The Top 4 Prog Rock Artists of the 21st Century


The Official Charts Company, home of the “Official UK Top 40” Charts, has just last month released the very first monthly “Official Progressive Albums Chart Top 30,” coinciding with the annual Progressive Music Awards which was held at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, reports BBC. As gathered from the company, the decision about which bands and which albums should make the cut, and for that matter, which should be classified as  “progressive”, was overseen by a team of experts from Prog Magazine.

The first “Official Progressive Albums Chart Top 10” are:

  1. Tame Impala – Currents
  2. Muse – Drones
  3. Roger Waters – Amused to Death
  4. Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova
  5. Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space
  6. Faith No More – Sol Invictus
  7. Symphony X – Underworld
  8. Pink Floyd – The Endless River
  9. Tim Bowness – Stupid Things That Mean the World
  10. Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful


To celebrate the launch of the new chart, the Official Charts Company and Prog Magazine also named the “Official Top 30 Progressive Artists of the 21st Century,” with the following artists at the top 4:

  1. Muse, an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, was named the biggest selling progressive act of the millennium for their 2006 album “Black Holes & Revelations” which charted at number one in the UK, much of Europe, and Australia and reached number nine on the “Billboard 200” in the US. The group is composed of Matthew Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion, synthesisers).
  1. Pink Floyd, the pioneering space rock band who went on to become one of the major progressive rock bands, for their 1973 “The Dark Side of the Moon” album which became an instant chart success in the UK and throughout Western Europe, while also earning mostly positive reviews from the critics. Comprised of Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright, The band first gained popularity during the late 1960s.
  1. Radiohead, an an English rock band formed in 1985 consisting of Thom Torke (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood (bass), Phil Selway (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals), for their 1997 “OK Computer” album.
  1. Kate Bush, an English singer-songwriter, musician, composer, dancer and record producer of eclectic music, for her eighth studio album “Aerial” which was released in 2005.

The other artists who made it to the “Official Top 30 P rogressive Artists of the 21st Century” are Jeff Wayne (The War Of The Worlds), Air (Moon Safari), Sigur Ros (Takk), Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells), Genesis (Selling England By The Pound), and Flaming Lips (Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots).