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9.  The Moody Blues

Top 5 Albums from Last.FM

  • The Best Of The Moody Blues

  • Days of Future Passed

  • Greatest Hits

  • On the Threshold of a Dream

  • In Search Of The Lost Chord

On the surface The Moody Blues appear to have a Hall worthy resume so when we initially put this list together it surprised us to find that they were not already inducted. As we learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction practice it would now surprise us if they never got in.

The Moodies have the rare distinction of having chart success in three different decades (60’s, 70’s & 80’s). They were one of the first bands to utilize Classical influences and have to be considered to be the masters of combining the Rock ideal with a Symphonic feel. Their complex arrangements and mastery of the previously unused mellotron on their early albums were certainly unique.  What appears to be hampering their chances are the twin perceptions of being a Progressive Rock band (which as documented in earlier entries) and the very classical elements they use which is again devoid of any Hall representation. Already eligible for twenty years for induction, their wait will likely be longer until the Hall looks at the genre.

The Moody Blues


Should The Moody Blues be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 96.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 1.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0.1%
No opinion. - 0.2%
No way! - 1.7%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #16
    2012: #34
    2013: #41
    2014: #33
    2015: #24
    2016: #12
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 1989
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Birmingham, England)
  • Why they will get in: They have a loyal fan base and a history of commercial success.
  • Why they won't get in: Critically disrespected and lacking a “Rock” edge.

  • Nominated in: Never
  • Essential Albums: Days of Future Passed (1967)
    A Question of Balance (1970)
    Seventh Sojourn (1972)
    Long Distance Voyageur (1981)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Nights in White Satin (From Days of Future Passes, 1967)
    The Story in Your Eyes (From Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, 1971)
    I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band (From Seventh Sojourn, 1972)
    The Voice (From Long Distance Voyageur, 1981)
    Rock ‘N’ Roll Over You (From The Other Side of Life, 1986)
  • Social Groups: Join the Moody Blues Fans Social Group to Discuss and Share!

Should The Moody Blues be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 96.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 1.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0.1%
No opinion. - 0.2%
No way! - 1.7%
Last modified on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 02:45


+2 #79 Namella 2017-08-11 00:17
First "Prog Rock" group, pioneers of electronic instrumentation (Mellotron) and recording techniques. Long string of hit singles. Absolutely: they belong
+2 #78 Judy 1965 2017-06-10 00:37
The Moody Blues should definitely be in the Rock and Rolll haĺl of Fame. They have such a great sound and their songs are so easy to listen to. I've been around for a long time and this band deserves to be voted in .
+5 #77 Chet76er 2016-11-01 00:25
The Moody Blues have sold millions of albums in three decades : the 60s , 70s and the 80s. . . How many rock 'n' roll groups can claim that? The way that they were able to fuse rock 'n' roll and symphonic sound was incredibly innovative. Mike Pinder was the wizard of the mellotron. They still draw big on the concert tour 50 years after their first album. This is a no-brainer.
+1 #76 Ron Bonina 2016-10-28 07:20
I believe the RRHF is tone deaf :cry:
+6 #75 Quest2know 2016-05-13 22:30
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame confounds me! The Moody Blues are a no brainer... I'm old enough to have lived through the sixties (and seventies) and they were one of the most innovative influential groups of their time. Their run of albums over 5 years ('67-'72) includes Days of Future Passed, In Search of the Lost Chord, On the Threshold of a Dream, To Our Children's Children's Children, A Question of Balance and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. They defined psychedelic and progressive rock. It's hard to take the R&R Hall seriously with snub...
+3 #74 Guy Fischer 2016-05-01 20:08
How can a band is influential to rock history as the Moody blues not be in the Hall of Fame. The idea isn't that a few people with particular attitudes should control what the definition of "rock" issues. The history and the Fanbase should define that.
+3 #73 Bob Gee 2016-04-16 20:18
The Moody Blues have been an influence to me since 1968 in the Vietnam War. You have groups like Parliament Funkadelic, The Velvet Undergound and Grandmaster Flash & The Furiuos 5 and not yet The Moody Blues, whats up? They even have a song "I'm Just A Singer in a Rock & Roll Band. They should have been inducted much earlier with there inspiring songs, versatility and longevity. Please wake up and smell the coffee. Peace.
+4 #72 Wyatt1881 2016-03-31 04:44
The Moody Blues had such an influence on my life and I'm sure all of yours as well I can't understand why they wouldn't or haven't been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a long time ago I mean they've been around as long as the Rolling Stones and in their own way they're better than the Rolling Stones. I bet there's not a person out there that does not know a moody blues song there a very special band and should be recognized for the contribution to rock and roll.
My favorite album to our children's children's children.
+3 #71 Javier Azcue 2016-01-16 15:07
a masterpiece of the size of Days Of Future Passed album should be enough to include them, underrated though, like all The Moody Blues has done :sigh: , Rolling Stone magazine ignored them in their list of 500 greatest albums. Now they refuse to even consider them to the r&r hall of fame, what more can they do besides launching 7 straight very solid albums and the influence they left behind and also their huge fanbase? There lots of reasons to include them. Your musical judgement is in question members of the hall of fame judge.
+4 #70 Michael Tabor 2015-12-24 09:16
This Band Has the Most Comments on here Thats not By Accident Moody blues & Yes Rock Class 2017!!!!

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