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. Deep Purple Smoke On The WaterDeep Purple
    Every kid who picks up a guitar learns the opening riff to “Smoke on the Water.” But there’s a lot more to these hard-rocking Brits than that. One of the great guitar-rock bands of all time. They are the biggest influential band of hard rock in the world AND one of the cornerstones of Heavy Metal.
  2. The 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.
  3. 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 .
  4. 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/
  5. 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/
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
    How is one of rock’s great guitar gods not in the Hall of Fame? Beats me.
  12. 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.
  13. Warren Zevon
    Dark, demented and entertaining as hell. One of rock’s great musical storytellers.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Slade
    English Hard Rock / Glam band whose hits are still being copied and songs still played on the radio.
  22. Thin Lizzy
    Major international Rock Band whose hits still played regularly on hard rock and Classic Rock radio stations.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Toto
    Awarded several Grammy awards and in the Musicians hall of fame this band has always been around selling millions of albums.
  28. The B-52s
    New Wave innovators from Athens, Ga. “Love Shack” baby!
  29. Joan Baez
    Yes, yes, she’s the ultimate folkie. But she personifies protest music, and she was Bob Dylan’s muse.
  30. 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.
  31. The 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.
  32. Cheap TrickCheap Trick
    Pop with a pinch of punk, delivered with party-down abandon. “Surrender” is a rock classic. Mommy’s all right! Daddy’s all right! They just seem a little weird!
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. The Guess Who
    “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” “No Sugar Tonight.” One of the great ’60s pop-rock outfits.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. Chicago
    Are you kidding me? They aren’t in yet? The leading US singles charting group during the 1970s and have sold over 38 million units in the US. Even Little Nicky thinks they are cool.

Bonus Tracks!!!

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. UFO
    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 crittically acclaimed albums.
  5. Motley CrueMotley 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Responses to “The Bands”

  1. Patricia Metal Goddess Kellogg says:

    So sorry I missed Duran Duran and Weird Al from the top 40 but there are so many SNUBBED bands its overwhelming. Please feel free to contact me with any more links to any of the bands for getting them in the Rock Hall and PLEASE post this site to any social/music pages and e-mails.

    Thank you!

    • Jem says:

      Some great bands on here. But the #1 on this list has to be Chicago. When you look at the number of hits over several decades and the influence they had over music (I mean late 60′s and in the 70′s), it is one of America’s great bands. Terry Kath was one of the greatest musicians of all time, and was lost too early. How Chicago hasn’t even been nominated is stunning, until you realize the whole reason is a long time personal grudge that Jann Werner of the committee has against them. Stuff like this calls into question the whole legitimacy of the Hall of Fame.

      • John Dumratt says:

        I totally agree with you about Chicago. I was big fan of there music in the 80s but it was not until I heard dialogue 1 and 2 that really made me an afficionado. that song in itself opened American college graduates eyes on the choices they have to make once they leave the ivory tower. My professor recommend that song to me. He said basically anything to do with Chicago and Terry KatH

    • Timothy Baron says:

      Interesting!But,I think Jim Croce,Hall & Oates,,3 dog night,Barry White,Rick James,Foreigner should be in.

  2. iuchewie says:

    Absolutely AMAZING that these bands aren’t in the Hall. What IS the criteria? Many of these seem like no-brainers.

  3. MoRock13 or MoRock420 says:

    Were we separated at birth?
    Being that I am a Virgo, I make lists for EVERYTHING!
    In 2002, I started compiling a list of NON HALL-of-FAMERS and our lists are similar.. I have them all, cept for 8. Los Lobos, Zevon, SHG and Buffet, just to name half…lol THE MAJOR GROUP, you did NOT mention,that is on my top 5, and MOst certainly a shoe-in,is
    CHICAGO

  4. Nick says:

    While I agree the Rock Hall inductees suck for the most part, I don’t think this list is much better… Plus, no Captain Beefheart?

  5. dave says:

    there are certainly a ton of great bands that really should be in the hall already…without a doubt.
    however, weird al yankovich has absolutely NO place on this list…sorry.

  6. SwingtasticToys says:

    You gotta move Priest into the top 5

  7. Chewie says:

    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Beastie Boys and The Cure have finally been nominated! Woo hoo!

  8. Alexia says:

    Really tired of this, what about Depeche Mode? The Cure, who I love, ripped of Gahan/Gore for years. Tired of Depeche getting snubbed.

  9. Too Many Bands says:

    There will always be bands that deserve to be inducted into the R&R HOF. However, this list, in my opinion contains very few names that are deserving of the honor. Kiss is a fine band and a unique spectacle to behold, but they really have few songs that should be considered historically significant. “Rock and Roll All Night” is one of them… but what else do they have on THAT level? Deep Purple, same story: “Smoke on the Water” is an anthem, but what else? “Frampton Comes Alive” is a wonderful LP, but what else? Duran, Duran? PUHLEEZE! Are they on the level with the Rolling Stones and The Beatles? No way. Most of these bands on the list have a few hits, but they just don’t have enough knock-out punches.

    • ICON71 says:

      You are a wanker for that idiot post.

    • Amo says:

      And that my friend is exactly how the panel making the decision thinks. Historically significant songs should not matter. That would be one persons opinion, and thats exactly how the Rock Hall panel thinks.

      So an artist that has sold out every concert for 20+ years, should NOT be considered? An artist that has only one #1 song, yet has sold 75 million albums, should not be considered?

      If any band has been playing 20 years together, do you not think they have had an influence on music? Because they do not get main stream radio play, does not mean they have not had any hits, or an influence of the history of music. It is not just about the hits songs.

  10. Progodelic says:

    Frank Zappa? How about King Crimson? And if you’re into stretching boundaries a bit, what about Miles Davis, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Todd Rundgren (& Utopia), Gary Numan?

  11. duranfield says:

    If I hear one more brainless person say “The Rock Hall should be for Rock ‘n’ Roll only”, I swear I’m going to have a conniption! That leaves it to the 1950s and the 1950s alone. Rock came from Blues so Blues MUST be in there. All derivatives from Rock as well. NOT RAP. Disco IS debatable. That’s why it’s Rock and not broken down into genre at the record shop. Bands who MUST be inducted: Joy Division, New Order, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Rush, Roxy Music, Peter Gabriel, Pat Benatar, Go-Go’s, B-52s, Def Leppard. I’m sure I’m missing some. This is just off the top of my head. It really should change it’s name to the Music Hall of Fame.

  12. bobbie says:

    Its a crime that at least half if not more of these bands have not been inducted yet! I have been a fan of Def Leppard since I was 12 and am now 40 and that is music at its finast!! Wake up HOF and get your heads out of your arses!!!

  13. Mike says:

    Pretty sure Kate Bush needs to be at the top of this list – she is an absolute music legend, and I cannot believe she hasn’t been inducted already!!!

  14. Liz krinsky says:

    I am really surprised that most of the bands listed are not already in…. But Duran Duran??? Give me a break. Mott the Hoople…. AND Ian Hunter…. The man WROTE Cleveland Rocks for christ’s sake and he is the only artist to get TWO keys to the city of Cleveland…TWO!!! He still loved Cleveland when the rest of the country referred to it as “the mistake by the lake” ….. I used to live there myself…. Wow talk about SNUBSVILLE…. .???

  15. GFW says:

    No way is Kiss the biggest snub.
    That honour would got ot kraftwerk, creators of modern electronic music.

    Oh yeah, and to people saying they shouldn’t be in because they are elctronic and not rock, the hall has inducted tons of soul singers. I mean, would you call Diana Ross And The Supremes a rock band? or

  16. Rudy Reptile says:

    Of this group, my top 10 is: Rush, Deep Puple, Blue Oyster Cult, Judas Priest, T. Rex, Sweet, Peter Gabriel, Yes, UFO and Kiss. Needed on this list is Link Wray, Dick Dale, Paul Revere and the Raiders, MC5, X, The Cramps, and qualifying this year for induction: Jane’s Addiction and the Pixies. The Sugar Hill gang and Jimmy Buffet should be taken off this list

  17. Rick Ray says:

    Come on…nobody is even mentioning one of the greatest bands of all time…who also sold out a billion stadiums…Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

    • ken c says:

      Rock n roll hall of b.s…………..no e.l.p. no tull no procul haram no j.giels no deep purple but you put in that clown act kiss first what a joke

  18. Roy says:

    Chicago
    Are you kidding me? They aren’t in yet? The leading US singles charting group during the 1970s and have sold over 38 million units in the US. Even Little Nicky thinks they are cool.

    Who is Little Nicky?

