The Rock and Roll Futures (388)

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.
With all due respect to Rock purists, there really is little doubt that at present Jay-Z is the top contender of the 2020 list of Hall of Fame candidates.  The man with many monikers has been one of the most dominate Rap artists of the past ten years and he is beloved by critics, the mainstream, and the streets.  His flow style of Rapping is as…
Many Singer/Songwriter types don’t have that Rock and Roll type of voice.  Jeff Buckley did not have that issue as his voice was full of grit and soul.  Maybe, it was this aspect that helped him appeal so strongly to the Adult Alternative set and why he continues to gain copious amounts of fans well after his death.  Buckley’s career sadly ended with a premature death…
For a brief time, a claim could be made that Jennifer Lopez was the most successful female singer on the planet, but despite her large amount of hits, there is a far greater case against her induction. Lopez is not the greatest singer, nor does she have any songs that push any musical boundaries. Still, with the kind of success that J-Lo has had, she indirectly…
As much as we generally try to keep objective with these (and we admit to only being moderately successful at that) but in the case of Jessica Simpson and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, all we can say is “Dear God…NO!”   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2024 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Abilene, Texas) NIHOF’s Favorite Album: We Don’t Have One NIHOF’s Favorite Song: We…
Jewel’s debut album caught the world by storm.  It was a sweet sounding, heartbreaking collection of songs that appealed to everyone from Folk, Adult Alternative, Pop and Mainstream.  Jewel never had an album that did as well, but she carved a very successful career for herself which she continues to enjoy today.  Should that debut album reach another level in the public consciousness, Jewel’s chances for…
Still very much active and still recording, Jimmy Eat World is a key band credited with the Emo scene which first gained prominence in the 90’s.  It was at the turn of the millennium though when their catchy Pop Emo hybrid songs really caught the band National attention.  They aren’t a Hall of Fame band at present, but they still have a lot of juice left…
Another polarizing artist, John Mayer has a legion of female fans that seem to swoon at every word he sings. As such, he is subject to a bit of a backlash from men and generally the Rock and Roll set. He is a talented Singer/Songwriter but ironically his mass popularity may work against him as Hall of Fame seems to like their songwriters somewhat tortured. Considering…
Despite their name, Blues was not exactly the staple genre of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. In fact, the Blues really played very little in the catalogue of music that the group did. Actually, trying to categorize this group was always difficult, as they bounced between varying places in the Alternative spectrum, though regardless of where they landed, they were always unique. 
How is it possible for a white teenager from North Dakota become a Blues Guitar prodigy?  Regardless of the bizarre demographic, Jonny Lang became such a prodigy and was considered a Blues guitar wizard while still in his early teens.  The most accomplished Blues men regardless of generation praise him and his name remains synonymous with quality Blues.  Having said that, there are many Blues great…
It can be argued that Josh Groban has one of the most incredible voices ever heard.  That being said, does being an Adult Contemporary star, even one with a voice as strong as his, make one a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer?  No, probably not.
Although she did not achieve the level of commercial success that many musical pundits pegged for her, but with the sweet way Juliana Hatfield sang in her Indie Rock style, maybe her formula was never meant to be more than cute Indie darling. Regardless, Hatfield carved her place in the Alt World for a time in the mid 90’s and developed a loyal following.   The…
A major player in the Alternative Hip Hop in the late 90’s, Jurassic 5 was one of the critical favorites of their day, although not a commercial one. It was not for a lack of effort as they had a major label and played festivals that should have expanded their audience, but for whatever reason they never had that breakthrough the mass populace. Long since disbanded,…
We don’t think that anyone who was listening to N*Sync really thought of them as Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, but those that heard them knew that Justin Timberlake was the real talent.  As it turns out, he might be one of the greatest musical talents of his generation.
With Rap beginning to enter the Hall, a question will soon be asked the same of traditional Rock bands as to whether solid and consistent acts can get in without having a period of dominance.  Juvenile falls into the former as he has had a wide amount of successful albums in the Gangsta Rap genre, he did not exactly break new ground.  Gangsta Rap may find…
Keane has been called that Alternative Rock band with “no guitars”, and they are also known as a very competent outfit that has been very successful without selling out. Although their sound is piano driven, they have a diverse sound and are equally capable of “rocking out” as well as dancing on the mellow side of the Rock rainbow. As they have had albums that have…
Although we are not sure how many boys to the yard her milkshake brought, Kelis did gain International attention with it. Actually more successful in England, Kelis is a decent R&B artist who deserves to be reflected on more than that one hit…or her tumultuous career outside of her music. With that said, we don’t Cleveland is in her yard. The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2024 Country…
Another of the modern Country stars to enter our Future Candidates List, Kenny Chesney may have had a plethora of top hits on the Country charts and though a few charted on the low end of the Mainstream lists, Chesney is a solid candidate for the Country Music Hall of Fame and highly unlikely to get a sniff at Cleveland. 
There are many who are eagerly awaiting the induction of Stevie Ray Vaughan in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Should Vaugahan get in, it could squeak the door open a bit for Kenny Wayne Shepherd who was able to pick up the mantle of modern Blues Rock in the 90’s.  Shepherd has managed to gain the respect of the Blues commuinty but without…
While Killer Mike’s gravelly voice is one of the more distinctive in rap, it is far from the most heard.  Realistically, he is far better associated with his work with OutKast as opposed to anything he did on his own.
As Heavy Metal struggles to find representation in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a question will emerge in the coming decade about Nu Metal’s place in the Hall.  Korn could be the representative should this new genre receives an induction as they were among the first to be labeled as Nu Metal and they were certainly among the most successful.  Korn spoke to young…