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:
  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:
  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)
    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 critically acclaimed albums.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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  1. 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 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.

    • I want some of what these HOF critics have been smoking, for real. Their choices are counter-intuitive to say the least. Should not veteran rockers like Yes be up for first dibs for induction, rather than Madonna? And shouldn’t inductees be chosen according to their respective genres?

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

    • Paradise Theater was a definitive milestone in modern Prog-Rock. I cannot even fathom how they could so easily dimiss Styx as an inductee. Per shame…

  4. Why not Journey?

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

  6. Forgetting the Dire Straits

  7. 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.

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

    • I agree, dissin’ The Doobies ain’t gonna but these critics credibility points. A beloved band, with numerous top 40 hits.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!


    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…


  11. 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
    Deep Purple
    Cheap Trick
    Pat Benetar
    Joan Jett
    REO Speedwagon
    Def Lepperd
    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!!!

    • And let’s not forget about Blue Oyster Cult. I pray that by some miracle, Godzilla stomps on the HOF and turns into rubble and in turn allows the people to vote on who should be inducted in the newly built HOF. Hmmm, perhaps a possible Godzilla sequel scene?

    • The rock n roll hof is a joke! There are so many deserving bands. Maiden, Priest and Deep Purple are better than most already in. Also how do you induct Joan Jett before Pat Benatar and Lita Ford?? Are you kidding me?? Then theres Journey,Foreigner, Styx and many others!! I could start my own Rock hof that would put the official one to shame!

  12. What about the Sir Douglas Quintet, the Moody Blues, and the Doobie Brothers?

  13. I can agree with most of the current list of 40 bands. Chicago should absolutely be at the top, I am disgusted that they are not already in.

    Names I feel are missing:

    Grand Funk Railroad
    Pearl Jam
    Jethro Tull
    Alice in Chains
    Ronnie James Dio (solo or for the influence he brought Sabbath and Rainbow which propelled those bands to new heights)

  14. OH, yeah….and STYX.

  15. I disagree with Los Lobos. HOF for a cover, I don’t think so
    Slade, nah
    I’m a metalhead and love Saxon, they were pioneers but weren’t groundbreaking

    I think Tom Morello had it right in KISS’s induction speech: Impact, influence, and awesomeness.

  16. How about Little Feat ? I agree with Chicago, Moody Blues and Todd Rundgren. Lowell George and the Boys deserve SOME credit !

  17. I agree with your additions. I think ELP (Emerson, Lake, and Palmer) should be included. I can’t believe so many of the great bands with very talented musicians are not included. I think so many of the choices that are included are “fadish.” Kurt Colbain or whatever his name was…. a member of Nirvana. There is no way he had the affect and musical talent of most of your list. Just because he represents a culture of self-pity doesn’t mean he should be admitted before all the truly deserving bands that were snubbed. I don’t get it at all. Look at Jeff Lynne from ELO and Traveling Wilbury’s.. What a talented musician and he’s not in????? Just crazy… It is a popularity thing based on OPINIONS not any relevant criterian…It just makes me sick.

    • Bad example. Yea Kurt may not be as talented as quite a few bands/musicians who aren’t on the list but he’s WAY more talented than a lot of other artists who made the list. I’m a huge classic rock fan and don’t listen to many 90’s/00’s bands but Nirvana will always be a band I enjoy. They aren’t as accessible as many happy go lucky bands but if you listen to their MTV unplugged album you can’t deny the talent and passion.

  18. @Alexia I think Depeche Mode have always been far superior to The Cure but i dont think they’ve ever been ripped off by them. Strange opinion. Two very different bands and both should be in the hall of fame by now.

    As for Duran Duran? I’m not so sure, they were very popular yes but i dont think they were very influential.

    • Sueprior? not in any musical way!. I’m a musician and I don’t like those kind of bands, but there is a thing about The Cure that not so much bands can do, they can play a lot of different kind of music genres with their own sound. That thing is far supeior to the electronic thing made by Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk deserves to be in the Hall before those electronic jokes!.