  19. Roy says:

    Oh, Little Nicky the movie.

  20. Roy says:

    MY ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION SPEECH FOR CHICAGO

    The year was 1966, and the place was Chicago’s DePaul University. That was where a saxophone, clarinet, and flute player named Walter Parazaider got together with a drummer named Danny Seraphine, a guitar player and singer named Terry Kath, a trumpet player named Lee Loughnane, and a trombone player named James Pankow. Then in 1967, they met a piano player and a singer named Robert Lamm, from Chicago’s Roosevelt University, who was performing at a local night club, and they asked him to join their band, which he did. The band would be called The Big Thing, and The Big Thing would play on the Midwest club circuit, building a following. An engagement during the second week of December 1967 proved to be an important gig. The Big Thing was an opening act at Barnaby’s in Chicago for a band called the Exceptions, which was the biggest club band in the Midwest, and they stuck around and listened to them. If The Big Thing had stayed late to see the Exceptions, one of the Exceptions had come early to see The Big Thing. That night, singer and bass guitar player Peter Cetera would leave the Exceptions and join The Big Thing as its seventh member, and big things were about to happen.

    James William Guercio, who had been a DePaul University student of music as well, moved the band out to Los Angeles and he would become their manager and producer. The Big Thing would become The Chicago Transit Authority, and then simply, Chicago. The plan from the beginning was to start a horn centered Rock and Roll band. A Rock and Roll band with a horn section. A Rock and Roll band with horns that were an integral part of the music. A Rock and Roll band whose horn section formed the heart of the band. A Rock and Roll band with a horn section that was another lead voice dancing with the vocals. Chicago’s use of brass and woodwinds was like no other band. They took what is called a “melodic” approach to the horns rather than a “harmonic” approach. The horns actually acted as an additional vocal line, not just performing fill rifts. This is what was innovative about Chicago. Chicago was a rock ‘n’ roll band with horns, and a band way ahead of its time.

    True to the need of the album-oriented rock format that launched them, the first four albums released by Chicago between 1969 and 1972 comprised three double albums and one quadruple album. That’s 10 albums in three years. Chicago’s next five albums: Chicago V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX all hit number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Chicago took America and the world by storm without the help of their faces. Total subjugation of individual ego to the collective good of the group was the rule in Chicago, even to the point of using a logo rather than a picture of the band on all of their album covers. Chicago refused to emphasize celebrity over the music. The group turned its anonymous, professional air into a virtue and a marketing strategy. They were the faceless band behind a logo. Chicago’s logo and its facelessness were very much in keeping with the style of the late ’60′s that valued group effort over individual ego. The group would come to be identified by a logo, and that logo, designed by Nick Fasciano, would become the most famous logo in Rock and Roll history. Inspired by classical music, Chicago also chose to number most of their albums instead of giving them full names. As the 70′s became the 80′s and the demands of the music industry started to change, Chicago was dropped by their record label. During Chicago’s search for a new record company, one label said to them, “If you get rid of the horn section we’ll sign you,” to which Chicago responded, “Go fck yourself!” Telling Chicago to get rid of the horn section is like telling Elton John to get rid of the piano, as trombonist James Pankow once said. Chicago would go on to sign with a new record label and the horns stayed and the band played on for forty more years, but their approach to the horns changed from melodic to harmonic for the most part.

    Chicago’s first 11 albums consisted of songs that were just under 10 minutes long, and songs and suites that were over 10 minutes long. These albums all showcased the impeccable musicianship of all the members of the band. At first, Chicago’s sound was a hard sell. Radio stations wouldn’t play their songs. Chicago’s music was not easily identifiable what it was. Chicago could not be pigeonholed. Their sound met with resistance. Record executives turned to Guercio, and Guercio edited a number of Chicago’s songs and suites to make them shorter and more radio friendly. It was a compromise to be on the radio, and it was what it was. You can still listen to all of the band’s songs and suites in their entirety on all the early Chicago albums; it’s the radio versions of the songs that are shorter. The first track that got edited was the 12-minute suite called Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon, which was written and arranged by Chicago’s trombonist James Pankow, from the 1970 Chicago album (A.K.A Chicago II). From Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon came two hits: Make Me Smile and Colour My World. So, basically, the songs were made shorter because (as Robert Lamm so eloquently put it) Chicago’s music wasn’t for people with Attention Deficit Disorder. You know, because those are the people who listen to radio–people with A.D.D.

    In 1969, Chicago released their first album, and to this day, it is considered to be one of the greatest groundbreaking albums ever produced in the history of Rock and Roll; that album being The Chicago Transit Authority. It was a blend of jazz, classical, and straight-ahead rock and roll. It included an unheralded synthesis of electric guitar rock and roll to more deeply rooted jazz influences and arrangements. It was funky, melodic, emotive, politically intoned and avant-garde. I’m guessing most people in this room have never listened to The Chicago Transit Authority. You can not buy a Chicago greatest hits record and understand what I’m talking about, but there are so many people that I am speaking for tonight who know exactly what I’m talking about. When The Chicago Transit Authority was released in 1969, it seemed to be the perfect synthesis of everything that was diametrically opposed. It had smooth, lush harmonies, it had the distorted feedback-drenched guitar works of Terry Kath, it had the Beatles-meet-Motown bass works of Peter Cetera, it had the Buddy Rich-meets-Mitch Mitchell drum works of Danny Seraphine, it had the churning Hammond organ and classical piano works of Robert Lamm, and it had those powerful horns of Walter Parazaider, Lee Loughnane, and James Pankow weaving in and out of the arrangements, ending up toe-to-toe with everything else. And it all worked. The dynamics were perfect. The Chicago Transit Authority seemed to have everything in the right place. The horn section, the vocalists, and the rhythm section were tight and unified. Individually, the members of Chicago were all outstanding on their respective instruments. Unlike many bands of the era that utilized session musicians for their recordings, Chicago was completely self-contained.

    Question: What do you get when you mix the voice of Ray Charles with the voice and the guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix? The answer is Chicago’s first lead singer and lead guitarist, Terry Kath. During his time with Chicago, Terry Kath wrote 25 songs for the band. He had a soulful quality to his voice, and his guitar playing was considered to be better than the guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix himself asked Chicago to tour with him, which they did, after he heard them playing at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles and said, “I’m pretty good man, but this Kath blows me away”, “Your guitar player is way better than me, and the horns are like one set of lungs.” When Jimi Hendrix says, Terry Kath is a better guitar player than Jimi Hendrix, that means, Terry Kath is a better guitar player than Jimi Hendrix. In a group known for its horns, it was Terry Kath’s hard edged guitar and soulful vocals that kept the band rooted in rock and roll. Chicago’s line-up for such a large band was astonishingly stable, broken after eleven years and eleven albums only by the death of Terry Kath. After Terry Kath’s tragic death in 1978, Chicago could have gone on to produce albums under a different name, they could have dissolved their band completely with each member going off to do other musical projects, or they could have just left the music business altogether and done other things with their lives, but they didn’t. Chicago soldiered on for another forty years with the help of other notable lead rock guitarists, from Donnie Dacus and Chris Pinnick, to DaWayne Bailey and Keith Howland.

    Chicago’s second lead singer was Robert Lamm; an ambitious composer/pianist/keyboardist. Robert Lamm wrote 75 songs for Chicago (the most out of all the members in the group) and his songwriting talents made him the default leader of the band in the early years. The Robert Lamm-penned hits included, Beginnings, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, Questions 67 & 68, Saturday in the Park and 25 or 6 to 4. His clear baritone voice was an asset, as were his stylized keyboarding skills. The International press portrayed Robert Lamm as Chicago’s social conscience, and many of his best songs (Dialogue, Free, Harry Truman, State of the Union) all espoused political themes. Some of Robert Lamm’s compositions had a swing feel to them as well. Frank Sinatra could have handled Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? very well. Actually, as the story goes, it was Colour My World, a portion from Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon, one of 35 Chicago songs that was written by the band’s trombonist James Pankow, that Frank Sinatra wanted to do a remake of. It never happened though because Frank Sinatra wanted James Pankow to write a few more verses for the song, and James Pankow wouldn’t do it. You don’t mess with a classic, even if the chairman of the board himself asks you to. Other Chicago songs penned by James Pankow included the hits, Old Days, Just You ‘n’ Me, I’ve Been Searchin’ So Long, and Feelin’ Stronger Everyday. That last one, by the way, was written by James Pankow and Chicago’s original bass guitarist and third lead singer, Peter Cetera; the elastic tenor voice who was brought in to hit the high notes and keep up with the horn section, which the baritone voice of Robert Lamm and the gruff voice of Terry Kath couldn’t.

