The Bands

Groups or individuals are qualified for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Nominees should have demonstrable  influence and significance within the history of rock and roll.

Four categories are recognized (as of 2000):

  • Performers
  • Non-Performers
  • Early Influences
  • Sidemen

With that we propose the following list that absolutely, positively should be a part of the Rock Hall.

  1. The Moody BluesThe Moody Blues
    Probably the most overlooked band on the list.  Rock Hall voters seem to have a thing against progressive rock. There’s no doubting their credentials.  They are a huge influence of many already in the rock hall and on this list. A story to break on Sept. 11th 2001 was on why the Moodys have been overlooked but the story was scrapped due to a horrible day of news and history. Millions of fans have waited years to see them inducted. They have been inducted almost everywhere else and won numerous awards. Still touring to sold out shows all over the world and their songs are still played on radio, in TV shows and movies.
  2. The Raspberries
    Eric Carmen and the boys burned hot and bright in their short time together and left us some of the best  pop-rock music ever. Besides, Bruce Springsteen thinks they should be inducted into the Rock Hall, and who are we to argue with The Boss?  Wally Bryson is an influence to Slash from Nominated Guns and Roses .
  3. Duran Duran
    One of the most award winning and fashionable bands of the 80’s. I actually thought they were in already because they so deserve an induction that I left them off the top 40. This band can’t be overlooked and therefore added onto the bonus tracks. They also have a website for induction: http://www.ddttrh.info/
  4. Weird AlWeird Al Yankovic
    The leader of rock parody and always on the cutting edge of pop music this icon cannot be overlooked.  Since 1979, “Weird Al” Yankovic has carved a unique career as rock and roll’s premier satirist. Weird Al has created and solidified his own essential niche in rock music, and it’s high time he be honored.  He also has his own induction site here: http://www.allthingsyank.com/rockhall/
  5. Todd Rundgren
    He was a classic-rock superstar with hits like “Hello It’s Me,” “I Saw the Light” and “Bang the Drum All Day.” But he gets our vote for constantly re-inventing himself over the years as an artist and producer.
  6. The Runaways
    The Runaways are one of the first all female bands and has had a HUGE influence on most modern female (and male) bands to come along since. The members such as Joan Jett and Lita Ford have gone on to have long successful careers, along with the other members. Major motion pictures and documentaries have been made about them. They are still currently being played on radio.
  7. Judas Priest
    The head of the class of the NWOBHM and the originators of the 2 guitar attack. Every Metal Band has them to thank for the creating of the Heavy Metal wardrobe. 42 years of heavy hitting rock, selling over 40 million albums, these  Grammy winners should be in and without Priest there would be no Metallica.
  8. Iron Maiden
    For 35 years the leader in Heavy Metal outselling ALL metal bands including Hall of Famers Metallicca. They continue to sell out venues worldwide and have a huge fanbase.
  9. The Smiths
    Morrissey and Johnny Maher were smart, enigmatic and fun and the music they created helped lay the groundwork for independent music and alternative rock in the 1980s and ’90s.
  10. Jimmy BuffettJimmy Buffett
    No matter what the critics say, Buffett’s creative output over the past 40 years dwarfs many current Rock Hall inductees. He’s the real thing, but I suspect the Rock Hall induction panel just can’t get past the Parrothead thing.
  11. Warren Zevon
    Dark, demented and entertaining as hell. One of rock’s great musical storytellers.
  12. SugarHill Gang
    Founders of Hip Hop and Rap. This pioneering group inaugurated the recorded history of rap music with their single “Rapper’s Delight”, a multi-platinum seller in 1979. First Rap to appear on America Bandstand.
  13. ELO, Electric Light Orchestra
    From the mid 70-s to the mid 80’s this orchestrated rock fusion band had the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits of any band in US chart history, and influenced many artists.
  14. The Zombies
    This British invasion group had a string of top 40 hits and lead by Rod Argent who went on to form the band Argent and tour with Ringos Starrs all Starr band.
  15. ACCEPT
    German Heavy Metal Band that played an important role in the development of Speed Metal, directly influencing bands like Metallica. They have sold millions of albums worldwide and are still recording and touring to this day. A favorite of Guitar Hero and many of their songs are featured in movies and TV shows.
  16. Saxon
    Part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal they are one of Europes biggest acts, also having singles in the US, Japan and other countries in the world.
  17. ScorpionsScorpions
    German Heavy Metal Rockers have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They have performed all over the world including Soviet Russia. The songs are always well written and they have received many awards worldwide. A major player in Guitar hero their songs will live on well into the future. Lets Rock them like a Hurricane into the Rock Hall.
  18. SWEET
    British Glam Rockers had over a decade of hits all over the world and continually are played on radio today. Many hits are still being covered and used in many hit movies. The influence of this band is immeasurable and their induction is long overdue.
  19. Slade
    English Hard Rock / Glam band whose hits are still being copied and songs still played on the radio.
  20. Thin Lizzy
    Major international Rock Band whose hits still played regularly on hard rock and Classic Rock radio stations.
  21. Peter Frampton
    In Movies and on radio, Frampton came alive and never stopped. One of Rocks greatest writers/guitarists and producers. Shoulda been in long ago.
  22. Journey
    From Radio to Glee you can’t escape the sounds and influences of Journey. Their worldwide sales have reached over 80 million albums. A 2005 USA Today opinion poll named Journey the fifth best American rock band in history.
  23. Def LeppardDef Leppard
    One of the world’s best-selling music artists, Def Leppard have sold more than 65 million albums worldwide. They are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S.
  24. The Replacements
    Post-punk poets from Minneapolis blazed the trail for every alternative-rock band to come along since. Gets my vote on the strength of “Here Comes a Regular” alone.
  25. Toto
    Awarded several Grammy awards and in the Musicians hall of fame this band has always been around selling millions of albums.
  26. The B-52s
    New Wave innovators from Athens, Ga. “Love Shack” baby!
  27. Joan Baez
    Yes, yes, she’s the ultimate folkie. But she personifies protest music, and she was Bob Dylan’s muse.
  28. Pat Benatar
    A tiny ball of rock ‘n’ roll dynamite with one of the biggest voices ever. Her songs are still a mainstay on radio and shes a huge influence of many a female rocker.
  29. The CarsThe Cars
    Yeah, we got tired of hearing their songs on classic-rock radio, too. But that shouldn’t stop us from inducting this quirky, creative outfit.
  30. Joe Cocker
    Dude was at Woodstock. One of rock’s great interpreters. His gritty rendition of “With a Little Help From My Friends” is more memorable than the Beatles’ original. And his cover of Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On” is a bona fide classic.
  31. T. Rex
    Marc Bolan & Company were instrumental in the development of glam rock in the 1970s. Bowie got his Rock Hall due. Give T. Rex its props, too.
  32. Devo
    Are we not men worthy of Rock Hall fame? These guys were one-of-a-kind, and amongst the great innovators in rock history.
  33. The Guess Who
    “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” “No Sugar Tonight.” One of the great ’60s pop-rock outfits.
  34. J. Geils Band
    Who doesn’t know their song centerfold? Nominated once for the 2010 inductions, they were snubbed. The wooba gooba with the green teeth, needs to be let in.
  35. Los Lobos
    Their cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” put them on the commercial map. But these L.A. rockers are a creative force in their own right and one of the best live bands in rock.
  36. YES
    Highly regarded as one of the archetypal bands and pioneers of the progressive genre, and have survived multiple trends within popular music. Previously considered in 2001 they were snubbed and never nominated again.
  37. Bon Jovi
    Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi, named after its lead singer, has had 12 albums out since 1984. They have won 21 times in 15 award categories. Selling millions of albums around the world we are surprised they didn’t make it in the first year of eligibility!
  38. Twister SisterTwisted Sister
    I don’t know anyone who has not heard of their well-known hits Were Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock.
    Dee Snider should be in the Rock Hall because he testified against the PMRC alone! (Along with John Denver and Frank Zappa)
  39. THE TUBES
    Majorly Influential since 1975 this band is considered to be one Rocks most creative masters of lyrics for the  Rock/New Wave and hard rock genre.  Still touring the band has survived to this day.
  40. Uriah Heap
    One the most influential bands of the 4 cornerstones of Heavy Metal and an AOR radio favorite. They have been an influence to many progressive rock bands and vocalists. Their induction cannot be overlooked.

