Most Overrated Progressive Rock Bands


The Top Ten

1 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

Certainly, within their respective metal genre, they have earned the praise and acclaim that they deserve, but as a general prog group, they've never really struck me as outstanding. I admire their ideas on music theory and lyricism, but prog music obviously isn't all technicality as it is diverse sounds yet still giving off a "rock n roll" vibe. To me, Dream Theater is somewhat far from the most impressive group in prog, but still a decent enough band I can enjoy during my spare time.

Who wants to listen to a grown man whine over musicians wanking their instruments to death for 20 something minutes. - beb

2 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

Before you call it the most overrated, have you thought about how a large proportion of prog fans wouldn't have even discovered Genesis or Porcupine Tree if Pink Floyd hadn't made them love the genre? And since they are the most famous, probably they influenced the most prog bands since themselves.

I think this list should be titled "Least Underrated Progressive Rock Bands". - Alkadikce

Average musicians. Ambient music. Common pop songs slowed down + wailing sounds. The are good, just not THAT good.

Good band, but a pretty easy pick for your favorite prog band. It's a common opinion that they're the best.

Think Floyd is too often misrepresented as a "progressive rock" band. May have seemed "progressive"- i.e., innovative - four decades ago, but most of their music is blues-based and not particularly "progressive" as that term has been employed for the past 25-or-so years.

3 Rush Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.
4 Yes Yes Yes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music.
5 Jethro Tull Jethro Tull Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.
6 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band has had numerous lineup changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (guitar). However, the most notable lineup is between 1972-75, consisting of Fripp, John Wetton (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), more.
7 Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree were an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.

(facepalm) everything I listen to is overrated... - Alkadikce

8 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.
9 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson, singer, bassist, and producer Greg Lake, and drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer.
10 Marillion Marillion Marillion are a British rock band, formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, in 1979. They emerged from the post-punk music scene in Britain and existed as a bridge between the styles of punk rock and classic progressive rock, becoming the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock band more.

The Contenders

11 Genesis
12 Queensrÿche Queensrÿche Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they more.
13 Spock's Beard
14 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

Good god how is this not in the top 10?

15 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.
16 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.
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