  19. … least three-quarters of your list (in particular the Monkees, who impacted popular culture EVERY bit as much as the Beatles in key aspects; Kansas, Styx – for the entirely valid reasons noted in Comments; Chicago, Journey, possibly REO, if for Richrath’s psychotically deft lead lines) I COULDN’T agree with more – but as much as Duran deserves to be inducted, ROXY does TENFOLD; THE ensemble that had an ENORMOUS impact on New Wave, sounded like NOBODY else…..have been lobbying for The Sweet over a decade now – Andy Scott is the FATHER of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal – and though it won’t EVER happen, would be elated to see ANOTHER band very much impacting Eighties musical trends, Gary Glitter’s former backing combo, who made some of the Seventies’ most distinctive songs and, along with the Rollers, really got the nostalgia kick going after Mott (who ALSO should be inducted…..) and I’d even place SPARKS in that mix, TOO. To this list I would add Dan Fogelberg, in my opinion a much better songwriter than his friend Jackson Browne and a CRIMINALLY underrated guitarist… the realm of soul and funk still yet to be suitably recognized, I’d advocate for both The Dramatics and Eddie Kendricks (even over Ruffin, by a bit) and the Commodores, as well as the Spinners and Stylistics, with Thom Bell & Linda Creed as the primary architects for ‘TSOP’, then Gamble & Huff. Finally, while Joan and the Runaways DO merit consideration themselves, it AMAZES me that the woman who almost singlehandedly picked up the torch from Joplin and was indisputably Jett’s TEMPLATE, Suzi Quatro, hasn’t EVER been nominated despite having sold over 50 million records worldwide (unfortunately, not ENOUGH of them in America…..) I’d strongly argue Three Dog Night, the Grass Roots (holding a record which will NEVER be broken, 6 straight YEARS of Top 40 presence)Tommy James & The Shondells, and the Turtles, ALL of whom have their present inductees as champions, should be admitted ASAP. Lastly, it would be nice to see both Big Star and Badfinger in, as they both made their own considerable impact on popular music for decades afterwards, not to mention QUEENSRYCHE…..oh yeah: the Cure? B-52’s? PLEASE, no…..Depeche, definitely deserves to be though I’m not really a big fans of theirs…..

    • … for the Scorps, HELL yeah; with 4 of the best axemen that ever picked up a guitar (to wit Michael & Rudy, Uli and Matthias) and a HUGE body of provocative (not JUST titillating; Taken By Force and Virgin Killer, have a lot to say in some numbers)work, most especially Animal Magnetism, one of the best hard rock albums ever made…..

      • Absolute ditto’s here. The Scorps have laid a solid foundation as Metal gods. Ingnoring them displays a blatant disrespect.

  20. Dio is greater than anybody on this list. Best vocalist of all time.

  21. Can’t believe Geils, Moody’s, War and B-52’s aren’t in. Not all my favorites, just too big and influential not to be in.
    Sweet does not belong there, but “Ballroom Blitz” is probably one of my favorite five rockers. That song can raise the dead.

    • Agreed, how can you induct a band for one monster hit. I know, maybe they should have a HOF “One Hit Wonder” section! heheheh

  22. What about considering arguably the most overlooked and under-appreciated rock bands of all time…The Association…

    I have always been appalled that the Association has been snubbed by the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Let’s list just a few of their musical accomplishments:

    1. They have THREE (3) songs listed by BMI as the top played songs for the ENTIRE 20th Century: Never, My Love, Cherish and Windy. The Beatles only had 3 and no other recording group had more!

    2. A seriously significant run of million-selling Billboard songs including such hits as: Along Comes Mary, Cherish, Windy, Never, My Love, Everything That Touches You…

    3.The breath-taking vocals and heart-wrenching words of Requiem For The Masses which was a so-called “B” side of a single. I don’t think any other band in the history of Rock ‘n Roll could perform a Gregorian Chant that could leave you breathless and you jaw dropping to the floor! They should be in the Hall of Fame for THAT song alone!

    4. The Association wrote and performed the songs and score for the hit movie Goodbye, Columbus

    5. How many bands in Rock ‘n Roll history could successfully perform the enormous VARIETY of song styles that the Association did in their career? They did Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Love Ballads,Swing, Folk, Protest Songs. Psychedelic, Country, Gregorian Chant…They could do it all!

    5. Each member of this forever hard-working band played multiple musical instruments, often switching instruments numerous times during a typical concert. Terry Kirkman could play virtually every wind instrument in existence and do it well.

