The Rock and Roll Futures (288)

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 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…
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…
Yep.  This guy.  For whatever it is worth, he is eligible this early though no matter what happens, this is the man who gave is “Gangnam Style” years ago.  What does that mean here?   Not a whole hell of a lot.
For a brief time, Puddle of Mudd managed to have one of the more successful “Post Grunge” careers, but their run in the mainstream basically construed a one album period, that did not exactly get the critics salivating.  Say what you want about critical love, but we all know that matters in this Hall of Fame.
With distinct riffs and precise timing, Queens of the Stone Age cultivated a broad appeal. They had a throwback quality to Classic Rock fans though with a current modern and Alternative feel. As such, they managed significant radio play without having to sacrifice what made them unique as a band. As of this writing, they would likely have to increase their catalogue of music to enter…
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…
A very good Third Wave Ska Band, Reel Big Fish was good enough to sell a record or two, but was perpetually in the shadows of other Ska bands that rocketed to the top. As you can imagine moderate success and the failure to be considered an innovator as opposed to a member of a pack does not a Hall of Famer make..
When trying to explain the Anti-Folk scene in New York City, it might just be easier to play a Regina Spektor album.  If that is accurate, what role does Anti-Folk play in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
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…
There are many who will look at Rihanna and state that this is not a rock star and a mega-pop star at best.  Let’s say she is, and if that is all, the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame have inducted people as popular for as long as Rihanna. 
A very respected Punk Rock band from the Second City, Rise Against was a little more structured than they got credit for, especially lyrically.  The band would become known for political stances, human rights and well, “Rising Against” the inequalities they saw in the world.  This may actually be one of the more accurately named bands in recent memory.
A critically acclaimed Hip Hop artist, RJD2 embraced Electronica more than many of his peers and indirectly had quite the Indie and Alt Hip Hop feel.  It didn’t always translate into album sales though, and a Hall of Fame induction seems a far away at this point, though he has evolved into an excellent producer.
Rob Zombie may be better known as a director or for leading White Zombie, but he did have a decent solo career of note continuing with the Horror themed Science Fiction that he excels at. As such, as talented as Zombie is overall, his musical career may be far too one dimensional to get a serious look from the Hall.
A colossal star in England and the rest of Europe, Robbie Williams did have a small taste of success with his slickly produced Pop. Williams was initially a member of the British Boy Band, Take That, but after quitting (or being ousted) the group, Williams sought solo stardom which he did eventually get. He won’t make the Hall of Fame, but he can console himself with…
The leader of the influential Lo-Fi group, Guided by Voices, Robert Pollard struck out on his own and developed a much acclaimed musical catalogue on his own. There are many who praise Pollard as a musical genius, but foe every one that says this, there are likely ten people saying “Who the hell is Robert Pollard?”
In terms of lineage, Rufus Wainwright was born to be Singer/Songwriter and he has not disappointed. He churns out beautiful album after beautiful album and though the world hasn’t completely took notice, those in the musical know have. Any chance he has for the Hall of Fame though greatly depends on whether some of the legendary songwriters of the past get in first.
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…
If you were in to slickly produced Pop, there was few better than Australia’s Savage Garden. Although they only had two albums, they sold well and churned out hits internationally. Pop in its purest form has entered the Hall (ABBA), but the body of work pales in comparison to the Swedish stars. Basically, we can’t see this happening.
They did not become as successful as some of the Emo bands they inspired, but Saves the Day had a decent career in their own right. A very energetic band, the New Jersey group may not have been darlings of the critics but their fans were not exactly the type who cared less.
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 Country…