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Feb. 14, 2024

2 Hours of Prog Love Songs
for Valentine's Day

Ah, the rare and ever-elusive prog love song.  I hunted down and played two hours worth.

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Feb. 7, 2024

The 10 Best OBSCURE Prog Bands

I started at the very bottom of the Prog Radio Charts and found the lowest charting bands that I love and played a track from each.  Below are the bands I played.  The number in parenthesis is where that band lands in our Charts.  I ranked them from the least "obscure" (#534 on our Charts) to the most obscure (#598).

#1 Ageless (#598)

#2 Blending Borders (#578)

#3 Far from Your Sun (#569)

#4 Wired Ways (#556)

#5 Zeelley Moon (#550)

#6 Days Before Tomorrow (#546)

#7 Inner Prospekt (#543)

#8 Røsenkreütz (#538)

#9 The One (#538)

#10 Rocking Horse Music Club (#534)

Here are the songs I played for each, in the order I played them:

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To learn more about Prog Radio Charts, and where the data comes from, check out the Charts section of our FAQs.

Jan. 31, 2024

Top 15 Prog Countries Countdown

On his show this week, Kevin counted down the 15 countries with the most prog artists, based on the 600+ bands being played at Prog Radio.  He also played one song from the #1 artist from each of those countries.

Here is the full list from the Prog Radio Charts data.  Again, keep in mind, this is based on the number of bands, not necessarily the success or popularity of those bands, but it will still have a pretty good correlation.  


Also listed for the Top 15 countries, are the top artist from each country, along with their ranking overall in the Prog Radio Charts.

#1 UK (33%) - Pink Floyd (#1)

#2 USA (21%) - Kansas (#6)

#3 Sweden (6%) - Opeth (#16)

#4 Germany (5%) - Can (#27)

#5 International (5%) - Transatlantic (#57) 

#6 Norway (4%) - Leprous (#62)

#7 Italy (4%) - PFM (#116)

#8 Canada (4%) - Rush (#2)

#9 Netherlands (4%) - Focus (#93)

#10 France (3%) - Klone (#159)

#11 Australia (2%) - Karnivool (#64)

#12 Finland (2%) - Wheel (#101)

#13 Poland (2%) - Riverside (#54)

#14 ukraine (1%) - Karfagen (#173)

#15 Greece (1%) - Vangelis (#36)

#16 Denmark (1%)

#17 Ireland (1%)

#18 Mexico (1%)

#19 Russia (1%)

#20 Spain (1%)

#21 Brazil (<1%)

#22 Argentina (<1%)

#23 Austria (<1%)

#24 Belgium (<1%)

#25 Chile  (<1%)

#26 Cuba  (<1%)

#27 Estonia (<1%)

#28 Iceland (<1%)

#29 India  (<1%)

#30 Israel  (<1%)

#31 Lebanon  (<1%)

#32 Luxembourg  (<1%)

#33 New Zealand  (<1%)

#34 Peru  (<1%)

#35 South Africa (<1%)

#36 Soviet Union (<1%)

#37 Switzerland (<1%)

#38 Vietnam (<1%)

Some interesting take aways from this data:  
 

  • The UK totally dominates! Not only in sheer number of bands (1 in every 3 prog band coming from the UK), but also the impact of those bands.  The UK has 6 of the Top 10 bands overall:  Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull, Peter Gabriel, and Supertramp.  Not to mention bands like ELP, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Camel, Marillion, and on and on.
     

  • Over half (54%) of all prog bands come from just two countries, the UK and USA.  70% from the the top 5 countries.  Almost 90% from the top 10 countries.
     

  • I found this weird but interesting...of the top bands from each of the top 15 countries, ALL of them had one-word band names, except for Pink Floyd.  Weird, no?  (This assumes "PFM" vs the full name.)

     

To learn more about Prog Radio Charts, and where the data comes from, check out the Charts section of our FAQs.

Jan. 24, 2024

Kevin's 25 Favorite Prog Singers

#1 Greg Lake (King Crimson, ELP)

#2 Peter Gabriel (Genesis, Solo)

#3 David Gilmour (Pink Floyd, Solo)

#4 Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)

#5 Phil Collins (Genesis, Solo)

#6 David Pack (Ambrosia)

#7 David Longdon (Big Big Train)

#8 Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues)

#9 Guy Garvey (Elbow)

#10 Mark Trueack (Unitopia, UPF)

#11 John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia, UK)

#12 Ted Leonard (PSA, Enchant, Spock's Beard, etc.)

#13 Dennis DeYoung (Styx)

#14 Mariusz Duda (Riverside, Lunatic Soul)

#15 Jon Anderson (Yes)

#16 Annie Haslam (Renaissance)

#17 Fish (Marillion, Solo)

#18 Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Dio, etc.)

#19 Kate Bush

#20 Ray Wilson (Genesis, Stiltskin, Solo)

#21 Eric Stewart (10cc)

#22 Yogi Lang (RPWL)

#23 Justin Cohn (Rocking Horse Music Club)

#24 John Mitchell (Lonely Robot, Arena, It Bites, etc.)

#25 Nad Sylvan (Steve Hackett, Agents of Mercy, Solo, etc.) 

Jan. 17, 2024

Kevin's Top 15 Classic Prog Bands
(& His Favorite Album from Each)

#1 - Genesis (Foxtrot)

#2 - Jethro Tull (Thick as a Brick)
#3 - Pink Floyd (The Dark Side of the Moon)

#4 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Brain Salad Surgery)

#5 - Yes (Close to the Edge)

#6 - Supertramp (Crime of the Century)

#7 - Gentle Giant (In a Glass House)

#8 - King Crimson (In the Court of the Crimson King)

#9 - The Alan Parsons Project (The Turn Of A Friendly Card)

#10 - Electric Light Orchestra (Eldorado)

#11 - Styx (Crash Of The Crown)

#12 - The Moody Blues (Days of Future Passed)

#13 - Caravan (For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night)

#14 - Kansas (Leftoverture)

#15 - David Bowie (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars) 

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