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Yes

The twenty eighth selection returns us back to the never ending Rock and Roll Hall of Fame question of inducting Progressive Rock acts. As a key player in the Progressive Rock movement; Yes was an impressive outfit regardless of which lineup they had.


Throughout the 70’s, Yes was best known for their epic albums, utilizing classical components infused with the modern. A Yes album (or concert) could be counted on to provide the best platform to showcase the individual skills of its members, of which those skills are bountiful. In the 80’s they shortened their songs and achieved some of their greatest commercial success, yet were able to do so without departing form their Progressive Rock roots. After going through multiple members and watching many other musical styles form and die around them, their culture of proficiency and progression always remained intact. They are another on the list of Progressive Rockers with a shot should the genre get any love from the Hall

 
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Should Yes be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 83.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.7%
No opinion. - 0.8%
No way! - 5.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #27
    2012: #27
    2013: #24
    2014: #22
    2015: #16
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 1994
  • Country of Origin: United Kindgom (London, England)
  • Why they will get in: They are as technically proficient as they come.
  • Why they won't get in: Multiple lineups and the Progressive Rock bias do not help them here.
  • Nominated in: 2014, 2016
  • Essential Albums: Fragile (1971)
    Close to the Edge (1972)
    Relayer (1974)
    90125 (1983)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Starship Trooper (From The Yes Album, 1970)
    Roundabout (From Fragile, 1971)
    South Side of the Sky (From Fragile, 1971)
    Siberian Khatru (From Close to the Edge, 1972)
    Changes (From 90125, 1983)

Should Yes be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 83.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.7%
No opinion. - 0.8%
No way! - 5.5%

DIRTY CIRCUS AT HOUSE OF YES IN BROOKLYN, NY

Jul 24, 2019

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Dirty Circus

WAACK TO THE FUTURE DANCE BATTLE - BROOKLYN AT HOUSE OF YES IN BROOKLYN, NY

Jul 27, 2019

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Waack To The Future Dance Battle

AMATEUR BURLESQUE NIGHT - BROOKLYN AT HOUSE OF YES IN BROOKLYN, NY

Aug 07, 2019

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Amateur Burlesque Night

DIRTY CIRCUS AT HOUSE OF YES IN BROOKLYN, NY

Aug 14, 2019

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Dirty Circus
 
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+1 #13 Michael Tabor 2015-12-24 08:52
after the 2015 class was Inducted They Should be #1 as talented as anyone. Sadly Chris Squire has Passed away,
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0 #12 Bryan Hogg 2015-07-27 01:21
Another band along with Deep Purple that have shown their longevity. In one form or another, they have been making music for around 45 years or so, and both have had more of an influence on rock music than a number of acts which are already in the hall.
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-4 #11 Jesse 2015-07-03 20:15
Yes does not need to be in the HOF. They should turn down the "honor" if ever it is offered. There are too many bands that are in it already that I consider pop, and I hate pop. :P
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+1 #10 Daniel Moore 2015-04-14 23:43
I've seen Yes in '73 & '87. Fantastic both versions. Yep. There is a 'prog-rock' bias. No Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Yes or Steppenwolf or Little Feat! But ABBA, KISS (??), Run-DMC & the Beastie Boys!?!? And Mylie Cyrus, anther foutainhead of talent is inducting Joan Jett. It's a hall of shame is what it is!
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+5 #9 musician2358 2014-11-22 04:00
Music of yes is rarely covered or performed today because it is not easy to assemble a group of rock musicians with the technical skill to play it. Many bands in the HOF couldn't pull it off. And the music has an originality, aesthetic, and musical complexity that makes them one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

This is an even bigger travesty than Deep Purple being omitted, no disrespect for deeply Purple intended.

M2358
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+4 #8 Carl Hardy 2014-06-30 19:42
Yes is simply one of my most favorite bands in any genre. They are a wonderful mix of rock, classical roots, wonderful harmony and a sound like no other. They are fun to listen to. They make you want to shout and dance with their intricate mixture of guitar and classical instrumentat ion. Jon Anderson's voice is enough to have them in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Why are they not in? Because they are Progressive Rock which has long been snubbed by Rock & Roll magazine which controls the RRHF. And of course Rolling Stone did not particularly like Yes. And we all know who controls the RRHF don't we. Enough said.
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+3 #7 Tex Shelters 2014-06-22 17:17
They have something like 5 platinum and 9 gold albums and changed the face of rock and roll and they're not in but Velvet (fuc%ing) Underground is?

Like many awards and halls of fame, it's also a popularity contest. I'm not a Madonna fan, but she deserves a nod (if we're not strictly adhering to "rock and roll") Get over your anti-prog snobbishness and vote Yes in already.

PTxS
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+2 #6 Steve Lafferty 2014-06-12 04:10
It's like asking "Should the New York Yankees be considered a significant baseball team?" Yes's influence is so vast, it cannot be over-estimat ed. Just ask the musicians in Black Sabbath, Rush, Genesis, Queen, Metallica, Elton John's band - Name one bass guitarist who doesn't cite Chris Squire as an influence - Name one guitarist who doesn't admire Steve Howe's work. Yes not being in the rock and roll hall of fame? It's like...... like Standard OIl not being considered to be a successful and influential corporation!
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+4 #5 Jon Elfmann 2013-12-30 09:36
Stellar musicians - especially Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe. Never bought their albums for the lyrics.
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+2 #4 Charles MacKay 2013-07-30 02:41
I have to believe the only reason Yes isn't in is because of their shifting membership. Only bassist Chris Squire has been on every album. Tracks from their most commercially successful album, 90125, (for which they won a Grammy for best instrumental ) aren't played much live anymore and only contain 2/5 of their "classic" line up (Squire, Anderson, Howe, Wakeman and Bruford). In a recent interview Chris Squire said that at some point there have been twenty different members of Yes. That's not an excuse in my book for denying them entry for so long but it must be harder to figure out how to honor Yes when compared with the few personnel changes of Rush. . . .
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