I often see bands labeled with both genres, and even in the Wikipedia entry for Art Rock it says Progressive Rock under "Other Names" and vice versa.

Of course, one of the terms (prog) being a lot more popular means that most Art Rock bands are also labeled Prog Rock, but that doesn't necessarily happen for the opposite. Does that make Art Rock a subset of Progressive Rock?

A point against this would be that the quintessential Art rocker, David Bowie, can hardly be classified as Prog, so what really is the difference?

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    I've always understood Art Rock as the broader term, while Prog Rock referred to a more specific style/era particularly geared toward applying in rock ideas more associated with classical music.
    – Aaron
    Feb 12 '21 at 18:00
  • Here are some interesting definitions for those genres that might help explain how some people separate the two... rateyourmusic.com/genre/art+rock rateyourmusic.com/genre/Progressive+Rock
    – cnamejj
    Feb 14 '21 at 8:31

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