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.

Great epic powerful ans melodic dong! Unforgotten Moment of rock/ heavy history. Deep purple at his best

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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 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

4 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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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.

This is thrash metal not progressive metal - PanagosBoi

6 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

7 Paranoid Android - Radiohead


8 Telegraph Road - Dire Straits
9 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

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 Fade to Black - Metallica
13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

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

Deep Purple was prog rock though. But not like other prog bands. - zxm

18 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
19 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
20 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

At the end of the song its mostly instrumental. there are only few "whoa" "whoa" parts of vocals by Robert Plant. so its kinda prog rock. - zxm

21 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!

22 At War with Satan - Venom

An almost 20 min epic about the Rapture with Satan winning and becoming King of Heaven - TheStargazer

23 The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin

This song is quite nice. And it's also kinda prog rock. There is some keyboards parts. Which are kinda prog rock. But Led Zeppelin is not really a prog rock band. - zxm

24 Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen

An amazing song about 10 minutes long, with several different parts like a prog rock song.

25 Glad to See You - America
26 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
27 Carouselambra - Led Zeppelin
28 To Live is to Die - Metallica
29 Fools - Deep Purple
30 Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
31 The Prophet's Song - Queen
32 The Bells - Lou Reed
33 Battery - Metallica
34 Blackened - Metallica
35 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
36 Halo of Flies - Alice Cooper
37 УТРО ПОЛИНЫ - Nautilus Pompilius
38 Saturn Nights - America
39 Cornwall Blank - America
40 Hat Trick - America
41 Here - America
42 Clarice - America
43 I Need You - America
44 Children - America
45 Can't You See - America

Lel there are like 7 songs by america - MilkmanBoi

46 Orion - Metallica
47 Green Grass and High Tides - The Outlaws

Not really pure progressive, cause it has only long guitar solos. But its pretty close to a progressive song. Except that, this song doesn't have much music arrangements like prog rock songs. - zxm

48 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

Parts of it sound kinda progressive so why not - MilkmanBoi

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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
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