DPRPoll 2009

Below you will find an evaluation of the DPRPoll 2009.

If you want to go straight to the results tables, click HERE.


The number of participants in the DPRPoll 2009 was 821. As usual, most people came from The Netherlands (21.46%), the USA (13.52%), the UK (12.91%), Germany (5.97%) and Canada (4.51%). Again we can welcome some people from far-off places, as the entrants from the 55 different countries include Afghanistan, Peru, New Caledona and Puerto Rico!

1The Netherlands17721.46%
2United States11113.52%
3United Kingdom10612.91%

#AgeVotes Percentage
110 - 19111.34%
220 - 298810.72%
330 - 3919023.14%
440 - 4935042.63%
550 - 5913916.93%
660 - 6910.12%
770 - 7920.24%
880 - 8910.12%
990 - 9910.12%

As always we had a number of great prizes which we raffled among the entrants. DPRP would like to thank Metal Mind Productions and Wiventertainment for their generous donations. All prize winners will be contacted shortly.

Best Albums

In total 683 different albums were voted for. Below you will find the Top 25.

We have provided links to the DPRP reviews of these albums.

Porcupine Tree - The Incident
NrBandAlbumVotesPercentageWeighted Points
01 Porcupine Tree The Incident421 51.28% 2983
02 Transatlantic The Whirlwind430 52.38% 2914
03 Iq Frequency380 46.29% 2698
04 RiversideAnno Domini High Definition299 36.42% 1899
05 GazpachoTick Tock24028.23%1815
06 Dream TheaterBlack Clouds & Silver Linings 253 30.82% 1697
07 Big Big TrainThe Underfall Yard 144 17.54% 1023
08 PhideauxNumber Seven 129 15.71% 798
09 The TangentDown & Out In Paris & London12214.86%693
10 MuseThe Resistance 117 14.25% 681
11 Guilt MachineOn This Perfect Day 122 14.86% 658
12 Agents Of MercyThe Fading Ghosts Of Twilight10012.18%617
13 SylvanForce Of Gravity 97 11.81% 490
14 MarillionLess = More 95 11.57% 458
15 Shadow GalleryDigital Ghosts 90 10.96% 449
16 BeardfishDestined Solitaire 86 10.48% 436
17 Steve HackettOut Of The Tunnel's Mouth 73 8.89% 426
18 Knight AreaRealm Of Shadows 71 8,65% 400
19 Eggs & DogsYou Are 51 6.21% 366
20 Redemption Snowfall On Judgement Day 61 7.43% 364
21 Airbag Identity53 6.46% 330
22 MastodonCrack The Skye 48 5.85% 315
23 SatelliteNostalgia 63 7.67% 300
24 Steven WilsonInsurgentes 52 6.33% 295
25 IzzThe Darkened Room 50 6.09% 277
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.

Following on from top spots in the 2005 and 2007 polls, Porcupine Tree claim their third Best Album of the Year with The Incident. However, it was a close run thing with Transatlanticís Ďcomebackí album The Whirlwind being pipped at the post despite receiving more votes, albeit at a slightly lower overall rating. Interestingly, neither of their albums earned a coveted 10/10 rating and in both cases one of our round table reviewers deemed the album unworthy of a DPRP recommended tag.

Once again, less well established bands fared well with Gazpacho, Big Big Train and Phideaux all making the top ten. Surprisingly, Dream Theater, who normally reap in the plaudits, stalled at number 6 in our poll and Marillion failed to make the top ten, although the fact that Less = More is a collection of acoustically re-recorded old songs probably had an influence on the voting.

The almost 700 different albums that were voted for displays the wide range of musical interests displayed by our readership and contained a large number of bands that even the most ardent of prog fans would most likely be unfamiliar with. Good news for the genre if even only a small number of these groups manage to break through to a wider audience. We were, however, unsure as to if the single votes polled for Lily Allen and Robbie Williams were representative of pollsters with very wide musical tastes or slightly strange senses of humour!

Click HERE for the entire list of results.

Best DVDs
Pendragon - Concerto Maximo

NrBandDVD VotesPercentage Weighted Points
01 Pendragon Concerto Maximo 152 18.51% 370
02 Kansas There's Know Place Like Home 67 8.16% 142
03 Jethro Tull Live At Madison Square Garden 1978 24 2.92% 58
04 Shadowland Edge Of Night 24 2.92% 50
05 Overhead Live After All 20 2.44% 46
06 Marillion This Strange Convention 17 2.07% 41
07 Oceansize Feed To Feed 16 1.95% 38
08 No-man Mixtaped 9 1.10% 23
09 Iron Maiden Flight 666 11 1.34% 22
10 Lazuli Six Frenchmen In Amsterdam ~ Live At Paradiso 12 1.46% 20

The clear winner in the Best DVD category was Pendragonís Concerto Maximo, perhaps understandable given that Pure was voted as the best album of 2008. With less than two-fifths of the number of weighted votes of Pendragon, Kansas were probably a surprising second place for many people, although it shows that good musicianship and great songwriting stand the test of time. And back in time some 31 years for the third placed DVD, some classic Jethro Tull recorded at Madison Square Gardens. Interestingly only nine DVDs received 10 or more votes, a comment on the popularity of DVDs in general or people sticking to the bands they like best?

