Top ten bands never nominated for Rock Hall of Fame

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Top ten bands never nominated for Rock Hall of Fame | Examiner.com

4. ELO -- (Years eligible: 16) Has any other band in history blended rock with the sounds of a symphony orchestra any better than Electric Light Orchestra? The skill that frontman/producer Jeff Lynne used in crafting out radio friendly hits like "Evil Woman", "Mr. Blue Sky", "Hold On Tight" and "Don't Bring Me Down" (pre-digital era) is still unmatched by anything out there today.

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I'm cool with the Hall of Fame now that the mighty RUSH are finally getting inducted this year, about 10-15 years later than they should have gone in, but the music critics have always hated them due to the fact their music is far too clever and complex and lyrically interesting for most music critics to get their head around, and work out. But yeah, Jeff Lynne should at least be in there, if not ELO, Lynne is one of the greatest record producers when you look at all the A List bands and artists he has produced.
 

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10 bands listed, but you only mention 1? :wtf:


Full list here:

1. Hall and Oates -- (Years eligible: 15) In my opinon, THE biggest snub, bar none. I put Hall & Oates in the category of The Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, The Righteous Brothers and Sam & Dave. These are all duos that are in the Hall of Fame. Great songwriters, R&B influencers from "Sara Smile" to "Rich Girl" to "You Make My Dreams Come True". Check out Daryl Hall's tv show "Live From Daryl's House" and see for yourself how many of today's artists are influenced by his songs.

2. The Moody Blues -- (Years eligible: 23) Influence? Innovative? Longevity? Check all three categories for the Moody Blues. One of the most essential British bands from the 60's and they are still recording and touring today.

3. Yes -- (Years eligible: 18) See above description of The Moody Blues. In fact, from a pure musicianship standpoint some might argue that this is the greatest band ever. Spawned future supergroup band "Asia".

4. ELO -- (Years eligible: 16) Has any other band in history blended rock with the sounds of a symphony orchestra any better than Electric Light Orchestra? The skill that frontman/producer Jeff Lynne used in crafting out radio friendly hits like "Evil Woman", "Mr. Blue Sky", "Hold On Tight" and "Don't Bring Me Down" (pre-digital era) is still unmatched by anything out there today.

5. Cheap Trick -- (Years eligible: 10) Shouldnt a band that has played in virtually every club and arena in the world get a nomination? 60's pop meets heavy metal and punk. These road warriors haven't stopped moving since the mid-70's and they continue to churn out new records. Classic Rock radio stations still never tire from playing "I Want You To Want Me", "Surrender", "Dream Police" and more. Inventive for the 12 string bass, zany double-neck guitars. Drummers want to sound like Bun E. Carlos and singers can only hope to come close to the dynamic range of Robin Zander.

6. Chicago -- (Years eligible: 18) Great horn section. Wonderful vocals. Early years had blistering guitar parts. Tons of radio hits. This one is hard to figure out.

7. Doobie Brothers (Years eligible: 16). A lot of band members through the years but Tom Johnston's distinctive vocals have persevered through the years. "Long Train Running", "China Grove", "Black Water", " "Listen to the Music", etc. Add in the Michael McDonald years and well, you'd be a "fool to believe" they aren't deserving of a nomination. Still touring today.

8. Journey -- (Years eligible: 12) No offense to the Bon Jovi fans out there but I cannot understand how they got nominated before Journey. This band is probably lumped into the "corporate rock" term so often used in the 70s' with the likes of Styx, REO Speedwagon, Boston, Foreigner and others but I think there is a distinct separation with Journey-- not to mention the band's longevity and continued success even with a new lead singer. Still touring today.

9. Boston-- (Years eligible: 11) Only a handful of albums, but they are all fantastic. The debut album alone is worthy of Rock Hall induction. Tom Scholz's creation of the Rockman developed an electric guitar sound never heard before. Brad Delp's soaring vocals were stellar on every track. These guys wrote rock anthems.

10. Judas Priest (Years eligible: 13) This is a close one between JP and Iron Maiden. Both are deserving but I would go with Judas Priest first. Where is the love for these British Metal heads? Certainly they weren't the first metal band but Rob Halford's vocals took this music beyond what Ozzy Osbourne could do in Black Sabbath. Almost always cited as a huge influence from current metal bands. Not to mention, Priest had a way of making Metal, FM friendly with its catchy hooks in "Breaking The Law", "Living After Midnight" and "You've Got Another Thing Coming."
 

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If I took the exact same 10 artists and ordered the list in terms of who I think was most important in terms of influence, style and/or groundbreaking albums ... I think ELO, Doobies and Cheap Trick would be a very distant 8, 9 and 10. Not because they aren't any good, but I think that the influence of every other band on this list far, FAR exceeds any of those three bands. I would probably put Boston at #7. I love Boston, but they really only had 3 albums that were incredible, and had a couple of others that were really not that memorable. While they are the epitome of AOR, again, I'm not sure how truly influential they were to their peers and bands that followed them.




I guess, in order, i would go like this:

1) Judas Priest - 2nd most influential metal band of all time. Not only are they not getting in, they aren't even getting nominated.

