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A genre of music that combines forms of jazz and classical all under the umbrella of rock. Progressive rock is generally distinguished by its use of nonstandard timings, chords, keys, and effects, as well as utilizing other effects that are not generally found in popular music, like feedback.

A common misconception about progressive rock is that it's nothing more than music to listen to when you get stoned, which is not true. Sure, it may be considered trippy or psychedelic, but by no means was it written by or for stoners. In fact, the level of complexity in some progressive rock songs is surprising.

Another misconception of progressive rock is that it's just noise thrown together to sound vaguely like music. This is also not true, or for most bands at least.

Pink Floyd is generally considered to be the first and best progressive rock band of all time, and is defined by their career during the 70s. Their late-60s career is mostly classified as psychedelic rock, and their late-70s to mid-90s career is generally classified as plain old, uninspired rock, or just total crap.

Some other famous progressive rock bands include Radiohead (post-OK Computer) and Dream Theater.
- Dude I got high last night and listened to Pink Floyd records for like five hours! It's the best hippie music ever!
- Umm...okay. Pink Floyd's progressive rock, not hippie rock, but whatever.
by Spença B July 19, 2006
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A type of art that is enjoyed by both guys and girls which has long since been forgotten in the public mind since the total commercialization of all music in the 1980s. Further legitimized rock and roll by mixing it with elements of jazz and classical music. However, most progressive rock fans fail to recognize that at the core of all progressive rock is the blues.

Progressive rock was perfected in the 1970s by the Canterbury Scene musicians. Contrary to popular belief, bands such as Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Rush and ELP are not the end-all, be-all of progressive rock.
1. Progressive rock that isn't blues-based is not progressive rock.
2. The Beatles did not invent progressive rock
by Angrymofo September 15, 2010
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Complicated Early-70s extension to Classic Rock.

Girls don't like it! Because:
1) They can't shake their booty to the 7/4 or 5/8 time signatures
2) They can't imagine listening to any Improvisations on Brahms by a long haired ugly hippie in the 70s
3) Why do we want girls to like it. Prog is for solitary listening
Girl: What do you listen to, gangsta rap? Hip hop?
Boy: Na, I like old music
Girl: Ohh... Like Nirvana?
Boy: No, progressive rock. I don't think you'd understand
by Trey24 July 20, 2006
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