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5.  Roxy Music

Top 5 Albums from Last.FM

  • Avalon

  • Roxy Music Collection

  • The Best Of Roxy Music

  • Roxy Music

  • For Your Pleasure

We wondered aloud if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just plain forgot about our next selection. It is curious that with both the Velvet Underground and the Talking Heads enshrined that Roxy Music; the premier Art Rock band between them has not received a serious look for induction.

Roxy Music embraced the arts like no other. Their look and style were just as important to them as their carefully constructed sleek sound. Much of the New Wave and New Romantic movement can be traced back to Roxy; in fact they may have more imitators than any other artist on this list. Following Brian Eno’s departure, their later years generated a blue eyed soul feel rather than their earlier experimental forays but regardless of which direction they went to their music was always the most carefully crafted of their era. Considering the respect held by Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno within the music industry, this can only bolster their chances.

Should Roxy Music be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 78.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7%
No opinion. - 0.8%
No way! - 1.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #7
    2011: #6
    2012: #7
    2013: #5
    2014: #3
    2015: #3
    2016: #4
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 1997
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (London, England)
  • Why they will get in: This is a great way to induct both Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry should the Hall be skeptical on inducting them for their individual careers.
  • Why they won't get in: As successful as they were in Europe, they only had one top 40 hit in the United States.
  • Nominated in: Never
  • Essential Albums: Roxy Music (1972)
    For Your Pleasure (1973)
    Siren (1975)
    Avalon (1982)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Virginia Plain (From Roxy Music, 1972)
    Pyjamarama (Single, 1973)
    Do the Strand (From For Your Pleasure, 1973)
    Love is the Drug (From Siren, 1975)
    More Than This (From Avalon, 1982)

Should Roxy Music be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 78.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7%
No opinion. - 0.8%
No way! - 1.6%
Last modified on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 02:44

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+5 #11 Bruno 2016-01-01 18:36
What's most puzzling to me about this omission isn't that Roxy is one of the best bands not inducted. After all, they may not be everybody's cup of tea. But they most decidedly were the cup of tea of the critical elites who generally seem to have controlled the RRHOF decisions over the years. In a way, I think it's a good sign that a band like Rush made it in before Roxy, showing that those Christgaus of the world aren't totally running the show. But Roxy should get in soon.
+6 #10 Adam 2015-11-27 19:03
Not sure just how much (or little, really) the NIHOF) has actually listened to Roxy Music, but to leave out 'If there Is Something' and 'In Every Dream House A Heartache' from their best songs list and including such much weaker songs as 'Pyjamarama' and 'Do the Strand' is just dim.
+9 #9 Luigi 2014-12-02 22:46
Roxy Music and David Bowie were major influences in the glam rock movement in the Early seventies and were responsible for the New Romantic post punk scene in the Eighties. Avalon is my choice for the best album of the last 50 Years. Still in heavy rotation on my turntable. A slam dunk for the RRHF. Without the inclusion of Roxy Music, the integrity of the Hall must be questioned.
+9 #8 RickAZ 2014-05-01 01:52
The band of the seventies. Too bad MTV didn't get going until the 80s, because Ferry and Eno would have captured America. Being a fan of RM and BF is like being in a very cool exclusive club. "The Original's Still The Greatest".
+6 #7 gedeon 2014-04-11 12:41
Always copied but never duplicated..Of course they should be inducted..
+5 #6 biograph 2013-05-12 07:52
This might be the biggest oversight on the list. Roxy Music were influential AND popular. Much more in the UK than the US, but that doesn't matter. It makes no sense that the Eagles and ABBA (to name two) are in and Roxy isn't.
+7 #5 Will 2013-04-24 04:58
It's just wrong. Roxy Music has been eligible for sixteen years, and haven't even been nominated? Their artistic accomplishment outstrips many of the lame acts who've been inducted. I half expect R.E.O. Speedwagon to get the nod.
+8 #4 Chris 2012-08-20 16:03
100% should be inducted. The 1st 5 albums are classics in their own right. Many artists have been influenced by Roxy (and Ferry). Most surprising, they were Jann Wenner's "Rolling Stone" darlings. Until they are inducted (along with a few more on these lists), the R&R hall of fame is worthless in my eyes.
+9 #3 Sean -0001-11-30 00:00
Yes, absolutely. They managed to be influential to glam rock, new wave (primarily by spinning off Brian Eno whose engineering and/or production work on David Bowie's mid-'70s albums and most of the classic Talking Heads and U2 albums), and later Britpop by influencing the Smiths. Probably one of the most influential British acts ever, and they even had a few hits in the US. This omission is strange (as is Brian Eno as a non-performer, since he's probably the greatest producer of all time).
+7 #2 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
A no doubter. Bryan Ferry the template what an alternative rock star should look and sound like. You can hear the influence of this band throughout any of tthe new wave sounds of the 80's and even into the 90's . Many artists who imitated Ferry may have received more hype especially in america (David Byrne anyone) but no one has been able to replicate the incredible sound that this group developed.

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