Classic Rock News

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: 2017 Inductee Jon Anderson of Yes speaks onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City.

Yes is pretty much the poster child for the over-the-top progressive rock excess of the 1970s. But so what? Their music was incredible: precisely played, immaculately produced and the songs were incredible… and they dared to extend them past the usual five-minute limit. Sometimes they extended it waaaaay past five minutes.

But Yes always played by their own rules, and were always instantly identifiable. The band’s two leaders – singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire – are no longer in their ranks, Jon parted ways with the group in 2008 and Chris passed away in 2015. For this list, we’re focusing mostly on the eras when they were both in the band. And we’re starting from the very beginning.