100 Greatest Progressive Rock Songs

Definition: Definition: Progressive rock (often shortened to prog or prog rock) is a form of rock music that evolved in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of a "mostly British attempt to elevate rock music to new levels of artistic credibility." The term "art rock" is often used interchangeably with "progressive rock", but while there are crossovers between the two genres, they are not identical.

Progressive rock bands pushed "rock's technical and compositional boundaries" by going beyond the standard rock or popular verse-chorus-based song structures. Additionally, the arrangements often incorporated elements drawn from classical, jazz, and world music. Instrumentals were common, while songs with lyrics were sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy.


Criteria: These progressive rock songs are ranked according to their popularity, acclaim and influence, with emphasis on prog rock circles.
Progressive Rock Songs
1. 21st Century Schizoid Man
  King Crimson (7:24)

2. Close to the Edge
  Yes (18:50)

3. Thick as a Brick
  Jethro Tull (43:46)

4. Supper's Ready
  Genesis (22:54)

5. Roundabout
  Yes (8:28)

6. Karn Evil 9
  Emerson, Lake & Palmer (29:37)

7. The Court of the Crimson King
  King Crimson (9:26)

8. Shine on You Crazy Diamond
  Pink Floyd (26:02)

9. 2112
  Rush (20:33)

10. Tarkus
  Emerson, Lake & Palmer (20:35)

11. The Night: Nights in White Satin
  The Moody Blues (7:38)

12. Tubular Bells
  Mike Oldfield (49:16)

13. Firth of Fifth
  Genesis (9:36)

14. The Gates Of Delirium
  Yes (21:46)

15. Echoes
  Pink Floyd (23:31)

16. Metropolis, Part 1: The Miracle And The Sleeper
  Dream Theater (9:32)

17. Aqualung
  Jethro Tull (6:34)

18. La Villa Strangiato
  Rush (9:35)

19. Starless
  King Crimson (12:18)

20. Peaches en Regalia
  Frank Zappa (3:38)

21. Time
  Pink Floyd (7:01)

22. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
  Genesis (8:02)

23. Tom Sawyer
  Rush (4:33)

24. A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers
  Van der Graaf Generator (23:04)

25. Halleluwah
  Can (18:37)

26. Knots
  Gentle Giant (4:11)

27. Schism
  Tool (6:47)

28. Moonchild
  King Crimson (12:13)

29. Larks' Tongues in Aspic
  King Crimson (20:48)

30. Hocus Pocus
  Focus (6:42)

31. Lady Fantasy
  Camel (12:45)

32. Dogs
  Pink Floyd (17:04)

33. Pull Me Under
  Dream Theater (8:14)

34. Script for a Jester's Tear
  Marillion (8:40)

35. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
  Genesis (4:50)

36. Appena Un Po'
  Premiata Forneria Marconi (7:44)

37. Atom Heart Mother Suite
  Pink Floyd (23:44)

38. Moon in June
  The Soft Machine (19:08)

39. L'Evoluzione
  Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (13:59)

40. Epitaph
  King Crimson (8:49)

41. Nine Feet Underground
  Caravan (22:31)

42. The Sleepwalkers
  Van der Graaf Generator (10:40)

43. Blackwater Park
  Opeth (12:08)

44. Xanadu
  Rush (11:05)

45. Yours Is No Disgrace
  Yes (9:41)

46. Trilogy
  Emerson, Lake & Palmer (8:54)

47. Hallogallo
  Neu! (10:07)

48. Arriving Somewhere But Not Here
  Porcupine Tree (12:02)

49. The Musical Box
  Genesis (10:24)

50. Song of Scheherazade
  Renaissance (24:39)

51. School
  Supertramp (5:54)

52. Mëkanïk Kömmandöh
  Magma (38:47)

53. The Divine Wings of Tragedy
  Symphony X (20:42)

54. And You and I
  Yes (9:59)

55. Carry On Wayward Son
  Kansas (5:23)

56. Killer
  Van der Graaf Generator (8:24)

57. Zarathustra
  Museo Rosenbach (20:47)

58. Jordrök
  Änglagård (11:11)

59. Histoires Sans Paroles
  Harmonium (17:12)

60. Heart of the Sunrise
  Yes (11:27)

61. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
  Rush (18:08)