    During his time with Chicago, Peter Cetera wrote 33 songs for the band, but if you were to ask any Chicago fan or Rock music historian to name the first two Chicago songs they think of when they hear someone say the name Peter Cetera, they will all tell you the same thing, what else but the smoochadelic classics, If You Leave Me Now from the 1976 Chicago X album, and Baby, What A Big Surprise from the 1977 Chicago XI album. The sexiest, the sweetest, the most distinctive tenor voice in all of Rock And Roll history belongs to Peter Cetera mthrfckrs! There is no comparison. “High above shimmering, echoing ballads and rock-solid choruses that aim for the bleachers, Cetera’s tenor voice soars like a bird in flight. If it doesn’t strike you deep in your heart, it’ll at least stick deep in your head.” That’s what an unknown source from Rolling Stone Magazine’s website once said about Peter Cetera. Well Peter, I would like to tell you tonight on behalf of all your fans that your voice has actually done both for us. Your voice has struck us deep in our hearts and it is stuck deep in our heads and that is where we want it and that is how we like it! The two most covered Chicago songs of all time were Chicago’s first two number one hits, both written by Peter Cetera: The Grammy award winning If You Leave Me Now, from the 1976 Chicago X album, which I mentioned earlier, and Hard To Say I’m Sorry, from the 1982 Chicago 16 album, which was co-written and produced by David Foster.

    In May of 1985, after 18 years with the band, Peter Cetera left Chicago for a solo career. Let’s just say that things got really ugly. It was like a divorce, as Peter would say, and that’s all I’m going to say about that because it’s none of my gddmn business. So, out walks Peter Cetera and in walks singer/songwriter and bass guitar player Jason Scheff, the son of Jerry Scheff, who was a bass guitar player for Elvis Presley. Jason Scheff has been with Chicago for over 25 years now and he has written 19 songs for the band’s last 7 studio albums. Now, to tie this whole thing together, I have to take you back to 1981 because that was the year that singer/songwriter, keyboard player and guitarist, Bill Champlin, the lead singer of the late 60s and 70s psychedelic rock band, the Sons of Champlin, joined Chicago. During his 28 years with Chicago, Bill Champlin appeared on 9 of the band’s studio albums and he wrote 21 songs for the band and his husky voice was the perfect complement to both, Peter Cetera, on the top 5 hit, Hard Habit To Break, from the 1984 Chicago 17 album, and Jason Scheff, on the top 5 hit, Will You Still Love Me, from the 1986 Chicago 18 album. Bill Champlin would go on to sing solo in 1988 on Chicago’s third number one hit, Look Away, from the Chicago 19 album.

    Chicago’s original drummer; its backbone, was Danny Seraphine. During his time with Chicago, Danny Seraphine wrote 18 songs for the band and he played drums in a style that, ironically perhaps, can best be described as lyrical. To be a good drummer one must develop his own technique. Good timing and good taste is essential, but it is the technique that sets the truly great drummers apart from the rest, as Danny Seraphine once said. In 1973, Chicago brought in percussionist Laudir De Oliveira from Sergio Mendes. For seven years, Laudir De Oliveira added Latin flare to the band’s music and his percussion work was the perfect compliment to the drum work of Danny Seraphine. After 25 years with the band, let’s just say a little more drama ensued, and Danny Seraphine was replaced by drummer Tris Imboden, who has been with Chicago now for over 25 years.

    And that folks was Chicago. 50 years, 50 albums, 5 number one albums, 130 million albums sold worldwide, 50 hits, and 3 number one songs later, Chicago is being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Now I am going to present you with information that will make your head spin. This must be stated! According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American Rock and Roll band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. The number one charting Rock and Roll band of the 1970′s on both the Billboard Top 40 Albums Chart and the Billboard 200 Albums Chart was Chicago! But number one overall was none other than (who else) Elton John! Yeah, that’s right, Chicago couldn’t top Elton John. And now, ladies and gentlemen, the list of the Top 4 charting Rock And Roll bands of all-time on both, the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, and the Billboard 100 Singles Chart. They just happen to be the same four bands on both lists, so I’m only going to say this once. Are you ready?! I said, are you ready?! Wait, let me get into my dramatic announcer voice. Number 01. The Beatles! Number 02. The Rolling Stones! Number 03. The Beach Boys! And at Number 04., Chicago! And in case you are wondering who’s at number 05., it’s The Bee-Gees! And that says it all right there folks! And up until tonight, Chicago was the only band on those lists who had not been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame yet.

    And you know what’s funny? First, a Chicago politician named Barack Obama is elected the first black President of the United States of America in 2008. Then, in 2010, the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks win their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history, but their first Stanley Cup since 1961, the year of Barack Obama’s birth. Then, what do you know, Chicago, the band, is finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 20??, during a Barack Obama presidency, but Chicago the band isn’t black, but they did play Rock and Roll, which stems from the blues, which is the music of black people as Jann Wenner said at the 2008 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in reference to the induction of Little Walter. Well, you know what they say, things always happen in threes. And all I have left to say is that it’s about fckng time Chicago got inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame because this is Chicago mthrfckrs! This isn’t Boston or Kansas, if you know what I mean! So, without any further ado, ladies and gentlemen, CHICAGO!!!

    THE CHICAGO INDUCTEES

    THE CHICAGO MEMBERS WHO WILL BE INDUCTED

    01. Walter Parazaider (1967-Present: saxophone; clarinet; flute; songwriter)
    02. Lee Loughnane (1967-Present: vocals; trumpet; flugelhorn; songwriter)
    03. James Pankow (1967-Present: vocals; trombone; songwriter)
    04. Robert Lamm (1967-Present: vocals; piano; keyboards; songwriter)
    05. Terry Kath (1967-1978: vocals; guitar; songwriter)
    06. Peter Cetera (1967-1985: vocals; bass guitar; songwriter)
    07. Danny Seraphine (1967-1991: drums; songwriter)
    08. Bill Champlin (1981-2009: vocals; keyboards; guitar; songwriter)
    09. Jason Scheff (1985-Present: vocals; bass guitar; songwriter)

    THE CHICAGO MEMBERS WHO MIGHT BE INDUCTED

    10. Laudir De Oliveira (1973-1980: percussions; songwriter)
    11. Donnie Dacus (1978-1980: guitar; songwriter)
    12. Tris Imboden (1990-Present: drums)

  21. Lionel says:

    Depeche mode needs to be in their as well a very influential band and they are still kicking ass, martin is one of the best songwriters ever and nobody beats dave as a frontman, the rock n roll hall is such bullshit. Also put in new order, the cure, joy division, the smiths

  22. Roy says:

    Singer-Songwriter and Pianist Elton John and his songwriting partner, Lyricist Bernie Taupin, were both inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, but only Elton John was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. This does not make any sense whatsoever. If there had not been a Bernie Taupin, there would not have been an Elton John and vice versa. Their music was a collaborative effort. Bernie Taupin should have been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame back in 1994 as a Lyricist in the Non-Performers category, the same year that Elton John was inducted in the performers category. We all know that Elton John gave his Rock Hall trophy to Bernie Taupin at the 1994 Rock Hall induction ceremony, but Bernie Taupin isn’t actually an inductee. Induct Bernie Taupin.

    Bernie Taupin didn’t just write lyrics exclusively for Elton John. Bernie Taupin also wrote the lyrics for songs recorded by Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Kiki Dee, Cher, Alice Cooper, Robert Palmer, Melissa Manchester, Rick Derringer, The Hudson Brothers, Olivia Newton John, The Motels, Starship, Heart, Animotion, Stray Cats, John Waite, Martin Page, Peter Cetera, Bryan Ferry, Tammy Wynette, Little Richard, Marianne Faithful, Courtney Love, John Anderson, Willie Nelson, Teddy Thompson, Emmylou Harris, Lee Ann Womack, Toby Keith, Brian Wilson, and Leon Russell, as well as for his own singing career, both as a solo artist and as a member of his own late-1990s Country-Western band, The Farm Dogs.

    Bernie Taupin’s biggest success outside from his work with Elton John was the 1978 album, From the Inside by Alice Cooper, which included ten songs with lyrics by Bernie Taupin and music by Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, Steve Lukather, Bruce Roberts and David Foster. From the Inside spawned the Top 20 hit, How You Gonna See Me Now. In 1985, Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics to two songs that would go on to hit number one on the Billboard 100 Singles Chart: We Built This City by Starship, and These Dreams by Heart, both with music written by Martin Page. Earlier on in 1974, Ringo Starr scored a Top 5 hit with Snookeroo, a song written for him by Bernie Taupin and Elton John. 2010 saw the release of The Union, a collaboration between Elton John and Leon Russell, which included lyrics by Bernie Taupin.

