DPRPoll 2010

Below you will find an evaluation of the year.

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


This year's poll had 670 participants, a bit of a drop from recent years. A possible explanation could be the fact that none of the current big prog acts (Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Marillion, etc) released an album in 2010. It seems our reader's demographic is shifting, because for the first time in 13 years the majority of participants did not originate from The Netherlands, but from the UK instead (20.75% in total). The Dutch follow with 16.72%, while the USA (15.07%), Sweden (6.27%) and Canada and Germany (4.18% each) round up the top 5 (err 6).

It looks like we're still collectively aging, with the median age of the poll participant being 45. Fortunately we still have more than 15% of the participants under 25 (with the youngest voter being 15), so there is still hope for the future of the genre.

As always we had a number of great prizes which we raffled among the entrants. DPRP would like to thank all the labels and artists who generously donated prizes. The prize winners will be contacted in the following week and the final prizes list published shortly after.

Best Albums

In total 561 different albums were voted for. Below you will find the Top 25.

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

Spock'S Beard - X
NrBand AlbumWeighted Points PercentageVotes
1Spock's Beard X 162634.63%232
2Anathema We're Here Because We're Here1444 29.85%200
3Gazpacho Missa Atropos 94320%134
4Unitopia Artificial 87220%134
5The Enid Journey's End 81313.28%89
6Moon Safari Lover's End 77316.72%112
7Pain Of Salvation Road Salt One 64016.42%110
8Agents Of Mercy Dramarama 63015.37%103
9Glass Hammer If 58115.52%104
10The Pineapple Thief Someone Here Is Missing 57915.67%105
11Kaipa In The Wake Of Evolution549 15.07%101
12Star One Victims Of The Modern Age526 13.43%90
13Haken Aquarius 50411.04%74
14Big Big Train Far Skies Deep Time 4379.10%61
15Hasse Froberg & Musical Companion Futurepast407 8.96%60
16Lunatic Soul Lunatic Soul II 40210.15%68
17Transatlantic An Evening of Transatlantic - Whirld Tour 2010385 7.61%51
18Mystery One Among The Living379 8.81%59
19Karnataka The Gathering Light371 9.85%66
20Steve Hackett Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth 3588.21%55
21Manning Charlestown 3087.61%51
22Vanden Plas Seraphic Clockwork288 7.76%52
23James LaBrie Static Impulse 2857.31%49
24Peter Gabriel Scratch My Back 2807.31%49
25Tinyfish The Big Red Spark 2776.57%44
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.

Spock's Beard reclaim top spot in the DPRP best album of the year with their 10th album, the aptly titled X. Proof that perseverance pays off and, despite some wobbles along the way, they have completely shaken off the departure of Neal Morse whose best placing, album wise, was at #17 with the third Transatlantic live album. X was not such a hotly rated release amongst the DPRP team, with only 9 (42%) of us including it in our top 10, and the album only gaining the top position in one case!

Anathema's return after a 7-year hiatus follows closely on its heels, storming to a number two position and scoring a higher average rating, but a lower number of total votes than Spock's Beard. Both Norwegian art rockers Gazpacho and Antipodean prog ensemble Unitopia continue their conquest of the prog world with their latest albums scoring their best poll position yet.

The Enid made a welcome return with their highly favoured Journey's End, rounding up the top five. Apart from The Enid, only two other 'Old Guard' prog acts, coincidentally both of them previous members of Genesis, making the list. Despite not being released until the end of 2010, Moon Safari scored big time with their excellent Lover's End and the wait for the Karnataka proved worthwhile as The Gathering Light crept into the top 20.

DPRP reviewed all 25 of the top albums, with all of the top 12 haven been granted 'round table review'. Only two of the 25 albums failed to gain a DPRP recommended tag, although with ratings of 7/10 and 7.5/10 Star One came as close as you can get! The other album, Peter Gabriel's Scratch My Back, was greatly admired but was considered lacking in prog credibility. It all goes to prove, if proof was needed, that we at DPRP have our fingers firmly on the pulse of modern progressive music!

