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Best Prog Rock Singer

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by ridgeback, Oct 8, 2021.

  1. ridgeback

    ridgeback Active Member Thread Starter

    While I realize its subjective, In my humble estimation no prog rock singer has ever matched the incomparable Marco Glühmann of the very underrated band Sylvan. Great front man with an amazing voice, and with the ability to use it to greatly enhance the music of the band without being overpowering.

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  2. ridgeback

    ridgeback Active Member Thread Starter

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  3. RonChrysler

    RonChrysler Forum Resident

    Rocky Mountains
  4. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Jon Anderson
    Greg Lake
    Peter Gabriel
  5. The Lone Cadaver

    The Lone Cadaver Forum Resident

    John Wetton
    Annie Haslam
  6. pscreed

    pscreed Upstanding Member

    Land of the Free
    So many great ones. My pick would be Greg Lake.

    Hard to argue against Jon Anderson or John Wetton.
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  7. Elmer McMuffin

    Elmer McMuffin Forum Resident

    Technically one of the best I'd say.
  8. ponkine

    ponkine Senior Member

    Villarrica, Chile
  9. Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter Forum Resident

    Greg Lake.
    Jon Anderson.
    Dave Gilmour.

    Dave has underrated "dreamlike" quality in his voice. Yes, I'm classing Floyd as Prog. Don't @ me.
  10. Record Rotator

    Record Rotator A vintage/retro-loving sentimental fool.

    Steve Hogarth of Marillion.
  11. poisonedhangman

    poisonedhangman Forum Resident

    Cascadia, USA
    I'll go with Jon Anderson. I swear a local radio DJ in my hometown (growing up) did a spot on impersonation of him.

    "Making love for goodness sake!"
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  12. RobCos02330

    RobCos02330 Forum Resident

    My favorite Jon Anderson vocal with SO MANY to choose from.

    Outside of Yes-State of Independence.
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  13. RonChrysler

    RonChrysler Forum Resident

    Rocky Mountains
    You are owning it. That is to be commended, whether one agrees or not. :)
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  14. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

  15. ponkine

    ponkine Senior Member

    Villarrica, Chile
    In the Italian prog camp, Francesco di Giacomo (Banco del Mutuo Soccorso)

  16. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    Jon Anderson all the way

    And if we are allowed to stretch a bit the definition of prog:

    David Sylvian
  17. My Top 5
    Greg Lake
    Peter Gabriel
    Peter Hammill
    Phillip Collins
    John Wetton
  18. Detroit Music Fan

    Detroit Music Fan Forum Resident

    YES! Floyd IS prog!!! Except Piper — Piper is like getting a glimpse of God, of the infinite.

    That said, Jon Anderson is the greatest prog rock singer and frontman EVAH!! He is the EPITOME of the prog rock lead singer.

    Only Peter Gabriel comes close to touching the prog progenitor that is Anderson.
  19. peteham

    peteham Forum Resident

    Simcoe County
    I think those three are top of the heap. But I would add Phil Collins. And possibly Helmut Koellen and John Wetton. And if we decided Pink Floyd was a prog band, David Gilmour.
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  20. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    New Mexico
    I like
    Ian Anderson
    John Wetton
    Neal Morse

    Huge Yes fan, but that was never because of Jon Anderson's voice which I often find too thin and airy, and frequently seemingly straind in delivery.
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  21. parman

    parman Brit Invasion

    saved me typing it, thanks!
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  22. Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter Forum Resident

    I consider Floyd post Saucerful up until and including Dark Side to be a Prog band. Other opinions may vary though.
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  23. Gramps Tom

    Gramps Tom Forum Resident

    My favorite Prog Rock singers:

    Dave Cousins
    Dave Lambert
    Richard Hudson
    John Ford
    All of Strawbs, my favorite Prog band, and on many days, my favorite artist of all types. Their run from Grave New World through Deep Cuts still moves me today. The 3-part AUTUMN suite from Hero & Heroine is beauty beyond words, as is Grace Darling on Ghosts, and compelling as can be are Down By The Sea on Bursting at the Seams and Hero & Heroine from the album of the same name.....

    Justin Hayward
    John Lodge
    Ray Thomas
    Moody Blues. ALWAYS in my top-5 favorite bands of all-time. Just listen to Out and In on To Our Children's Children's Children, Nights in White Satin, The Actor, and Question....

    Of course, as mentioned prior:

    Jon Anderson
    Peter Gabriel
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  24. Scotian

    Scotian Amnesia Hazed

    I don’t know about the best but Peter Gabriel is my favourite. His vocals with Genesis were iconic.
  25. kaszpar

    kaszpar Well-Known Member

    Grew up listening to Ian Anderson, Jon Anderson, Greg Lake and John Wetton, so they're obviously the prime examples when I think of prog rock vocalists. But in terms of sheer technical brilliance and power, Demetrio Stratos of Area was in a class of his own.

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