    Bernie Taupin and Elton John comprise one of the longest running and most successful songwriting teams of all time. Bernie Taupin’s 40 years of collaborative work with Elton John alone should qualify him for the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Please induct Lyricist Bernie Taupin into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in the Non-Performers category. His induction is long overdue.

  23. Roy says:

    THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

    THE MIRACLES

    01. William “Smokey” Robinson
    02. Robert “Bobby” Rogers
    03. Ronald “Ronnie” White
    04. Marvin “Marv” Tarplin
    05. Warren “Pete” Moore
    06. Claudette Rogers
    07. Billy Griffin

    Sidemen ?

    Wings? – YES!
    The Silver Bullet Band ? – YES!
    The E Street Band ? – YES!
    The Revolution ? – YES!
    The Miracles ? – NO!

    No one would die if The Miracles were nominated and inducted in the main performers category and Smokey Robinson was inducted a second time. So what! No laws are being broken! Do not induct The Miracles in the Sidemen category and without Smokey Robinson. Lots of people would be very angry if this happened and wouldn’t consider it a legitimate induction. Do the right thing and nominate and induct The Miracles in the main performers category where they belong!

    Do not give the Award for Musical Recording Excellence to The Miracles! Do the right thing and nominate The Miracles in the main performers category.

    If The Miracles do get nominated in the main performers category, they will be inducted on the first try!! All inductees would vote for them! They are a shoe-in! Get them in the right way and get it over with!

    If an artist can be inducted more than once in the main performers category, than I guess that means Smokey Robinson can be inducted in the main performers category and then inducted again in the Award For Musical Excellence category with The Miracles, but I really hope it doesn’t come to that. I really hope the Rock Hall doesn’t do something stupid like inducting The Miracles without Smokey Robinson as a Miracle.

    A lot of people will be pssd off if The Miracles are inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the Award For Musical Excellence category, and they would not consider it a legitimate induction!

    THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME BROKE ITS OWN RULES!

    The Miracles (First Eligible for the Rock Hall in 1984-1985) Not inducted yet!!

    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (First Eligible for the Rock Hall in 1990-1991)

    Smokey Robinson (First Eligible for the Rock Hall in 1997-1998) Inducted ten years too early in 1987!!

    THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME BROKE ITS OWN RULES!

    The Miracles getting inducted would not be “wasting a spot for someone more deserving” The Miracles ARE deserving…just as much, if not more than many others. It would be just GIVING THEM THEIR DUE…and after giving them the shaft for 25 years , I think that The Nomination/Induction Committee owes them that. ***** NO “SIDEMEN” AWARD. PERIOD.*****

    The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops were all inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame! Why not The Miracles?

    The Miracles should have been nominated and inducted in 1987 as the Miracles, not as Smokey Robinson. To this day, still no Miracles in the Rock Hall.

    The Miracles

    01. William “Smokey” Robinson
    02. Robert “Bobby” Rogers
    03. Ronald “Ronnie” White
    04. Warren “Pete” Moore
    05. Claudette Rogers
    06. Marvin “Marv” Tarplin
    07. Billy Griffin

    The Miracles started out as The Miracles. They were the Miracles for 8 years, and charted as The Miracles for 8 years, and then they became Smokey Robinson and the Miracles for 7 years, and then they became The Miracles again for 5 more years. The Miracles were Motown’s first group. Claudette Rogers of The Miracles was called the First Lady of Motown. The Miracles have to be nominated and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as The Miracles, (in the main performers category; not the sidemen category) and Smokey Robinson should be inducted with them as well. Inducting the group as The Miracles (not Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) would also allow for the induction of Smokey Robinson’s replacement, Billy Griffin.

    The Rascals changed their name to The Young Rascals, and they were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as The (Young) Rascals. This was an induction for their entire body of work, both, as The Rascals and The Young Rascals. So inducting The Miracles as The Miracles would count their entire body of work in the induction, including the work produced as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, since Smokey Robinson was a Miracle to begin with!

    The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducted 12 members of the Grateful Dead in 1994, including Robert Hunter, the lyricist for the band! That’s right, they inducted the lyricist as a member of the band! They inducted a non-performer in the performers category! So, the Rock Hall better induct Marvin Tarplin with The Miracles. Marvin Tarplin was a member of the Miracles. He was not a sideman. He was their guitarist and songwriter.

    THE BREAKDOWN

    The Miracles | Smokey Robinson and the Miracles | The Miracles

    26 STUDIO ALBUMS (TOTAL)
    19 STUDIO ALBUMS (The Miracles plus Smokey Robinson and the Miracles without Billy Griffin)
    14 STUDIO ALBUMS as The Miracles (Smokey & Billy combined)
    12 STUDIO ALBUMS as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
    07 STUDIO ALBUMS as The Miracles (with Smokey Robinson)
    07 STUDIO ALBUMS as The Miracles (with Billy Griffin)

    13 Hits as The Miracles
    13 Hits as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

    13 Years as The Miracles
    07 Years as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

    THE MIRACLES (1955-1965) | (1973-1978)

    STUDIO ALBUMS

    01. 1961 Hi… We’re The Miracles
    02. 1961 Cookin’ With The Miracles
    03. 1962 I’ll Try Something New
    04. 1963 The Fabulous Miracles
    05. 1963 The Miracles Doin’ Mickey’s Monkey
    06. 1963 Christmas With The Miracles
    07. 1964 I Like It Like That
    08. 1973 Renaissance
    09. 1974 Do It Baby
    10. 1975 Don’t Cha Love It
    11. 1975 City Of Angels
    12. 1976 The Power Of Music
    13. 1977 Love Crazy
    14. 1978 The Miracles

    THE MIRACLES (1955-1965) | (1973-1978)

    SINGLES

    01. 1961 Ain’t It Baby
    02. 1961 Shop Around
    03. 1962 I’ll Try Something New
    04. 1963 A Love She Can Count On
    05. 1963 Mickey’s Monkey
    06. 1963 You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
    07. 1964 (You Can’t Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You
    08. 1965 Come on Do the Jerk
    09. 1973 Don’t Let It End (‘Til You Let It Begin)
    10. 1974 Do It Baby
    11. 1975 Don’t Cha Love It
    12. 1975 Love Machine
    13. 1977 Spy for Brotherhood

    SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES (1965-1972)

    STUDIO ALBUMS

    01. 1965 Going To A Go-Go
    02. 1966 Away We A Go-Go
    03. 1967 Make It Happen
    04. 1968 Special Occasion
    05. 1969 Time Out For Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    06. 1969 Four In Blue
    07. 1970 What Love Has…Joined Together
    08. 1970 A Pocket Full Of Miracles
    09. 1970 The Season For Miracles
    10. 1971 One Dozen Roses
    11. 1971 The Tears Of A Clown
    12. 1972 Flying High Together

    SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES (1965-1972)

    SINGLES

    01. 1965 My Girl Has Gone
    02. 1965 Ooo Baby Baby
    03. 1965 The Tracks of My Tears
    04. 1966 (Come ‘Round Here) I’m the One You Need
    05. 1966 Choosey Beggar
    06. 1966 Going to a Go-Go
    07. 1966 Whole Lot of Shakin’ in My Heart (Since I Met You)
    08. 1967 I Second That Emotion
    09. 1967 More Love
    10. 1967 The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage
    11. 1969 Abraham, Martin and John
    12. 1969 Here I Go Again
    13. 1970 Tears of a Clown

    THE MIRACLES

    01. William “Smokey” Robinson (ALIVE)
    02. Robert “Bobby” Rogers (ALIVE)
    03. Ronald “Ronnie” White (DEAD)
    04. Warren “Pete” Moore (ALIVE)
    05. Claudette Rogers (ALIVE)
    06. Marvin “Marv” Tarplin (DEAD)
    07. Billy Griffin (ALIVE)

    THE 1983 HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME (Smokey Robinson)
    THE 1987 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME (Smokey Robinson)
    THE 1990 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME (Smokey Robinson)
    THE 2001 VOCAL GROUP HALL OF FAME (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)
    THE 2006 KENNEDY CENTER HONORS (Smokey Robinson)
    THE 2009 HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME (The Miracles)
    THE 2011 HIT PARADE HALL OF FAME (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)
    THE 20?? ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME (The Miracles)

