Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top Ten Prog Rock Bands (Photos)

10. Dream Theater
10. Dream Theater
Known for their incredibly talented guitarist John Petrucci and epic, multi-part musical suites, Dream Theater are still going strong even after losing long-time drummer Mike Portnoy. (Essential album: "Images and Words")
9. The Mars Volta
9. The Mars Volta
The newest band to make the list, The Mars Volta incorporate jazz fusion and other complex genres into their prog-rock style, a listen to which can make one's head spin. (Essential album: "De-Loused in the Comatorium")
8. Tool
8. Tool
One of the more modern selections on the list, Tool kept the prog tradition alive in the 1990s with their heavy brand of off-kilter rhythms, brooding guitar riffs and abstract lyrics and imagery. (Essential album: "AEnima")
7. Emerson, Lake and Palmer
7. Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Following in the tradition of Rush, ELP get quite an amazing combo of sounds out of just three guys. (Essential album: "Trilogy")
6. Yes
6. Yes
One of few prog-rock bands to consistently create radio-friendly songs like "Roundabout," they could still sell out arenas all over the world with their spectacular live sets.
5. King Crimson
5. King Crimson
These guys are true prog-rock pioneers and always stayed true to their style. (Essential listening: "In the Court of the Crimson King")
4. Jethro Tull
4. Jethro Tull
Forty years later, Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" remains the only classic rock album that truly makes the flute ROCK. (Essential album: "Aqualung")
3. Genesis
3. Genesis
Genesis are credited as one of the seminal bands of the 1970s in the prog-rock boom of the era. (Essential album: "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway")
(Essential album: "Dark Side of the Moon")
dark-side-of-the-moon-1973 (Essential album: "Dark Side of the Moon")
1. Rush
1. Rush
Known for incredibly complex song structures and virtuosic instrumentation, this Canadian power-trio was an easy choice for best prog act even over bands like Pink Floyd and Genesis. (Essential album: "2112")
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