DPRPoll 2003

Despite the somewhat hesitant start of The DPRPoll 2003, this year's poll ran smoother than ever - we even managed to get the evaluation ready within a month!! :-)
We did a few things differently this year, one is that we no longer have the different tables behind this page, instead, we have created one page where you can find the full results of the entire poll, with different ways of sorting the entries. The full poll database can be found here.

Last year, 686 people participated in the DPRPoll 2002, this year the number of participants increased to 791. The huge number of prizes we had this year may actually have encouraged more people to enter the poll. No less than 1 in 22 won a prize this year - if only the lottery could have such winning odds!
All prize winners have been contacted, but if you are curious, have a look here what the prizes and their winners were.

This page contains a summary of the results of the poll. The full tables of the different poll sections can be viewed here.


As mentioned above, 791 people participated in the DPRPoll 2003. As usual, most people came from The Netherlands (25.2%), USA (17.5%) and the UK (11.6%), with Sweden (4.9%), Canada (4.1%) and Germany (4%) following behind. This year, inhabitants from a total number of 51 countries voted in the poll. DPRP welcomes the new readers from Saint Helena, The Republic of Korea and Kenya!!

Once again the average age of the poll participants has gone up a bit, to 34.99 (compared to 34.5 last year). The youngest voter was 10 years old, and the oldest was 61.

Best Albums of 2003

This year we provided 10 choices for best album, instead of the regular 5. This was one of the requests we heard last year, and many of you have responded very positive about it. In total 585 different albums were voted for. Below you will find the Top 30.
We have provided links to the DPRP reviews of most of these albums.

Neal Morse - Testimony

NrBandAlbumVotesPercentageWeighted Points
1Neal MorseTestimony33342.10%2491
2The TangentThe Music That Died Alone26833.88%1970
3Dream TheaterTrain Of Thought27434.64%1892
5Spock's BeardFeel Euphoria25932.74%1471
7Porcupine TreeIn Absentia14418.20%1074
9OSIOffice Of Strategic Influence18223.01%1022
10King CrimsonThe Power To Believe14418.20%986
11Steve HackettTo Watch The Storms15619.72%925
12TransatlanticLive In Europe11814.92%696
13Mostly AutumnPassengers11414.41%679
14SatelliteA Street Between Sunrise And Sunset10012.64%660
15EnchantTug Of War10413.15%553
16A.C.TLast Epic9111.50%547
17The Flower KingsMeet The Flower Kings -- @ Live Recording 20038510.75%544
19Pineapple ThiefVariations On A Dream749.36%473
20RadioheadHail To The Thief769.61%449
21KarnatakaDelicate Flame Of Desire627.84%400
22The Mars VoltaDe-Loused In The Comatorium648.09%386
23RushRush In Rio637.96%376
25KayakMerlin, Bard Of The Unseen425.31%301
27EvergreyRecreation Day556.95%284
28Tomas BodinSonic Boulevard556.95%284
29MagellanImpossible Figures496.19%284
30Star OneLive On Earth475.94%263

Some quick explanations about the calculations. 'Votes' are the number of people who voted for a specific album, regardless if it was their number 1 or number 10. 'Percentage' is the percentage of all participants that voted for an album. The 'Weighted Points' are calculated based on the ranking of the (max) 10 albums the participants voted for; their number 1 got 10 points, number 2 got 9 points, etc. 'Weighted Points' is the sum of these points.

For the fourth year in running we find Neal Morse topping the Album poll - in previous years we saw him in first position with the bands Transatlantic and Spock's Beard, and now he does it on his own. Mind you, you could actually say that Transatlantic tops the charts for the fourth year in running, because, just like last year, Morse's Transatlantic buddies Roine Stolt and Mike Portnoy come in second and third.

As predicted last year, Porcupine Tree can be found in the top 10 once again. It was released stateside in 2002, but didn't hit the shops in Europe until January 2003, therefore it also counts as a 2003 release. With the votes of 2002 and 2003 combined, it would have been in the top 3 for sure. Furthermore, with an average of 7.45 points per vote, it is also the album with the highest average per vote, after Neal Morse.

Best DVD of 2003

The DVD medium is rapidly gaining popularity. Last year 56% of the poll participants voted for their favourite music DVD, this year no less than 76% cast their votes. Below you can find the 10 for best prog DVDs of 2003:

Transatlantic - Live In Europe DVD

NrBandDVDVotesPercentageWeighted Points
1TransatlanticLive In Europe22537.7%506
2RushRush In Rio17729.6%406
3The Flower KingsMeet The Flower Kings -- @ Live Recording 200315726.3%349
4Peter GabrielGrowing Up Live13021.8%288
5PallasThe Blinding Darkness9215.4%196
6Star OneLive On Earth8614.4%192
7King CrimsonEyes Wide Open396.5%94
8ArenaCaught In The Act386.4%72
9OpethLamentations At Shepherds Bush315.2%69
10Pink FloydLive At Pompeii345.7%64

Not entirely surprising: Transatlantic's final document was chosen best DVD of 2003. Despite the production problems and the delays nearly 38%% of the voters still voted for this album. Certainly the stunning packaging of the Limited Edition must have helped there.

