DPRPoll 2006

Happy 10th anniversary to ourselves!

Back in 1998 Ed Sander held the first DPRP poll, to which 170 people responded. No one would probably have expected that 10 years later we would still be doing this thing to a similar format. But we're happy to go on for another 10!

Especially for our 10th anniversary we had added an extra set of questions about the past 10 years. The following pages will be an evaluation of the 2006 poll only, the results of our decennial poll will be online from May onwards.

If you want to go straight to the results tables for 2006, click here.

Despite our 10th anniversary poll the number of participants dropped by 30%! From 1029 people in 2005, to 'only' 704 people. This drop might be explained when looking at this year's results for 'biggest disappointment'; In third place it says "not enough interesting releases this year". According to many people the year 2006 had a lot less to offer in terms of good music than previous years. That is not to say that it was a bad year - just a year with less 'big' releases than previous.

As always we had a number of great prizes which we raffled among the entrants. DPRP would like to thank Lucy Jordache, Roine Stolt, Martin Orford and Chris Jones for their generous donations. 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, 704 people participated in the DPRPoll 2006. As usual, most people came from The Netherlands (21.9%) though percentage-wise this number has decreased once again, in favour of the USA (14.2%) and the UK (11.9%). An attempt by the fanbase of one particular band to rig the poll caused the entrants from France to triple in numbers (8.5%) and as usual the top 5 is rounded up by Germany with 5%.

Again we can welcome some people from far-off places, as the entrants from the 50 different countries include China, Myanmar and Iran!

We're still getting older, with the average age of this year's poll participants being 37.35 - the youngest participant being 15, the oldest being 59.

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

Best Albums of 2006

In total 634 different albums were voted for. Below you will find the Top 25.
We have provided links to the DPRP reviews of these albums.

The Flower Kings - Paradox Hotel

NrBandAlbumVotesPercentageWeighted Points
1The Flower KingsParadox Hotel30543.32%2190
3The TangentA Place In The Queue20829.55%1393
4SylvanPosthumous Silence19427.56%1375
5Spock's BeardSpock's Beard20729.40%1204
6MagentaHome / New York Suite17124.29%1108
7David GilmourOn An Island15522.02%881
8Tool10,000 Days13519.18%845
9Pure Reason RevolutionThe Dark Third11516.34%744
10MuseBlack Holes and Revelations10615.06%729
11Steve HackettWild Orchids10214.49%603
13The Mars VoltaAmputechture8512.07%514
14Vanden PlasChrist 08211.65%511
16Dream TheaterScore - 20th Anniversary Tour7210.23%480
18Proto-KawThe Wait For Glory8411.93%470
21IonaThe Circling Hour598.38%342
22The GatheringHome907.24%329
23Iron MaidenA Matter Of Life And Death628.81%318
24QueensrÿcheOperation: Mindcrime II628.81%312
25GPSWindow To The Soul527.39%280

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.

Congrats to The Flower Kings for their first number one ever, after two number two positions (Unfold The Future, The Rainmaker) and two number three positions (Adam & Eve, Space Revolver).

A trend that started last year has continued this year: more and more non-conventional prog bands are finding their way to DPRP reader's CD players, and this year we have both Tool and Muse in the top! This would have been unthinkable five years ago! (the previous albums of these bands did not even make the top 30 in the polls of those years)

A special mention must be made to Pure Reason Revolution's The Dark Third, which ended up on ninth place, despite the rather limited release in only the US and UK. The European release via Inside Out in January 2007 makes it eligible again for this year.

This year the votes were a lot more widespread as previous years. Though we had 300 participants less than last year, there were actually more different albums voted for. This is reflected in the percentages; last year more than half the participants had voted for the number one, this year the number one 'only' gets 43%.

Click here for the entire list of results.

Best DVD of 2006

Porcupine Tree - Arriving Somewhere DVD

NrBandDVDVotesPercentageWeighted Points
1Porcupine TreeArriving Somewhere... 24234.38%579
2Dream TheaterScore - 20th Anniversary World Tour 20128.55%479
3Pink Floyd P-U-L-S-E 18325.99%397
4The Flower Kings Instant Delivery 12117.19%271
5IQStage689.66% 150
6PendragonAnd Now Everybody To The Stage 456.39%85
7FishReturn To Childhood Tour 476.68% 84
8RushReplay X3283.98% 49
9ArenaSmoke & Mirrors273.48%48
10Stream Of PassionLive In The Real World 243.41%40

As could be expected, Lasse Hoile's arty take on a Porcupine Tree gig got the most votes as best prog DVD for 2006.

