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159. REO Speedwagon

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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.





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Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Champaign, IL)


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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.


Essential Albums:

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)

Should REO Speedwagon be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 75%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 12.5%
Last modified on Sunday, 02 February 2014 10:58


0 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
Let's see. they helped define a part of rock! The power ballad may have not been their invention but they defintely became the masters and the biggest catalysts to it's success. how many other groups with that impact are not in the hall? exactly. you may not like it but as i have said before rock is not an elitist art. just because you don't lke hwat it became you cannnot argue it's influence! you could not have a hit album in the 80's in a band without having a power ballad. that is a fact. for god's sake Def Lepp's only # one is not photograph or pour some sugar on me but Love Bites. Yeah i don't like that fact either. But as distasteful as that is this may be to music snobs and all their Melvins and Pixies and Velvet undergrounds of the world Reo changed music way more than they ever thought of.

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