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The Rock and Roll Futures (389)

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.

An Indie Supergroup (is that a bit of an oxymoron?) The New Pornographers may not be designed to sell a lot of records, but they have continued to fly the flag of Indie Power Pop well into the new millennium. If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame looks at all the talent assembled in this ensemble, maybe they would have a shot. The Bullet Points:Eligible…
Beloved or despised, Canada’s Sum 41 began the millennium on top with a Pop/Punk hybrid which delighted in their immaturity. This is not a shot at them, as the band was not trying to be anything they weren’t, and had a real feel in a musical world that is so manufactured. Still, they seem to be at the right place in the right time, and calling…
Another of the incredible Singer/Songwriters of the last twenty years, Sufjan Stevens is an unquestionable talent who may very well be on a Hall of Fame path. Critics love him, fans love him, and already he is considered an inspiration to younger songwriters. A multi-talented star, Stevens is not just lyrically ambitious as his ability to play various instruments takes him to experimental places most of…
In our first write up on a band from South Africa, Seether has been successful in penetrating the U.S. market with a relatively safe blend of Rock and Metal. This is not meant to be an insulting comment, as many American bands have done the same thing, but as much as we would like to see a band from the emerging continent of Africa enter the…
A major star from the Jamaican Dancehalls, Sean Paul became an International superstar with fun and accessible music. With a series of top ten hits in the 00’s, Paul definitely made a mark on the musical map, but as much as we love the music of Jamaica, the Dancehall style is not likely to gather an inductee to the Hall.   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2025…
Calling Ryan Adams just a Singer/Songwriter is such a misnomer. He has the look and attitude of a Rock Star yet is a major force in Alternative Country. Regardless of what style you want to place Ryan Adams, he is a musical genius regardless. Of course, there are many talented acts who have yet to get into the Hall, but Adams has an intangible that can’t…
Not exactly beloved by the critics (though what Christian Rock band is?), Relient K was able to secure a large fan base in the Christian demographic. What does this mean for a Hall of Fame birth? Our guess is virtually nothing, as there is no evidence that this is the type of band that can get enshrined, and if it is to be proven wrong, this…
Rascal Flatts is another act that should be well on the way to the Country Music Hall of Fame, but will struggle completely to even sniff a shred of support for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Even if a pure Country act gets in from the last twenty years, Rascal Flatts likely won’t be it as they aren’t the deepest of the New Country…
Although they are a Pop/Punk band, it was an acoustic song that placed them on the top of the world with their smash hit, “Hey There Delilah”. The band did have other minor hits, but for the most part, they are known for that one single. It is hard to imagine a band known primarily for only one song; especially one that isn’t exactly indicative of…
With a huge body of work of Pop songs that scream of female empowerment, Pink may have actually been at her best when she was not as manufactured and embraced her R&B beginnings or forayed into Rock styles. With a lot more work left in her, she is on the outside track for a Hall slot but a lot will depend on what directions her progression…

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  • 181. Phil Collins
    It is occasionally forgotten how huge Phil Collins was in the 80’s. Whether it was on T.V. (Miami Vice), his solo career or with Genesis, Collins certainly didn’t look like a rock star that could have come out of the MTV generation.   After taking over the reigns as lead singer of Genesis and helping to transform their sound, Collins…
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