62. Vitamin C
  Can (3:32)

63. Black Rose Immortal
  Opeth (20:15)

64. Master Builder
  Gong (6:07)

65. Widow's Peak
  JQ (9:143)

66. Ommadawn
  Mike Oldfield (32:51)

67. Pantagruel's Nativity
  Gentle Giant (6:53)

68. Drip Drip
  Comus (10:56)

69. Son et Lumiere/Inertiatic ESP
  The Mars Volta (5:59)

70. Sea Song
  Robert Wyatt (6:31)

71. Yoo Doo Right
  Can (20:27)

72. Eyes of a Stranger
  Queensrÿche (6:39)

73. Inca Roads
  Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (8:45)

74. I've Seen All Good People
  Yes (6:46)

75. The Spirit of Radio
  Rush (4:59)

76. Lateralus
  Tool (9:27)

77. Red
  King Crimson (6:20)

78. Phallus Dei
  Amon Düül II (20:48)

79. Impressioni di settembre
  Premiata Forneria Marconi (5:44)

80. A Change of Seasons
  Dream Theater (23:09)

81. Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider
  Camel (9:17)

82. A Louse Is Not a Home
  Peter Hammill (12:13)

83. Poseidon's Creation
  Eloy (11:38)

84. Último Entardecer
  Bacamarte (9:27)

85. In a Glass House
  Gentle Giant (8:09)

86. YYZ
  Rush (4:23)

87. Money
  Pink Floyd (6:22)

88. Starship Trooper
  Yes (9:36)

89. Future Days
  Can (9:30)

90. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
  Traffic (11:41)

91. Shadow of the Hierophant
  Steve Hackett (11:44)

92. Mumps
  Hatfield and the North (20:31)

93. Anesthetize
  Porcupine Tree(17:43)

94. All of the Above
  Transatlantic (31:00)

95. The Cinema Show
  Genesis (11:10)

96. Beyond the Pale
  Pain of Salvation (9:56)

97. Can't Be Long Now/Françoise/For Richard/Warlock
  Caravan (14:21)

98. Take a Pebble
  Emerson, Lake & Palmer (12:32)

99. You Enjoy Myself
  Phish (9:47)

100. In Held 'Twas in I'
  Procol Harum (17:31)


101. Rondo
  The Nice (8:22)

102. Man Erg
  Van der Graaf Generator (10:19)

103. Syberian Kathru
  Yes (8:56)

104. Magnum Opus
  Kansas (8:27)

105. Profondo Rosso
  Goblin (4:56)

106. Krautrock
  Faust (11:47)

107. The Odyssey
  Symphony X (24:14)

108. Pigs (Three Different Ones)
  Pink Floyd (11:28)

109. Flute Salad/Oily Way/Outer Temple/Inner Temple
  Gong (6:56)

110. Slightly All the Time
  The Soft Machine (18:12)

111. Stardust We Are
  Flower Kings (25:02)

112. Bourée
  Jethro Tull (3:46)

113. The Carpet Crawlers
  Genesis (5:15)

114. The Czar
  Mastodon (10:54)

115. Guardian
  Fates Warning (7:33)

116. Harvest of Souls
  IQ (24:29)

117. Stranger in Your Soul
  Transatlantic (30:00)

118. Home
  Dream Theater (12:53)

119. The Battle of Epping Forest
  Genesis (11:43)

120. The Widow
  The Mars Volta (5:51)

121. Songs from the Woods
  Jethro Tull (5:52)

122. Hamburger Concerto
  Focus (20:18)

123. Fool's Overture
  Supertramp (10:52)

124. Sirius
  The Alan Parsons Project (1:54)

125. Ænema
  Tool (6:39)