    THE 2001 VOCAL GROUP HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

    01. William “Smokey” Robinson
    02. Robert “Bobby” Rogers
    03. Ronald “Ronnie” White
    04. Warren “Pete” Moore
    05. Claudette Rogers

    THE 2009 HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME INDUCTEES

    01. William “Smokey” Robinson
    02. Robert “Bobby” Rogers
    03. Ronald “Ronnie” White
    04. Warren “Pete” Moore
    05. Claudette Rogers
    06. Marvin Tarplin
    07. Billy Griffin

    THE 2011 HIT PARADE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

    01. William “Smokey” Robinson
    02. Robert “Bobby” Rogers
    03. Ronald “Ronnie” White
    04. Warren “Pete” Moore
    05. Claudette Rogers
    06. Marvin Tarplin

    The people responsible for not nominating and inducting The Miracles as The Miracles in 1987

    You would think these people would know what to do

    The 1986 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee

    Ahmet Ertegun
    John Hammond
    Bob Hilburn
    Bob Krasnow
    Kurt Loder
    Norm N. Nite
    Nile Rodgers
    Seymour Stein
    Jann Wenner
    Jerry Wexler

    In an interview with SOUL PATROL Claudette Rogers Robinson of THE MIRACLES stated the following:

    The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame may feel that The Miracles are in the hall of fame because of the fact that Smokey was inducted in 1987. Robert (Bobby) Rogers (a member of the Miracles) has spoken to some of the board members of the Hall of Fame, and they said The Miracles are already in there, and Bobby said no we’re not! Maybe Smokey was inducted because of his songwriting. There is no envy. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

    Smokey was interviewed on On Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the Roll Hall of Fame Museum’s Foster Theater. During the interview, Smokey said that he has been actively campaigning for the induction of ALL of the Miracles into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.The video was streamed live on The Rock Hall website that day. 3 members of the Nominating Committee were in attendance, and 1 of them, Dr. Lauren Onkey, the Rock Hall’s Vice President of Education and Public Programs, actually conducted the interview. Her response to Smokey was : “I second THAT emotion “.

    • Ernie says:

      Damn Roy, I came on this website to vote for Devo, but your heartfelt tirade is making me consider Chicago…..nah, I gotta stick with my boys. VOTE DEVO!! They probably didnt get as many people laid as Chicago and they werent nearly as popular but they were pretty smart, funny and original. Good luck with Chicago though.

  24. Larry Gonzalez says:

    Howzabout the Monkees? They had four #1 albums, three #1 singles, an Emmy winning T.V. show and a movie that went on to become a cult classic. In 1967 they outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined. Their music is still played on the radio every day, and it’s used in television shows and movies. They still influence the pop landscape (look at the Jonas Brothers and “Glee”). Group member Mike Nesmith came up with the blueprint for what eventually became MTV (this is back when MTV played music videos). OK, yes, for the first year or so they mimed to other people’s music, although they provided the vocals. Even then they had the best songwriters and musicians around, people like Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine, etc. From the third album on, they were in control of their music. Even if they didn’t play on it, they had control over who did. These guys deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

  25. Arnie Goodrich says:

    Steppenwolf is long overdue also would like to see Tommy James/Shondells and the Monkees in there.

  26. WadeMcG says:

    Slayer. Reign in Blood is Thrash Metal in it’s purest form

  27. Topkat says:

    THE MIRACLES deserve induction more than 3/4ths of the groups mentioned here. Most of these acts started in the 60′s thru the 80′s . THE MIRACLES have been around since the late 1950′s . They were Motown’s first group.Motown founder BERRY GORDY JR.recently stated:Without The Miracles, Motown would NOT be the Motown it is today”. The Miracles success opened the doors and paved the way for every Motown act that followed them. That means : NO MICHAEL JACKSON & THE JACKSON FIVE, NO TEMPTATIONS, NO DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES, NO MARVIN GAYE or STEVIE WONDER,NO GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS, NO LIONEL RITCHIE AND THE COMMODORES without The Miracles. THE MIRACLES’ success made all of these artists possible So, WHY are most of these artists inducted, while The Miracles are NOT ??

    THE MIRACLES have had over 50 chart hits . They also have no less than FOUR of their songs inducted into THE GRAMMY HALL OF FAME….the most of ANY Motown group . Over 50 of their songs have been covered by other artists…in EVERY MAJOR MUSIC GENRE: ROCK, POP, COUNTRY & WESTERN,JAZZ, REGGAE,MOR/EASY LISTING, JAZZ,and RAP/HIP-HOP…as well as R&B/SOUL. How many other artists listed on this site can you say THAT about ??

    The MIRACLES just got a star on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 2 years ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzrtGhh3qj0

    If ANY group deserves induction, it’s THE MIRACLES .They were THE ORIGINATORS OF THE ENTIRE MOTOWN PHENOMONON !!!

  28. james lively says:

    i would think two big snubs for the future of the rock hall are amy lee grant and point of grace.
    how could y’all not have the first ccm artist to have a platnium record and the only artist regardless of genre to have the first 24 singles reach #1?
    think about it

  29. TomInCleveland says:

    Deep Purple is LONG overdue. Smoke on the Water is NOT their only claim to fame. What about Highway Star, Woman from Tokyo, Hush, Space Truckin, Child in Time, Perfect Strangers, Battle Rages On, Super Trouper. I could add many more, but I want to be concise here.

    In his prime, Ian Gillan, was one of the most dynamic vocalist ever. He had unmatched power, range, a blistering scream, and the best vocal tone of just about ANYone in Rock. He was good enough to play the role of Jesus Christ in the ORIGINAL Double Album Rock Opera called Jesus Christ Superstar.

    When Gillan left in ’73, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes added their vocal prowess to the mix, to further illustrate that this band had the best of the best in vocalists.

    They, along with Sabbath and Zeppelin are the roots of what would become Heavy Metal. Their first album, In Rock, is exactly that. It ROCKS! Their follow up record, Fireball, continued to evolve this new sound with more experimentation. It was “alternative rock” before there WAS such a thing, and Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are speak for themselves. The Mk III albums Burn and Stormbringer flat out rocked as well. And Made in Japan has been described as one of the best live albums of all time.

    These guys should get in the Rock Hall before anyone else on the list. My only other question is why isn’t Rainbow, Free and Bad Company even ON this list? If I had more time I would write a lot more on why they should be inducted next year ALONG with Deep Purple.

  30. TomInCleveland says:

    I got so wrapped up in Deep Purple’s VOCALISTS, that I may have overlooked one of the greatest, and most influential Guitarists of all time, Ritchie Blackmore. His work in both Deep Purple and Rainbow is second to none. And let us not forget that the incomparable Ronnie James Dio was Rainbow’s first vocalist, and went on to great things even after his Rainbow years were over.

    Now, for your homework…Listen to at least the first 2 Rainbow albums, Free’s Fire and Water Album, and a few Bad Company albums, and try to come up with ONE reason why they are not on this list?

  31. TomInCleveland says:

    Deep Purple is LONG overdue. Smoke on the Water is NOT their only claim to fame. What about Highway Star, Woman from Tokyo, Hush, Space Truckin, Child in Time, Perfect Strangers, Battle Rages On, Super Trouper. I could add many more, but I want to be concise here.

    In his prime, Ian Gillan, was one of the most dynamic vocalist ever. He had unmatched power, range, a blistering scream, and the best vocal tone of just about ANYone in Rock. He was good enough to play the role of Jesus Christ in the ORIGINAL Double Album Rock Opera called Jesus Christ Superstar.

    When Gillan left in ’73, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes added their vocal prowess to the mix, to further illustrate that this band had the best of the best in vocalists.

    They, along with Sabbath and Zeppelin are the roots of what would become Heavy Metal. Their first album, In Rock, is exactly that. It ROCKS! Their follow up record, Fireball, continued to evolve this new sound with more experimentation. It was “alternative rock” before there WAS such a thing, and Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are speak for themselves. The Mk III albums Burn and Stormbringer flat out rocked as well. And Made in Japan has been described as one of the best live albums of all time.

    These guys should get in the Rock Hall before anyone else on the list. My only other question is why isn’t Rainbow, Free and Bad Company even ON this list?

    I got so wrapped up in Deep Purple’s VOCALISTS, that I may have overlooked one of the greatest, and most influential Guitarists of all time, Ritchie Blackmore. His work in both Deep Purple and Rainbow is second to none. And let us not forget that the incomparable Ronnie James Dio was Rainbow’s first vocalist, and went on to great things even after his Rainbow years were over.

