Progressive (or “prog”) rock is a broad genre that sprung from psychedelic pop in the 1960s and peaked in popularity in the 1970s. It was more experimental than pop in its time, drawing inspiration from a broad spectrum of genres, including classical, jazz, and folk. With long leash given to artists, prog rock focuses on music as art, highlighting technical skill, poetic lyrics, and performance. This produced a high volume of “concept” albums, often including notoriously long instrumental solos. As a result, the genre is sometimes viewed as self-indulgent or pretentious.

Key Artists: Yes; Pink Floyd; Jethro Tull; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; King Crimson; Genesis; and Rush.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

By Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
Pop/Rock Emerson, Lake & 1202-2


By Genesis
Pop/Rock Genesis 2674

Thick as a Brick

By Jethro Tull
Pop/Rock Jethro Tull 0026

Larks’ Tongues in Aspic

By King Crimson
Pop/Rock King Crimson 0505


By Rush
Pop/Rock Rush 5840 #1-3

The Dark Side of the Moon

By Pink Floyd
Pop/Rock Pink Floyd 0012-3

By Austin M, Assistant Librarian