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43. Warren Zevon

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The Singer/Songwriter movement of the 70’s produced many great artists. Although, our next selection, Warren Zevon is primarily known for just one song “Werewolves of London” my many people, a deeper look at his career shows a man who was among the most respected of his genre.


Warren Zevon used his dry sardonic sense of humor which when interspersed with political and historical context set him apart from the others. His peers such as Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen have called him the greatest songwriter and praise from those giants should never go unnoticed. Zevon never lost his wit even faced with terminal cancer and he was able to produce some of his most poignant work ever. Based on other Singer/Songwriters already in the Hall, Zevon has a decent chance for induction.

Warren Zevon

The Bullet Points:

Previous Rank:

2010: #58


Eligible Since:


Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Los Angeles)

Why He Will Get In:

He has the critical respect and his legacy may very well rise in death.

Why He Won’t Get In:

If the Hall did not induct when they knew he was dying, why should they do that now?

Nominated In:


Essential Albums:

Warren Zevon (1976)

Excitable Boy (1978)

Mr. Bad Example (1991)

The Wind (2003)

Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

Poor, Poor Pitiful Me (From Warren Zevon, 1976)

Desperadoes Under the Eaves (From Warren Zevon, 1976)

Werewolves of London (From Excitable Boy, 1978)

Lawyers, Guns and Money (From Excitable Boy, 1978)

My Shit’s Fucked Up (From Life’ll Kill Ya, 2000)




Should Warren Zevon be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 33.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 43.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 23.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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+10 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-29 19:00
I'm astounded that Warren Zevon isn't yet in the Hall Of Fame. Is it because he only had one hit song? The man was an incredible songwriter, singer and musician. And he made great music literally straight to the end (and if his farewell song "Keep Me In Your Heart" doesn't bring a tear to your eye, then you must not be human). He has tons of respect from his peers, and lots of musical influence too. The late, great Warren Zevon deserves an induction. Period.
-19 #2 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
no way. He basically ripped off sweet home alabama for his only hit song. nobody is hollering to get ray parker in because of the same kind of fopa and he was much bigger than zevon. so he hung aorund with the popular crowd. big deal. he couldnt sell anything that he wrote or sung and that shoudl say it all for his chanc es.
+9 #3 Musicologist999 -0001-11-29 19:00
Yeah Jimmy, your logic and writing-style really shine through here.... *rolls eyes*
+7 #4 ThePiper2112 2013-04-20 10:52
Warren Zevon was one of the best songwriters in music, period. Just because two songs sound somewhat similar (like that hasn't ever happened in music before...yeah.. sure), doesn't mean its a "rip-off". And I hate to tell you Jimmy, but commercial success isn't the only factor in deciding who gets in the HOF. He was a huge influence to a TON of other artists and many artists record and perform HIS songs.
+5 #5 Winweasel 2014-04-11 09:19
Warren Zevon was the best lyricist of the 20th century. While most of the inductees have maybe as many as five great songs, Zevon had scores of great songs: Muhammed's Radio; The Hockey Song; Fistful of Rain; Mr. Bad Example; Things to do in Denver When You're Dead; Keep Me in Your Heart; Basket Case; Disorder in the House; I Was in the House (When the House Burned Down); Dirty Little Religion; For My Next Trick I'll Need a Volunteer; MacGillycuddy's Reeks; I'll Sleep When I'm Dead; Roland the Thompson Gunner; Poor, Poor Pitiful Me; Gorilla, Your'e a Desperado; Johnny Strikes Up the Band; as well as the five songs listed in the article above and the riposte to Skynyrd's reply to Neil Young's Southern Man that Jimmy26 mentions... Play It All Night Long... a song that, like too many of Zevon's songs, was not a hit because it didn't get airplay due to the language being a little strong for radio. And it wasn't a rip off, it was a satire on Sweet Home Alabama. Warren Zevon may not have been the most thoughtful man in the world, but he was the most thought-full lyricist I've ever encountered. His musical legacy outshines almost every present inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
+3 #6 Carl Hardy 2014-06-30 16:50
Warren Zevon was an incredible talent. He is as good a song writer as my favorite, Neil Young. His music, lyrically and musical arrangements stand by themselves as the best in Rock. His voice mixed so well with his lyrics and music. His music was best when he performed it in solo with just his guitar. It takes real talent to do this. A Hall of Fame without Warren Zevon is worthless. His untimely death was a tragedy. Help his fans out Hall, vote him in ASAP.
+6 #7 Carl Hardy 2014-06-30 16:52
I need to add to my review. Jimmy26 is an idiot. Enough said.
+1 #8 Stephen G 2014-10-29 21:23
I think a good measuring stick for determining if someone qualifies for the HOF is if you ever think there will be another that fits the same mold. Will there be another Green Day? Another Guns 'N Roses? Another Foghat? Shit, yes. Will there be another Warren Zevon? No fucking way. Put him in right now, or the Hall has ZERO credibility.

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