Top Ten Most Underrated Progressive Rock Bands


The Top Ten

1 Van der Graaf Generator

Honestly the best prog band I've ever heard and they really don't get enough recognition. Pawn hearts is one of the great masterpieces of prog.

Should be in the top ten of all prog lists :-)

Yes, they don't get much attention. - zxm

..H to He..,from new year eve 1972 in Finland..

2 The Moody Blues The Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive more.

I don't know if they are under-rated, but they are the best prog-rockers ever, and essentially invented the category. the fact that they are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a travesty of the first degree.

I love these guys. One of the best ever.

Most underrated

They belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, dammitt! - Billyv

3 Supertramp Supertramp

The best crossover prog rock band in the 70's, and surely in all history! They made great masterpieces thanks to Rick Davies-Roger Hodgson composer duo, specially "Crime of the century", "Crisis? What crisis? ", "Even in the quietest moments", "Breakfast in America" and "Famous last words". The double live album "Paris" is simply incredible. And their two early records are very good also, but the last three studio works (after the still amazing "Brother where you bound") are sadly more weak.

The fact that they aren't #1 on this list makes them even more underrated. And yet, they are one of the best prog rock bands ever. Just below Pink Floyd. - MaxPap

4 Camel Camel

Truly among the best of prog. The Snow Goose is the top of the top

Moonmadness is one of the best albums ever.

Great band. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

You don’t release The Snow Goose and not be good.

5 Mike Oldfield Mike Oldfield Michael Gordon Oldfield is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age music.

He's a very talented guy. Check him out if you haven't.

He is a genius. He will pass to posterity.

6 Caravan
7 Coheed and Cambria Coheed and Cambria Coheed and Cambria is an American progressive rock band from Nyack, New York, formed in 1995. The band consists of Claudio Sanchez, Travis Stever, Josh Eppard, and Zach Cooper.

Best band of the genre. As of today.

8 Jade Warrior
9 Tangerine Dream

Hey! I'm not the only one who puts these guys on lists! - Pony

10 Riverside Riverside Riverside is a progressive rock/metal band from Warsaw, Poland. It was founded in 2001 by friends Mariusz Duda, Piotr Grudziński, Piotr Kozieradzki and Jacek Melnicki, who shared a love for progressive rock and heavy metal.

The Contenders

11 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.

Virtuos, extravagant, genial!

12 Can Can Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968 by the core quartet of Holger Czukay (bass), Irmin Schmidt (keyboards), Michael Karoli (guitar), and Jaki Liebezeit (drums). The group cycled through several vocalists, including Malcolm Mooney ('68–70) and Damo Suzuki more.
13 Kansas Kansas Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".

I'd say they're underrated in the fact not that they're not popular enough, but that not many consider Kansas as a prog band. I'd say Kansas is underrated in that sense. They do make some radio friendly classic rock tracks, but also the some of the most proggy stuff you've heard. Listen to Magnum Opus. That's pretty wild.

America's biggest contribution to prog rock, particularly their first half dozen albums.

Very underrated prog rock band. Their albums "Leftoverture" and "Point of know return" are pure masterpieces.

14 Procol Harum Procol Harum Procol Harum are an English rock band formed in 1967. They contributed to the development of progressive rock, and by extension, symphonic rock.
15 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.

Not very underrated but defenitively one of the greatest prog-rock bands out there! They have one of the best line-up of musicians (In their glory days, from Fragile to Relayer) They made several songs that are over 20 minutes. - MaxPap

16 Strawbs
17 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.
18 Talk Talk

Talk Talk Were an English Rock band formed in 1981, led by mark Hollis (vocals,guitar,piano), Lee Harris (drums), and Paul Webb (bass).

Progressive rock band it.

Greatest band and top of the list.

Best and very too much best.

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19 Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra The Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.
20 Popol Vuh
21 Gentle Giant Gentle Giant Gentle Giant were a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band was known for the complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members.

Beans - PMyers01

22 Blue Mammoth
23 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.

Even if most people think of them as a Hardrock-band, they had many progressive song like "Salisbury", "July morning" and "The magican's birthday"

24 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.
25 Karnivool
26 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.
27 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.
28 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.
29 Roxy Music Roxy Music
30 Big Big Train

Big Big Train is an amazing band that can tell some amazing stories within their songs.

31 The Outfield

Best and good band. Real Progressive rock band it.

32 The War on Drugs
33 Third Ear Band
34 Los Jaivas
35 Redemption
36 Unitopia
37 Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band's main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist.
38 OSI
39 Anathema
40 The Pineapple Thief The Pineapple Thief
41 Aphrodite's Child
42 Asia Asia Asia is an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1981. The most commercially successful line-up was its original, which was a supergroup of four members of different progressive rock bands of the 1970s, including lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton of King Crimson, guitarist Steve Howe more.
43 Mostly Autumn
44 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.
45 Beardfish

Was a Swedish progressive rock band formed in 2001. Their style resembles progressive rock bands from the 1970s, such as Yes and Genesis.

46 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). more.
47 Yezda Urfa
48 Cynic Cynic Cynic is an American band which incorporates elements of progressive, experimental, alternative, and heavy metal. Founded in Miami, Florida. Founding members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert publicly revealed their homosexuality in May 2014, a move that was broadly supported by the heavy metal community. more.
49 Samla Mammas Manna

Swedish band with Swedish lyrics. One of the best prog bands that ever existed if you ask me. Somehow very obscure.

50 Cardiacs Cardiacs Cardiacs are an English rock band formed in 1977, originally as Cardiac Arrest, led by Tim Smith. Noted for their complex, varied and intense compositional style and for their eccentric, theatrical stage shows, they have been hailed as an influence by bands as diverse as Blur, Faith No More and Radiohead. more.
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1. Van der Graaf Generator
2. Camel
3. Electric Light Orchestra
1. The Moody Blues
2. Supertramp
3. Emerson, Lake & Palmer
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