See the full results HERE.

Best Tracks

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

#BandVotes Percentage
01Porcupine Tree217 23.43%
02Iq 182 22.17%
03Dream Theater 147 17.90%
04Transatlantic 124 15.10%
05Gazpacho 100 12.18%

Now let's look at which of the 536 individual tracks proved most popular.

#Band TrackVotesPercentage Weighted Points
01 Porcupine Tree Time Flies 131 15.96% 288
02 Dream Theater The Count Of Tuscany 77 9.38% 177
03 Iq Frequency 71 8.65% 151
04 Transatlantic Overture / Whirlwind 45 5.48% 100
05 Big Big Train The Underfall Yard 42 5.12% 100
06 Gazpacho Tick Tock 45 5.48% 93
07 Gazpacho The Walk 36 4.38% 91
08 Iq The Province 40 4.87% 87
09 Iq Ryker Skies 26 3.17% 61
10 Porcupine Tree I Drive The Hearse 26 3.17% 59

With the editorial decision that the Porcupine Tree and Transatlantic albums were not eligible for inclusion as a single track, there were a lot of split votes for individual tracks on each of these albums. Despite this, Porcupine Tree still won through with Time Flies being deemed the most popular song of the album and of the year! Despite a relatively poor show in the overall album category, Dream Theater claimed second place with The Count Of Tuscany. All seven tracks from the IQ album were voted for in this category, with three making the top 10. An indication of the consistent nature of one of the bandís finest efforts.

See the full Track results HERE.

Best Artwork
Transatlantic - The Whirlwind

#ArtistBand AlbumVotesPercentage
01 Per NordinTransatlanticThe Whirlwind65 7.92%
02 Hugh SymeDream TheaterBlack Clouds & Silver Linings455.48%
03 Lasse HoilePorcupine TreeThe Incident384.63%
04 Tony LythgoeIqFrequency26 3.17%
05 Antonio SeijasGazpachoTick Tock22 2.68%

With the return of Transatlantic also came the return of Per Nordin's blimp, which sees Nordin appear at the top of the Artwork poll for the third time.
Seems that black is the new, er, black with the largely monochromatic covers by Hugh Syme (Dream Theater) and Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree) achieving second and third place, respectively. Good to see Gazpacho's unconventional white and gold cover provide some balance to that.

In total 126 different albums got voted for in the 'Best Artwork' category.

Click HERE to view the full Artwork results.

Best Concerts

The participants of the poll voted for 342 different concerts in 2009. 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.

Porcupine Tree - 12 October 2009 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Photo by Bart Jan van der Vorst
20092008Band Votes for Best ConcertPercentage
1 1Porcupine Tree 81 9.87%
2 5Dream Theater 31 3.78%
2 3Marillion 31 3.78%
4 2Pendragon 25 3.05%
5 11Gazpacho 24 2.92%

Now let's have a look at which of these 342 gigs got the most votes for Best Concert 2009.

#BandWhen WhereVotesPercentage
1 Porcupine Tree 12/10/2009 Amsterdam, The Netherlands 17 2.07%
2 Gazpacho 10/07/2009 Loreley, Germany13 1.58%
3 Pendragon 04/12/2009 Zoetermeer, The Netherlands 8 0.97%
3 Pendragon 12/12/2009 Leamington Spa, The UK 8 0.97%
3 Porcupine Tree 09/10/2009 London, The UK 8 0.97%

The results of the best concert poll are always widespread, due to the sheer number of gigs played all over the globe. The high number of participants from The Netherlands, coupled with the relatively low number of gigs bands play in this country usually results in Dutch gigs dominating this particular poll. This is borne out by the Porcupine Tree concert in The Netherlands achieving top concert of the year, although their London concert three days earlier achieved joint third spot. Indeed, for the third year in a row Porcupine Tree received the most votes in the concert category irrespective of individual concerts. Good to see a relatively new band, Gazpacho, translate the popularity of their recorded output into the live arena with a deserved second position (their Zoetermeer concert was also voted number 6) and Pendragon getting the fans plaudits for two of their December gigs.

Click HERE to view the full Concert results.