In total 107 different DVDs were voted for.

Best Tracks of 2006

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

1The Flower Kings15221.59%
3The Tangent9613.64%
4Spock's Beard9313.21%

Let's look at the top 10 individual tracks:

#BandTrackVotesPercentageWeighted Points
1Frost*Milliontown60 8.52%133
2The Flower KingsMonsters & Men56 7.95%121
3Spock's BeardOn A Perfect Day50 7.10%102
4The TangentIn Earnest42 5.97%89
5The TangentA Place In The Queue 375.26%84
6Frost*Black Light Machine36 5.11%75
7MuseKnights Of Cydonia29 4.12%74
8David GilmourOn An Island31 4.40%65
9SylvanPane Of Truth28 3.98%65
10Frost*Hyperventilate25 3.55%57

Even though The Flower Kings got the most votes for songs altogether, only one of those songs made it to the top 10.

For the full list of all 534 different tracks, click here.

Best Artwork of 2006

The Tangent - A Place in The Queue

1Ed Unitsky The TangentA Place In The Queue114 16.19%
2 Alex Grey Tool10,000 Days466.53%
3Andres VallesThe Flower KingsParadox Hotel 375.26%
4Mark WilkinsonFish Return To Childhood 304.26%
5Tobias HarbackSylvanPosthumous Silence 192.70%

Ed Unitsky's artwork for The Tangent's A Place In The Queue won by a landslide!
Ed previously topped the poll in 2003 with his artwork for The Music That Died Alone and he was third in 2004 for The World That We Drive Through. Does this make him the new Roger Dean? We will just have to wait and see, but there is no denying that his surrealistic paintings are perfect for prog.

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

Best Concert 2006

The participants of the poll voted for 400 different concerts in 2006. 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.


20062005BandVotes for Best ConcertPercentage
117The Flower Kings537.53%
2-Roger Waters324.55%
32Porcupine Tree233.27%

Now let's have a look at which of these gigs got the most votes for Best Concert 2006.

1Roger Waters 10-Jun-2006Arrow Rock Festival, Lichtevoorde, The Netherlands20
2The Flower Kings19-Apr-2006013, Tilburg, The Netherlands13
3Neal Morse7-Jul-2006Lucky&Co, Rijssen, The Netherlands7
4A.C.T12-Jul-2006Malmö, Sweden6
 Porcupine Tree27-Sep-2006Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands6
 Riverside21-Apr-2006De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands6
 The Flower Kings8-Apr-2006Stara Pekaren, Nitra, Slovakia6

The results of the best concert poll are always widespread, due to the sheer number of gigs played all over the globe.
The Flower Kings' long world tour got the band many votes, and two of these gigs ended up in the two five of individual gigs. The number 1 would not come as a surprise to many - Waters' Dark Side Of The Moon performed under a full moon on a warm summer night was probably as good as any festival gig can get.

Best Newcomer


2Pure Reason Revolution6014.63%
4Darwin's Radio112.68%
5The Gift102.44%
 Chimpan A102.44%

Well, not much to say here, is there? Jem Godfrey's all-star band doesn't exactly constitute as a newcomer, but 159 people felt otherwise. This gives John Mitchell the dubious honour of having topped this poll each time he joined a new band.
Pure Reason Revolution received 7 votes for best newcomer in 2005, but their first proper album made the rest of the world aware. Expect more votes for this band next year as their debut wasn't released in Europe until early 2007.

Biggest Disappointment of 2006

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.

1Genesis Reunion without Gabriel or Hackett 5312.07%
2Frost* disbanding49 11.16%
3Not Enough interesting Releases in 2006 296.61%
4David Gilmour - On An Island Album 286.38%
5Spock's Beard - Spock's Beard Album 255.69%

Last year 26 people named 'No Genesis Reunion' as their biggest disappointment. And now we have a reunion, and guess what? Guess you can't win 'm all, can you?
Naturally many people felt Frost* disbanding after just one (well received) album was a disappointment too, and 29 people named 2006 on the whole a disappointing year.

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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