There is a lot to be said if you can help define a style of song. Some will call you pioneers and others may call you innovators. REO Speedwagon did get those accolades, but we have a feeling that for every person who may agree, there is likely an individual who despises the style (Power Ballads) they helped create.
REO Speedwagon became huge stars and sold out many arenas for a period of time, but they were far from overnight successes. After ten years, the band began to take shape and with there blend of Rock and ballads, REO Speedwagon found a formula that allowed them fame and success and they were constantly on the radio and selling out arenas. Their blueprint was often copied, but time has viewed them as more of commercialized Rock and they have not been blessed with a lot of musical respect in recent years. Despite their success (and it is often forgotten just how popular they were) they have a long climb to get inducted.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Champaign, IL)
Why They Will Get In:
Their level of past success will help their cause.
Why They Won’t Get In:
Their style of music has often been despised.
You Can Tune a Piano but You Can’t Tuna Fish (1978)
Hi Infidelity (1980)
Good Trouble (1982)
Wheels Are Turning (1984)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Time for Me to Fly (From You Can Tune a Piano but You Can’t Tuna Fish, 1978)
Keep On Lovin’ You (From Hi Infidelity, 1980)
Take it on the Run (From Hi Infidelity, 1980)
Can’t Fight This Feeling (From Wheels Are Turning, 1984)
One Lonely Night (From Wheels Are Turning, 1984)