It is always good to see how relatively low-budget productions like Transatlantic, The Flower Kings and Pallas do so well in comparison to the big budget affairs of Rush and Peter Gabriel, proving again that a good performance is still more important than fancy looking pictures.

In total 103 different DVDs were voted for.

Best Tracks of 2003

Another thing we changed for 2003 was the number of entry fields for best track. In total 596 different tracks, by 237 different bands, were voted for. The table below shows the 5 bands which got the most votes, regardless of which track.

1Neal Morse3298.99%
2Dream Theater2998.17%
3The Tangent2677.30%
5Spock's Beard1764.81%

Pretty much the same as the album poll, with the difference of Dream Theater being second and The Tangent third. However, when looking at the actual tracks, the top 5 looks somewhat different!

#BandTrackVotesPercentageWeighted Points
1The TangentIn Darkest Dreams7411.1%166
2Dream TheaterIn The Name Of God477.0%102
3Neal MorseI Am Willing314.6%74
4Spock's BeardGhosts Of Autumn334.9%69
5The TangentThe Canterbury Sequence284.1%59

As usual epics rule the chart, though this year people seemed to favour the 'slightly' shorter variety as well. After all, the Neal Morse and Spock's Beard songs are well under 10 minutes... Interesting too that this year's Spock's Beard epic didn't get higher than a 22nd position.

Best Artwork of 2003

The Tangent artwork

1Ed UnitskyThe TangentThe Music That Died Alone609.3%
2David WyattArenaContagion568.7%
3Jan TernaldKaipaKeyholder548.4%
4Thomas EwerhardSpock's BeardFeel Euphoria385.9%
5Mark WilkinsonSatelliteA Street Between Sunrise And Sunset325.0%

Good to see that relatively new artists dominate this chart. Ed Unitsky's brilliant surrealistic designs for The Tangent's first album have put him firmly on the map as a great cover designer.
David Wyatt can hardly be called a newcomer, but Arena's Contagion was in fact his first ever album cover.
It is also good to (finally) see a Mark Wilkinson design appearing in a top 5 again.

In total 125 different albums got voted for in the 'Best Artwork' category.

Best Concert 2003

The participants of the poll voted for 351 different concerts in 2003. To get a clear picture of which bands did best on the stage last year, we'll first have a look at the ones that got the most votes, regardless of which concert.

20032002BandVotes for Best ConcertPercentage
1-Neal Morse5910.1%
2-Porcupine Tree539.1%
35Peter Gabriel437.4%
41The Flower Kings396.7%

Now let's have a look at which of these gigs got the most votes for Best Concert 2003.

Neal Morse in Rijssen -- photo by Frank Alders

1Neal Morse16-Nov-2003Lucky&Co, Rijssen, The Netherlands19
2Peter Gabriel2-May-2003Ahoy', Rotterdam, The Netherlands18
3Neal Morse17-Nov-2003013, Tilburg, The Netherlands16
4Yes8-Jun-2003Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden11
5Marillion14-Mar-2003Convention Weekend, Minehead, UK9

As always, the sheer number of gigs played all over the world result in rather widespread results. Also, as the largest chunk of the voters comes from The Netherlands, and there are only few different venues played on each tour, the top 3 consists of only Dutch gigs.

Best Newcomer

The Tangent - click to enter official website

1The Tangent 13625.9%
4The Mars Volta356.7%
6Sun Caged255.0%
8Chrome Shift91.8%

As usual, the largest chunk of the newcomers aren't exactly newcomers, but rather new projects by known artists, or artists gone solo. Therefore, it is not surprising that an overwhelming number of voters chose the latest Roine Stolt project as their favourite 'newcomer'.
It is good to see young bands like Gazpacho, Sun Caged, Epica, Chrome Shift and Trion appearing in the Top 10 though.

Biggest Disappointment of 2003

Many different albums, gigs, incidents, etc received votes for 'biggest disappointment'. We grouped the votes until they referred to a unique album, gig or incident.
The other most often mentioned, and more specific, disappointments can be found below.

Dream Theater - Train Of Thought

1Dream Theater - Train Of Thought7815.1%
2Spock's Beard - Feel Euphoria7314.2%
3Neal Morse - Testimony244.7%
4Metallica - St. Anger214.0%
5Neal Morse - Leaving Spock's Beard and Transatlantic - Still!!122.3%

As usual, this section is closely related to the best album poll. This year, the top 3 disappointments are at third, fifth and first position in the best album poll respectively.
But who would have thought to see a Metallica album in a prog poll?!?
Also interesting how 12 people still had difficulties with Neal Morse's departure from Spock's Beard and Transatlantic a year ago!!.

Click here if you also want to see how the participants of the poll evaluated DPRP.

Click here if you wish to see the full results of the poll.

Click here if you also want to see the list of prizes and winners.

You can also check out what the DPRP Team voted for themselves.

For comments about the poll, please e-mail The DPRP Team.

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