    Now, for your homework…Listen to at least the first 2 Rainbow albums, Free’s Fire and Water Album, and a few Bad Company albums, and try to come up with ONE reason why they are not on this list?

  32. get real says:

    Um, hello? What about Linda Ronstadt?

    She was The Queen of Rock in the 1970s who was the FIRST female solo artist to pack stadiums and was hands down the most successful female star of the 1970s, and whose career as a rock and pop singer has lasted from the late 1960s to today.

    Folk, Country, Country-Rock, Pop-Rock, Rock, New Wave, Big Band, Operetta, Broadway, Mariachi, Salsa, she’s done it all.

    The excuse used against her that she wasn’t a songwriter or covered other songs would exclude more than half of the inductees already in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.

    As far as innovation goes, David Bowie and Madonna and Prince and Elvis Costello are all lauded by the critics for changing styles and taking chances. When Linda does it, she’s criticized for being topical, superficial, fickle, dilletantish, and cashing in.

    It’s ridiculous that artists whom I like -U2, the Beastie Boys, The Pretenders, Springsteen, Guns ‘n Roses, et al, who came on the scene years after Ronstadt, are already in the hall, but not her.

    And other artists who are great in their own right but not rock ‘n rollers, like Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Diana Ross and Madonna, are in but Ronstadt isn’t.

    What does Rolling Stone have against female rockers of the 1970s and 1980s? Ronstadt, Heart, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, and Stevie Nicks are not in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.

    What’s the problem?

  33. Roger says:

    What ???
    KANSAS needs to be on the list!

  34. Tom Backus says:

    Jethro Tull should be in. They have been rocking for over 40 years and their Aqualung album just had its 40th Anniversary. Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull should clearly be in the Rock Hall. I mean to rock out with a front-man who is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and flute player has got to be given some consideration.

  35. Jan says:

    Since were pushing the boundries as in The Monkeys & Weird Al why not induct one of the greatest garage rock bands there is and still performing today and I am referring to ” Question Mark and The Mysterians “

  36. Sean says:

    This list of bands is missing one band that should be in the top ten…. MOTÖRHEAD!

  37. Stuart says:

    Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Kiss, Moody Blues, and Rush are no brainers!

  38. jjames says:

    ted nugent

  39. Freddy Padilla says:

    I just really want to support all those amazing bands that I consider the very best of all times such as Kiss; Def Leppard; Chicago; Yes; Twisted Sister; Duran Duran; Journey; Rush; Motley Crue; Judas Priest; Iron Maiden; Saxon; Scorpions; The Cars; Toto; The B52s; Devo also other incredible artists like Pat Benatar and Peter Gabriel; and many others that MUST as a Rock and Roll icon be at hall of fame.

  40. Helmut says:

    Electric Light Orchestra should be at number 1. Even John Lennon said it. Best band I’ve ever heard.

  41. Roy says:

    MY ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION SPEECH FOR CHICAGO

    The year was 1966, and the place was Chicago’s DePaul University. That was where a saxophone, clarinet, and flute player named Walter Parazaider got together with a drummer named Danny Seraphine, a guitar player and singer named Terry Kath, a trumpet player named Lee Loughnane, and a trombone player named James Pankow. Then in 1967, they met a piano player and a singer named Robert Lamm, from Chicago’s Roosevelt University, who was performing at the Belmont Lounge and Yogi’s Den in Chicago, and they asked him to join their band, which he did. The band would be called The Big Thing, and The Big Thing would play on the Midwest club circuit, building a following. An engagement during the second week of December 1967 proved to be an important gig. The Big Thing was an opening act at Barnaby’s in Chicago for a band called the Exceptions, which was the biggest club band in the Midwest, and they stuck around and listened to them. If The Big Thing had stayed late to see the Exceptions, one of the Exceptions had come early to see The Big Thing. That night, singer and bass guitar player Peter Cetera would leave the Exceptions and join The Big Thing as its seventh member, and big things were about to happen.

    James William Guercio, who had been a DePaul University student of music as well, moved the band out to Los Angeles and he would become their manager and producer. The Big Thing would become The Chicago Transit Authority, and then simply, Chicago. The plan from the beginning was to start a horn centered Rock and Roll band, a Rock and Roll band with a horn section, a Rock and Roll band with horns that were an integral part of the music, a Rock and Roll band whose horn section formed the heart of the band, a Rock and Roll band with a horn section that was another lead voice dancing with the vocals. Chicago’s use of brass and woodwinds was like no other band. They took what is called a “melodic” approach to the horns rather than a “harmonic” approach. The horns actually acted as an additional vocal line, not just performing fill rifts. This is what was innovative about Chicago. Chicago was a rock ‘n’ roll band with horns, and a band way ahead of its time.

    True to the need of the album-oriented rock format that launched them, the first four albums released by Chicago between 1969 and 1972 comprised three double albums and one quadruple album. That’s 10 albums in three years. Chicago’s next five albums: Chicago V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX all hit number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Chicago took America and the world by storm without the help of their faces. Total subjugation of individual ego to the collective good of the group was the rule in Chicago, even to the point of using a logo rather than a picture of the band on all of their album covers. Chicago refused to emphasize celebrity over the music. The group turned its anonymous, professional air into a virtue and a marketing strategy. They were the faceless band behind a logo. Chicago’s logo and its facelessness were very much in keeping with the style of the late ’60′s that valued group effort over individual ego. The group would come to be identified by a logo, and that logo, designed by Nick Fasciano, would become the most famous logo in Rock and Roll history. Inspired by classical music, Chicago also chose to number most of their albums with Roman numerals instead of giving them full names.

    In 1969, Chicago released their first album, and to this day, it is considered to be one of the greatest groundbreaking albums ever produced in the history of Rock and Roll; that album being The Chicago Transit Authority. It was a blend of jazz, classical, and straight-ahead rock and roll. It included an unheralded synthesis of electric guitar rock and roll to more deeply rooted jazz influences and arrangements. It was funky, melodic, emotive, and politically intoned. I’m guessing most people in this room tonight have never listened to The Chicago Transit Authority. You can not buy a Chicago greatest hits record and understand what I’m talking about, but there are so many people that I am speaking for tonight who know exactly what I’m talking about. When The Chicago Transit Authority was released in 1969, it seemed to be the perfect synthesis of everything that was diametrically opposed. It had smooth, lush harmonies, it had the distorted feedback-drenched pyrotechnic guitar works of Terry Kath, it had the Beatles-meet-Motown bass works of Peter Cetera, it had the Buddy Rich-meets-Mitch Mitchell drum works of Danny Seraphine, it had the churning Hammond organ and classical piano works of Robert Lamm, and it had those powerful horns of Walter Parazaider, Lee Loughnane, and James Pankow weaving in and out of the arrangements, ending up toe-to-toe with everything else, and it all worked. The dynamics were perfect. The Chicago Transit Authority seemed to have everything in the right place. The horn section, the vocalists, and the rhythm section were tight and unified. Individually, the members of Chicago were all outstanding on their respective instruments. Unlike many bands of the era that utilized session musicians for their recordings, Chicago was completely self-contained.

    Chicago’s first 11 albums all showcased the impeccable musicianship of all the members of the band. At first, Chicago’s sound was a hard sell. Radio stations wouldn’t play their songs. Chicago’s music was not easily identifiable what it was. Chicago could not be pigeonholed. Their sound met with resistance. Record executives turned to Guercio, and Guercio edited a number of Chicago’s songs to make them shorter and more radio friendly. It was a compromise to be on the radio, and it was what it was. You can still listen to all of the band’s songs in their entirety on all the early Chicago albums; it’s the radio versions of the songs that are shorter. Basically, the songs were made shorter because Chicago’s music wasn’t for people with Attention Deficit Disorder. You know, because those are the people who listen to radio—people with A.D.D. As the ’70′s became the ’80′s and the demands of the music industry started to change, Chicago went looking for a new record label. During Chicago’s search for a new record company, one label said to them, “If you get rid of the horn section we’ll sign you,” to which Chicago responded, “Go fck yourself!” Asking Chicago to get rid of the horn section is like asking Elton John to get rid of the piano. Chicago would go on to sign with a new record label, and the horns stayed, and the band played on for forty more years.

