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Todd Rundgren

Had this been a list of who should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the ability to amalgamate the combined categories of performing, songwriting and producing it would have to be believed that Todd Rundgren would easily be in the top ten of this list. As it stands, the Hall does not combine those categories and chooses to induct each category separately. Needless, to say we are ranking the same way.

As successful as Todd Rundgren is, he could have easily chosen a path that delivered him more fame. After a successful career with Nazz, Rundgren engaged in a solo career that delivered Pop brilliance in the early 70’s. After that, Rundgren pushed his own boundary foraying into music less commercial material and later became known as one of the best producers in the game. The musical talent of Todd Rundgren is unquestioned; the question is whether the Hall feels his solo work is sufficient enough to warrant induction.

Should Todd Rundgren be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 94%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1%
No opinion. - 0.8%
No way! - 1.7%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2012: #46
    2013: #33
    2014: #30
    2015: #23
    2016: #19
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 1995
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Why they will get in: If the Hall looks at his entire career, he should be a lock.
  • Why they won't get in: If the Hall only looks at his solo career they might conclude it was not substantial enough.
  • Essential Albums: Something/Anything? (1972)
    A Wizard, A Star (1973)
    Todd (1974)
    The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1983)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Hello It’s Me (From Something/Anything?, 1972)
    I Saw the Light (From Something/Anything?, 1972)
    Black Maria (From Something/Anything?, 1972)
    Zen Archer (From A Wizard, A Star, 1973)
    Everybody’s Going to Heaven/King Kong Reggae (From Todd, 1974)

Should Todd Rundgren be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 94%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1%
No opinion. - 0.8%
No way! - 1.7%


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Todd Rundgren
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+1 #18 Syl 2016-10-20 08:48
He should already be in the R&R Hall of Fame.
+3 #17 iralarry 2015-10-31 15:28
I didn't read all the comments but am pleased as Runt Oudding Toad has made such an impression on you all as he had in me and a few of my college buddies. I didn't see he producing and album credit for 1973's Hall and Oats album War Babies where he both produced and played on much of it with Utopia. This is one of my favorite H&O albums.
+8 #16 CJ Heini 2014-12-07 05:30
Fuck the idea that Hip Hop belongs in this conversation! You're a bunch of fucking tools!
+10 #15 muddy 2014-06-01 02:47
why do you have to "amalgamate" ANYTHING for todd, when he can write EVERYONE on this list under the table, with his hands tied behind his back. the e street band? really? what do THEY do? and KISS? kiss couldn't write their way out of a paper bag if you held a missile to their heads. shouldn't there be a bar you HAVE to match before consideration? like childrens' cartoon characters? like the banana splits, nu zoo revue, the wiggles, ahem, KISS? & while we're at it, at LEAST half this list don't qualify! WHY would you give a culinary/epicur ean award to ronald mcdonald?
+12 #14 LeroyBoy 2013-08-24 20:07
He should have been in the MINUTE he was eligible. To me, this is where the Hall of Fame loses all credibility. Producer extraordinaire, singer, songwriter, (easily the best songwriter in the last 50 years...)guitar god, first ever interactive CD in 1994 No World Order, ALL instruments, and on and on. Something/Anyth ing ALONE would qualify someone! Easily the best double album of the early 70's. Todd is____. You know..
+11 #13 Oscar Kraal 2013-08-13 23:23
Runt, The Ballad of Todd Rundgren, Someting/Anything
A Wizard/A True Star, Initiation, Hermit of Mink Hollow, Healing,
The Ever Popular Artist Effect, A Capella, Nearly Human, 2nd Wind,
To just name a few of his solo albums. All in my top 20 favorite albums of all time. These alone should get him in. Please wake up!!!
+14 #12 Edward c.stockton 2013-08-02 03:42
Yes of course he should. The guy is a genius.
+10 #11 stuart 2013-04-21 00:47
I grew up in Cleveland, OH. The radio station of the day was WMMS-FM. The best DJ ever was Kid Leo. Everyone knows Todd was one of staples of the music scene in Cleveland and everywhere else. Actually, the forerunner to Prince-an artist that can do anything/everyt hing. You probably can't find a better songwriter. Everyone knows he can sing rock and/or soul with the best of them. He can play guitar and piano with the best of them as well. It is a crying shame the man is not in the HOF. What's up with that....Clevela nd!
+5 #10 Matt 2013-01-19 21:22
The RRHOF is a joke.
+6 #9 Sean -0001-11-30 00:00
I was going through all the acts in order, but I skipped from #50 to Rundgren because I wanted to talk about Rundgren more than most and he DOES belong in the top 50. Surprised he's one of the most popular topics here, but he does deserve it.Rundgren' ;s kind of amazing in being one of the few people who could both work on highbrow, arty, critics' choice albums and not be considered a snob, while simultaneously being one of the few people who could work on commercial blockbusters and take his work seriously without being "ironic&qu ot;. He loved both sides of rock and poured as much into producing Meat Loaf's "Bat out of Hell" as he did XTC's "Skylarkin g", the former being one of the bigger commercial successes of its decade and the latter being one of the bigger critical successes of its decade. In a way, it makes him more impressive than highbrow Brian Eno or lowbrow Mutt Lange whose production work can be rather samey (the drone that first appeared on David Bowie's mid-'70s albums which Eno worked on was echoed over and over again in Eno's work with Talking Heads, U2, and even Coldplay to a degree; Mutt Lange's choired voices make his productions obvious whether they're AC/DC, Def Leppard, the Cars, Shania Twain, or Nickelback). Obviously, Rundgren, Eno, and Lange are all legendary producers with plenty of classic albums to their credit each, but Rundgren could do BOTH the highbrow stuff as well as Eno (Patti Smith, XTC) AND the lowbrow stuff as well as Lange (Grand Funk, Meat Loaf). I may have to think what I said on Eno's page about him being the best producer ever.Obviously Rundgren is a fairly legendary performer also and just as with his producing career, he had highbrow stuff (Something/Anyt hing? where he played all the instruments himself) and lowbrow stuff ("Bang the Drum All Day" ) and seemed to have equal fun with all of it.So obviously he belongs, but performer or non-performer? I'm leaning towards non-performer because the albums he produced were probably more legendary than his own albums, because he also produced his own albums, and because a lot of his innovations had to do with adopting new technologies (i.e. music video) than his own music. But he has a stronger case for performer than Eno does (except that Eno obviously belongs in as a member of Roxy Music).

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