Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Ten Artists That SHOULD Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Deep Purple
With the induction of Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one of the tent-pole overlooked acts has finally come off the wish list. That leaves only about thirty or forty more that deserve induction but have been overlooked.

Rolling Stone asked their readers to pick the acts that ought to go in when the 2014 inductees are announced next December. The list is made up of some very important artists from the rock era, a group that has been eligible to be nominated a total of 143 times but have only actually received a nod in five (and three of those belong to Gram Parsons).

While a few of these are a bit of a surprise (Zevon, Cheap Trick) and the ranking might be a bit off (switch the Smiths and Nirvanna) the majority of the list is solid and could easily be expanded with Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Todd Rundgren and many more.

  1. Deep Purple (Eligible since 1993, Nominated in 2013)
  2. Smiths (Eligible since 2008, Never nominated)
  3. KISS (Eligible since 1999, Nominated in 2010)
  4. Yes (Eligible since 1994, Never nominated)
  5. Moody Blues (Eligible since 1989, Never nominated)
  6. Cheap Trick (Eligible since 2002, Never nominated)
  7. Warren Zevon (Eligible since 1994, Never nominated)
  8. Gram Parsons (Eligible since 1992, Nominated in 2002, 2004 and 2005)
  9. Chicago (Eligible since 1994, Never nominated)
  10. Nirvanna (Will be eligible for the first time this coming year)

16 comments

Anonymous said...

I agree with all of these acts. I would add to the list, Three Dog Night and Paul Revere & The Raiders.

Anonymous said...

The Smiths? Come on, people...

Anonymous said...

Cheap Trick and Gran Parson, without a doubt.

Anonymous said...

I meant Gram, stupid fat fingers I have

Anonymous said...

Now What?!

Shame on ALL ye unbelievers!

Zeno's toytus.

\m/

Anonymous said...

King Crimson is almost 45 at this point and have exerted a massive influence on those who came after them. Surprised they're not included in this list.

Anonymous said...

I am totally OK with this list, except for The Smiths. I would insert Iron Maiden in their place.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to get this straight, this is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Rush was not in until this year, and Deep Purple is still not in, but Madonna is in??? I don't get any of it!!!!!

VVN Network said...

While its called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it has not been strictly Rock and Roll right from the first induction ceremony.

That first class in 1986, they inducted some Rock and Rollers and at least three artists who were Rhythm and Blues (James Brown, Sam Cooke and Ray Charles).

Since that time many, many Motown, Stax and other R&B artists along with a few rap, a couple country and other genres. It is all inclusive of popular music since 1955.

That doesn't explain why most of these artists are not part of the Hall.

Anonymous said...

The monkees should be in before Peter and mike and Micky pass away come on put them in

Anonymous said...

Put the monkees in

Anonymous said...

PAT BENATAR

Unknown said...

deep purple is without a doubt one of the greatest groups ever and they deserve the recognition of the hall of fame

Anonymous said...

I think these bands and others should form an alternative Hall of Fame, just for those who are not in the official one and don't need to be. The idea of a Hall of Fame for rock....come on people - what self-respecting musician would want to be inducted?

Anonymous said...

Sad that Alvin Lee wasn't inducted before he died! Ten Years After should have been inducted 10 yrs ago!!

alm6762 said...

Grand Funk. Duh

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