    Question: What do you get when you mix the voice of Ray Charles with the voice and the guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix? The answer is Chicago’s first lead singer and lead guitarist, Terry Kath. Terry Kath had a very soulful quality to his voice and he was an outstanding, superb, deep and wicked virtuoso of a guitar player. One of the best examples of Terry Kath’s brilliant guitar playing can be heard on the hit single 25 Or 6 To 4 from Chicago’s second album. The song’s distinctive descending riff has been murdered by as many beginning guitarists as has been done with Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” The terrifyingly brilliant guitar solo performed by Terry Kath-a mountain few players ever dare to climb-is what makes 25 Or 6 To 4 absolutely essential. It is one of the greatest moments in Rock history for the electric guitar. The song’s rather mystical title is just a reference to the time of day the song was written: 25 (or 26) minutes to 4 A.M. In a group known for its horns, it was Terry Kath’s hard-edged guitar and soulful vocals that kept the band rooted in rock and roll. Chicago’s line-up for such a large band was astonishingly stable, broken after eleven years and eleven albums only by the death of Terry Kath. After Terry Kath’s tragic death in 1978, Chicago could have gone on to produce albums under a different name, they could have dissolved their band completely with each member going off to do other musical projects, or they could have just left the music business altogether and done other things with their lives, but they didn’t. Chicago soldiered on for another forty years with the help of other notable lead rock guitarists, from Donnie Dacus and Chris Pinnick, to DaWayne Bailey and Keith Howland.

    Chicago’s second lead singer was Robert Lamm—an ambitious composer and piano player whose songwriting talents made him the default leader of the band in the early years. The Robert Lamm-penned hits included, Beginnings, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is, Questions 67 & 68, Saturday in the Park and of course the afore mentioned, 25 or 6 to 4. His clear baritone voice was an asset, as were his stylized keyboarding skills. The International press portrayed Robert Lamm as Chicago’s social conscience, and many of his best songs (Dialogue, Free, Harry Truman, State of the Union) all espoused political themes. Some of Robert Lamm’s compositions had a swing feel to them as well. Frank Sinatra could have handled Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is, very well. Actually, as the story goes, it was Colour My World, a portion from trombonist James Pankow’s Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon that Frank Sinatra wanted to do a remake of. It never happened though because Frank Sinatra wanted James Pankow to write a few more verses for it, and James Pankow wouldn’t do it. You don’t mess with a classic, even if the chairman of the board himself asks you to. Other Chicago songs penned by James Pankow included the hits, Make Me Smile, Old Days, Just You ‘n’ Me, I’ve Been Searchin’ So Long, and Feelin’ Stronger Everyday. That last one, by the way, was written by James Pankow and Chicago’s original bass guitarist and third lead singer, Peter Cetera—the elastic tenor voice who was brought in to hit the high notes and keep up with the horn section, which the baritone voice of Robert Lamm and the gruff voice of Terry Kath couldn’t.

    If you were to ask any Chicago fan or Rock music historian to name the first two Chicago songs they think of when they hear someone say the name Peter Cetera, they will all tell you the exact same thing—what else but the smoochadelic classics, If You Leave Me Now, from the 1976 Chicago X album, and Baby, What A Big Surprise from the 1977 Chicago XI album. The sexiest, the sweetest, the most distinctive tenor voice in all of Rock And Roll history belongs to Peter Cetera mthrfckrs! There is no comparison. “High above shimmering, echoing ballads and rock-solid choruses that aim for the bleachers, Cetera’s tenor voice soars like a bird in flight. If it doesn’t strike you deep in your heart, it’ll at least stick deep in your head.” That’s what an unknown source from Rolling Stone Magazine’s website once said about Peter Cetera. Well Peter, I would like to tell you tonight on behalf of all your fans that your voice has actually done both for us. Your voice has struck us deep in our hearts and it is stuck deep in our heads and that is where we want it and that is how we like it! In May of 1985, after 18 years with the band, Peter Cetera left Chicago for a solo career. Let’s just say that things got really ugly. It was like a divorce, as Peter would say, and that’s all I’m going to say about that because it’s none of my gddmn business! So, out walks Peter Cetera and in walks singer/songwriter and bass guitar player Jason Scheff, the son of Jerry Scheff, who was a bass guitar player for Elvis Presley. Jason Scheff has been with Chicago now for over 25 years. To tie this whole thing together, I have to take you back to 1981 because that was the year that singer/songwriter, keyboard player and guitarist, Bill Champlin, the lead singer of the late 60s and 70s psychedelic rock band, the Sons of Champlin, joined Chicago. During his 28 years with Chicago, Bill Champlin’s husky voice was the perfect complement to both, Peter Cetera and Jason Scheff.

    And finally, Chicago’s original drummer; its backbone, Danny Seraphine. During his time with Chicago, Danny Seraphine played drums in a style that, ironically perhaps, can best be described as lyrical. To be a good drummer one must develop his own technique. Good timing and good taste is essential, but it is the technique that sets the truly great drummers apart from the rest. In 1973, Chicago brought in percussionist Laudir De Oliveira from Sergio Mendes. For seven years, Laudir De Oliveira added Latin flare to the band’s music and his percussion work was the perfect complement to the drum work of Danny Seraphine. After 25 years with the band, let’s just say a little more drama ensued, and Danny Seraphine was replaced by drummer Tris Imboden, who has been with Chicago now for over 25 years. And that folks was Chicago. 50 years, 50 albums, 5 number one albums, 130 million albums sold worldwide, 50 hits, and 3 number one songs later, Chicago is being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

    Now I am going to present you with information that must be stated! According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American Rock and Roll band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. The number one charting Rock and Roll band of the 1970s was Chicago! The Top 4 charting Rock And Roll bands of all-time on both the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and the Billboard 100 Singles Chart just happen to be the same four bands on both lists, and this is how the lists read: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and Chicago! And in case you are wondering who’s at number five, it’s The Bee Gees! And that says it all right there folks! And up until tonight, Chicago was the only band on those lists who had not been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame yet! And all I have left to say is that it’s about fckng time Chicago got inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame because this is Chicago mthrfckrs! This isn’t Boston or Kansas—if you know what I mean! So, without any further ado, ladies and gentlemen, CHICAGO!!!

    ALTERNATE ENDING IF CHICAGO IS INDUCTED DURING A BARACK OBAMA PRESIDENCY

    Now I am going to present you with information that must be stated! According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American Rock and Roll band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. The number one charting Rock and Roll band of the 1970s was Chicago! The Top 4 charting Rock And Roll bands of all-time on both the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and the Billboard 100 Singles Chart just happen to be the same four bands on both lists, and this is how the lists read: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and Chicago! And in case you are wondering who’s at number five, it’s The Bee Gees! And that says it all right there folks! And up until tonight, Chicago was the only band on those lists who had not been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame yet! And you know what’s funny? First, a Chicago politician named Barack Obama is elected the first black President of the United States of America in 2008. Then, in 2010, the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks win their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history, but their first Stanley Cup since 1961, the year of Barack Obama’s birth. Then, what do you know, Chicago, the band, is finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 20??, during a Barack Obama presidency, but Chicago the band isn’t black, but they did play Rock and Roll, which stems from the blues, which is the music of black people as Jann Wenner said at the 2008 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in reference to the induction of Little Walter. Well, you know what they say, things always happen in threes. And all I have left to say is that it’s about fckng time Chicago got inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame because this is Chicago mthrfckrs! This isn’t Boston or Kansas—if you know what I mean! So, without any further ado, ladies and gentlemen, CHICAGO!!!

    THE CHICAGO INDUCTEES

    01. Walter Parazaider (1967-Present: saxophone; clarinet; flute; songwriter)
    02. Lee Loughnane (1967-Present: vocals; trumpet; flugelhorn; songwriter)
    03. James Pankow (1967-Present: vocals; trombone; songwriter)
    04. Robert Lamm (1967-Present: vocals; piano; keyboards; songwriter)
    05. Terry Kath (1967-1978: vocals; guitar; songwriter)
    06. Peter Cetera (1967-1985: vocals; bass guitar; songwriter)
    07. Danny Seraphine (1967-1990: drums; songwriter)
    08. Laudir De Oliveira (1973-1980: percussions; songwriter)
    09. Donnie Dacus (1978-1980: vocals; guitar; songwriter)
    10. Bill Champlin (1981-2009: vocals; keyboards; guitar; songwriter)
    11. Jason Scheff (1985-Present: vocals; bass guitar; songwriter)
    12. Tris Imboden (1990-Present: drums)

    POSSIBLE CANDIDATES FOR GIVING THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION SPEECH FOR CHICAGO:

    Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Barry Gibb, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Sting, Gerry Beckley, Steve Lukather, Bobby Kimball, Alistair Ian “Ali” Campbell, Huey Lewis, Chris Isaak, Dave Matthews, Lenny Kravitz, Axl Rose, Slash, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rob Thomas, Stephan Jenkins, Mark McGrath, Steve Malkmus, Trey Anastasio, Justin Vernon

    JUST SOME EXTRA INFO WITH A DIFFERENT ENDING WHICH WON’T BE USED IN THE SPEECH

    First, a Chicago politician named Barack Obama is elected the first black President of the United States of America in 2008. Then, in 2010, the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks win their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history, but their first Stanley Cup since 1961, the year of Barack Obama’s birth. Dustin Byfuglien becomes the first African-American hockey player in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup. Then, what do you know, Chicago, the band, is finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 20??, during a Barack Obama presidency, but Chicago the band isn’t black, but they did play Rock and Roll, which stems from the blues, which is the music of black people as Jann Wenner said at the 2008 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in reference to the induction of Little Walter. Also, “Chicago” had seven letters and seven members until a game of rumored Russian Roulette. Then there were six, just like the six letters in “Barack”, who is an “ally” of Russia. Keeping one’s nuclear rivals close can be seen as a six-lettered gamble itself, and gambling was born of the Chicago mob scene. Seven Blackhawks on the ice would have been too many.

