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127. Elliott Smith
Like Nick Drake before him, Elliott Smith made a living making introspective and often morose songs.  Smith touched many a soul by digging inside of his own.  Sadly, as much as he sang of his depression, he was unable to control it and like so many artists he died young although it is still uncertain whether it was suicide (though likely).  As one of the most celebrated songwriters of his time, he could receive a shot, but our feeling is that Nick Drake would have to get in first.

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 2019
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Portland, OR)
  • Why they will get in: The critical respect is certainly there.
  • Why they won't get in: A bottleneck is forming around his genre.
  • Essential Albums:

    Elliott Smith (1995)
    Either/Or (1997)
    XO (1998)
    From a Basement on the Hill (2004)

  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Needle in the Hay (From Elliott Smith, 1995)
    St. Ides Heaven (From Elliott Smith, 1995)
    Between the Bars (From Either/Or, 1997)
    Independence Day (From XO, 1998)
    Bottle Up and Explode! (From XO, 1998)

Should Elliott Smith be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 92.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.4%
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