2) Yes - from a musician standpoint, they are incredible. I'm not even that big of a fan, but they are (were) lightyears ahead of many of their peers. Prog has long been ignored by the Hall of Sham, so it's no surprise that Yes isn't in there yet, but that doesn't make it right.

3a) Moody Blues - The description above pretty much hits the nail on the head, I can't improve on those simple comments that hit the mark. Again, I'm not a big fan, but I do recognize their place.

3b) Chicago - A band that touched on so may different levels of music with a lineup of musicians that has had no comparison since. How you can put out that many albums and have that many hit singles and still be left out.. I don't get it. They were (kinda/sorta) like a white-man's War, another band that hit so many different genres during their long career.

5) Hall and Oates - Again, I can't improve on what was said above. Not many white boys could get the soulful, R&B sounds that they did. From R&B to 80's pop, this band was hitting on all cylinders for many years.

6) Journey - Good point above. How does Bon Jovi get nominated before Journey?! :wtf:

7) Boston
8) ELO
9) Doobies
10) Cheap Trick


A band that deserves to be in the middle of this list is Styx. The first band to ever release 4 straight triple-plantinum albums has to be worthy of at least a mention. I'm not sure of their influences on other bands, but they did evolve during their career which also shows some maturity that some other bands fall short on. *shrug*. Again, they are at least worthy of being mentioned in a list of deserving bands that have never even been nominated.
 

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If I took the exact same 10 artists and ordered the list in terms of who I think was most important in terms of influence, style and/or groundbreaking albums ... I think ELO, Doobies and Cheap Trick would be a very distant 8, 9 and 10. Not because they aren't any good, but I think that the influence of every other band on this list far, FAR exceeds any of those three bands. I would probably put Boston at #7. I love Boston, but they really only had 3 albums that were incredible, and had a couple of others that were really not that memorable. While they are the epitome of AOR, again, I'm not sure how truly influential they were to their peers and bands that followed them.




I guess, in order, i would go like this:

1) Judas Priest - 2nd most influential metal band of all time. Not only are they not getting in, they aren't even getting nominated.

2) Yes - from a musician standpoint, they are incredible. I'm not even that big of a fan, but they are (were) lightyears ahead of many of their peers. Prog has long been ignored by the Hall of Sham, so it's no surprise that Yes isn't in there yet, but that doesn't make it right.

3a) Moody Blues - The description above pretty much hits the nail on the head, I can't improve on those simple comments that hit the mark. Again, I'm not a big fan, but I do recognize their place.

3b) Chicago - A band that touched on so may different levels of music with a lineup of musicians that has had no comparison since. How you can put out that many albums and have that many hit singles and still be left out.. I don't get it. They were (kinda/sorta) like a white-man's War, another band that hit so many different genres during their long career.

5) Hall and Oates - Again, I can't improve on what was said above. Not many white boys could get the soulful, R&B sounds that they did. From R&B to 80's pop, this band was hitting on all cylinders for many years.

6) Journey - Good point above. How does Bon Jovi get nominated before Journey?! :wtf:

7) Boston
8) ELO
9) Doobies
10) Cheap Trick


A band that deserves to be in the middle of this list is Styx. The first band to ever release 4 straight triple-plantinum albums has to be worthy of at least a mention. I'm not sure of their influences on other bands, but they did evolve during their career which also shows some maturity that some other bands fall short on. *shrug*. Again, they are at least worthy of being mentioned in a list of deserving bands that have never even been nominated.

ELO and Journey had way more hits than Yes or Moody Blues and both should be first in line.

Hall and Oates and Boston I would put in the 2nd tier but bands that also should already be in there.

The R & R Hall of Fame is a joke though. Just look at who's in there now. They have bands elected into it that don't even qualify as Rock music.
 

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Yeah, it is a joke and it has been for many years. However, in trying to keep with the theme that was originally part of what made artists eligible and NOT just going with straight up popularity and/or records sold ... that is how I derived the list, which was simply re-ordering someone else's list.

I don't think that ELO, Cheap Trick or the Doobies had anywhere near the influence that bands like Judas Priest, Yes, Moody Blues, and Chicago had. That's also why I have Journey and Boston ranked in the bottom half of the list. Many hits, but I think minimal influence in their respective genres. I mentioned Styx because of the precident that they set with the multi-platinum sales, but only for that reason.

If was to make a list of bands that I simply like, the only band on from this list that would make mine would be Judas Priest.
 

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Of course the most glaring omission of all time who positively casts a shadow over all those other bands when it comes to the HoF, is Dire Straits. They sold more albums than 90% of other bands in there, and for a while they were unchallenged as the biggest band in the world. When Rush are inducted, I hope they get up on stage at the ceremony and launch into a cover version of Brothers in Arms just to humiliate the ignoramuses who decide these nominations.
 

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I don't think that ELO, Cheap Trick or the Doobies had anywhere near the influence that bands like Judas Priest, Yes, Moody Blues, and Chicago had. That's also why I have Journey and Boston ranked in the bottom half of the list.

ELO, Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne had a lot more influence than you give 'em credit for and why they will always be underrated!

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ELO, Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne had a lot more influence than you give 'em credit for and why they will always be underrated!

And I think they have a lot less influence than you credit them for. We can only agree to disagree.
 

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