Bonus Tracks!!!

  1. UFOUFO
    Heavy British Rock Band with many influential members, this band cannot be overlooked or its “lights out”.  The Band continues to this day to release critically acclaimed albums.
  2. Leslie Gore
    At just 17 she had iconic hits like It’s My Party and You Don’t Own Me.  Her songs have been trailblazing for women in Rock.  She’s way overdue for induction.
  3. Chubby Checker
    The “Godfather of the Twist”, Chubby Checker’s The Twist is the biggest chart hit of all time! He is still touring and recording. In June of 2014 Chubby said he would like to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame while he is still smiling.  Chubby Checker Wants To Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… Now
  4. Motley Crue
    Hard living band since 1981 that continues to influence Rock and Roll today with radio and reality shows. Everyone from babies to Grannies know this band.
  5. The Monkees
    Who can’t resist loving the TV band that made many top 40 songs from the late 60’s?  These guys still influence lids to this day.  Still alive, still touring, still major producers in the business.
  6. Kate Bush
    A major influence of many women singers in Rock and Roll.  Her HUGE voice first hit in 1978 topping the european charts and even tially making her way in the US.  Her songs have been endlessly covered from Pat Benetar to Placebo.
  7. Blue Oyster Cult
    This Rock band sold out stadiums, and still sells shows out to this day.  BOC started in 1967 and had chart toppers throughout the 70s and into the 80’s.  Induct them before Godzilla comes out of Lake Erie for you.
  8. MotorheadMotörhead
    Motörhead’s overwhelmingly loud and fast style of heavy metal was one of the most groundbreaking styles the genre had to offer in the late ’70s. Though the group’s leader, Lemmy Kilminster, had his roots in the hard-rocking space rock band Hawkwind, He left taking the Progressive Space rock and melting it in with Biker Punk rock to be the first metal band to harness that energy and, in the process, they created speed metal and thrash metal. Formed in June 1975 they have sold over 16 million albums worldwide.
  9. Sir Douglas Quintet
    The Sir Douglas Quintet was an American rock band, formed in San Antonio in 1964. Formed by Doug Sahm, They had their first hit in 1965 mixing R&B with Tex Mex and psychedelic rock. The Sir Douglas Quintet is considered a pioneering influence in the history of rock and roll for incorporating Tex-Mex and Cajun styles into rock music. Many of their hits are featured in movie soundtracks from 1967 easy rider to today.
  10. Tom Jones
    British Pop Star that sang hits for James Bond and many other movies. He has 36 top 40 hits, 19 in the top 10. Still a sex symbol and recording artist, he has sold more than 100 million records over the last 6 decades and was so popular he had his own TV show. Recognised by many Rock Stars and the influence of generations of Rock Stars he was knighted in 2006 for his contribution to music and now is Sir Tom Jones.
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242 Comments

