suggestions on this list as I feel there is often a strong bias towards 70's music when discussing progressive rock. This album many not have had the same impact that Dark side of the moon or Close to the edge had (for example), but I certainly play it far more frequently. I feel that this band was on the verge of a (long overdue) commercial breakthrough before they split, but I'm glad to see Steven Wilson's solo career doing so well!

Can't believe this wasnt on the list, better than In Absentia if you ask me. Definitely deserves top 20

112 A Passion Play - Jethro Tull A Passion Play - Jethro Tull
113 More - Pink Floyd More - Pink Floyd
114 Fireball - Deep Purple Fireball - Deep Purple

I know, Deep Purple are no Prog rock band, but this album is prog. Just listen to Fools and The Mule. Pure progressive rock - DarkSideOfDragons

115 Face the Music - Electric Light Orchestra Face the Music - Electric Light Orchestra
116 The Division Bell - Pink Floyd The Division Bell - Pink Floyd
117 Pyromania - Def Leppard

How is this prog?

118 Everyone Is Everybody Else - Barclay James Harvest Everyone Is Everybody Else - Barclay James Harvest

Although their earlier album, "Gone to Earth", wears the laurels as the third most popular album of all time in Europe's biggest music market (Germany), this album probably marks the high water mark of this excellent band's studio album output.

119 Once Again - Barclay James Harvest Once Again - Barclay James Harvest
120 Invisible Touch - Genesis Invisible Touch - Genesis

This is the first album by Genesis that is NOT prog. 'Duke' was their last prog album. This one is pure pop. Check out the album's genre on Wikipedia, if you don't believe me. Both Wikipedia and I agree with the first comment.

Brilliant album. Pop prog hits like the title track and land of confusion share the bill with more classic prog stylings like dominoes. Essential.

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