  42. MIKE HALL says:

    ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME SUCKS, HOW CAN YOU LEAVE CHICAGO OUT . YOU PUT SO MANY CRUMMY GRESEY HAIRED GROUPS IN.
    CHICAGO IS ONE OF THE BEST OF ALL TIME TOP 10 _15. COME ON GET REAL YOU STONED NUMB SKULLS.

  43. MIKE HALL says:

    DEAR ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME HOW CAN YOU LEAVE OUT,,,,,, KISS ALSO ???????
    MILLIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD MILLIONS LOVE CHICAGO AND KISS. WHOM EVER PUSHES THE FINAL LEVER IN CLEVELAND DEFINETLY HAS SOME KIND OF HANG UP AND CAN NOT SEE THE TREES FOR THE FOREST. THIS ONLY PROVES THAT CLEVELAND IS THE REAL MISTAKE BY THE LAKE. !!!!!!!!!

  44. zilla says:

    Donlad Roser is the most underrated guitarist to ever strap on a 6 string. Try to get passed the few hits DFTR,and Burnin for you and get into the catalouge. Cities on flame, Astronomy, Mazerati GT (live cover), Black Blade, Veteran of the psychic wars scratch the surface. On second thought leave Blue oyster Cult out rock fans never got it so I dont know why they would now

  45. Thomas L. Holmes says:

    I was all bent out of shape, wondering why TOTO was not a HOF member; but then I noticed the list of Snubs! What a tall task to select from all these phenomenally great musicians! PLZ consider my favorite: T O T O. God bless.

  46. Sam says:

    How about induction for an artist who has the following credentials: nearly 50 million records sold, 38 Top 10 hits, gold, and platinum records, #6 among artists with the most consecutive Top 10 hits, #10 with the most Top 40 hits and #16 with the most No. 1 hits. Billboard also lists this artist as the #10 recording artist of all time. It is time Pat Boone receives the recognition he deserves.

  47. Kris in Dallas says:

    My no-brainers(not necessarily my favorites)…

    Moody Blues (my favorite)
    Deep Purple(another Favorite)
    Kiss
    Judas Priest
    Chicago

    almost a no brainer…
    The Cars
    B52′s
    The Cure

    Other of my favorites that I wish we’re in…
    Big Star
    Cheap Trick
    Scorpions
    Yes

    When eligible, WILCO!

  48. Kris in Dallas says:

    Oh, and I wish the Cult were in , but doubt that’ll happen

  49. Paul Horsley says:

    I would love to see “Sweet” get in !

  50. Paul Horsley says:

    We want Sweet !

  51. T Gunn says:

    ALOT already in are NOT Rock. Period. Maddona, ANY rap at all. Smiths? Depeche? BS. Next thing youknow it will be Flock of Seagulls. Having grown up in the main era of Rock, AOR RADIO, alot of inductees and suggested inductees mentioned here were never considered Rock by even their most rabid fans or even the bands themselves. Most of bands talked about, that did not feature driving hard drums and ALOT of solid guitar work with versatile vocalists should be put.in a type of popular music hall. As yet to be founded. Rock isn’t soul, no matter the root. Disco is an abomination. Punk is junk. I agree Chicago has Rock merit but just so. They are incredible but Rock is defined. You wouldn’t put Van Halen, Kiss, Scorpions and Def Lep on same bill as Chicago, Aretha, B52s, Culture Club and Cyndi Lauper. The “Hall of Shame” is a jumble of bullshit AT BEST. Alot of “artsy” bands don’t have any MOJO and Maddona is ALL MTV and zero voice as are many from the 80s. Grunge? Its what a band is supposed to sound like BEFORE they leave the garage. Rap? Dirty, racist nursery rhymes. Electronic music? Someone doesn’t understand ROCK.

  52. Les says:

    You left off Bad Company, Boston, Doobie Brothers, Foreigner, Hall & Oats, Jim Croce, Linda Ronstadt, Steppenwolf, Steve Miller Band, Supertramp, War & Yes. And if Hank & Johnny Cash can make it in, why not Willie & Merle?

  53. C Wheat says:

    Rush (who is finally being inducted in 2013), Kiss, Def Leppard, and Iron Maiden should be no brainers to have inducted. The bands they’ve influenced, their album sales, and their fan base should speak for itself. Especially compared to some of the choices they have already added. Metallica before those, really??

    A band I haven’t noticed on this list and should be included as well is Styx. My reasoning behind it is not only the talent the band has, but the ideas they tried by mixing rock and theater. The entire “killroy was here” tour is a perfect example of it. Even without that, they had enough hits to be considered. Come Sail Away, Mr. Roboto, Babe, The Best of Times, Too Much Time on My Hands, and Show Me the Way. As quoted on Wikipedia: “The band has four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.[1] as well as sixteen top 40 singles in the US.” Just my 2 cents though as they were a very influential band for me while growing up along with many others already on that list.

  54. Steve Perry55 says:

    Why not Journey?

  55. Pete says:

    Um… Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Misfits? did we just kind of forget the whole 2nd freaking half of Punk Rock?

  56. walt C. says:

    Forgetting the Dire Straits

  57. H. Ward Miller says:

    I would think that WAR is missing. If history has something ro do with it, when the US astronauts and the Russians hooked up is space in the70′s NASA pipped “Why Can’t WE
    Be Friends” all over the world.
    Besides, I designed and Illustrated their first 4 album covers.

  58. Goody says:

    D O O B I E B R O T H E R S !!! Really they are not in??

  59. Scott Prinzing says:

    I think about half of these bands should be shoo-ins. My list may be different than the next one, but I think the arguments for at least getting on the ballot are strong for all of these folks. I’m glad that they let the public weigh in, but I think the percentage for the public vote should be higher.

    So, here’s my Top 10 from the above list (in alphabetical order):
    1. Cheap Trick
    2. Deep Purple
    3. Iron Maiden
    4. Judas Priest
    5. KISS
    6. The Monkees
    7. The Runaways
    8. Thin Lizzy
    9. Stevie Ray Vaughan
    10. Yes

    I’m really rooting for Link Ray this year, though!

  60. NoWayJose says:

    The RRHoF has ZERO CREDIBILITY as in institution. ZERO. It’s simply a road side attraction / business venture headed by Jan Wenner, head of Rolling Stone magazine.

    They inducted “Grand Master Flash” who is not “Rock” in any way, shape or form and never had a hit make it into the top 10… let alone an album.

    Public Enemy? Seriously? Can you name one song they are famous for? Neither can anyone else.

    Madonna? LOL!

    ZERO CREDIBILITY AS AN INSTITUTION. ZERO.

    The more people DEMAND decent ROCK groups be inducted into this JOKE of a private music club, the more unwarranted attention the RRHoF gets. They are already becoming a shop/business that is famous for the same reasons as many of the “artists” they “induct”.

    They are famous for being famous…

    Pathetic.

  61. Darren Binion says:

    Finally, I get to speak my mind. Yes there are a lot of bands that deserve this honor, but when these bands are not already inducted, you start to think, when will they be acknowledged. Well, my list include:
    Duran Duran
    Chicago
    Deep Purple
    Cheap Trick
    Pat Benetar
    Joan Jett
    Journey
    REO Speedwagon
    Def Lepperd
    Scorpions
    Just to name a few. I’ve been somewhat out of the loop, maybe some of these groups are already in, but I’ll cast my vote for each and every one of these groups cause they put the time in and they’re still putting the time in. It’s time for these groups to finally be recognized!!!

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