DPRPoll 2005

So here we are once more. The results of the Ninth annual DPRP Readers Poll. The following pages will be an evaluation of the poll, if you want to go straight to the results tables, click here.

Last year, 869 people participated in the DPRPoll 2004, this year the number of participants increased to 1028!. As always we had a number of great prizes which we raffled among the entrants. All prize winners have been contacted, but if you are curious, have a look here what the prizes and their winners were.


As mentioned above, 1026 people participated in the DPRPoll 2005. As usual, most people came from The Netherlands (23.2%) though the percentage has decreased somewhat compared to last year. The USA (13.4%) and the UK (10.1%) show no significant changed while Canada (6.4%) and Germany (5.8%) round up the top 5 as usual. Once again the global interest of DPRP is spreading, with inhabitants of no less than 70 countries voting in the poll, including lovely places like Vanuatu, St Helena and Rwanda!

The collective prog audience is still getting older, with the average age of the poll participants being 36.69, though it is good to see more and more younger people getting into prog as well. The fact that 19% of the poll participants was actually born after the seventies is highly encouraging.

You can see how the participants rated DPRP by clicking here.

Best Albums of 2005

In total 648 different albums were voted for. Below you will find the Top 30.
We have provided links to the DPRP reviews of these albums.

Porcupine Tree - Deadwing

NrBandAlbumVotesPercentageWeighted Points
1Porcupine TreeDeadwing55053.61%4134
2Dream TheaterOctavarium48347.08%3206
3RiversideSecond Life Syndrome34033.14%2371
4Neal Morse?32431.58%2070
6ArenaPepper's Ghost31230.41%1890
7OpethGhost Reveries23623.00%1635
8PallasThe Dreams Of Men25524.85%1534
10Spock's BeardOctane25324.66%1399
11Shadow GalleryRoom V18718.23%1061
12EcholynThe End Is Beautiful14313.94%910
13RPWLWorld Through My Eyes14614.23%818
14Glass HammerThe Inconsolable Secret13513.16%784
15Sieges EvenThe Art Of Navigating By The Stars1029.94%676
16Tomas BodinI AM11911.60%659
17The Mars VoltaFrances The Mute11110.82%647
18Van Der Graaf Generator  Present1009.75%633
19Kate BushAerial989.55%587
20Stream Of PassionEmbrace The Storm1019.84%567
22Roine StoltWallstreet Voodoo908.77%499
23Salem HillMimi's Magic Moment747.21%482
25Magic PieMotions Of Desire696.73%418
27SatelliteEvening Games646.24%351
28Mostly AutumnStorms Over Still Water615.95%348
29RedemptionThe Fullness Of Time525.07%343
30KamelotThe Black Halo585.65%342

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.

And there you have it. A band which isn't particularly fond of the prog label tops the poll for best album on a prog site. After Stupid Dream, Lightbulb Sun and In Absentia all ended up in the top 10 of previous polls, Porcupine Tree finally tops the DPRP Best Album Poll.

If you look at the more common definition of prog, then there are quite a few non-prog albums in this top 30: Kate Bush, Coldplay and bands that linger on the borders of prog like The Mars Volta, Gazpacho and Kamelot. This only proves that unlike popular belief DPRP readers are *not* narrow-minded!

Special mention should also go to Riverside's excellent achievement of ending in third place, after being voted as newcomer of the year in 2004 (and getting another 30 votes in that category this year).

Click here for the entire list of results.

Best DVD of 2005

Rush - R-30

NrBandDVDVotesPercentageWeighted Points
2Pain Of Salvation  Be Live DVD15825.65%363
3YesSongs From Tsongas ~ 35th Anniversary Concert11819.16%267
4Peter GabrielStill Growing Up: Live & Unwrapped7412.01%165
5MagentaThe Gathering6410.39%149
6EvergreyA Night To Remember - Live 20046310.23%134
7MarillionWish You Were Here538.60%122
8Fates WarningLive In Athens294.71%58
9Isildur's BaneMind vol.5: The Observatory254.06%56
10The GatheringA Sound Relief223.57%48

The DVD medium is still picking up on popularity, even though this year less people voted for DVDs than in the previous year. At the same time more different DVDs were voted for, with the most votes going to Rush' excellent 30th Anniversary disc.
Pain Of Salvation did a good job with their Be Live DVD and received more votes for it than the large, recordcompany backed productions of Yes and Peter Gabriel.
Also worth noting are Welsh progsters Magenta with their debut DVD.

In total 140 different DVDs were voted for.

Best Tracks of 2005

Before we go to the list of best individual tracks, let's see which 5 bands got the most votes, regardless of which track.