Click HERE for the entire list of results.

Best DVDs

Transatlantic DVD 2010

NrBandDVD Weighted PointsPercentage Votes
1 Transatlantic An Evening With Transatlantic: Whirld Tour 2010 63350.61% 249
2 Porcupine Tree Anesthetize 520 45.33% 223
3 The EnidLive At Birmingham Town Hall 18512.80% 63
4 Rush Beyond The Lighted Stage 145 14.43% 71
5 Opeth In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall 127 13.41% 66
6 Quidam Strong Together 626.71% 33
7 Gazpacho A Night At Loreley 576.30% 31
8 Riverside Reality Dream 566.71% 33
9 MarillionOut Of Season 51 5.49% 27
10 Camel Opening Farewell 403.86% 19

There were two clear leaders for best DVD of 2010 and it was neck and neck for a long period of the voting. However, Transatlantic ended triumphant with their recording from their Whirld Tour pushing Porcupine Tree's Anesthetize into second place (serves them right for spelling anaesthetise wrong!). The Enid make it a double top five triumph with the recording from Birmingham Town Hall and Opeth proved that 'borrowing' a cover idea from a 40-year-old Deep Purple album is not necessarily a bad thing.

We didn't fare so well in reviewing the top DVDs, having missed four of them. Tut Tut Team, must try harder this year!

In total 118 different DVD's were voted for.

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
1Spock's Beard260 50.58%
2Anathema 212 41.25%
3Moon Safari110 21.40%
4The Enid 103 20.04%
5Unitopia 100 19.46%

Now let's look at which of the 555 individual tracks proved most popular.

#Band TrackWeighted PointsPercentage Votes
1 Spock's BeardJaws Of Heaven 13911.87%61
2 Moon SafariA Kid Called Panic 554.47%23
3 UnitopiaTesla 524.86%25
4 AnathemaDreaming Light 473.89%20
4 ManningCharlestown 473.89%20
6 AnathemaA Simple Mistake 423.50%18
7 Pain of SalvationSisters 403.89%20
8 HakenCelestial Elixir 383.31%17
9 Spock's BeardEdge Of The Inbetween 362.92%15
10 Spock's BeardFrom The Darkness 352.53%13

Unsurprisingly, the five bands who got the most votes for releasing the best track in 2010 were included in the top six album of the year, only Gazpacho having slipped down the ranking. The clear winner was Spock's Beard. Not only did Jaws Of Heaven poll 11% of the vote to gain top spot but they also had two other songs in the top 10. No wonder X was album of the year! Anathema also polled well getting two top six places whilst the breadth and variety of progressive music is represented by the placing of both the title track from Manning's latest release and Moon Safari's A Kid Called Panic. The proggers love of the long song continues strong with only three songs not reaching the 10 minute mark. Sobering thought that it would take nearly two and a half hours to listen to the top ten tracks in our poll!

See the full Track results HERE.

Best Artwork

Unitopia - Artificial 2010

#ArtistBand AlbumVotesPercentage
1 Ed UnitskyUnitopiaArtificial 4410.11%
2 Tom KuhnGlass HammerIf 317.13%
3 Chris Dessaigne Star OneVictims Of The Modern Age 235.29%
3 Silas ToballAgents Of Mercy Dramarama235.29%
5 Storm ThorgersonThe Pineapple Thief Someone Here Is Missing22 5.06%

Ed Utnitsky proves that he is the up and coming prog artist of choice with his cover for Unitopia's Artificial proving to be our readers favourite of the year. The grandfather of prog album covers (photographic division) Storm Thorgerson proves he has still got it! His work for The Pineapple Thief brought back fond memories of his best work, so much so it even made me dig out my Hypgnosis art books for a stroll down memory lane.

In total 121 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 255 different concerts in 2010. To get a clear picture of which bands did best on the stage last year, we'll first have a look at the 10 artists that got the most votes, regardless of which concert.

