With an All-Star lineup that featured the likes of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, Genesis is certainly among a handful of Prog Rock pioneers. Gabriel was in a world of his own, as his eccentric demeanor, shock-value fashion sense, and force of personality helped to establish the Genesis sound prior to eventually pursuing a solo career. Most fans associate Phil Collins with being the quintessential Genesis sound, and while he may have started as a drummer for the band, there's no denying the heights they reached once he stepped behind the microphone.
No list would be complete without mentioning Rush and the cult-like following they've amassed throughout the course of their long history. Even so, this didn't stop drummer Neal Peart from being ranked by Blender Magazine as the 2nd worst lyricist in Rock out of a possible 40 in 2007.
Dream Theater is another Progressive Rock staple. Featuring world-renowned guitarist John Petrucci, intricately crafted instrumental arrangements and collective technical proficiency have been hallmarks o the band's sound. Some of their most misquoted songs include: "Forsaken," "Under A Glass Moon," and "Prophets of War."