1Porcupine Tree 32231.38%
2Dream Theater  28427.68%

As always, this is pretty much the same as the album poll, though Pallas' inclusion in the top 5 is noteworthy. Let's look at the top 10 individual tracks:

#BandTrackVotesPercentageWeighted Points
1Dream TheaterOctavarium21725.65%509
2Porcupine Tree Arriving Somewhere But Not Here17420.57%391
3KinoLosers' Day Parade596.97%130
4RiversideSecond Life Syndrome576.74%119
5Porcupine TreeLazarus435.08%92
6Spock's BeardA Flash Before My Eyes505.91%90
7ArenaOpera Fanatica435.08%82
8Neal Morse12374.37%69
9OpethGhost Of Perdition354.14%66
10Porcupine TreeDeadwing313.66%65

Not entirely surprising to see Dream Theater's ode to prog top this poll. For the rest it is once again epics that rule this poll, though Porcupine Tree's Lazarus is an interesting exception: not only is this track a 'mere' four minutes long, it is also a ballad!
Never before have we had so many different bands in the top 10 of best tracks, in fact, Porcupine Tree is the only band with more than one song in the top 10. Roll on the compilation album!

For the full list of all 568 different tracks, click here.

Best Artwork of 2005

Arena - Pepper's Ghost

1David WyattArenaPepper's Ghost9612.5%
2Hugh SymeDream TheaterOctavarium769.9%
3Lasse HoilePorcupine TreeDeadwing638.2%
4Mike BentleyPallasThe Dreams Of Men385.0%
 Travis SmithRiversideSecond Life Syndrome385.0%

David Wyatt's second artwork for Arena is definitely a prog classic. It is a very unique cover which represents the members of the bands as a sort of comic book heroes, each with their own backstory which is told in the lyrics of the songs on the album.
This artwork also prevented the 2005 poll from being entirely claimed by Porcupine Tree and Dream Theater.

In total 127 different albums got voted for in the 'Best Artwork' category.

Best Concert 2005

The participants of the poll voted for 400 different concerts in 2005. 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.

Dream Theater live in 2005

20052004BandVotes for Best ConcertPercentage
13Dream Theater  8512.04%
2-Porcupine Tree 8011.33%
4-Spock's Beard 304.25%

Now let's have a look at which of these gigs got the most votes for Best Concert 2005.

1Marillion 3-Dec-2005Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands18
2Dream Theater 11-Oct-2005Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands17
3Porcupine Tree 4-Dec-2005013, Tilburg, The Netherlands15
4IQ7-Jul-2005Le Medley, Montreal, Canada10
 Pink Floyd2-Jul-2005Hyde Park, London, UK10

The results of the best concert poll are always widespread, due to the sheer number of gigs played all over the globe. Marillion's three hour gig in Utrecht got the most votes for best gig (and support band Gazpacho also nabbed two votes!), with Dream Theater's first live rendition of Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon coming in close second. And speaking of Floyd, who would have thought ever to see a Pink Floyd gig in a best of year list again? Undoubtedly the biggest event of the year was the Pink Floyd reunion at Live 8 and 10 happy people who were there named those 25 minutes the best gig of 2005.

Best Newcomer

Kino - click to enter official website

2Stream Of Passion 579.33%
3Magic Pie457.36%
4Circus Maximus 416.71%
 Moon Safari294.75%

Kino, already in 5th position last year, released their debut album in 2005 which made them still eligible for the best newcomer of the year title in 2005.
As usual most of the votes go out to newcomers who aren't exactly newcomers at all, but rather new projects by established artists. Stream Of Passion holds the dubious honour of being the third Arjen Lucassen project that has been voted into the top 5 of best newcomers in a DPRP poll.
It is good to see that numbers three to ten all being genuine newcomers.

Biggest Disappointment of 2005

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 - Octavarium

1Dream Theater - Octavarium6710.88%
2Neal Morse - ?386.17%
3Pendragon - Believe335.36%
4Pink Floyd: Delay of PULSE DVD274.38%
5Genesis: No reunion264.22%

Dream Theater holds the dubious honour of having topped the biggest disappointment poll with their last two albums. In 2003 Train Of Thought had outraged the band's prog fans, so it is only logical that the metal fans were disappointed in their latest effort. Despite being voted as biggest disappointment of 2005 Octavarium is also in second place in the best albums poll.

A bit of a change from recent years is that many people voted for events rather than albums, with the endless delays of the Pink Floyd PULSE DVD and the falsely rumoured Genesis reunion receiving quite a chunk of the votes.

As always though, the results of this poll have to be taken with a healthy pinch of salt, as the top 3 disappointments are also in the top 10 of the best albums poll.

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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