4RockNRollers

Who Should be in the Hall of Fame?

This site, as the domain and title says, is FOR ROCK AND ROLLERS (4rocknrollers!).  And as a tribute to our favorites, we were stunned to learn that many of those groups that we think should be honored, have never had a place in the Hall of Fame.

This is our reminder that these groups have played an important part of rock and roll history and should have a place in the Hall of Fame!

60. Jane’s Addiction

If you were to ask many music fans in 1990 or 1991 which band truly defined “Alternative” many would point to Jane’s Addiction. With a funky hybrid of Metal, Punk and Folk the provocative band took the music world by storm in the late 80’s.
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    19. Pixies

    When the Alternative scene exploded into the mainstream many pointed to Seattle as the origin of it all. Funny, how many of those bands pointed back East to the Pixies as the group who was really responsible.
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    • Kim Deal
    • Joey Santiago
    • Dave Lovering

      12. N.W.A.

      Considered one of the pioneers of Gangsta Rap, N.W.A. was not just among the first of their kind, they might just be considered the best.
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      • EazyE
      • Ice Cube
      • Dr Dre
      • MC Ren
      • Snoop Dogg

        70. Steppenwolf

        Our introduction to our Rock and Roll list depicted the ever changing face of what Rock and Roll is or was. There are artists on this list with whom we expect to hear a roaring cry that they are not “Rock and Roll”. We doubt we will hear that with Steppenwolf.   The word influence is brandished about on this list as it should be simply based on the verbage of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Steppenwolf does get credit for the creation of the term “Heavy Metal” from a line in their Hard Rock Classic; “Born to be Wild”. They may not have been the band that created Heavy Metal music but their place as one of the Hardest Rocking bands in the late 1960’s is not debatable and could be one of the best bands to listen to on the open road. Although some question their…
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        • John Kay
        • Larry Byrom
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          69. The Sonics

          The early 90’s brought a lot of attention to the Pacific Northwest music scene, and there were many who thought it came out of nowhere. The reality was that Alternative music in its various forms was alive and well and if anyone was the early champion of the state of Washington it might very well be the Sonics.   Of the often debated argument of who the first real Punk band was, the Sonics often receive a lot of votes in that department. At their roots they were a Garage band, but even for that raw genre, the Sonics took that to an even more primitive level. They were loud and brash and stood out from what was already an abrasive pack. They had a posture and a swagger that put others to shame. It can be debated as to whether the Sonics were the first Punk band, but it…
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            68. Bad Company

            If any band on this list might get in based on the sum of their parts, it could very well be Bad Company; considered one of the first true Supergroups of the 1970’s. Coincidently, it might be their best way to get in too.   Forming in 1973 from past members of Free, King Crimson and Mott the Hoople, Bad Company had the pedigree on their side. Their music was solid Blues based Rock and Roll that spawned numerous hits and album sales. With a series of songs that have shown solid staying power led by the strong voice of Paul Rodgers, they have a body of work that remains appreciated by Rock aficionados. Rodgers could be the real key, as his total career with Free and other projects could propel Bad Company to an induction.         [FilmStrip][/Filmstrip]The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1999   Country of…
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              67. Pat Benatar

              Is it possible to be important to look like a Rock Star than to actually sing like one? With Pat Benatar, there was no question that she looked like a Rocker, and her early 80’s music was certainly Rock as well. We wondered aloud though, if she didn’t have the look she did, would we know who she was today?   Pat Benatar oozed a brand of tough sexuality. Benatar did not even sing Rock music until her early twenties; but when she did, she brought to Rock a classically trained voice and a uniquely sexy look. Everything about her screamed “Rock Star”. Anyone around in the early 80’s certainly remembers the legions of imitators who copied her appearance. Although her series of hits dried up by the end of the 80’s she was still able to inspire legions of women to enter the world of Rock and Roll. She…
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                66. Buzzcocks

                If there is a Mecca in the British music industry it would have to be Manchester. It is there where we have our next entrant; The Buzzcocks. Although they did not have the same impact as the Sex Pistols, a band they opened for, their influence in the Punk world may be almost as important.   The Buzzcocks took a different approach towards their music than other Punk groups did.  Rather than sing about anger and rebellion, they song more about angst and frustration which was lyrically some of the music of the era.  Their focused energy created a Punk Pop sound that was totally relatable to the youth of their day (or today) and yet was still fun to listen to. Had they achieved bigger commercial stardom in North America their chances for induction would likely be much greater but any somewhat successful Punk band could have an outside…
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                  65. Mary Wells

                  You would think that if you were at one time the biggest star on the Motown label, you would be a lock for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame spot. With Mary Wells, we find that is not necessarily the case.   Along with other acts like The Temptations and The Four Tops, Mary Wells was part of the Motown stampede onto popular radio and was essentially the lone female solo act from the label. Wells churned out hit after hit for Motown and her crossover appeal was not just limited to white audiences in the States as she was the first Motown star to chart in the U.K. and perform there. Her fans included the immortal Beatles whom she even opened for. Wells was Motown’s first real international star yet at the height of her popularity she left Motown for 20th Century Fox where she never did achieve a…
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