    I could probably go on for pages but I think you get the idea. The Association more than deserves to be in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. It’s high time to correct this horrible wrong of their exclusion!

  23. What about considering arguably the most overlooked and under-appreciated rock bands of all time…The Association…

    I have always been appalled that the Association has been snubbed by the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Let’s list just a few of their musical accomplishments:

    1. They have THREE (3) songs listed by BMI as the top played songs for the ENTIRE 20th Century: Never, My Love, Cherish and Windy. The Beatles only had 3 and no other recording group had more!

    2. A seriously significant run of million-selling Billboard songs including such hits as: Along Comes Mary, Cherish, Windy, Never, My Love, Everything That Touches You…

    3.The breath-taking vocals and heart-wrenching words of Requiem For The Masses which was a so-called “B” side of a single. I don’t think any other band in the history of Rock ‘n Roll could perform a Gregorian Chant that could leave you breathless and you jaw dropping to the floor! They should be in the Hall of Fame for THAT song alone!

    4. The Association wrote and performed the songs and score for the hit movie Goodbye, Columbus

    5. How many bands in Rock ‘n Roll history could successfully perform the enormous VARIETY of song styles that the Association did in their career? They did Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Love Ballads,Swing, Folk, Protest Songs. Psychedelic, Country, Gregorian Chant…They could do it all!

    5. Each member of this forever hard-working band played multiple musical instruments, often switching instruments numerous times during a typical concert. Terry Kirkman could play virtually every wind instrument in existence and do it well.

    I could probably go on for pages but I think you get the idea. The Association more than deserves to be in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. It’s high time to correct this horrible wrong of their exclusion!

  24. A rock and roll band that I never see get any recognition these days is Paul Revere and the Raiders.

    I thought they were a kooky funny band that had a lot of great songs. My favorites were Fang and Harpo! Always acting up!

    The Raiders was my first rock and roll band that I got to go and see as a young lad.

  25. The Rock n Roll hall of fame has lost credibility by not having people like Connie Francis, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka, Deep Purple, Chicago, Chubby Checker, Lionel Richie, and the Moody Blues not inducted. There are people a lot less qualifed who are in already. Something is radically wrong!!

  26. Read the front page of I think you’ll agree he needs to be on your list

  27. Craig, you are so right about Chicago. I don’t know if it is because of the bitterness between Peter Cetera and the band. They completely messed up the recent nominations from last week. So many excellent bands on the outside looking in again. Besides Chicago, what about Journey, Yes, Def Leppard, etc. They nominate Green Day/Nine Inch Nails before these bands, really? No offense to the two bands’s contribution, but really?

  28. Glad to see that the Guess Who is on this list, another Canadian Gordon Lightfoot should also be on it. It’s a disgrace that Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, Moody Blues, plus several others are not in the Hall. I will never figure out how this happens.

  29. Talk about getting snubbed: not only is Johnny Rivers denied his rightful place in R-n-R HOF but he’s ignored as one of the snubs. It’s giving me the Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu.

  30. Since you list the likes of Duran Duran and Weird Al Yankovick and The Monkees, I’d like to see an entry for Janet Jackson. Janet has a very strong argument for induction and should be considered.


    • Shes hot but not worthy of hall!

    • I’ve seen Kansas 10 times. When rush got in I couldn’t believe it. They were Kansas back up in at least 3 of the shows I saw. What a crock!!!!

      • Also Yes is probably one of the greatest bands ever. Totally absurd to leave them out

        • I hear ya, I just googled why Journey, even Def Lep arent in hall as its been bugging me for years and I came across this site. Yours was one of the latest comments i thought Id reply to. I think even Green Day has gotten in!!! No dif than our fav groups never getting a Grammy! Crap does all these years now! Warning: I heard beyonce is eligible for the hall I think 2023, I’ll say it….Gag me with a spoon! And a guy above called journey garbage, yeah whatever! I was at hall a few years ago, but looking back, I’m really bummed well deserving people aren’t in it! Time for hall to have a huge amount of inductees to catch up with the ones they snubbed!

