The new chart has been launched as a partnership between the Official Charts Company and Prog Magazine.
According to the stats, Muse are the best-selling prog act of the millennium with 4.4m album sales, just beating Pink Floyd who have sold 3.8m albums. Radiohead are third and Kate Bush (the biggest selling prog female) is in fourth.
An extensive list of albums eligible for the chart have been defined by the progressive rock experts at Prog Magazine.
Jerry Ewing, editor of Prog Magazine, said: ‘Prog artists have always pushed the boundaries of musical convention, and by doing so, many have gone on to be some of the best-selling and most influential artists of all time, but prog didn’t stop in the 1970s, there are many people out there who are into prog artists and just don’t seem to know it!
‘You look at some of the best-selling and acclaimed artists of the modern era like Muse, Radiohead, Mogwai, Tame Impala – what they do is incredible, they are challenging themselves, their audience and inspiring a new generation, and the Official Progressive Albums Chart is the platform in which this will be recognised.’
The Official Progressive Artists of the 21st Century top ten is below:
Muse – Black Holes & Revelations
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of the Moon
Radiohead – OK Computer
Kate Bush – Aerial
Jeff Wayne – The War Of The Worlds
Air – Moon Safari
Sigur Ros – Takk
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
Genesis – Selling England By The Pound
Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots