99. The Go-Go’s

99. The Go-Go’s
Historically speaking, Music of all genres is full of all male bands. Sure, there was the occasional female lead singer or two, but generally, it did not get much further than that. That ceiling was forever broken in 1981, when the Go-Go’s topped the charts becoming the first all female band that wrote their own songs and played their own instruments. Seriously, it took until 1981 for that to happen. Originally a Punk band, the California quintet shifted their focus to the burgeoning New Wave sound. The move proved to be fruitful as they quickly caught on with listeners who embraced their fun party music which was among the more popular of the first half of the 80’s. They broke up in 1985, and after a few reunions they never did come close to matching their earlier success. Regardless, by showing the world that an all woman outfit could be successful and breaking down the gender barrier in music they are far more influential than one would realize. The Bullet Points: Previous Rank: 2010: #75 Eligible Since: 2005 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA) Why They Will Get In: Their gender works in their favor here. Why They Won’t Get In: They are dismissed as fluff by many. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Beauty and the Beat (1981) Vacation (1982) Talk Show (1984) Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: We Got the Beat (From Beauty and the Beat, 1981) This Town (From Beauty and the Beat, 1981) Our Lips are Sealed (From Beauty and the Beat, 1981) Vacation (From Vacation, 1982) Turn to You (From Talk Show, 1984) www.gogos.com {youtube}2RHTiXvELNg{/youtube} {youtube}f55KlPe81Yw{/youtube} {youtube}5OULlWNCqDQ{/youtube} {youtube}Hvg2Dcr7AFk{/youtube} {acepolls 93}

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