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This table contains all albums voted for as 'Best Album of 1998'. All participants could give their Top 5 for 1998. The column Votes shows the number of times an album appeared in a Top 5, while the Percentage column shows how many percent of the participants voted for a specific album. The last column, Weighted Points, shows the total points an album received according to the calculation where number 1 in a top 5 receives 5 points, number 2 receives 4 points, etc. The table has been sorted on the total number of weighted points.

The big winners for 1998 were Arena, Spock's Beard and Ayreon.

Band Album Votes Percentage Weighted Points
Arena The Visitor 151 46.5% 549
Spock's Beard The Kindness Of Strangers 116 35.7% 415
Ayreon Into The Electric Castle 108 33.2% 392
Marillion Radiation 67 20.6% 217
IQ Seven Stories into '98 54 16.6% 169
Rush Different Stages 55 16.9% 165
Shadow Gallery Tyranny 45 13.8% 138
Genesis Archive 1967-75 41 12.6% 124
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 45 13.8% 120
Dream Theater Once In A LiveTime 38 11.7% 111
Explorer's Club Age of Impact 33 10.2% 98
Eloy Ocean II - The Answer 29 8.9% 91
Salem Hill The Robbery of Murder 25 7.7% 90
Landmarq Science of Coincidence 29 8.9% 85
Enchant Break 30 9.2% 80
Ad Infinitum Ad Infinitum 21 6.5% 72
Camel Coming of Age 20 6.2% 69
Threshold Clone 21 6.5% 68
Cairo Conflicts and dreams 22 6.8% 54
Abraxas Centurie 13 4.0% 52
Galahad Following Ghosts 18 5.5% 52
Fates Warning Still Life 17 5.2% 47
Chroma Key Dead Air For Radios 15 4.6% 43
Pallas Beat the Drum 11 3.4% 42
Galleon Mind over Matter 13 4.0% 41
Flamborough Head Unspoken Whisper 16 4.9% 41
Kansas Always Never the Same 13 4.0% 40
Saga Detours 16 4.9% 39
The Gathering How To Measure A Planet? 14 4.3% 37
Symphony X Twilight In Olympus 10 3.1% 36
Ageness Imageness 10 3.1% 34
Rhapsody Symphony of Enchanted Lands 13 4.0% 33
Angra Fireworks 9 2.8% 31
Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake 7 2.2% 30
Quidam Sny Aniolow 15 4.6% 29
Steve Hackett & Friends The Tokyo Tapes 7 2.2% 28
Jadis As Daylight Fades 11 3.4% 28
Colin Bass An Outcast of the Islands 7 2.2% 23
Morte Macabre Symphonic Holocaust 6 1.8% 22
The Night Watch Twilight 8 2.5% 21
Therion Vovin 6 1.8% 21
Peter Hammill This 5 1.5% 17
White Willow Ex Tenebris 8 2.5% 17
Martin Darvill & Friends The Greatest Show on Earth 5 1.5% 15
Power Of Omens Eyes Of The Oracle 6 1.8% 15
Bruford Levin Upper Extremities Bruford Levin Upper Extremities 6 1.8% 15
Superior Younique 6 1.8% 15
Francis Dunnery Let's Go Do What Happens 7 2.2% 14
Platypus When Pus Comes to Shove 8 2.5% 14
King Crimson Absent Lovers 4 1.2% 13
Marillion & The Positive Light Tales From The Engine Room 5 1.5% 13
Amon Ra Precarious Balance 4 1.2% 13
Like Wendy The Storm Inside 4 1.2% 13
Roine Stolt Hydrophonia 6 1.8% 12
Glass Hammer On To Evermore 4 1.2% 12
Ars Nova The Book of the Dead 6 1.8% 12
King's X Tape head 4 1.2% 12
Steve Howe Quantum Guitar 3 0.9% 12
Aragon Mr Angel 3 0.9% 11
Par Lindh Project Mundus Incompertus 5 1.5% 11
Maryson On goes the quest 4 1.2% 10
ProjeKct Two Space Groove 3 0.9% 10
Blind Guardian Nightfall In Middle Earth 3 0.9% 10
Marathon Live 3 0.9% 10
Halloween Silence Au Dernier Ring 2 0.6% 9
Man on Fire Man on Fire 2 0.6% 9
Spock's Beard The Beard is Out There - Live 4 1.2% 9
Fish Kettle of Fish 3 0.9% 9
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells III 3 0.9% 9
Grey Lady Down The Time of our Lives 4 1.2% 8
Tori Amos From The Choirgirl Hotel 2 0.6% 8
Anathema Alternative 4 2 0.6% 8
Cliffhanger Mirror Site 3 0.9% 7

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