A+ A A-

1. Nirvana

Rate this item
(5 votes)
There are a million paragraphs that we could write about Nirvana, on top of the million that have already been written. Here is what we will say to keep this as simple as possible: Whether you loved Nirvana, or whether you though they were overrated, the fact is that this is the band that changed the musical landscape.

It does not matter whether or not you think they were the best band out of Seattle, or even the band that started grunge music in the first place. What is undeniable is that this is the band which broke through first and made millions of music fans question the music they were listening to. MTV changed, radio stations across the country changed, and hairspray became the thing of the past. The Alternative music explosion had arrived, and countless bands were signed to record deals because of what happened to Nirvana.

We could offer countless speculation as to what would have happened to Nirvana had lead singer Kurt Cobain not committed suicide. Would they have remained together and remained on top for decades in a way that U2 did? Would they have faded away and gone back to playing small venues and bars? Would they have broken up and gone their separate ways?   Would the Foo Fighters ever come to fruition?   We’ll never know, but regardless of what would have happened, Nirvana would still wind up on the top of this list.  

We do have to mention a very large caveat. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame states that eligibility starts 25 years after the debut album. With that said, the Hall has shown infrequent patterns when singles have dropped prior to, thus changing the “eligibility clock”. Nirvana’s first album was released in 1989, though a single was released in 1988. We are going with the latter for our purposes of eligibility. We apologize if we are wrong, but we know that the first year that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame considers Nirvana eligible, will be the year they are likely to get in.


The Bullet Points:
Eligible Since:

Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Aberdeen, WA)

Why They Will Get In:
Even their biggest critics can’t deny their impact.

Why They Won’t Get In:
There is zero reason to think that is a possibility.

Nominated In:

Essential Albums:
Bleach (1989)
Nevermind (1991)
In Utero (1993)
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)

Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Smells Like Teen Spirit (From Nevermind, 1991)
Lithium (From Nevermind, 1991)
Rape Me (From In Utero, 1993)
All Apologies (From In Utero, 1993)
About a Girl (From MTV Unplugged in New York, 1994)

Should Nirvana be in the Hall of Fame?

(You must be registered and logged in to vote!)
Definitely put them in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 31.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6.3%
Last modified on Sunday, 17 March 2013 20:27
More in this category: « ZZ Top 5. Kiss »


+1 #11 mike d 2013-10-26 21:11
I saw them live, they weren't very good musicians but that's not the point about rock and roll often. what they made was influential and interesting. so they will get in. hopefully kiss will too this year. I don't buy this attitude that you can't like all kinds of hard rock a lot. so I am betting on them, kiss , and deep purple making a hard rock triad! different styles but all very good bands in their own ways.
+1 #12 Jon Elfmann 2013-12-30 04:19
I initially liked the band. But I could tell from jump that Kurt Cobain was an immature bore and a loser. Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were / are much better. Foo Fighters are a lot more interesting. Extremely overrated band.
-1 #13 mike dobey 2014-01-02 17:57
they are in now. along with kiss , peter Gabriel . and linda Ronstadt. hall and oates and cat stevens. please take this artists of this list. I think all of them deserved it.
0 #14 Committee Chairman 2014-01-03 00:54
@Mike. They will be, we are working on a revised list that should be out at the end of January.
+1 #15 Lee Roschen 2014-01-16 22:54
Ted's comment preceding mine is absolutely correct. Nirvana's first album "Bleach" came out in 1989, meaning Nirvana would not be eligible until 2014. Yet somehow the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame saw them eligible one year early, and inducted them anyway. Sure a clear indication how biased and ridiculous Jann Wenner and crew are at the RRHF. :-?

Add comment

Security code


Click an icon to login instantly with your social account. (If you are logged into Facebook, clicking the Facebook icon will log you in to Not in Hall of Fame instantly.)


  • 68. Ty Law
    68. Ty Law
    Ty Law was the first New England Patriot to ever lead the NFL in Interceptions, and though Tom Brady and the Patriot offense received most of the publicity, Law was part of a very good defence that set records in 2003. In New England he would be part of three Super Bowl wins, including a pick six to start the…
    Add new comment

red gold blue

© 2009-2012 Kirk Buchner & David Johnson