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):
- Early Influences
With that we propose the following list that absolutely, positively should be a part of the Rock Hall.
- Deep 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.
- 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.
- 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 .
- 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/
- Weird 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/
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jimmy 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.
- Warren Zevon
Dark, demented and entertaining as hell. One of rock’s great musical storytellers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
English Hard Rock / Glam band whose hits are still being copied and songs still played on the radio.
- Thin Lizzy
Major international Rock Band whose hits still played regularly on hard rock and Classic Rock radio stations.
- 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.
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.
- Def 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.
- 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.
Awarded several Grammy awards and in the Musicians hall of fame this band has always been around selling millions of albums.
- The B-52s
New Wave innovators from Athens, Ga. “Love Shack” baby!
- Joan Baez
Yes, yes, she’s the ultimate folkie. But she personifies protest music, and she was Bob Dylan’s muse.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cheap 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!
- 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.
- 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.
Are we not men worthy of Rock Hall fame? These guys were one-of-a-kind, and amongst the great innovators in rock history.
- The Guess Who
“American Woman,” “These Eyes,” “No Sugar Tonight.” One of the great ’60s pop-rock outfits.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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!
- Twisted 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)
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.