It the fans had their way, they would still induct Chicago, the Cars, Yes, Steve Miller and Deep Purple to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but what used to be less than 1% separating the five front runners is now a flat out runaway for Chicago.
The jazz-rock group now holds 23.52% of the total vote in which fans are able to select five out of the fifteen nominees. The other four in the upper tier of voting are in the narrow range of 16.19% to 15.95%. Then there is Janet Jackson with almost 6% of the votes and all of the rest of the field are below 1.3%.
Of course, in the long run, what the fans think is only a small part of the actual election process. The fan vote counts as a single ballot with the other musicians, musicologists, writers, etc. receiving a vote each.
Looking back to last year, the fans top six were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Nine Inch Nails, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Lou Reed. The final hall vote saw five of those six get elected except for Nine Inch Nails who was replaced by Green Day.
The current vote:
- Chicago - 23.52% (37364484 votes)
- The Cars - 16.19% (25724029 votes)
- Yes - 16.17% (25692136 votes)
- Steve Miller - 15.97% (25373371 votes)
- Deep Purple - 15.95% (25338263 votes)
- Janet Jackson - 5.91% (9389838 votes)
- Cheap Trick - 1.29% (2041761 votes)
- The Spinners - 1.25% (1992688 votes)
- Chaka Khan - 1.14% (1806633 votes)
- Chic - 0.83% (1311302 votes)
- The J.B.'s - 0.58% (925427 votes)
- N.W.A - 0.39% (626289 votes)
- Nine Inch Nails - 0.31% (489181 votes)
- The Smiths - 0.27% (431746 votes)
- Los Lobos - 0.23% (360381 votes)