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!

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

    16. Big Star

    The NIHOF Committee knew that we had would be placing many artists that achieved limited commercial success. Yet when we looked at Big Star, we just couldn’t figure out why they never did hit the mainstream. Had they achieved more than just critical acclaim, they would likely be in the Hall already.   One has to wonder if Big Star was just plain unlucky. Drawing from the melodies and harmonies from the British Invasion groups along with an American Rock edge they became the embodiment of Power Pop. Considering their influences and that their music appeared radio friendly, it is strange that they never did catch on with the public and essentially remained anonymous. Although their time as a band was brief and their record sales were dismal the 80’s saw a new batch of guitar based alternative bands (R.E.M. & The Replacements for example) that emerged citing Big Star’s…
    • Big Star
    • Alex Chilton
    • Chris Bell
    • Jody Stephens
    • Ken Stringfellow
    • Jon Auer

      15. The Cure

      After we came up with our rankings, it just seemed right for the Cure to be associated with number thirteen. The mystical number might fit the gothic image of a band (who ironically despised that label) better than any other group on this list.  
      • The Cure
      • Robert Smith
      • Porl Thompson
      • Laurence Tolhurst
      • Simon Gallup
      • Roger ODonnell

        14. Judas Priest

        When the NIHOF committee gathered to discuss our next entrant we did what we could to forget the terrible Mark Wahlberg movie (Rock Star) that was loosely based on them. Instead we chose to focus on how important Judas Priest was in Heavy Metal’s progression. There are some fans of the genre who have debated that the work of Judas Priest in the 70’s was more important to Metal than anything current Hall members Black Sabbath ever did. That may be a very bold statement, but it can’t be overlooked is that those early albums laid the fabric for the Thrash sound that would occur years later. The 80’s saw Priest as one of the few Metal acts who were able to create radio friendly hooks while still keeping a Metal sound that did not alienate their core fans. From Rob Halford’s high pitched Heavy Metal wail to the guitar…
        • Judas Priest
        • Rob Halford
        • K K Downing
        • Glenn Tipton
        • Ian Hill
        • Tim Ripper Owens

          13. 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.  
          • Chicago
          • Peter Cetera
          • Robert Lamm
          • Terry Kath
          • James Pankow
          • Danny Seraphine

            11. Stevie Ray Vaughan

            A few of us remembered at NIHOF when Stevie Ray Vaughan passed away in a tragic helicopter crash.  A running joke that went around was how terrible it was that Stevie Ray was dead and all the New Kids on the Block are still alive. Nearly twenty years later, his fans miss him as much as they did when he was first taken (and are still cranky that all five New Kids are still alive).  Stevie Ray Vaughan has been called the last great Blues man. That title may be a little melodramatic, but there is no doubt that he was an outstanding musician with exceptional talent who was taken away way too soon. Drawing from legendary Blues musicians of the past, Vaughan’s style was a little faster and fierier than his influences and through that he bridged Rock and Blues probably better than anyone else had before. Amazingly, he did…
            • Stevie Ray Vaughn

              10. John Coltrane

              With this selection, we approach an artist who we just couldn’t figure out where to place; or even if we should place him at all. Was John Coltrane right for the Roots and Early Influence category? We didn’t think so as his greatest success and period of influence was simultaneous with the British Invasion. Does Jazz have a viable place in the Hall? We think so, as Miles Davis is in and many a Rock genre is Jazz infused. Besides, if any Jazz great had a “Rock Star” quality, it was John Coltrane. Coltrane first came to prominence as a sideman with Miles Davis, and would later lead his own Jazz group in 1960 which released several acclaimed albums. He simultaneously became one of the genre’s most important and controversial stars. Coltrane’s work always pushed the envelope veering into Free Jazz and Avant-Garde Jazz. His music was not always understood…
              • John Coltrane

                9. Gram Parsons

                With three nominations in the past ten years, it could be argued that Gram Parsons could be considered a future lock for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Considering that Parsons is considered the father of Country Rock there is a good chance he soon will.   Although the Byrds are already in, he was with them for such a brief time and was not honored at their 1991 induction. Maybe that is not such a travesty as Parsons would go on to form the Flying Burrito Brothers with fellow Byrd, Chris Hillman and later release two solo albums. His solo work and albums with the Burrito Brothers were among the most acclaimed of its period and it truly was the melding of Rock and Country. Parsons died at the tender age of 26, but not before he cemented his legacy as a pioneer. Time has shone kindly on…
                • Gram Parsons

                  8. Willie Nelson

                  With our tenth selection we know that we are again breaking traditional Rock protocol. However, sometimes an artist just has a certain intangible that just makes you like them even though his music sounds like nothing else in your CD (now MP3) collection. We here at the Not in Hall of Fame can’t help but think that Willie Nelson is one of those artists. It seems so impossible that a musician with such a definitive country twang could have such a crossover appeal yet he does.  Fans want to put most musicians on a pedestal, but with Willie, you want to pound some beer back with him and listen to him tell a story or two. He is the true every man, your buddy in the back of the bar who has seen it all. Honestly, we can’t think of anyone would we rather hear tell stories than Willie, and…
                  • Willie Nelson