Tame Impala top first-ever UK Prog Albums Chart

Band beat Muse, Roger Waters and more to top spot

The Official Charts Company has launched a Prog Albums Chart, with Tame Impala topping the first countdown.

The chart will be published in Prog Magazine and coincides with this year’s Progressive Music Awards, which will be held at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London on Thursday night (September 3).

“We felt it was an oversight not to have done this a long time ago. Progressive music is as alive and kicking as it’s ever been. It’s more a state of mind than a genre,” said Martin Talbot of the Official Charts Company.

“There are some artists who embrace the term ‘progressive’, and there might be lots of others who don’t because it is a tainted word,” Talbot continued.

Yes’ Rick Wakeman told the BBC of the news, “It’s only 45 years too late, but better late than never. Prog rock is the healthiest it’s ever been… the standard of musicianship of young bands is overall way higher than the standard was back in the 1970s.”

Jerry Ewing editor of Prog Magazine said, “Prog artists have always pushed the boundaries of musical convention, and by doing so, many have gone on to be some of the best-selling and most influential artists of all time, but prog didn’t stop in the 1970s, there are many people out there who are into prog artists and just don’t seem to know it.”

“You look at some of the best-selling and acclaimed artists of the modern era, like Muse, Radiohead, Mogwai, Tame Impala, what they do is incredible, they are challenging themselves, their audience and inspiring a new generation, and the Official Progressive Albums Chart is the platform in which this will be recognised.”

Prog Magazine will decide which albums are eligible for the chart. Muse, Roger Waters, Public Service Broadcasting, Faith No More and others feature in the chart.

See the Prog Albums Chart Top 10 below.

1. Tame Impala – ‘Currents’
2. Muse – ‘Drones’
3. Roger Waters – ‘Amused to Death’
4. Joe Satriani – ‘Shockwave Supernova’
5. Public Service Broadcasting – ‘The Race for Space’
6. Faith No More – ‘Sol Invictus’
7. Symphony X – ‘Underworld’
8. Pink Floyd – ‘The Endless River’
9. Tim Bowness – ‘Stupid Things That Mean the World’
10. Nightwish – ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’