  31. Without these three bands, I can’t even begin to give RR HoF any credibility.

    Grand Funk Railroad
    Deep Purple

    I don’t believe every great band should be in the RR HoF; I believe there are just too many great bands. You need to be a band that also influenced the musical direction of many others. That’s why I would say no to Doobie Brothers, Cars, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick etc. I’d love to see them and they many great songs, just not RR HoF material for me.

    Having said that, the RR HoF has already ruined their HoF status by inducting people/bands that just don’t belong. It’s like steroids in sports, you can’t undo the past but it’s no less a shame that it happened.

  32. I totally agree that Grand Funk (I’m from Flint, MI too), the Scorpions and Deep Purple are all worthy. I would add some of the Progressive bands like ELP, Yes, The Moody Blues and Jethro Tull as well.

    However, since they opened it up to unworthy musicians, I’m guessing Milli Vanilli will get in before any of those.

  33. I grew up listening to Chicago and Grand Funk Railroad. Forty years later I’m still listening to them. I am not sure what the selection criteria is or who the selection people are, but it sure is a shame these groups are not even considered.

  34. Whitney Houston – I don’t believe there are too many young girls in America that were not influenced by her, and some are great performers today. And speaking of that, where is Whitney’s influence – Dionne Warwick? It’s all political hogwash.

  35. Visiting the Hall has been on my bucket list. But after reviewing all the deserving artists who are not in the Hall: Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Chicago, ELO, etc., in comparison to some inductees that make little sense; perhaps I’ll forgo a trip to Lake Erie and head to a warm Florida beach instead.

  36. Ozric Tentacles, without a doubt, deserves an induction. A hugely talented band. And I find it hard to believe that iconic prog-rock bands like Kansas and Styx were summarily snubbed. Further, possible inductees should be classified according to their respective genre. For example, how could you musically compare Madonna to Yes? Personally as a critic, I would need 2 shots of Tequila (no shaker) after listening to a masterpiece like “Tempus Fugit” and then have to compare it to “Like A Virgin”.

  37. What the author of this article said about the band YES is not true. They were nominated in late 2013 for possible 2014 induction but did not get in. Deep Purple were in the same boat but also did not get in. It seems that ultimately the R&RHOF is concerned about what bands are cool and hip. It’s as if they only want to nominate bands or artists who have sold tons and tons of albums and played in football stadiums or appeal to hipsters. They don’t like heavy metal, arena rock, hard rock or progressive rock(especially not the latter it seems). Quite frankly I was a bit surprised Rush got in but I think their massive fan support played a big role in that. I think none of us should take the R&RHOF too seriously since it obviously has more to do with image and what bands are seen as “cool” by insiders and not so much about musical talent or lasting influence or even “rock n roll” much of the time.


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  39. Perhaps it’s personal, those glaring omissions. Or maybe it’s simply a matter of us not “getting it”. Take, for example, the Canadian band The Guess Who, with its seemingly interminable string of memory-etching ballads and rockers: These Eyes, Laughing, Undun, No Time, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature, Share The Land, Hand Me Down World, Bus Rider, Albert Flasher, Rain Dance…; maybe it just never rose to the level of musicality and renown worthy of the Hall’s recognition. Surely the Hall’s modus operandi is to exercise exceptionally nuanced and unbiased judgment, a level of discernment commensurate, as one would expect, with notably lofty standards – standards that were plainly on display in its induction of Green Day, Rush, Beastie Boys, Abba, and Blondie, each and all at the exclusion of The Guess Who. There is cause for doubt. Consider another supernally talented group, The Moody Blues. As is the case with The Guess Who, this band, according to the Hall, doesn’t pass muster, and thus, still resides in the exurbs of Halldom; this, despite their giving genesis to a genre that melded classical music with rock and roll and yielded a number of entries on their laundry list of wildly popular melodic gems. Call me a rock-sheltered hayseed, but the exclusion of The Moody Blues from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in favor of the noted, pronouncedly less contributive, less notable entrants is, well, somewhat irrational. It would seem the Hall’s admission criteria are years overdue for an evolutionary spurt – a particularly radical one if it has been using criteria that weigh more heavily on what’s “cool” or palatable to present-day popular tastes, or the Hall’s personal tastes (or distastes)…anything that deemphasizes that which matters most: the music we have loved most. But, mutative progression aside, one would hope that, in the near term, the Hall would, at the very least, right what needs righting concerning the two rock and roll marvels at issue. I can think of at least one scenario that would satisfy the avenging poet within: the Hall issues a groveling apology and, by way of a monetary mea culpa, pays The Guess Who and The Moody Blues for the privilege of admitting them retroactively, setting their dates of entry at twenty-five years subsequent to the release of their respective first records. But who heeds the poets?

