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100 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums by Deckiller (2019)

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This list is strictly a ranking of the greatest Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal albums. I stuck to Prog Rock/Metal in its purest sense, and didn't include related genres such as:

- Space Rock (so no Pink Floyd or Hawkwind)
- Protoprog (so no Beatles, Moody Blues, the Nice, etc.)
- Alternative Metal/"Art Metal" (so no Primus, Fates Warning, King's X, Queensryche, etc.)
- Art Rock/Progressive Pop (so no Peter Gabriel, Anathema, Talk Talk, Queen, or specific releases like 90125, Lightbulb Sun, or To the Bone)
- Fusion (no Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Brand X, Bruford, Planet X/Derek Sherinian, etc.)
- Symphonic/Power/Neoclassical Metal (this is not purely prog rock; sorry Nightwish fans)

The emphasis is on complete, cohesive progressive rock albums. For instance, I prefer Hand. Cannot Erase. over The Raven that Refused to Sing, but the latter is more of an overall representation of the genre than the former. The same goes for Fragile and Close to the Edge.

I tried to include some albums by lesser known artists as a way to suggest new music.

Chart updated: 02/09/2019 20:15 (Created: 02/09/2019 13:01). Chart size: 100 albums.

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In The Court Of The Crimson KingUnited Kingdom King Crimson
The Holy Trinity of classic prog rock is pretty much set in stone. This album created the genre by synthesizing the jazzy, space rock tendencies of Pink Floyd with the majestic arrangements of The Moody Blues, the heaviness of Cream, and the musicianship of the Canterbury scene. Progressive Rock, Jazz Fusion, and Heavy Metal owe a lot to this album.
(First added to chart: 02/09/2019)
Year of Release:1969Appears in:1,510 charts
Rank in 1969:2Rank Score:51,156
Rank in 1960s12Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,759 votes)
Comments: 169 comments
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Selling England By The PoundUnited Kingdom Genesis
The Holy Trinity of classic prog rock is pretty much set in stone. Playful yet elegant at times, Genesis were a little quirkier, eclectic, dynamic, and folksy than their counterparts in Yes, though not quite as symphonic or melodious.
(First added to chart: 02/09/2019)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:743 charts
Rank in 1973:5Rank Score:19,619
Rank in 1970s34Overall Rank:133
Average Rating:  84/100 (922 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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Close To The EdgeUnited Kingdom Yes
The Holy Trinity of classic prog rock is pretty much set in stone. Yes had a bigger, more bombastic sound than Genesis, who were a bit more delicate. Most of this comes from Yes' emphasis on melodic vocals and beautiful, highly produced harmonies. Yes took as many cues from The Beach Boys and the Beatles as they did King Crimson and classical music. As Bruford said, they were an artsy pop group: this is not a bad thing.
(First added to chart: 02/09/2019)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:837 charts
Rank in 1972:5Rank Score:21,996
Rank in 1970s28Overall Rank:113
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,075 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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Images And WordsUnited States Dream Theater
The seminal Progressive Metal release.
(First added to chart: 02/09/2019)
Year of Release:1992Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 1992:9Rank Score:5,019
Rank in 1990s103Overall Rank:531
Average Rating:  78/100 (349 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
It's the most underrated and underappreciated album on this list. Once again, King Crimson draws the blueprint for about a half dozen subgenres of music with a mammoth release that takes a few cutting-edge musical ideas and runs with them. 1969's ITCOTCK forged a new genre out of The Moody Blues and Pink Floyd; 1981's Discipline forged a new genre out of Talking Heads, David Bowie, and The Police. It could very well feature the best musicianship and the most creative songwriting on any rock album, regardless of subgenre. It loses a few points for not being purely "progressive rock" in terms of how this particular band invented the genre in 1969.
(First added to chart: 02/09/2019)
Year of Release:1981Appears in:275 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:4,021
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:644
Average Rating:  80/100 (376 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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HemispheresCanada Rush
A great prog rock statement for the late seventies. Rush (along with King Crimson) was the bridge between Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal, and this album perfected the formula.
(First added to chart: 02/09/2019)
Year of Release:1978Appears in:275 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:5,055
Rank in 1970s129Overall Rank:524
Average Rating:  81/100 (425 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)United Kingdom Steven Wilson
A latter-day throwback to the glory days of Progressive Rock ended up superior to most of it, thanks to the musical genius at the helm.
(First added to chart: 02/09/2019)
Year of Release:2013Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 2013:18Rank Score:2,179
Rank in 2010s129Overall Rank:1,135
Average Rating:  77/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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Hand. Cannot. Erase.United Kingdom Steven Wilson
See above. The story behind this album - tragic, real, and uncomfortably relatable to modern life - puts The Wall to shame.
(First added to chart: 02/09/2019)
Year of Release:2015Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 2015:7Rank Score:3,460
Rank in 2010s73Overall Rank:738
Average Rating:  80/100 (296 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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A Trick Of The TailUnited Kingdom Genesis
Arguably the best Genesis album. I put Selling England ahead of it simply because it's so close in quality to this one, yet came three years prior. Three years was an eternity in the 70s music scene.
(First added to chart: 02/09/2019)
Year of Release:1976Appears in:278 charts
Rank in 1976:9Rank Score:4,979
Rank in 1970s130Overall Rank:532
Average Rating:  79/100 (418 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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FragileUnited Kingdom Yes
Loses points for the short little solo compositions, which tend to break up the flow. Otherwise it's just as strong conceptually as Close to the Edge.
(First added to chart: 02/09/2019)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:575 charts
Rank in 1971:10Rank Score:11,107
Rank in 1970s62Overall Rank:253
Average Rating:  84/100 (802 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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100 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 2 2%
1970s 53 53%
1980s 8 8%
1990s 11 11%
2000s 17 17%
2010s 9 9%
Artist Albums %


King Crimson 7 7%
Dream Theater 7 7%
Porcupine Tree 6 6%
Genesis 6 6%
Yes 5 5%
Rush 5 5%
Kansas 5 5%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 58 58%
United States 24 24%
Canada 6 6%
Sweden 5 5%
Netherlands 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
France 1 1%
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