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Initial post: Aug 20, 2012 8:02:58 AM PDT
Severin says:
Rolling Stone magazine just did a poll to find out what people think is the best prog rock band of all time. For the headphone fans, what do you think? Did they get it right? Is your favorite prog band not listed? Here are the results:

1. Rush - they won by a large margin
2. Pink Floyd
3. Genesis - the Peter Gabriel era obviously
4. Jethro Tull - not everyone thinks this is a prog band
5. King Crimson - I like the '60s and '70s version best, '90s not
6. Yes - should have been higher on the list
7. Emerson, Lake and Palmer
8. Tool
9. Mars Volta
10. Dream Theater

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 8:24:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2012 8:24:16 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
Tool is prog rock?

Either way, I think it's a pretty good list. I love that Dream Theater got some recognition.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 8:28:33 AM PDT
1 Yes 1971 ~ 1977
I am not the biggest prog fan but for me it does not get any better than that.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 8:40:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2012 9:21:17 AM PDT
vivazappa says:

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 8:49:59 AM PDT
CD Lover says:
Just my opinion:

2-King Crimson
3-Pink Floyd

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 1:30:26 PM PDT
Severin says:
I've never heard Tool or Mars Volta but I'm aware of them. In another thread people questioned whether Jethro Tull should be listed as prog. They cover a wide range of sounds, folk, rock, electronic, blues, etc. There are some artist who have done a prog album but aren't prog artists. I count David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" as one of them. Some Yes albums are pop, albeit performed by great musicians.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 2:16:25 PM PDT
K. Carter says:
I'll alter vivazappa's list a little:

1. Yes
2. Genesis
3. Floyd
4. ELP

I really never considered Rush prog, although some of their late 70's stuff would certainly qualify. I'd also have to include Porcupine Tree in any list of top prog bands...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 3:06:06 PM PDT
Station To Station has always been considered Bowie's closest to progressive.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 3:51:07 PM PDT
1. Camel
2. Yes
3. Emerson Lake & Palmer
4. Genesis
5. Nektar
6. Gentle Giant
7. Rush
8. Jethro Tull
9. King Crimson
10. Van Der Graaf Generator

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 3:52:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2012 3:53:23 PM PDT
I'm shocked that Rolling Stone magazine even considered prog for one of their polls. Funny that Rush won, since I consider them one of those "debatably" prog acts like Tull, Floyd or Tool. Sure, the late 70s stuff was (mostly) prog, but most of everything before and after, not really. I guess they count well enough for the purposes of Rolling Stone, where just knowing how to play your instrument well probably qualifies you as "prog".

My pick is an obvious one: the 1970-77 Genesis.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 6:44:42 PM PDT
porcupine tree/blackfield jakko m. jakszyk

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 7:19:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2012 8:58:47 PM PDT
A customer says:
No Porcupine Tree. Shocking. If Tool counts as progressive "rock", Meshuggah should be fair game, too. They can't have it both ways.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 8:09:55 PM PDT
@Sweets To The Sweet: this just goes to prove my theory that Porcupine Tree are not as legendary or well known as their fans like to claim. They're really still pretty darn *unknown* to the mainstream. They *should* be better known, but they're not.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 8:29:39 PM PDT
Working Man says:
Michael Topper, I am with you about being shocked that RS even knew about Prog. I am biased and think the list is pretty good and the results are acceptable.

My list would be a little different:

1. Yes
2. ELP
3. Pink Floyd
4. Rush
5. Jethro Tull

I would move Rush and Jethro Tull because they aren't as 'Prog' as Yes and ELP. Some call into question Pink Floyd as well. Of these five bands Yes, Rush and Tull are in my top five or six all time favorites along with non-Prog bands Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Free/Bad Company.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 8:51:39 PM PDT
@Working Man: Zeppelin and Purple certainly had their prog moments, however. And yeah, I don't have too much of a bone with the list outside of the #1 pick (who I don't care for). All the other acts are good, it might not be exactly how my top ten would look but I even like Tool, they're quite a good band even if they're kind of on the border of prog. After some thought, this is what my top 10 would look like:

1. Genesis
2. King Crimson
3. Magma
4. Yes
5. Pink Floyd
6. Emerson, Lake And Palmer
7. Can
8. Gong
9. Porcupine Tree
10. Frank Zappa

Also, check out this link to my 101 Album Essential Prog Collection:

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 4:05:32 AM PDT
Geezerguy says:
The following link is for an article on Slate about prog rock...

I must say, I've been a prog rock lover ever since I first heard Supper's Ready many years ago. My list of the top prog rock bands includes Marillion. I have all of their discs and I saw them live in support of Marbles. They are an incredible band. The previews for the new album Sounds That Can't be Made look very promising.

In no particular order:
Genesis - (Gabriel era)
Marillion - (both Fish and Hogarth eras)
Gentle Giant
Jade Warrior
Todd Rundgren's Utopia
Steve Hillage
King Crimson
Soft Machine
Matching Mole
Hatfield and the North

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 7:16:59 AM PDT
Working Man says:
How about Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash? They have their Prog moments as well.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 8:36:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2012 8:37:35 AM PDT
There are a lot of good list here already but I want to add mine.

Pink Floyd
Dream Theater
Porcupine Tree
Wishbone Ash
Gentle Giant
King Crimson
Emerson Lake & Palmer

I am a big fan of Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep and Tool but I don't see enough prog moments in their catalogs to list them as such. Do you suppose that Rolling Stone Ragazine and their publisher Jann Wenner (spelling?) are going to nominate and possibly enshrine some of these great prog bands into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 8:40:18 AM PDT
Severin says:
They did say in the article that only 2 of the top 10 are in the HoF but said the stage would collapse if all the members of King Crimson and Yes got on it at once. They're so funny. :-|

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 9:36:53 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
He probably thinks Rush is something you snort during sex and Genesis is the first book of the Bible.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 9:42:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2012 9:43:20 AM PDT
And Pink Floyd was on the Andy Griffith show.

Wishbone Ash was when the Mrs. burned the Thanksgiving turkey.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 9:56:14 AM PDT
That must be some of your stand up material! ;)

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 10:09:45 AM PDT
Gordian Knot
At War With Self
Derek Sherinian/Planet X
Shadow Gallery
Dream Theater
Fates Warning
Thought Chamber
Dali's Dilemma
Now some rock
Pink Floyd
Steve Hackett
Procol Harum
Mahogany Rush (IV, World Anthem, 1/2 of Tales Of The Unexpected)
King Crimson
The Tangent

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 1:41:26 PM PDT
KBIC says:
would any of you all out there consider Sigur Ros as a Progressive rock group. I am still not sure where to categorize them.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 2:11:15 PM PDT
@KBIC: Sigur Ros are generally described as post-rock.
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