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!

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.
  • Boogie Down Productions

    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.
    • The Tragically Hip

      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.
      • Janes Addiction

        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.
        • George Michael

          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.
          • Pixies
          • 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

              282. Simple Minds

              The decade of the 80’s has left behind many things that are iconic and can not be imagined in any other time period. Although the best known hit of Simple Minds is synonymous with the John Hughes 1985 classic, the Breakfast Club, does that song really scream 80’s and if so is it mostly because of the film?   Maybe our point is that Simple Minds may be primarily an 80’s band, but their sleek Pop styling had a much underappreciated sophistication to it that was not always commonplace for the decade. Following the standard pattern of Post Punk to New Wave to New Romanticism to a successful amalgamation of all three, Simple Minds spent their early career embracing the musical trends in an artistic manor. With associations to U2 and the Pretenders and with an often overlooked body of work (that continues to expand), the Scottish group could pose…
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                281. The Kingston Trio

                With many entries on this list, we spoke about how without them many other artists may not have existed. The Kingston Trio partially falls into that category, for while they may not have been the direct inspiration for Bob Dylan and such; their success showed record companies that Folk Rock could be commercially viable.   It couldn’t have been easy. If you try to name a successful Folk group before the Kingston Trio, chances are you will struggle to come up with one. The Kingston Trio was not only the first real successful Folk group; they created a demand that never existed. While Rock was booming, those who felt disenchanted with the new genre found Folk both fresh and traditional at the same time. Because they were not as politicized as the Folk stars who came later, the Kingston Trio may not have received the credit that they should have,…
                • The Kingston Trio

                  280. Ten Years After

                  It is virtually impossible to claim that the Woodstock concert was not the most important concert in the history of Rock and Roll. Many of those iconic artists have found their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, yet despite the acclaimed (yet somewhat forgotten) set that Ten Years After put on, they seem far away from the Hall and are often not associated with the concert itself.   Many of the fans of Ten Years After felt that the band reached their apex with their Woodstock performance. Whether that is true or not, it did successfully introduce the band to the American audience to their brand of Blues Based Rock. With a new audience watching, Ten Years After switched gears a bit and released some uneven work geared towards the mainstream. It did yield the still poignant “I’d Love to Change the World” which may have given…
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