Poll

A podcast of the 50 Years of Prog 1987 to 1996 Top 40 shows is now available.

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If you missed the shows the top 40 albums as voted for by Progzilla Radio listeners were:

40. Echolyn – Suffocating The Bloom

39. Dream Theater – Images And Words

38. Abel Ganz – The Danger Of Strangers

37. Porcupine Tree – Voyage 34

36. Mike Oldfield – Amarok

35. The Flower Kings – Back In The World Of Adventures

34. Arena – Songs From The Lion’s Cage

33. King’s X – Faith Hope Love

32. Bankstatement – Bankstatement

31. Victor – Victor

30. Rush – Hold Your Fire

29. Radiohead – The Bends

28. It Bites – Once Around The World

27.Twelfth Night – Collectors Item

26. Roger Waters – Amused To Death

25. Discipline – Push And Profit

24. Peter Gabriel – Us

23. Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

22. Roger Waters – Radio Kaos

21. Marillion – Afraid Of Sunlight

20. IQ – Are You Sitting Comfortably?

19. King’s X – Gretchen Goes To Nebraska

18. Dream Theater – Awake

17. Yes – Big Generator

16. Cardiacs – A Little Man And A House And The Whole World Window

15. Fish – Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors

14. IQ – Ever

13. King Crimson – Thrak

12. Porcupine Tree – The Sky Moves Sideways

11. Jethro Tull – Crest Of A Knave

10. Echolyn – As The World

9. Roine Stolt – The Flower King

8. Marillion – Seasons End

7. Tool – Ænima

6. Spock’s Beard – The Light

5. Marillion – Clutching At Straws

4. Pink Floyd – The Division Bell

3. Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime

2. Porcupine Tree – Signify

1. Marillion – Brave

Thanks to everyone who voted!

1 Genesis Supper’s Ready
2 Yes Close To The Edge
3 Yes Awaken
4 King Crimson Starless
5 Genesis Firth Of Fifth
6 Jethro Tull Thick As A Brick
7 Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond
8 Twelfth Night Sequences
9 Genesis Cinema Show
10 Genesis The Musical Box
11 Yes Gates Of Delirium
12 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
13 Marillion Grendel
14 Big Big Train The Underfall Yard
15 King Crimson In The Court Of The Crimson King
16 Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb
17 Pink Floyd Echoes
18 Frost* Milliontown
19 Yes And You And I
20 Pink Floyd Dogs
21 Yes Starship Trooper
22 ELP Karn Evil 9
23 Big Big Train East Coast Racer
24 Yes Yours Is No Disgrace
25 Twelfth Night We Are Sane
26 Discipline Canto Iv
27 Rush 2112
28 It Bites Once Around The World
29 Transatlantic The Whirlwind
30 Van Der Graaf Generator A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers
31 ELP Tarkus
32 Twelfth Night The Collector
33 Yes Roundabout
34 Marillion Kayleigh Suite
35 IQ Last Human Gateway
36 Twelfth Night The Ceiling Speaks
37 Kevin Gilbert Long Day’s Life
38 IQ The Seventh House
39 Gong Masterbuilder
40 Twelfth Night Take A Look
41 The Enid One And The Many
42 King Crimson Larks’ Tongue In Aspic
43 Transatlantic Stranger In Your Soul
44 Frost* Hyperventilate
45 Echolyn Mei
46 Moon Safari Lovers End Part 3
47 Yes Turn Of The Century
48 Rush Xanadu
49 Steven Wilson Home Invasion/Regret No 9
50 King Crimson Fracture
51 Rush Tom Sawyer
52 Camel Ice
53 Galahad Richelieu’s Prayer 2012
54 Twelfth Night Creepshow
55 Dream Theater A Change Of Seasons
56 Focus Sylvia
57 Marillion This Strange Engine
58 Genesis Dancing With The Moonlight Knight
59 Arena Moviedrome
60 Genesis Eleventh Earl Of Mar
61 Galahad Empires Never Last
62 The Flower Kings The Truth Will Set You Free
63 Spock’s Beard At The End Of The Day
64 Van Der Graaf Generator Killer
65 Porcupine Tree Arriving Somewhere But Not Here
66 Mike Oldfield Ommadawn
67 King Crimson Red
68 Jethro Tull Cross Eyed Mary
69 Van Der Graaf Generator Still Life
70 Spock’s Beard The Light
71 Darwin’s Radio Breathe It In
72 King Crimson Thela Hun Ginjeet
73 Rush Hemispheres
74 ELP Trilogy
75 Galahad I Could Be God
76 Big Big Train Victorian Brickwork
77 King Crimson Lizard
78 Pallas Crown Of Thorns
79 IQ The Enemy Smacks
80 Némo Miroirs
81 IO Earth New World
82 Marillion Garden Party
83 The Flower Kings Stardust We Are
84 Steven Wilson Routine
85 King Crimson 21st Century Schizoid Man
86 Discipline Rogue
87 Marillion Blind Curve
88 Genesis The Return Of The Giant Hogweed
89 Marillion Ocean Cloud
90 Van Der Graaf Generator Man-erg
91 Magic Pie Trick Of The Mind (Circus Of Life Pt 4)
92 Pink Floyd Us And Them
93 The Who Love Reign O’er Me
94 Frost Snowman
95 Steve Hackett Corycian Fire
96 Iona Matthew The Man
97 Bruford Sahara Of Snow
98 Arena Solomon
99 Kansas The Pinnacle
100 Pink Floyd Welcome To The Machine

One of our regular listeners, John Simms, has posted his analysis of the results of our recent poll on his blog, Flight Of The Skypilot


In the week leading up to Monday 25th May 2015 Progzilla Radio broadcast the Top 100 Modern Prog Classics, as voted for by their listeners. The results can be found here.