201020092008Band VotesPercentage
1- -Transatlantic90 21.18%
2- -The Enid41 9.65%
311Porcupine Tree 31 7.29%
5- -Anathema13 3.06%
6411Gazpacho11 2.59%
6- 8Spock's Beard11 2.59%
89-Steve Hackett10 2.35%
9-7Rush9 2.12%
10-17Roger Waters7 1.65%

Now let's have a look at which of these 255 gigs got the most votes for Best Concert 2010.

#BandWhen WhereVotesPercentage
1 TransatlanticMay 20 Tilburg, The Netherlands317.29%
2 The EnidApril 16 Birmingham, UK235.41%
3 TransatlanticMay 21 London, UK122.82%
4TransatlanticJuly 24 London, UK92.12%
5 GazpachoMarch 14 Zoetermeer, The Netherlands81.88%

The results for the best concert shows why Transatlantic won the best DVD category as three of their shows were in the top five. That is also testament to the consistency of their performance as two of those gigs were in London. The other two bands in the top 5 also featured high in the rankings of best DVD, indeed for The Enid it was one and the same concert! The reunion of Francis Lickerish and Robert John Godfrey, albeit for just the one song, was obviously a highlight for many.

Click HERE to view the full Concert results.

Best Newcomer

Haken - Click to Visit Haken MySpace

#BandVotes Percentage
1 Haken4816.11%
2 Hasse Froberg & Musical Companion 289.40%
3 Sky Architect19 6.38%
4 District 9717 5.70%
5 Aspera113.69%

What is somewhat startling is that 86 different bands were voted for in the best new comer category. That's EIGHTY SIX, in ONE YEAR! With that number you could have discovered a new band every four days in 2010 and still have had three weeks holiday! Even if only a small fraction of these new bands make a lasting impression, the future of prog looks rosy. English band Haken came out ahead of the bunch with their DPRP recommended debut. In fact, once again the DPRP reviewers got it right with all five best newcomers gaining the coveted recommended tag. Or could it be that our recommendations are leading where music fans love to follow?

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.

#Disappointment VotesPercentage
1Mike Portnoy leaving Dream Theater 8925.72%
2Pain of Salvation - Road Salt One 216.07%
3The Death of Ronnie James Dio 113.18%
4Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back 102.89%
5Gazpacho - Missa Atropos 82.31%

If there was one certainty in the poll results then Mike Portnoy leaving Dream Theatre was the sure bet as being biggest disappointment of the year. The 22 people who voted for Pain Of Salvation's Road Salt One as being the biggest let down of 2010 has to be weighed against the 110 people who considered the album among the best of the year. Sadly, Ronnie James Dio also made the list, although saddened is probably more an appropriate emotion over his death rather than disappointment. RIP Ronnie.

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 2010.

#HappeningVotes Percentage
1Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy 8119.66%
2Transatlantic's Whirld Tour80 19.42%
3High Voltage Festival 2010 4911.89%
4The Enid Reformation, Album and Tour 23 5.58%
5Night of the Prog V Festival 2010 143.40%

Not sure how one should take the fact that the biggest happening of the year was the same as the biggest disappointment. Presumably it is simply a reflection of the large number of fans Dream Theatre have and the effect it has had on them. Emotional bunch these DT fans, obviously! Possibly the biggest reaction a drummer leaving a band has had in a long while. Transatlantic's tour and The Enid's resurgence were also bright spots in the year with the other two positions being taken by prog festivals, both of which are running again this year and no doubt hoping to be highlights once again.

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 their favourite 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
GuitaristSteve Hackett Steve Hackett Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth 2311.24%
KeyboardistRyo Okumoto Spock's Beard X 38 11.99%
VocalistDaniel Gildenlöw Pain Of Salvation Road Salt One 24 6.80%
DrummerNick D'Virgilio Spock's Beard X 57 22.33%
BassistDave Meros Spock's Beard X 34 16.78%

There were 129 different guitarists voted for and you can see the full results HERE.

There were 94 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 88 different drummers voted for and you can see the full results HERE.

There were 85 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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