Best Newcomer
Guilt Machine - click to enter official website

#BandVotes Percentage
1 Guilt Machine48 5.85%
2 Airbag37 4.51%
3 Agents Of Mercy26 3.17%
4 Astra25 3.05%
5 Parzival's Eye18 2.19%

Best newcomer this year was rather a mixed bag with Ayreonís mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen new group, Guilt Machine, gaining top spot with strong support from his Dutch countrymen. Guilt Machine just missed out on a Top 10 placing in the best album category, despite polling more votes than both The Tangent (#9) and Muse (#10). Norwegian band Airbag and Americanís Astra, are young bands both new to DPRP, with Airbag's debut album only reviewed on DPRP a couple of weeks ago. Airbag's debut achieved a credible number 22 placing in the best album category, while Astraís The Weirdling came in at number 33. Flower Kings offshoot Agents of Mercy hit the number three spot and their album was hot on the heels of Guilt Machine, whilst the first solo album from RPWLís Chris Postl under the name Parzivalís Eye made the fifth best newcomer spot, despite the album polling relatively weakly (#50) compared with the other top newcomers.

In total 113 different bands were voted for as best newcomer. Click HERE to view the full Best Newcomer results.

Biggest Disappointment

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.

#ArtistDisappointment VotesPercentage
1Porcupine TreeThe Incident 455.48%
2TransatlanticThe Whirlwind 404.87%
3MarillionLess = More Album / Tour 384.63%
4Dream TheaterBlack Clouds & Silver Linings 273.29%
5YesTour without Jon Anderson/Rick Wakeman 192.31%

Proving the saying that one manís meat is another manís poison, the top two albums of the year were also voted as the top two disappointments of the year! Both Porcupine Treeís The Incident and Transatlanticís The Whirlwind were deemed to be unworthy additions to the prog musical catalogue. A stripped back Marillion also provided reasons for discontent as the Less = More album and tour were voted into number 3. Dream Theater managed to beat their #6 ranking in the best album category by Black Clouds & Silver Linings making it as the fourth biggest disappointment of the year. It seems that nothing but Classic Yes will do, as the decision of the band to tour without Jon Anderson and Grumpy Old Man Rick Wakeman (despite being deputised by his son) also ranked highly on the list of 2009 disappointments.

In total 148 entries were submitted for the Biggest Disappointment of 2009.

You can view the full results from the Biggest Disappointment section HERE.

Biggest Happening

As a balance to 'Biggest Disappointment' we asked participants what they thought was the best thing to happen to prog in 2009.

#HappeningVotes Percentage
1Transatlantic Reunion & New Album 22827.77%
2Night of The Prog IV Festival, Loreley, Germany31 3.78%
3Porcupine Tree - The Incident Album & Success 172.07%
4Progressive Nation Tour14 1.71%
5Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine 131.58%

One event swept the board as biggest happening of 2009, the reformation and new album by Transatlantic, something that gathered more than a quarter of the votes cast. One wonders how much bigger that percentage had been if so many people hadnít considered the album to be a disappointment? Other events of the year pale into insignificance really compared with the Transatlantic vote, although somewhat inevitably Porcupine Tree claim #3 spot whilst a festival and a tour take up the second and fourth spots. After years of being ignored by the media, the arrival of a dedicated progressive magazine Ė Classic Rock Presents Prog Ė was the fifth biggest happening of the year, an impressive result considering itís high price in the UK and even higher price in other European countries. Nice to also see Esoteric Records polling a number of votes to reach #20, proving that good quality re-issues of long-lost albums will find favour with fans.

In total 103 entries were submitted for the Biggest Happening of 2009.

You can view the full results for the Biggest Happening section HERE.

Best Individual Performances

In this section we asked people for what they thought was the best musical performance on a studio album. There are too many results to evaluate into detail here, so therefore we have only printed the top result for each of the five section in this page, and you can view the rest of the results in the database tables using the links below.

TitleMusicianBand AlbumVotes Percentage
Best GuitaristJohn PetrucciDream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings 809.74%
Best KeyboardistMark WestworthIQ Frequency 55 6.80%
Best VocalistPeter NichollsIQ Frequency 54 6.58%
Best DrummerGavin HarrisonPorcupine Tree The Incident 96 11.69%
Best BassistPete TrewavasTransatlantic The Whirlwind 125 15.23%

IQ round off a good year with two top performances for Peter Nicholls (vocals) and Mark Westworth (keyboards) on the album Frequency. Indeed, all of the musicians on the IQ album finished in the top four of their category. After being knocked off the top spot last year, John Petrucci reclaims the title for best guitar performance and, likewise, Gavin Harrison reinstates himself with best drumming performance. Finally, Pete Trewavas can console himself over Marillionís relatively poor showing in this yearís poll by celebrating his celebrated bass playing with Transatlantic.

There were 97 different guitarists voted for and you can see the full results HERE.

There were 91 different keyboard players voted for and you can see the full results HERE.

There were 108 different vocalists voted for and you can see the full results HERE.

There were 79 different drummers voted for and you can see the full results HERE.

There were 88 different bassists voted for and you can see the full results HERE.


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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