  40. I don’t care that there are some “non-rock” artists in the RR and R&B HOF. yes, it is the RR and R&B HOF. some of the big artists “ROCK”. the problem I have is that certain types of music have been snubbed. the “hard rock” artists used to get snubbed, but are finally getting in. last year, the “singers and songwriters” type of music of the 70s got some love, but there are a few more that should get in before the “pretty boys and girls” of the 80s get their shot…the R&B vocal groups of the 70s are not in…come on now, give the spinners some love! there are others not in yet either. and finally the PROGGY groups. They have been snubbed the most. the moody’s and deep purple should be in as well as yes and jethro tull. and how about the alan parsons project! (think cirrus, eye in the sky, time, games people play etc” art rock is rock, why the snub…ELO, ELP king crimson, supertramp…etc. and where are tommy james, the raiders and other 60s rock and roll? keep the late 80s and 90s groups out until a few more groups who made their start in the 60s get in. oh, and one more thing, joe cocker is a shoe in for next year. the RR and R&B HOF love to wait until people are dead before they induct them.

  41. Today is Burton Cummings 67th birthday. I am sure there are others that feel that he along with the other Guess Who members should be squarely planted in the R & R Hall. What a fantastic body of work after nearly 50 years and still thriving! Come on, Hall! Get with it!

  42. The Guess Who’s front-man, for all of his pianistic virtuosity and what is arguably the most mellifluous and tunefully explosive voice to have ever graced rock and roll – a voice for which one would have to cross genres to find qualitative parallels – seems to just slip through the cracks in the arcane proceedings of the Hall’s induction process. It’s as though his exceptionality counts as nothing more than extraneous, even pretentious ornamentation. Maybe the process warrants a little input from the professionals, the people who make and have an ear for the music, rather than a sycophantic penchant for the coolest picks.

  43. Styx, Boston, Journey, Cheap Trick, Kansas, Def Leppard, Moody Blues and BOC.
    If you want hard rock then these should be at the top:
    Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Scorps!

    Wow…Green Day gets in but these bands don’t?

    Styx should have fired DeYoung prior to Mr. Roboto…I think the HOF is keeping them out because of that song alone. They never play it in concert and just stick with the rock and roll…

  44. Totally agree with previous mentioned groups. The Guess Whos lead guitar player Randy Bachman later started his own group (Bachman Turner Overdrive). You could say it was spawned from the Guess Who. Mary Wells from the early Motown era has also been very much overlooked. She was the female headliner for them at the time with many big hits. Carole Kaye sessions musician for many years has also been overlooked. She is an incredible musician and was very instrumental in the development and sound of The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson) Pet Sounds Album. Considered now a Rock and Roll Masterpiece.

  45. I totally agree about Styx. That song, and album ruined them for me. I get DeYoung was trying to be creative, but it failed miserably.

  46. The mere musicality of some of the previous mentioned groups. You have to ask yourself why Steely Dan? and not The Carpenters, The Association, Toto, Yes, Chicago. I know different people have different taste in music, but like I previously mentiond in my first post, I would would really like to know the criteria for selection.

  47. I’m pretty happy with the groups everyone mentioned. Why does the rrhof suck? Why do they induct lesser quality groups when there are so many awesome groups not inducted? Come on, Madonna, are u serious? I can’t imagine rock without, Scorpions, Foreigner, Styx and so many more. The rrho shame is a joke.

  48. Totally agree! Its a joke!!

  49. The RRHoShame told me that it’s not about fame, or record sales, or popularity. But they didn’t say what it’s about. I suspect it’s snob appeal, or how only they know who is worthy and it certainly isn’t what you or I think. I told them if the Baseball Hall of Fame operated that way, they’d induct the inventor of the aluminum bat and snub Babe Ruth. If you can’t rely on metrics like records sold, longevity, stadiums filled and air time (or downloads), then all you have left is subjective opinion.

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