126. Crimson
  Edge of Sanity (40:00)

127. Lunar Sea
  Camel (9:03)

128. The Sixth Extinction
  Ayreon (12:16)

129. R.I.P.
  Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (6:40)

130. Tocatta
  Emerson, Lake & Palmer (7:23)

131. Garden Party
  Marillion (7:16)

132. Nine Funerals of the Citizen King
  Henry Cow (5:34)

133. Anne of Cleves
  Rick Wakeman (7:53)

134. Lizard
  King Crimson (23:25)

135. Art for Art's Sake
  10cc (5:59)

136. Rhayader
  Camel (3:01)

137. Second Life Syndrome
  Riverside (15:40)

138. Red Barchetta
  Rush (6:07)

139. Drive Home
  Steven Wilson (7:37)

140. Roll Over Beethoven
  Electric Light Orchestra (8:09)

141. Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape
  Be Bop Deluxe (3:23)

142. Question
  The Moody Blues (5:44)

143. The Four Horsemen
  Aphrodite's Child (5:33)

144. K.A
  Magma (48:49)

145. The Light
  Spock's Beard (15:32)

146. Us and Them
  Pink Floyd (7:22)

147. Beautiful as the Moon - Terrible as an Army with Banners
  Henry Cow & Slapp Happy (7:02)

148. The Life Auction
  Strawbs (6:52)

149. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
  Klaatu (7:14)

150. Is This the Life?
  Cardiacs (5:39)

151. White Walls
  Between the Buried and Me (14:13)

152. Dense
  Univers Zero (12:26)

153. Post War, Saturday Echo
  Quatermass (9:43)

154. Grendel
  Marillion (17:15)

155. The Advent of Panurge
  Gentle Giant (4:41)

156. Heavy Horses
  Jethro Tull (8:58)

157. 10538 Overture
  Electric Light Orchestra (5:32)

158. The Dance of Eternity
  Dream Theater (6:13)

159. Russia on Ice
  Porcupine Tree (13:03)

160. Frame by Frame
  King Crimson (5:08)

161. The Great Gates of Kiev
  Emerson, Lake & Palmer (6:27)

162. Soap Shop Rock
  Amon Düül II (13:47)

163. Cassandra Gemini
  The Mars Volta (32:32)

164. Suite Sister Mary
  Queensrÿche (10:41)

165. The Perfect Element
  Pain of Salvation (10:09)

166. Day Eleven: Love
  Ayreon (4:18)

167. Suspiria
  Goblin (6:01)

168. The Grand Wazoo
  Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (13:24)

169. Stranded
  Khan (6:35)

170. Face of Melinda
  Opeth (7:58)

171. Ashes are Burning
  Renaissance (11:20)

172. Il Banchetto
  Premiata Forneria Marconi (8:39)

173. Parabol/Parabola
  Tool (9:07)

174. Opening Move
  Gryphon (9:42)

175. In My Own Time
  Family (3:35)

176. Isi
  Neu! (5:06)

177. Piece of Mind
  Curved Air (12:52)

178. La Faulx
  Univers Zero (25:18)

179. Illusions on a Double Dimple
  Triumvirat (23:25)

180. Minstrel in the Gallery
  Jethro Tull (8:13)

181. From Silence To Somewhere
  Wobbler (20:59)

182. Canto nomade per un prigionero politico
  Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (15:46)

183. Masters of Illusion
  Pendragon (14:00)

184. Freedom Rider
  Traffic (6:20)

185. Proclamation
  Gentle Giant (6:47)

186. Blackest Eyes
  Porcupine Tree (4:23)

187. Pilgrims
  Van der Graaf Generator (7:12)

188. Fluffhead/Fluff's Travels
  Phish (14:59)

189. The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)
  Yes (20:25)

190. Valentyne Suite
  Colosseum (16:53)

191. Watcher of the Skies
  Genesis (7:23)

192. Welcome to the Machine
  Pink Floyd (7:32)

193. The Eve of War
  Jeff Wayne (9:06)

194. Eruption
  Focus (22:35)

195. Nothingface
  Voivod (4:14)

196. Remember the Future
  Nektar (35:33)

197. Bastard
  Devin Townsend (10:17)

198. Routine
  Steven Wilson (8:58)

199. Luglio, agosto, settembre (nero)
  Area (4:27)

200. Cockroach King
  Haken (8:14)


List Begun: 2020-04-28