The Rock and Roll Futures (421)

As we intend to make this website a constant work in process, we though it would be useful to discuss the future bands/artists who will become eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many of these artists are still recording and/or performing and thus adding to their impending legacy. They will be in our future lists so please feel free to vote so that we can rank them accordingly when they become eligible.
The first ten years of this millennium has been kind to 3 Doors Down in many ways.   They have been a constant on the Billboard charts and have been one of the few Post Grunge bands who haven’t sounded watered down. At their core, they are decent Rock band who appealed to Pop, Alternative and Metal and did so without a perceived sell out factor.   They…
Eligible in 2024 (He had a recorded singles in 1999), 50 Cent exploded onto the Rap and Mainstream charts and for the year of 2003 could be considered the biggest musical star in the world. Despite his Hardcore East Coast Rap style, 50 Cent was at the right place and the right time to become a major star. Although his later albums did not reach the…
Boy Bands are not exactly Rock and Roll Hall of Fame material (or really any Hall of Fame). With that said, if any Boy Band ever gets into Cleveland (and we will shut down our site if it happens), it will have to be one that was a lot more successful than 98 Degrees.   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2022 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Los Angeles,…
In all reality, unless Tool gets in, there should be little reason to think that what is essentially a side project of the band (A Perfect Circle) has any discernable Hall of Fame chance. Alternative metal in some form should get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the current plight of regular Metal acts makes it seem so much more difficult. Now, how…
Had Aaliyah not perished in a plane crash in 2001, what would her relevance be today? In the time she was alive, she had hit albums and was in hit movies and by all accounts was on a track to be among the top entertainers in the world. The music she did do has been labeled as a link between R&B and Electronica and depending on…
They were called the next ABBA, and for a brief time that looked like it would be the case. With two men, two women from Sweden, and a bubblegum Dance sound, Ace of Base captured the attention of fans in numerous countries. As popular as their pop melodies were, their peak did not last more than two albums (not very ABBA like) and as such have…
Too many it would come as a surprise that AFI would be eligible as soon as 2018, but they toiled in relative obscurity for over a decade before they achieved any real level of success. Once they did, their Hardcore Punk brand of Emo caught on and gained them a serious amount of fans. Having said that, this is one band that will have to have…
Although her previous work in ‘Til Tuesday was not among the most acclaimed, the solo work of Aimee Mann made her among the most respected female songwriters in America. Mann really hit her stride and gained mass respect with her contributions to the Magnolia Soundtrack. Her entire solo career has been brilliant, though without a real breakthrough on any charts it will be an uphill climb…
The Electronica duo from France that comprised Air, put together some of the best music that Electronica has ever had to offer. With a series of albums that leaned more towards the Chill and Ambient side then the Dance styles normally associated with Electronic music, Air was creating a dreamy and hypnotic sound collection of sounds as opposed to the driving pulses that was done by…
If you listened to the teeny bop efforts of early Alanis, you would never think that there would be any serious discussion for her to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her reinvention as an Alternative feminist Singer/Songwriter was the launch of the most successful female solo careers of all time. Her appeal became universal and millions of woman identified with her and millions…
Exploding onto the scene late into her teen years, Alicia Keys proved she was no flash in the pan as her blend of Neo-Soul, sultriness, and diverse musical skills propelled her into multiple Billboard charts.  She was not like the other “divas” on the charts as it was quickly learned that she had a different skill set from anyone else who shared her “genre”.  Her longevity…
Alkaline Trio carved themselves a solid spot in the Punk world with a respectable catalogue in the Punk Revival World. With anti-establishment tunes and a Punk/Emo sound, the Alkaline Trio was able to get a fan base, but only a modest one. As we know, any band with only a modest fan base is a longshot for the Hall, and as much as we respect them,…
A band name that we find colossally cool, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, was an Alternative band that came from Texas, yet sounded far more artistic than other Alternative bands did. Merging Noise Rock and Hardcore Rock, the Trail of Dead did secure a decent following, but does a decent following make a Hall of Fame career? Probably not, as shown…
His biggest hit was called “Party Hard” and damned if that wasn’t he was all about. Andrew W.K. was a throwback to the partying Metal of the 80’s with a touch of Jackass representing the new millennium. He isn’t exactly known for much else, and unless that changes, he won’t be known as a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer either.   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since:…
With a name like Anti-Flag you would expect to hear an anti-establishment Punk Band, and that is exactly what you get! They wear the American flag upside down and though they don’t seem to have much positive to say about anything, you never have to guess where they are coming from. A Punk band with decent ability, Anti-Flag may fly the Punk flag which the Hall…
Antony and the Johnsons are well acclaimed band that is really Antony Hegarty (and whomever he may be collaborating with at the time). Part Baroque, part Chamber and very much drag influenced, they certainly have a uniqueness factor and have actually done well in the United Kingdom (where Hegarty was born). However, you know the deal….unless you conquer the States, the Hall won’t look for you,…
Known on his birth certificate as Richard James, Aphex Twin had received the high praise of being called the most influential and innovative figure in contemporary Electronic music. The high acclaim was earned as Aphex Twin pushed the envelope of Acid and Ambience and took the Electronic genre to places never before thought. The question (as with many other Electronic based performers) is whether the Hall…
Selling well over thirty million albums worldwide, Aqua may have been an International well known Bubblegum act but they have may have among the lowest Rock and Roll credibility and influence of anyone that we mention here. This is far from what belongs in Cleveland.   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2021 Country of Origin: Copenhagen, Denmark NIHOF’s Favorite Album: We Don’t Have One NIHOF’s Favorite Song:…
Nowadays, the Pop Culture reference to “Arrested Development” refers to the acclaimed Jason Bateman TV series. A decade ago, that reference was to the Atlanta based Hip Hop group that seemed poised to be the next big thing. Arrested Development did not reach the heights that was prognosticated for them, but their debut album remains one of the best ever in Alternative Rap history. That album…
Just when it thought that At the Drive-in was poised for a breakthrough they broke up. The Texas based band reined as an important act of the Post-Hardcore scene. Their music was well crafted and among the most cerebral and cryptic of its time. They developed a sizeable cult following but as we have seen from the Hall and discussed on this site, cult bands, regardless…