How did the Progressive genre come into being? Well, in the late 1960s, Rock and roll became the most popular type of music all around. Bands like ‘The Beatles’ became popular in the mainstream media, and most of the artists felt a compelling need to takes bits and pieces of that music, muld it, and use it to form new music. That is how Prog (short for Progressive) came into being.
Bands like ‘King Crimson’ wanted to elevate this genre by bringing new levels of creativity. So, what Prog really is doing whatever you want despite being bound by the rules, while also elevating the music that you listen to a higher level of creativity.
In short, Progressive music is music that attempts to expand the existing melodies to stylistic boundaries and brings a genre to a higher level of elevation; this is how a good prog is written.
Protuberant Names and Tracks in Progressive Music:
Some of the noticeable and protuberant names in the Progressive music genre that raised the bar include King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Rush, and Emerson, Lake & Palme. Crimson’s ‘The Court of the Crimson King’ remains one of the most predominant names in the prog genre. Pink Floyd’s ‘Echoes’ was released in 1971, and it is one of the lengthiest songs in the Progressive and Art Rock genre. It was written by all four members of the group.
Another projecting name in this category includes ‘Mother Nature’s Son’ by The Beatles. However, this is not where the Progressive genre confines itself. ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ by Pink Floyd is the Best Selling album of the entire Progressive Rock period. It was hailed by critics and termed as one of the greatest albums of all time. With an estimated sales of over 45 million copies, it goes without saying that this has been the Pink Floyd’s finest work. This record helped Pink Floyd in getting the conventional fame they deserved, the wealth that came with it, and above all, the recognition to all four of its members. Above all, it has been remastered and covered innumerable times by many great artists.
To listen to the Progressive music, tune in to your favorite radio from this genre list, and get carried away.