Since the poll was published, I’ve been doing some analysis of the results (because I’m on holiday and it’s raining):

The 100 songs come from 64 albums (assuming the studio version of the track was chosen)

There are 48 acts represented:
27 have 1 song in the list;
5 have 2 songs
9 have 3 songs
4 have 4 songs
1 has 6 songs (Steven Wilson)
2 have 7 songs (IQ & Big Big Train)

The most songs from one album is 5 (The Raven That Refused To Sing)
The most different albums represented by a single act is 6 (IQ)

Of the 48 acts, 30 are from the UK; 8 from USA (including Transatlantic, who are 50% American); 8 from Scandinavia; and 2 from the rest of Europe (France & Poland)

There are 7 tracks under 5:00; 11 between 5:01 & 7:30; 23 between 7:31 & 10:00; 28 between 10:01 & 15:00; 12 between 15:01 & 20:00; 11 between 20:00 & 30:00; and 8 over 30:00.

The shortest tracks were 3:16 (Spooky Action & Anisina), and the longest was 77:54 (The Whirlwind)

17 of the tracks were originally released in the 1990s; 42 from 2000-2009; and 41 since 2010
The five most popular years were 2013 (16); 2012 (9); 2014 (8); 2000 (7) & 2006 (7)

Which perhaps goes to show that, in terms of modern Progressive music, the best years appear to be now; the UK seems to be a strong force on the prog scene; and we still like an epic!


An interesting analysis – many thanks, John! B->

The original article can be found here: http://flightoftheskypilot.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/modern-prog-classics-some-analysis.html

Here’s the complete list of our top 100 chart, as voted by you, our faithful listeners:

1 Big Big Train East Coast Racer
2 Frost* Milliontown
3 Big Big Train The Underfall Yard
4 Frost* Black Light Machine
5 The Flower Kings The Truth Will Set You Free
6 Marillion Neverland
7 Big Big Train Victorian Brickwork
8 Transatlantic The Whirlwind
9 Porcupine Tree Anaesthetize
10 Pink Floyd High Hopes
11 The Tangent In Earnest
12 The Enid The One And The Many
13 Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
14 Transatlantic Stranger In Your Soul
15 Transatlantic All Of The Above
16 Porcupine Tree Arriving Somewhere But Not Here
17 Spock’s Beard At The End Of The Day
18 Flower Kings Garden Of Dreams
19 Frost* Hyperventilate
20 Pendragon Indigo
21 Marillion Invisible Man
22 Yes Mind Drive
23 Karmakanic Send A Message From The Heart
24 Flower Kings Stardust We Are
25 IQ Seventh House
26 Arena Butterfly Man
27 Discipline Canto IV
28 Lifesigns Carousel
29 Big Big Train Curator Of Butterflies
30 Steven Wilson Drive Home
31 Spock’s Beard Great Nothing
32 IQ Harvest of Souls
33 Big Big Train Hedgerow
34 Echolyn Mei
35 Dream Theater Octavarium
36 IQ Road of Bones
37 Riverside Second Life Syndrome
38 Marillion This Strange Engine
39 Cosmograf White Car
40 Galahad Guardian Angel
41 Echolyn Island
42 Porcupine Tree Lazarus
43 Frost* Dividing Line
44 Mike Keneally Pretty Enough for Girls
45 Moon Safari Lovers End Part 3
46 Transatlantic Duel With The Devil
47 Pallas Ghostdancers
48 Big Big Train First Rebreather
49 IQ Darkest Hour
50 Steven Wilson Holy Drinker
51 Cardiacs Dirty Boy
52 Anglagard Kung Bore
53 Pallas Falling Down
54 Big Big Train Judas Unrepentant
55 Spock’s Beard The Light
56 Kevin Gilbert Long Day’s Life
57 Moon Safari Other Half Of The Sky
58 Trojan Horse Paper Bells
59 Dream Theater Spirit Carries On
60 Pendragon This Green And Pleasant Land
61 Steven Wilson Home Invasion/Regret #9
62 IQ Narrow Margin
63 Radiohead Paranoid Android
64 The Tangent Place In The Queue
65 Lifesigns Telephone
66 Pendragon Voyager
67 The Gift Willows
68 Haken Cockroach King
69 Cosmograf Man Left In Space
70 Von Hertzen Brothers Always Been Right
71 Pink Floyd Anisina
72 Cosmograf Aspire, Achieve
73 Erik Norlander Astrology Prelude
74 Galahad Battle Scars
75 Porcupine Tree Blackest Eyes
76 Manning Charlestown
77 Kaipa Complex Work of Art
78 Riverside Conceiving You
79 Cardiacs Fiery Gun Hand
80 IQ Frequency
81 The Flower Kings I Am The Sun
82 Dream Theater Pull Me Under
83 Genesis Driving The Last Spike
84 Lifesigns Lighthouse
85 Kino Loser’s Day Parade
86 Nemo Reflets
87 Steven Wilson Luminol
88 Moon Safari Mega Moon
89 Tangent The Music That Died Alone
90 IQ Ryker Skies
91 Ritual Seasong For The Moominpappa
92 Galahad Seize The Day
93 Mostly Autumn Shrinking Violet
94 Credo Staring At The Sun
95 Steven Wilson Watchmaker
96 Tim Bowness Smiler At 50
97 Public Service Broadcasting Spitfire
98 Fierce And The Dead Spooky Action
99 Tiger Moth Tales Don’t Let Go, Feels Alright
100 Beardfish Sleeping In Traffic