Yes is one progressive rock’s most influential and successful groups, known for blending mystic imagery, classical influences, unusual rhythms, multipart harmonies, and jazz-like improvisation.
∙ Rolling Stone named their 1970s LPs Close to the Edge and Fragile—the latter featuring the breakout hit “Roundabout”—among the 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time.
∙ After leaving Yes, guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes joined members of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer to form the supergroup Asia in 1981.
∙ Shifting to a more pop-oriented sound, Yes’ 1983 LP, 90125, included the Grammy-winning “Cinema” and the smash “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” their sole No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
∙ “Love Will Find a Way,” the hit single from 1987’s Platinum-certified Big Generator, was actually written for Stevie Nicks, but drummer Alan White felt it was a better fit for Yes.
∙ Several past members, including original frontman Jon Anderson, returned for 1991’s Union, which included “Lift Me Up,” their third No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
∙ Members of such diverse groups as Primus, The Flaming Lips, and Wu-Tang Clan have cited Yes as an influence, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.