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!

62. Mary Wells

62. Mary Wells
You would think that if you were at one time the biggest star on the Motown label, you would be a lock for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame spot. With Mary Wells, we find that is not necessarily the case.

61. Dire Straits

61. Dire Straits
Punk and Disco may have dominated the late 70’s, but that didn’t mean that Rock bands did not break through. The English band Dire Straits managed to churn out some music that has had some astounding staying power over the years.

58. The B-52’s

58. 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.

52. PJ Harvey

52. PJ Harvey
One of the most critically respected female artists of the last thirty years, P.J. Harvey could be classified in so many ways.  Singer/Songwriter.  Lo-Fi Superstar.  Alternative Goddess.  Frankly, we could come up with so many more.  

49. Little Feat

49. 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.

48. Smashing Pumpkins

48. Smashing Pumpkins
Easily one of the most important Alternative bands of the 1990’s, the Smashing Pumpkins were able to become Alternative stars without sounding like the Grunge stars that they were often lumped in with.  The Pumpkins could master varying emotions effortlessly easily delivering songs with unparalleled sorrow to tunes of blistering rage.  They delivered these skills to the video medium, and their overall videos of the 90’s are on par with any other band that could be named.  Billy Corgan and company may not get in on the first year of eligibility, but for a few years they were right there at the top. This could be anywhere from a quick induction to a twenty year wait.

38. Soundgarden

38. Soundgarden
Welcome to the first true heavyweight entry of the Grunge question.  The question is not whether a Grunge associated act will get in; because one will.  The question is how many, and does the Hall have a quota.  With Soundgarden now eligible, we are fascinated to see what will happen.

35. Blur

35. Blur
At some point the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will have to address the Brit Pop phenomenon of the 1990’s.  Although Oasis is most likely to get that nod from the Hall (should it ever come and based on the way the Hall has treated the British heavyweight from the 1980’s), Blur could be the band that gets it in their place.  Blur may not have rivaled Oasis in American success, but they matched them in England note for note, and in some circles are considered the superior of the two bands.  They survived the demise of Brit Pop with Lo Fi endeavors and with Damon Albarn’s side project of Gorillaz remaining strong, his profile (and by default, Blur) might be strong enough to net an induction when eligible. 

1. Pearl Jam

1. Pearl Jam
If Nirvana were the Beatles of grunge, than Pearl Jam were the Rolling Stones.The band that was originally named Mookie Blaylock, would be the largest beneficiary of the grunge movement, and of the genre easily the most principled.  Perhaps the embodiment of American music for decades, Pearl Jam would become a huge band, but arguably could have been more successful had they “played by the rules”.

15. Tupac Shakur

15. Tupac Shakur
It is a sad reality that an early death can make a star into a legend, and in the case of 2pac, he turned into a martyr.Love him or hate him, 2pac would become the face of Gangsta Rap and did so not only as a rapper, but also as a very solid actor.  The man born Tupac Shakur, would emerge from being a back-up dancer for the Digital Underground would became the voice of the East Coast Gangsta lifestyle and spent as much time in jail as he did in the recording studio.