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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!

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

      57. The B-52’s

      Sometimes, you can’t associate music to a region. Coming from the American South, The B-52’s redefined what music was supposed to be from there. Then again, nothing was ever typical with the B-52’s.   Arriving in the late 70’s with their retro chic look, The B-52’s also had a sound as unique as their appearance. Their music had trace elements of Disco and with driving surf guitars and unique interchanges between the three singers they created a danceable New Wave style that was as eccentric as it was fun. Although they meet the Hall’s key requirement of innovation, their campy lyrics and look may overshadow what is a real solid Rock band.         The Bullet Points:   Previous Rank: 2010: #56   Eligible Since: 2004 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Athens, GA) Why They Will Get In: They are a lot more respected than people think. Why They…
      • The B52s
      • Cindy Wilson
      • Kate Pierson
      • Fred Schneider
      • Ricky Wilson
      • Keith Strickland

        56. The Spinners

        The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame contains many an artist flying the Motown flag. Motown certainly became a star making label and under their label many legends were born. With that being said meet The Spinners, a band on this list who actually became stars once they left Motown.   Breaking out from ten years of obscurity under the Motown, the Spinners signed with Atlantic and arguably became the most important bands of the “Philly Soul” scene of the 70’s. That decade saw them churn out hit after hit all featuring textured production that put full use of the range of their lead singer, Philip Wynne. Considering the numerous 70’s and 80’s Northern Soul singers who cite them as influential it is curious that they have not even been close to garnering consideration.         The Bullet Points: Previous Rank: 2010: #70   Eligible Since: 1986 Country…

        55. Emerson, Lake & Palmer

        Do we even bother to raise the Progressive Rock question in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anymore? As this list continues we find yet another band of the aforementioned genre who may be wondering what they have to be considered Hall eligible. Certainly, the fans of Emerson, Lake & Palmer are wondering the same thing.   Dubbed the first “supergroup” of Progressive Rock, the three members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer came from existing groups (Keith Emerson from The Nice, Greg Lake from King Crimson and Carl Palmer from Atomic Rooster) and combined to push the boundaries of Progressive Rock. They drew from classical as well as Jazz influences and specifically their pioneering use of the synthesizer was certainly considered unique and different. They were also known for their over the top live shows in which they tried to match their musical textures in both sound and look.…
        • Keith Emerson
        • Greg Lake
        • Carl Palmer

          54. Ozzy Osbourne

          In the first decade of the new millennium, the medium of television became overrun with reality television. Other portions of this website may discuss the merits of reality T.V., but never have we had felt the need to incorporate that discussion in terms of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With Ozzy Osbourne, we may have to reevaluate that position.   Already a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work fronting the groundbreaking metal band, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne went on to have a very successful solo career and remains as one of the top concert draws today. Although his solo work did not eclipse the work he did with Sabbath critically, it did very well commercially and he actually expanded his fan base. As one of the reality show pioneers, his new public image as a cartoonish, incoherent bungler may not exactly be…
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            53. Little Feat

            How many artists on this list have melded multiple styles that resulted in unique music and critical acclaim? Quite a few of course, though if we had to subject one on this list that may have combined the most styles, Little Feat could be that candidate.     Creating music that borrowed from Country, Folk, Blues, Rock, Funk and Jazz, it may have been excused if Little Feat may have had an unpolished sound. The fact is they didn’t, and a Little Feat album was among the most professionally produced of its era. There was little weakness with this accomplished group of musicians who as a collective could perform almost any style. They were able to crack into radio airplay somewhat but those who heard only their radio friendly songs, did not get the full breadth of what this group could do. They have massive respect within the musical community,…

            52. 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…
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              51. War

              The United States of America has often touted itself as the “Melting Pot” of the world. We will let some other website debate the validity of that statement. For now, we will simply slot the ironically named band, War as the band on our list that we think best serves the Melting Pot analogy.   The multi ethnic California band were able to fuse the multiple genres of Rock, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Blues, Jazz and Latin that was delivered in a laid back delivery that certainly made them unique. They were fronted by former Animal’s lead singer, Eric Burdon for their first two albums though they were able to prove they could certainly deliver the goods after he left. Despite their perceived mellow approach and ironic name their music was more socially aware than they got credit for and with their recent nomination, their chances for induction is certainly stronger…