Progressive Rock Finally Given Official Recognition As a Distinct Category of Music


Progressive rock, the rock music genre that originated and developed during the mid-to-late 1960s and 1970s, is now apparently heading for mainstream acceptability. Ignored in the past if not outrightly dismissed as a “pretentious” or “self-indulgent” passing fancy, prog rock has just  now received official recognition as a distinct category of music.

On September 3, the Official Charts Company (OCC), the network that tracks the Official UK Top 40 Charts, and Prog Magazine launched UK’s first “Official Progressive Albums Chart.” Following the initial launch, the OCC, online at its website and through the magazine, will be regularly publishing a Top 30 of the biggest progressive albums over the previous month. A list of albums eligible for the chart have already been defined by the progressive rock experts at Prog Magazine which will be refined by new releases every month, with the biggest selling titles ranked on physical and digital sales and audio streaming data from services such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Google Play, among others, based on data collected by OCC.

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Along with the newly launched chart category, the OCC and Prog Magazine also named the “Official Top 30 Progressive Artists of the 21st Century,” with the following artists at the top 10: Muse (Blavk Holes & Revelations), Pink Floyd (The Dark Side of the Moon), Radiohead (OK Computer), Kate Bush (Aerial), 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).