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!

34. Janet Jackson

34. Janet Jackson
For those who watched the original run of Good Times, it wasn’t likely that you would have pegged Janet Jackson as the cast member who would become the biggest star among them. Of course, with the last name of Jackson and her famous siblings; perhaps nobody should have been surprised. After a slow start, the youngest Jackson became a superstar when she hooked up with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Together, they collaborated to create carefully crafted albums that channeled the urban feel while still being keyed into the Pop demographic. Janet was able to appeal to all audiences and had a long run of success that continued to keep up with contemporary trends while maintaining clever Pop hooks. Surprisingly, Janet is still recovering from “Nipplegate” and her career has been on a downward spiral ever since. Even if she fails to make a successful comeback, her iconic status as the biggest female R&B star for fifteen years can not be overlooked. As a member of the famous Jackson clan and with Madonna’s recent induction, there are many signs pointing towards a spot in Cleveland for Janet Jackson. The Bullet Points: Previous Rank: 2010: #48 Eligible Since: 2007 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Gary, IN) Why She Will Get In: She had major success and was the biggest female Pop/R&B star in the 80’s and 90’s. Why She Won’t Get In: Years after, she is STILL recovering from the Super Bowl incident. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Control (1986) Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) janet. (1993) The Velvet Rope (1997) Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Control (From Control, 1986) Nasty (From Control, 1986) Black Cat (Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, 1989) That’s the Way Love Goes (From janet., 1993) All for You (From All for You, 2001)   www.janetjackson.com     {youtube}uh_gaaUiNs8{/youtube} {youtube}2b_KfAGiglc{/youtube} {youtube}J551f-TyqjY{/youtube} {youtube}BTSd4vqnMwo{/youtube}   {acepolls 53}

24. The Moody Blues

24. The Moody Blues
On the surface The Moody Blues appear to have a Hall worthy resume so when we initially put this list together it surprised us to find that they were not already inducted. As we learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction practice it would now surprise us if they never got in.

12. Chicago

12. Chicago
Had we done this list with the criteria of chart success, Chicago would have easily been in our top ten. Having charted over multiple decades, Chicago has enjoyed a devoted following that few on this list can match. One has to wonder if the band was a little flashier, and the fans a little louder if it would not come as such a great shock as to the average music fan as to just how successful they were.

7. New Order

7. New Order
With our sixth selection we had a bit of an internal debate. We were very tempted to merge the work of Joy Division and New Order to form one entry. There is a precedent for this as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame collectively inducted Parliament and Funkadelic but unlike the aforementioned Funk outfits, New Order began when Joy Division ended and their sounds were different enough to illicit separate entries.

6. MC5

6. MC5
When the NIHOF committee got together and threw around adjectives to describe the musicians on this list the word “revolutionary” was mentioned quite often. Revolutionary certainly fits the music of MC5 (The Motor City 5), but this could be the only band that actually wanted to start a political revolution one as well.

5. The Smiths

5. The Smiths
The next group is a band that has been considered one of the most important groups of the 1980’s. Although, The Smiths were a far bigger deal in their native England than they were on the other side of the Atlantic; though finding many passionate fans of The Smiths in North America is far from difficult.

4. Jethro Tull

4. Jethro Tull
For years there has been a lack of Progressive Rock acts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The bulk of that genre originated in the United Kingdom and it is there where we make our next selection, Jethro Tull. However, like many other British Progressive Rock bands they are on the outside looking in.

269. Boogie Down Productions

In Rap’s Golden Age, most of the emerging stars were considered one dimensional. Not so, for Boogie Down Productions, which many critics have labeled as the most versatile and influential of their genre.
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    262. The Tragically Hip

    Although they are virtually unknown outside their native Canada, it can be easily argued that the Tragically Hip were the definition of Canadian music.
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