Don’t look for The Moody Blues, Pat Benatar or Iron Maiden among the names of the 19 artists in contention for the five spots open in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. None of them made the cut this year. It is hard to fathom how a group like Chic can reap 10 bids and counting but these musical talents don’t merit inclusion.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of consideration. To determine the eventual nominees, a committee took into account a range of factors including: an artist’s musical influence on other artists; the length and depth of both the career and the body of work; and both innovation and superiority in style and technique.
Below, we detail the impressive credentials of 10 acts that certainly qualify for consideration under these criteria. Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to have your voice heard. And if you don’t see your favorite on this list, be sure to sound off in the comments section. And be sure to vote in our two polls about which of names on the ballot is your favorite among the nine first-time nominees and the 10 returning contenders.
The Moody Blues, the British rock band (eligible for 27 years): These pioneers of progressive rock have sold 70 million albums and enjoyed chart success across three decades beginning in the 1960s.
Roxy Music, the British rock band (eligible for 19 years): All eight of their albums went gold in the UK, with the final two, “Flesh and Blood” and “Avalon,” reaching platinum status as well.
Tina Turner, the American singer (eligible for 18 years): With 100 million records sold, she is the eighth best-selling female artist of all time and has won eight Grammys.
Motorhead, the British heavy metal band (eligible for 14 years): Sold 15 million albums and won a Grammy in 2005 for their cover of Metallica’s “Whiplash” on “Metallic Attack: The Ultimate Tribute.”
New Order, the British rock band (eligible for 14 years): While hugely successful at home, they have had limited appeal stateside but did score one platinum album (“Substance”).
Pat Benatar, the American singer (eligible for 13 years): One of the first stars of the MTV era, she racked up five platinum albums in the 1980s and won four Grammys.
Iron Maiden, the British rock band (eligible for 12 years): Sold 90 million albums and won the Ivor Novello Award for international achievement in 2002.
Bon Jovi, the American rock band (eligible for nine years): Still going strong, they have sold 130 million albums and won a Grammy in, of all categories, Best Country Collaboration for their 2007 tune “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” with Jennifer Nettle.
Sonic Youth, the American rock band (eligible for nine years): In 2009, the last of their 16 albums, “The Eternal,” reached No. 18 on the Billboard 200 and was their highest charting.
The Smiths, the British rock band (eligible for eight years): Though only in existence for six years, two of their four studio albums, “The Queen Is Dead” and “Strangeways, Here We Come,” reached gold in the US.
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