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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

If he's not number one, he's second only to Greg Lake. His Genesis work (and his solo work, though that's not as "proggy") shows his immense skill. The things he does with his voice, sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious, are showcases of incredible talent.

4 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.

5 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'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.

Probably the greatest progressive rock vocalist of all time. His impressive range and vocal skill are amazing. Combine that with King Crimson or ELP, and you have beautiful art.

6 Annie Haslam

Annie sings artistically in the elegant songs of Renaissance.

7 Ray Thomas
8 Geddy Lee Gary 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.

Deserves top ten for sure. Despite the claims that he is simply "screechy," he uses that vocal style very well, and eventually fades it out in the early 80s anyway. Even on Clockwork Angels he is still almost as good as he was at his height in the 70s-80s.

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... read more

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

Again, not truly a prog singer, which is why he probably only deserves numbers 8-10, but his vocal style is definitely pretty proggy on the early queen albums.

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

10 John Wetton

Though not the best King Crimson vocalist, John Wetton is still very talented.

This position seems so underrated.

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

Though he was never really as much of a prog singer, he is still a great vocalist. Probably deserves top ten. He would be higher, but, like I mentioned, his work isn't usually very proggy.

12 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.
13 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.
14 Bruce Soord
15 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!

16 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.

17 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.

Again, only deserves 7-10 because Labrie isn't a true prog rock singer, but a third wave modern neo-progressive symphonic metal vocalist. Still, he is extremely talented.

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

18 Peter Hammill

He is the best!
The singer of singers!

19 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... read more
20 John Lodge
21 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.

A very good vocalist. Deserves top ten for sure.

Listen to Thick as a Brick. Amazing voice.

22 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... read more
23 Jeff Lynne Jeff Lynne is an English rock musician who founded the Electric Light Orchestra and has performed with and produced other artists, including George Harrison.
24 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.
25 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.

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