- Joan Baez
- Electric Light Orchestra
- Pearl Jam
- Tupac Shakur
- Nile Rodgers
Some well-deserving inductees, including first year eligible Pearl Jam. As we examined in last year's post, what great artists are on the outside looking in? Of our list from last year surveying the most eligible candidates, only Yes made it this year. We mentioned ELO and Journey as artists likely to be forever left out of the most elite. Once again, it is difficult to reconcile how these two were inducted before many other similarly situated artists in our lists.
Radiohead will almost certainly headline next year's class in its first year of eligibility.
Our lists are below, revised to eliminate this year's inductees, and congratulations to them.
You can read all about this year's inductees everywhere else and debate their respective merits for inclusion. We can also all debate the criteria for induction, and officially "Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll," so says the Hall itself.
This year's ballot also says "Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration."
But let's cut to the chase to the most popular topic of all. The rock acts absent from the Hall. Now that Kiss and Deep Purple and the Sex Pistols are in, who really is left out? I realize not a single person reading this will agree on every entry, and that's one of the beauties of music. I submit that the following eligible artists should get the most attention for induction. That's not to say I love these bands best. For example, I love The Replacements and Sonic Youth and The Pixies more than Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton. I just think that Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston were more influential and were at the apex of their genre, even if I don't necessarily like them best or want to listen to them. To add fuel to the ire, many will point to those already enshrined as less worthy than many left outside in the Cleveland cold, such as Percy Sledge, The Young Rascals, James Taylor, and The Lovin' Spoonful. All fine artists to be sure, but Hall worthy?
So without further adieu, the most eligible bachelors, alphabetically:
Joy Division / New Order
Mott The Hoople
New York Dolls
13th Floor Elevators
How in the world these are not already enshrined baffles me.
There are countless others who get mentioned by their fans, but can't really make as strong a claim to be considered among the most elite music acts ever. Fine artists, many with some very good songs, and many with plenty of influence, but never the best artist of their kind during their time. The Tony Perezes of rock. Not everyone gets in. There has to be a line of elite drawn somewhere. Some of the notable outsiders, alphabetically:
Blue Oyster Cult
The Doobie Brothers
Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP)
Gang Of Four
Grand Funk (Railroad)
The Guess Who
J. Geils Band (Geils)
The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Moody Blues
Nine Inch Nails
Paul Revere and the Raiders
Who do you think should be inducted next?