Top 10 Most Progressive Songs by Bands That Aren't Progressive Rock

Progressive Rock and Metal are music genres, defined by them progressing throughout their songs and not repeating themselves!
Still there are some bands, that made songs like that, without being a Prog-Rock or Prog-Metal Band! This list counts down those songs!

The Top Ten

1 Child In Time - Deep Purple

This was one of the first great examples of heavy prog songs. Just amazing! The outro, the vocals and screams... And the solo is awesome, too. This song gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. In case you don't know this is an anti-war song. - Metal_Treasure

Come on people... Deep Purple's first three albums are pure prog. - TheStargazer

Best music of this amazing band.

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2 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Maiden is rooted in prog, Steve Harris is a huge Gabriel era Genesis fan, also Wishbone Ash, Jethro Tull, etc

Don't people listen to Iron Maiden. They have always been a little prog. - TheStargazer

What does progressive rock mean? - Feirceraven

Iron Maiden grew more prog as their career "progressed," culminating with 7th Son in the 80's, and then a brief break in the 90's. The 2000s/10s albums could all be classified as prog in my opinion.

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3 Baba O'Riley - The Who

One of my favorite tunes of all time. I can't help but sing along to it! - MontyPython

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4 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Someone explain why this isn't #1!

Not really that big. but measuring the whole song its kinda little bit of progressive. - zxm

5 Master of Puppets - Metallica

This song is more complex than many people give it credit for. Metallica is very good at hiding their complexity and making a strange thing easy to listen to. Prog is alive and well in many of their songs, even if it doesn't dominate the sound. Takes some digging around in any given song, though.

6 Paranoid Android - Radiohead

It starts very slow, then later it basically goes completly crazy! Also very nice and psychedelic guitar solo! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

7 A Little Piece of Heaven - Avenged Sevenfold

The song that basically inspired me to do this list in the first place!
This song has so many different parts, it's almost a progressive song itself! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

8 The March of the Black Queen - Queen

Queen incorporated so many styles that they had a prog sound that made them stand out so well! My favorite song of all time!

"The Prophet's Song" also comes to mind. - PetSounds

9 Telegraph Road - Dire Straits
10 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

The Contenders

11 One - Metallica

Very progressive for its time. I mean it has like three minutes of instrumental at the end, because at that time a long guitar solo at the end of a song has basically never happened before. Metallica was actually very progressive, this is not the only example. in their first four albums, they had instrumental songs, which was not that progressive, besides the fact that they were 8 to 9 minutes long, with absolutely no words at all. the longest one was to live is to die from and justice for all which was almost ten minutes long.

12 Homecoming - Green Day

Homecoming is a pretty good song by Green Day!
It contains many, many completly different parts from their normal sound to an entire choir to basically a Rock'n'Roll Parody! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

13 Art of Life - x-Japan

Love or hate this band, this song is 34 minutes long and has basically everything that is to expect from a Prog-Rock Song!

And before you ask, yes! I actually like X-Japan! And this something really hard to say on this particular site! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

14 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth

All time favorite - great vox, riffing, build up, melody. Even though it's very long I never get tired of it. - Metal_Treasure

15 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

It starts of kind of like Moonage Daydream by David bowie and evolves into an epic piece that mesmerizes you. Then the song ends and you realize 9 minutes has passed

16 Fade to Black - Metallica
17 April - Deep Purple

If you like prog stuff, this is a gem. This beautiful piece was released in 1969 and has progressive elements with symphonic arrangements.
It's mostly instrumental and it's over 12 min long. I guess it came out too early... and nobody noticed it back then. Deep Purple is the most underrated band in the world - they have great songs nobody knows. - Metal_Treasure

18 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
19 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
20 Fly to the Rainbow - Scorpions

The Scorpions aren't a progressive band, but they had a few prog songs on their first album. "Fly to the Rainbow" is one of them. The guitar work by Rudolf Schenker and expecially Uli Roth is amazing. One of their best songs!

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
2. Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth
3. Baba O'Riley - The Who
1. Child In Time - Deep Purple
2. Telegraph Road - Dire Straits
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
1. Baba O'Riley - The Who
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
3. Child In Time - Deep Purple

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