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

          113. The J. Geils Band

          Although the J. Geils Band appeared as an overnight success in the early 80’s, they were anything but. After delivering a series of albums throughout the 1970’s that delivered a few minor hits, the J. Geils band found a good following in the North East but could not translate the energy of their live act to studio recordings or to the radio. When they did hit it big, they broke up shortly after, thus raising the question whether the overall body of work is Hall worthy. With two recent nominations and a perceived love from Jann Wenner, they could find themselves in.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1995   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Boston, MA)   Nominated In: 2005 & 2006 Class   NIHOF’s Favorite Album: Freeze Frame (1981)   NIHOF’s Favorite Song: Rage in the Cage (From Freeze Frame, 1981) {acepolls 276}
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            112. Badfinger

            The term heir apparent is used far too often in Pop Culture. Lou Gehrig may have proved to be the rightful heir to Babe Ruth in the Yankees, but while Eric Lindros had a decent hockey career, his original nickname of the “Next One” (In reference to Wayne Gretzky’s moniker of the “The Great One”) was a title he couldn’t quite live up to. If Rock and Roll had a career equivalent it might be the band once thought to be the heir to the Beatles; Badfinger.   The comparison to the Beatles came quite naturally. Originally signed to Apple Records and with their first hit (Come and Get it) penned by Paul McCartney, it appeared as if Badfinger could pick up where the Beatles left off. The early 70’s saw them create albums that were considered to be part of the early Power Pop genre which also yielded some…
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              111. The Offspring

              111. The Offspring
              With the music world looking for Alternative superstars, the table was set for the Offspring’s brand of Punk, Pop and Metal to be a hit. They came across like overnight sensations (they weren’t) and their 1994 album, Smash, remains the best selling independent album in history. They would become known for their sarcastic and fun lyrics and always rooted their themes that were easily identifiable. This made them very accessible for a band that was still labelled as Alternative. The question that the Hall of Fame voters will pose is was this band “serious” enough for them to be included. The Bullet Points: Eligible Since: 2014 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Huntington Beach, CA) Why They Will Get In: They achieved a level of success and popularity that few other Alternative bands can match. Why They Won’t Get In: The band was fun instead of dark and brooding. The Hall tends…
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                110. Mott the Hoople

                What should have been. This is a sentence that seems to permeate the history of Rock and Roll, especially on a list such as this. We can’t help but think that this sentence may fit Mott the Hoople better than anyone else as the Ian Hunter led band seemed to inspire so much yet accomplish so little.   Maybe stating that Mott the Hoople accomplished little is a bit of a misnomer, but they should have been so much more. Best known State Side for their David Bowie penned “All the Young Dudes”; Mott was selling a lot more records in their native country. Embracing the Glam Rock movement, Mott the Hoople played that style of music that was anything but androgynous. They fused with Glam with Hard Rock and a Proto Punk attitude and found themselves a wide cross section of fans. Though they were popular, they always seemed…
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                  109. Megadeth

                  During the early 60’s many music fans were divided musically into either the Beatles camp or the Rolling Stones camp and they despised the other fans. Nowadays, that seems a little silly, but it wasn’t that long ago that a couple of us at NIHOF remembered that the Metal community had fans divided into the Metallica and Megadeth camps as well.   When Dave Mustaine left (or was kicked out of) Metallica, he formed Megadeth which along with his former band became known as one of the “Big Four” of Thrash Metal. Megadeth kept to the Thrash playbook with a powerful sound and became very popular among the Metal set. They were as controversial as they were successful, as they were riddled with drug abuse, controversial lyrics/moments and a seemingly never ending feud with Metallica. Still together and recording and possessing a huge fan base, Megadeth may be an outside…
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