2. Kraftwerk

Top 5 Albums from Last.FM

  • Autobahn

  • The Man Machine

  • Trans-Europe Express

  • Computer World

  • The Mix

The original number one selection has dropped to number two.  The initial holder of the sardonic title of “the most deserving band or artist who should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who is currently not in”, may once again top our list despite being a band with limited commercial appeal; weak North American sales; are largely unknown to most people, did not speak English as their first language and quite frankly has a remote chance at best to receive induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These German innovators may define best the Rock and Roll HOF’s induction criteria, which includes “the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll”.  Wait, why did they drop from the top slot again?

Emerging from the experimental “Krautrock” scene of the early 1970’s Kraftwerk embraced electronic manipulation like no other band had before. The traditional Rock and Roll standards of guitars, drums and a bombastic front man were eschewed for synthesizers and drum machines. With the release of 1974’s Autobahn, the Kraftwerk sound really took shape and caused the music world to take notice.  Their minimalistic arrangements combined with a self described “Robot Pop” sound had no other peer. They created a sound so blatantly artificial yet rooted in such a way that it seemed “natural”. Their pioneering sound was the ground zero for many genres that followed. New Wave, Techno, House and Hip Hop can all be traced back to their work. Musical giants like David Bowie (The Berlin Trilogy), Iggy Pop and Afrika Bambaataa have all cited them as a major influence and to this day they are the most sampled band in music. Bottom line is this: chances are that if you were an artist that incorporated any electronic element in your sound, you owe a great debt to Kraftwerk.

Should Kraftwerk be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 46.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.1%
No opinion. - 4.1%
No way! - 24.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #1
    2011: #1
    2012: #3
    2013: #3
    2014: #2
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 1996
  • Country of Origin: Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Why they will get in: A group considered as innovative as they were should get some attention from the voters.
  • Why they won't get in: They could be too “European” for American voters. Their greatest success happened on the other side of the Atlantic.
  • Nominated in: Never
  • Essential Albums: Autobahn (1974)
    Trans Europe Express (1977)
    The Man Machine (1978)
    Computer World (1981)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Autobahn (From Autobahn, 1974)
    Trans Europe Express (From Trans Europe Express, 1977)
    Das Model (From The Man Machine, 1978)
    The Robots (From The Man Machine, 1978)
    Tour de France (Single, 1983)
  • Social Groups: NIHOF Kraftwerk Fans

Should Kraftwerk be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 46.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.1%
No opinion. - 4.1%
No way! - 24.5%
Last modified on Sunday, 30 August 2015 15:27


+1 #12 michael t 2015-06-11 05:35
Yes the invented a genre of music. Rap new wave dance and many other types of music were influenced by kraftwerk. david bowie- Depeche Mode to Old school Rap were all influenced were influenced by Kraftwerk!
+3 #11 biograph 2013-05-12 07:48
As long as influence is a key criteria for nominees, Kraftwerk should be in the RnRHoF. And anyway, why shouldn't Germany be represented in the Hall? Who else from Germany could ever get in? Can? Too esoteric. Scorpions? Not while the Hall has an ounce of dignity left in it.
0 #10 Ernesto 2012-12-07 15:37
I agree with Petty Blue on this, the are too unique to be included in the dross that is the R'n'R Hall of fame. Ok there are some amazing bands in the Hall of fame but a heck of a lot of filler. It seems now entry is assured by how long a band has hung around rather than how culturally great they are, Kraftwerk are too good for that.
0 #9 Petty Blue 2012-11-22 13:04
As a huge Kraftwerk fan I can say that I wish they would never ever get inducted to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. If there ever was a band who was anti rock'n'roll, it's them.

Of course, they will get inducted eventually, and I fear that it might be this year, because American pop culture use everything. I just wished they left them alone.

No titles will ever change the real meaning or impact a group has produced. It's too ostentatious.

And althought I'd love them to decline the honor, if they were offered it, I doubt they will. They tweeted the news on their official Twitter, where concerts are announced. So ya. I think they'll take it.
+1 #8 Mr.Crowley 2012-10-29 21:04
They are actually on the short list this year! Please write in to Rolling Stone to support these geniuses, the creators of electronic rock -- the founders of new wave and later synth pop in their best forms, as in Joy Division/New Order.
0 #7 twilife -0001-11-30 00:00
WEll, I think it`s really strange that they are NOT in.Maybe someone should found an "Electroni c-Music-Hall-Of -Fame" for them.I guess Kraftwerk is (STILL!) too alien to become a part of the "Rock`n Roll establishment&q uot;! Kraftwerk`s look, attiude, sound and artistical concept is far away from the (traditional) "ideals and laws of (Guitar-) Rock".At same time Kraftwerk`s musical legacy is ubiquitous - we hear elements of Kraftwerk`s music in Computer-Games, Mobile-Phones, Movie soundtracks or on MTV every day.
-1 #6 Smokestoomuch -0001-11-30 00:00
Unlike some of the other top contenders on this list, I do remember hearing Kraftwerk on the radio. I never liked it enough to purchase their music but I do remember it. To me, this is just novelty music. It's interesting but not inspiring.
-1 #5 Sean -0001-11-30 00:00
Synthpop is getting to be as snubbed as prog-rock or metal. I disagree with DDT and Musicologist and think these guys are the main root of synthpop (though I like Tangerine Dream also). They are the band that New Order, Depeche Mode, Human League, and so on see as more important than the other Krautrock bands. They're extremely influential and should have been in years ago. Even New Order and Depeche Mode should have been in years ago as well. Kraftwerk are the first band that comes to mind when one thinks of synthpop and certainly have the strongest chance (they've been nominated). In the public perception (though they're much less popular) they are to Krautrock what R.E.M. is to college rock or Nirvana is to grunge. Even if they weren't necessarily the best bands in the genre, they were probably the most influential (although it seems most post-grunge bands are ripping off Pearl Jam these days more than Nirvana).I' d go for these guys over a lot of other electronica because these guys are FUNNY. "The Model", "The Robots", and "Computer Love" are hilarious. Their electronica celebrates the joy of technology and nerd pride, while a lot of the Aphex Twin and Fatboy Slim stuff seems too angry and violent to me (and less influential, important, or popular to boot).
0 #4 Sean -0001-11-30 00:00
@DDT -you are probably correct regarding the weight of the "Lebowski& quot; endorsement...h owever I simply wanted to point out that the influence of German group had not reached me personally until I made the connection through the movie. It's a b
-1 #3 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
I agree with Musicologist about Kraftwerk being ranked so highly. The band does have a lasting influence that runs through electronica (such as "blip-hop& quot; acts like Mouse on Mars), but it seems to be more inspirational than innovative. I'd argue that Tangerine Dream's synthesized moods and soundscapes dating from the late 1960s were the real innovation, and Kraftwerk simplified the approach to make it more accessible. If a Krautrocker is going to get into the Hall, my vote is for Can.Kraftwerk isn't dire, but I don't think it is Hall-worthy. That said, I do enjoy the lulling effects of "Autobahn& quot; and "Trans Europe Express"; "The Model" cracked me up the first time I heard it; and "Showroom Dummies" is, I think, a whole lot more subversive than you might expect. Who said Germans didn't have a sense of humour?@Mike-Y- Dread: Getting an homage in The Big Lebowski is not a ringing endorsement in my book. I do like the Coen Brothers, but Lebowski is way overrated. And I'm a bowler. I do like the Carter Burwell soundtrack, though.

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