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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    81. George Michael

    Usually when collaborations break up one party becomes more successful than the other. There may be no case of wider musical disparity than when George Michael and Andrew Ridgely dissolved Wham.
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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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      • Black Francis
      • 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.
        • NWA
        • EazyE
        • Ice Cube
        • Dr Dre
        • MC Ren
        • Snoop Dogg

          138. Ministry

          In 2014, we expect there to be a strong contingent lobbying for the induction of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. We will debate that in four years time, but until then we will settle for debating the induction of a band that is credited by some for introducing Industrial music to the public; Ministry.   Calling Ministry a band can be a bit of a misnomer. Essentially, the product of its only constant member; Al Jourgensen, Ministry was the first outfit that brought the Industrial genre attention. With their hard driving Metal guitars, and various samples they garnered attention from devotees of other Alternative based music. With the Alternative boom in the early 90’s, Ministry became more widely known, though they never hit it as big as they perhaps should have. Constant side projects and drug abuse may have hampered the long term affects of Ministry as a band,…
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            137. Cher

            Our next artist may have the longest career on this list but would mot surprise us if she generated the least amount of respect. Of course, it seems like Cher has been fighting for respect her entire career.   Before Madonna was the icon of style attempting to conquer as many mediums as she could, there was Cher. Originally, the protégé of Sonny Bono and one half of Sonny and Cher, she eventually found more success as a solo performer and is the only person to have chart success over five decades. Her style and look was always transforming and it seemed that every five years she found herself back on top somehow. She may not have the Rock credibility in some eyes, but she may have the best rock voice. At one time in her life, she was on top in music, television and film. Nobody else on this…
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              136. Tracy Chapman

              136. Tracy Chapman
              The 1970’s may have been full of Singer/Songwriters but the decade that followed saw that genre dry up quickly. That made the success of Tracy Chapman that much more unlikely. She didn’t exactly have MTV good looks; she sang in a style against her racial stereotype and was not even attempting to be “cool”. Despite all of that, Chapman had a major debut, and though her career cooled off, she did enjoy solid success in the mid 90’s. Two big hits may not necessarily make a Hall of Fame career, but her uniqueness may grant her a look that she may not have received otherwise.           The Bullet Points: Eligible Since: 2013 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Cleveland, OH) Why They Will Get In: The Hall loves Singer/Songwriters and needs more females. Why They Won’t Get In: Her profile has faded considerably over the years. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Tracy…
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                135. Television

                We asked ourselves a lot during this process why did so many Punk bands fizzle out so quickly? Was it truly just better to burn out than fade away? That is a debate for another time (and someone else’s website) but again we find another American Punk Rock group that had more historical significance than mainstream success.   During the embryonic stage of the New York Punk scene, Television became the first Rock band of any kind to play at CBGB’s which became the focal point of Punk. They were technically sound and their lead and rhythm guitar work were revered in music circles for their complexity and improvisation. Although they never moved beyond cult status in North America they became commercially successful in Europe influencing much of the Post Punk scene that followed. Their main album (Marquee Moon) continues to be revered and the chances of Television likely lie…
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                  134. Sarah McLachlan

                  134. Sarah McLachlan
                  A superstar in the Adult Alternative world, Sarah McLachlan’s atmospheric Pop-Folk blend garnered her many friends worldwide. Her song writing and vocal skills made her very successful on both the critical and commercial front. It can be argued that her greatest musical contribution was the creation of Lilith Fair, which celebrated the female songwriter and helped launch a few careers with it. She may not come across like a Rock Star, but there are parallels between her and other women who are already in. The Bullet Points: Eligible Since: 2014 Country of Origin: Halifax, Canada Why She Will Get In: Being a female helps and the Hall has been vocal about wanting to induct more women. Why She Won’t Get In: She may not be considered Rock enough, and her profile has been low as of late. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Solace (1991) Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1993) Surfacing (1997)…
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