Top 10 Progressive Rock Singers

Sure you have your Michael Jacksons and your Mariah Careys, but what about those Prog singers that never get any love?

The Top Ten

1 Jon Anderson Jon Anderson John Roy Anderson, known professionally as Jon Anderson, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the former lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes, which he co-founded in 1968 with bassist Chris Squire.

This guy is the best prog singer ever. Queen isn't even prog, so I've no idea why freddie mercury is even on the list, let alone #1. - Doom

Learned, artistic, and spiritual. Jon sings beautifully, like an archangel. - Crwth

Beautiful and most distinguishable voice, that never disappoints consistently for the last 50+ years. This man's voice has been a part of my life since I was a boy.

No voice moves me like his.

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2 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

Best voice ever! Even today now that he's 72, he still has th3 best voice, and still makes the best solo albums. Can't wait till his next.

His vocals is a good matched with his guitar solos. like his guitar solo progresses his vocals seems like to progress. - zxm

3 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.

His vocal inflection trumps just about anything from anybody else at his time, and although his flute wasn't incredibly skilled, it added quite a bit to the music.

My personal Top Ten
1 Peter Gabriel
2 Jon Anderson
3 David Gilmour
4 Ian Anderson
5 Greg Lake
6 John Wetton
7 Roger Waters
8 Peter Hammill
9 Geddy Lee
10 Justin Hayward

4 Greg Lake Greg Lake Gregory Stuart Lake was an English bassist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer who gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Greg Lake has the most amazing male voice I have ever heard. It is a form of art within itself.

Geddy Lee should be higher but greg lake is also great

The power of this man's voice will forever be unmatched.
"A Time and a Place" and "Epitaph" being his magnum opus's

Greg Lake's voice was really like a hand of steel in a velvet glove, as he was capable of delivering explosive performances like in "21st Century Schitzoid Man" as well as delicate and beautiful moments as he proved with "I Talk to the Wind" and "Still...You Turn Me On".
While I agree when somebody says that Gabriel's flamboyant performances are more peculiar, the beauty and the smoothness in Greg's voice are still unmatched.

5 Justin Hayward Justin Hayward Justin David Hayward is an English musician, best known as songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist in the rock band the Moody Blues.

Justin is not really the lead singer of the Moody Blues, since most of the band members sang leads on the songs that they individually wrote. Justin did sing lead on more songs than any other member did, though. He has a beautiful voice. - Crwth

Lead singer of the Moody Blues, who with their 1967 song Nights in White Satin literally "invented" prog rock.

6 Annie Haslam

Annie sings artistically in the elegant songs of Renaissance. - Crwth

The best...

7 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.

First 2 Queen albums were progressive, but he doesn't deserve the top 10 - PanMixer

Not really prog singer. But hold on. We're talking about Freddie Mercury. He can sing almost all rock genres. - zxm

8 Steven Wilson Steven Wilson Steven John Wilson is an English musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.

I am a 19 y/o having no wish to be in a relationship or party/hangout with my friends. Yes I have found peace. Steven Wilson gives me peace. Love you Steven, from India!


9 James LaBrie James LaBrie Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.

No one like him. Versatile voice and range. No one else could front Dream Theater with more confidence and ability

10 Ray Thomas

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The Contenders

11 Keith Emerson Keith Emerson Keith Noel Emerson was an English keyboardist and composer. Emerson played in a number of bands before he found his first commercial success with the Nice.
12 Phil Collins Phil Collins Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.
13 Mikael Akerfeldt Mikael Akerfeldt Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. more.
14 John Wetton
15 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

Phenomenal Bassist, not so much lead singer. - Brobusky

16 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist and bassist of Pink Floyd.

Yeah, no. He's a good singer but nothing like Gilmour. But he can scream. - MaxPap

17 Steve Hackett Steve Hackett Stephen Richard Hackett is an English musician, songwriter, singer and producer who gained prominence as the guitarist of the English progressive rock band Genesis from 1971 to 1977.
18 Devin Townsend Devin Townsend Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.

Not even prog

19 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.
20 Ian Anderson Ian Anderson Ian Scott Anderson is a Scottish-born musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist whom is best known for his work as the lead vocalist, flautist, and acoustic guitarist of British rock band Jethro Tull.

Listen to Thick as a Brick. Amazing voice. - MaxPap

21 Jeff Lynne
22 Robert Fripp Robert Fripp Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He has also worked more.
23 John Lodge
24 Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

He should be at least on top 5 the man is a musical Gemini’s you can’t go wrong

25 Daniel Gildenlöw Daniel Gildenlöw Daniel Gildenlöw is a Swedish musician and songwriter. He is best known as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for the progressive metal band Pain of Salvation.

More skilled and versatile than most of these guys (despite them all being great)

26 Mariusz Duda
27 Russell Allen Russell Allen Russell Allen is a singer and lyricist best known as the vocalist of American progressive metal band Symphony X.

Russell remains overlooked in such polls most of the time but the truth is, that as a singer he owns Gilmour or Waters or whoever from the top of this list (with all respect to them) with no effort. If it comes to pure skill and talent instead of popularity, Russell is the best.

28 Jonas Renkse Jonas Renkse Jonas Petter Renkse (born 19 May 1975, Sweden) is a founding member, songwriter, lead vocalist (1991–1994, 1997-) and ex-drummer (1991–1994, 1996–1998) of the band Katatonia; founding member, songwriter, bassist, backing vocalist, ex-guitarist (2004) of the band Bloodbath.

What a voice! Amazing. - Metal_Treasure

29 Kjetil Nordhus
30 Einar Solberg
31 Andrew Latimer
32 Arjen Lucassen Arjen Lucassen Arjen Anthony Lucassen (born 3 April 1960, Netherlands) is a Dutch progressive rock/metal songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist musician and record producer, best known for his long-running progressive opera project Ayreon.
33 Geoff Tate Geoff Tate Geoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.
34 Les Claypool Les Claypool Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, author and actor best known as the bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus.
35 Daniel Heiman Daniel Heiman Daniel Heiman (born June 11, 1974) is a Swedish power metal singer. He is most famous for his time in Lost Horizon. After leaving Lost Horizon, he recorded an album with the band Crystal Eyes, and later founded the band Heed.
36 John Arch
37 Ray Alder
38 Jens Kidman
39 John Haughm
40 Joe Duplantier Joe Duplantier Joseph "Joe" Duplantier is a French musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira.
41 Claudio Sanchez
42 Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.
43 Cedric Bixler-Zavala
44 Ted Leonard
45 Dan Swanö Dan Swanö Dan-Erland Swanö is a Swedish musician who is currently the vocalist, guitarist, ex-bassist and ex-drummer for the band Nightingale, lately vocalist, keyboardist and drummer for the band Witherscape, as well as the Owner of Unisound but he achieved fame as the vocalist and songwriter of progressive more.
46 Damian Wilson
47 Kevin Moore
48 Vincent Cavanagh
49 Troy Sanders Troy Sanders Troy Jayson Sanders is an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he plays bass and shares lead vocal duties with guitarist Brent Hinds and drummer Brann Dailor.
50 Brann Dailor Brann Dailor Brann Timothy Dailor is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist.
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