  1. Many of the above mentioned are fair game for the Hall. Least we forget also the Moody Blues and the Guess Who/BTO or any combination that includes Bachman & Cummings.

  2. Everyone has their own lists and I have only a few moments to name a FEW bands who have been repeatedly snubbed. Journey, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Marshall Tucker Band, Motley Crue, Grand Funk Railroad, Scorpions, Bon Jovi, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter, The Runaways, Eddie Money, Ted Nugent, Tom Jones, Charlie Daniels Band, Johnny Rivers, LL Cool J, Three Dog Night, Grass Roots, Styx, and probably the most under-appreciated band of the last 40 years……..BOSTON!!! No reason at all that Boston hasn’t even been nominated. After 40 years, Boston is still tearing up the radio stations daily. It’s hilarious when the younger generation starts talking about how great Boston is and then asks if I’ve ever heard them play.

  3. Where are Boston, The Three Dog Night, Ted Nugent, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Grand Funk Railroad, Alice in Chains, Motley Crue, Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Grass Roots, Todd Rundgren, BW Stevenson, Motorhead, Styx, Sammy Hagar, Journey, ELO, Bon Jovi, Peter Frampton, Def Leppard? How about General Johnson and the Chairman of the Board? Eddie Money? These are just a few!!! Heck, there isn’t a day that goes by that I DON’T hear Boston ( from their 1976 album no less) on the radio. Terrible Ted has been kicking tail for over 40 years. Who votes on the inductees? Maybe it’s time to vote THEM out and get people who actually know music.

  4. Are you 4 real the talent out is equal to the in

  5. I am totally shocked to learn Peter Frampton is not in the rock and roll hall of fame !

  6. When you realize you are hearing something you’ve never heard before, when a performer helps define a moment in time or when the discography is laden with hits spanning decades, these should be enough reason to induct any performer. May I suggest The Cars, Boston and Three Dog Night.

  7. Boston Boston Boston from 1976 to 1980 were as big as anyone. Brad delp who sings like that ! They took rock to another level.No one ever talks about them why ? Tom schotz on guitar as well as Barry Goudreau, Jim Masdea on drums .That sound that song , More than a feeling , come on simply brillant. In this simple persons opinion they are so underestimated. Back in the day you mentioned Queen,Aerosmith,Van Hallen ,Styx,and you sure as hell mentioned Boston.

  8. A lot of bands that are call influential have music I have never heard of main. Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, the main stream bands that created music that was always played in no particular order. Journey, Foreigner, Scorpions, Moody Blues, Sammy Haggar, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Yes, ELO and Bon Jovi should be automatics. Joan Jett going in before Pat Benetar shows a total lack of knowledge. Never been a huge fan of Iron Maiden, but, I get it, they should be in for sure also. The group of bands listed above outside of a few of the harder rock bands that have made it have probably sold more records than most of the artists in the hall combined….

  9. Kenneth Alvarez

    What about grandfunk railroad the original American band the band that sold out Shea stadium in 72 hours beat the Beatles record in which they never sold out the stadium the band that put out 5 album in 3 years that was grandfunk railroad this is one screw up county

  10. As much as I love 80’s rock none of these bands jumps out at me. Yes, they are all very talented but not all groundbreaking music. Besides, there are still plenty of great 60’s musicians not included. How about Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.

  11. There are a number of artists who did there thing long before the Hall of Fame was created and should have got automatic entry…..Johnny Rivers comes to mind, whoever nominates and votes are idiots. As far as Rivers covering songs, everybody does/did, even the Beatles and Ronstadt who finally got in… The public should vote artists in.

  12. Everybody has their own list. The only lists that matter belong to the voters. Think about this, ABBA is in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. ABBA ???

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