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 Progressive Rock Singers

1 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.

Who else could top the list? he's like the Elvin King of Prog! Its funny, because Yes had two superb singers, Chris Squire had a beautiful angelic sounding voice as well, but Jon has something else, something extra, a mercurial joyful playfulness, he makes people happy, he makes me smile, for instance on Walls, its just one of those songs that makes me dance round the room, its just delightful, he's obviously having fun, and its infectious. I can't think of any other singer who sings about beautiful positives in such a playful and joyous way, I love him to bits, thanks Jon!

One of the most angelic, breathtaking voices I've ever heard, in or outside of prog. Otherworldly.

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.

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

2 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.

3 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.

I don't understand why he's below David Gilmour. David is not a bad singer by any means, but overall, Peter is way more accomplished.

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.

He's the greatest

He's also a great lyricst.

4 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.

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

Geddy Lee should be higher but greg lake is also great

The power of this man's voice will forever be unmatched

5 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.

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.

Her voice is just incredible.

The best...

7 Phil Collins Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.
8 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.

This guy should be at least Number Two! People hate his voice for no reason!

Phenomenal Bassist, not so much lead singer.

9 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

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

10 Ray Thomas

The Contenders

11 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.
12 John Wetton

This position seems so underrated.

13 Bruce Soord
14 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.
15 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.
16 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

17 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!


18 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

19 Jeff Lynne
20 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.
21 Peter Hammill

He is the best!
The singer of singers!

The best!

22 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.

23 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.
24 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.

Not the best, but too low on this list; his voice fit his vitriolic polemics quite well.

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

25 John Lodge
26 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 also is the singer of A Perfect Circle and Puscifer bands that vary in style.

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

27 Mariusz Duda

I consider Mariusz Duda to be the greatest prog singer of all time along with Mikael Åkerfeldt. Just listen to songs like Untamed, Gutter, Second Life Syndrome and Lunatic Soul. His voice is a bliss.

28 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)

29 Trevor Horn
30 Einar Solberg
31 Andrew Latimer
32 Jonas Renkse Jonas Petter Renkse is a founding member, songwriter, lead vocalist and ex-drummer of the band Katatonia, founding member, songwriter, bassist, backing vocalist, ex-guitarist of the band Bloodbath.

Jonas Renkse could sing a shopping list and it would still sound epic. I love his voice! The depth of feelings, the emotion that it generates are unique.

What a voice! Amazing.

33 Derek Shulman
34 Alan Parsons
35 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.

36 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.
37 Kjetil Nordhus
38 Eric Woolfson
39 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.
40 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.
41 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.
42 John Arch
43 Ray Alder
44 Jens Kidman
45 John Haughm
46 Joe Duplantier Joseph "Joe" Duplantier is a French musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira.
47 Claudio Sanchez
48 Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.
49 Cedric Bixler-Zavala
50 Ted Leonard
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