If you’re a fan of songs that are characterized by classical influences, the use of keyboard instruments, odd time signatures, technically challenging riffs and lengthy compositions – here is a playlist for you!
1.Tool – The Pot
Easily one of the most recognized riffs ever! The American rock band released it as the second single from their fourth studio album 10,000 Days (2006). You cannot keep yourself from headbanging.
2.Dream Theater – A Change Of Seasons
The American Progressive Band are well known for many songs, but this one is out of this world. From John Petrucci’s guitar licks to Mike Portnoy’s drumming, this is one 23 minute journey you will cherish!
3. Yes – Roundabout
“Roundabout” has become one of the best-known Yes songs. In 2003, on the DVD commentary of School of Rock, actor Jack Black stated that Rick Wakeman’s solo is his personal favourite keyboard solo. Well Jack, looks like we are on the same page.
4. Genesis – Supper’s Ready
Nearly 23 minutes in length, the song is divided into seven sections. It undergoes multiple changes in time signature, key signature, instrumentation, and mood. One of their best songs ever?
5. Porcupine Tree – Blackest Eyes
The song is a snapshot of the mind of a serial killer. It is upbeat because it is taken from the point of view of the deranged killer, to which everything seems normal. You could play this song a hundred times over and not get sick of it.
6. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Sometimes the brain needs a bit of Pink Floyd. The song was conceived and written as a tribute and remembrance to their former band member Syd Barrett. Easily, one of their best.
7. King Crimson – In The Court of The Crimson King
The album is considered to be one of the first and most influential of the progressive rock genre, where the band largely departed from the blues influences that rock music was founded upon and combined elements of jazz, classical, and symphonic music.
8. Rush – YYZ
It is one of the band’s most popular pieces! Pure Genius.
9. Jethro Tull – Aqualung
The British progressive rock band were extremely inspirational for anyone in the progressive rock scene. The song was written by the band’s frontman, Ian Anderson, and his then-wife Jennie Franks.
10. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus
This is what you get when Keith Emerson is on keys, Greg Lake is on guitars and Carl Palmer gets on the drums. Class.