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

          85. Ben E. King

          Although none of the members of the NIHOF committee were alive when Ben E. King achieved his greatest success, we were among the millions that rediscovered him with the re-release of his signature song, “Stand by Me”. Those that found him again, found one of the smoothest voices of and most sophisticated voices of all time.   Ben E. King is already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Drifters, though he achieved equal success when he struck out as a solo artist. His singing style is timeless and he has a voice that feels like poetry. With numerous number one hits, he does have a Hall worthy resume, though the biggest question is whether the Hall feels they have done right by King by way of his induction with the Drifters.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1986  …
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            84. The Commodores

            Talking about Motown was certainly nothing new during the NIHOF Rock and Roll discussions. However, the topic generally came up when discussing forgotten and neglected 60’s artists from the legendary label, and rarely for the achievements of the decade that followed. Yet one of the Detroit label’s biggest success was a 70’s group that originated from the American Deep South where the Commodores emerged as a major player in the R&B scene.   With a series of hits that crossed over ballads to traditional Funk, the Commodores certainly have to be considered an intriguing Hall of Fame candidate. They have the success in the 70’s going for them in a genre that is considered Hall respectable. Although their greatest success came form their ballads, they maintained enough Soul in their sound to still give them legitimacy. Combine that with their Funk hits you have a band that has a definite…
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              83. Thin Lizzy

              For a country with such a small population, the rich musical history of Ireland is an extensive one. Our first representative from the Emerald Isle is the Hard Rock band, Thin Lizzy; though it may surprise some casual fans that Thin Lizzy was even Irish.   Thin Lizzy bordered on Metal tendencies with their dual guitar attack but their main source of appeal was their working class lyrics. It was perfect music to listen to at the pub with your friends while downing a frosty beverage or two. Their lyrics although inspired by an Irish lower class lifestyle still resonated on both sides of the Atlantic and with a multi ethnic lineup they were a rarity in rock circles at the time. Considered now as an underrated band in revisionism, they may get into the Hall, but they are likely to have to wait until other Hard Rock bands from…
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                82. Electric Light Orchestra

                Some artists on this list we expect will get into the Hall. Some we, feel has no realistic chance. In some ways, we almost felt the Electric Light Orchestra is a rare act that kind of felt like they belonged in both categories.   When ELO formed they wanted to create modern Pop songs with classical overtones. This formula that the Electric Light Orchestra created was a successful one, as their melodic tunes were well received and for over a decade they were able to generate numerous successful albums that received airplay on both sides of the Atlantic. Although their music was certainly catchy, the biggest knock against them was that their music was not substantial enough despite the rich textures they used in production. Their chances may be based on how much the Hall thinks that Jeff Lynne is deserving of induction as he was the face and backbone…
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                  80. LL Cool J

                  As the Rap stars begin to become eligible for the Rock and Roll of Fame, they face the same debate that stars from other genres do: that of whether popularity should supersede art. LL Cool J could be the first of the Rap stars to fall strongly on the popularity side of the equation, as though he did sell a lot of albums, but was also accused of selling out.   LL Cool J (born James Smith) made his mark by blending Rap with the Pop sound and helped to broaden the Rap genre as much as any other star of the 80’s. He gave the world Rap Ballads and gave the genre a romantic side it never knew existed. But there in lied the problem, as West Coast Rap and Gangsta Rap took over, LL appeared as a sappy dinosaur to some while he was still in his early…
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