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The 2017 Songwriters HOF Class is announced

We haven’t come up with (nor do we really plan to) a list for those who are not in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, but it is an institution in which we hold in high regard.

As such, the news that the Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced their latest class is definitely “music to our ears”.

The class of 2017 is perhaps one of the most diverse ever, and much of the attention is being showered on Shawn Carter, professionally known as Jay-Z.

The induction of Jay-Z marks the first time that a rapper has been chosen for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Still a very successful musician, the industry mogul has reached the top of the Billboard Album charts 13 times.  There is no real reason to think that he can’t do it again. 

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has also been chosen.  While Babyface had a successful career as a solo act he is actually held in higher regard as a songwriter.  He was responsible for writing such hits as “Breathe Again” (Toni Braxton) and “I’ll Make Love to You” (Boyz II Men).

Janet Jackson may not have gotten into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who produced and wrote most of her hits were chosen. 

Chicago, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame saw three of their principal members and songwriters, Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera chosen for Songwriters Hall.

Perhaps the most successful songwriter of this class is the one most of you haven’t heard of.  From Sweden, Max Martin has penned or co-penned 22 number one hits including “I Want it That Way” (The Backstreet Boys), “Baby, One More Time” (Britney Spears), “I Kissed a Girl” (Katy Perry), “Blank Space” (Taylor Swift) and “I Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd).  Only the songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney have had more #1 hits.

The final inductee of this class is Berry Gordy, who while is best known for launching Motown, was also a songwriter who co-wrote hits for Smokey Robinson and the Jackson 5.

We here at would like to congratulate the Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Jay-Z headlines the Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2017

The Songwriters Hall of Fame not only made history by announcing their Hall of Fame Class of 2017, but did so by selecting their first rapper to enter the Hall.

Jay-Z not only has many hits in the rap and hip hop genre but has garnered significant mainstream pop appeal.  In terms of chart success, Jay Z has few equals and his induction is likely to usher in a significant amount of more rap artists in the upcoming classes.  His signature hits include “Empire State of Mind”, “99 Problems”, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “Bonnie & Clyde”.  He has won 21 Grammys over his career.

Swedish songwriter, Max Martin was also chosen.  Martin’s works includes 21 number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100.  His hits include “…Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears), “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift) and “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd).  Martin penned all of Kay Perry’s number ones and most recently, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Justin Timberlake.  It is not an exaggeration to say that Martin is the most successful pop writer this millennium.

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will also be inducted.  Babyface has written 23 #1 songs on the R&B Chart, including the monster hit, End of the Road (Boyz II Men).

Also chosen was the prolific songwriting and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, whose relationship with Janet Jackson made her a megastar. 

Motown founder Berry Gordy was also included.  Besides being the creator of a musical empire, Gordy was a decent songwriter who helped write many of his label’s hits.

The final entrants are Peter Catera, Robert Lamm and James Pankow of Chicago.

This year marks the 48th Annual Induction, which will take place on June 15 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

We here at would like to congratulate this year’s Hall of Fame Class.

Major Update: Our Notinhalloffame Rock List has been revised

Approximately a few weeks ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2020.  As always, this requires us to make revisions on our core Rock List of those worthy of consideration for the hallowed halls of Cleveland, Ohio.  


This means three things:


The first is that we removed those who were chosen (The Notorious B.I.G. #6, T. Rex #14, Depeche Mode #18, The Doobie Brothers #25, Nine Inch Nails #26 & Whitney Houston #271).  


The second is that we added the acts who are now Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the 2021 ceremony.


The third is that we looked at your votes and comments to assist on ranking modification.


Got all that?


Let’s move on!


You may have noticed that we have been expanding our core lists.  This is no different for our Rock list, as the eventual goal is to have 1,000 ranked.  We will get there, but in the meantime, we have an uneven number, but give us a year! Maybe two?

The entire Rock list is here, but below are the changes in our top ten:

Kraftwerk hangs on to the number one spot.  To date, they have been nominated six times, including the last two years.  They will likely get another kick at the can in 2021.

The highest debut comes high with Jay-Z at #2.  The New York City based rapper should be a lock for induction, and he brings sure-fire star power to a 2021 ceremony.

Foo Fighters make their first appearance at #3.  Like Jay-Z, it is expected that they will go “one and in”, and Dave Grohl will become a two-time inductee.

With the two new high-profile entries, there is a drop in the rankings for some of our other previous top tens.  

Oasis drops from #2 to #4.  Oasis is in their second year of eligibility, and they were not nominated last year.  Regardless, of when (or if) they get in, you know there will be drama should any Gallagher appear.  

Jethro Tull went from #3 to #5.  The Progressive Rock band have been eligible for Cleveland since 1993, but have never received a nomination.

Also losing two spots were The Smiths, who went from #4 to 6.  They have been eligible since 2008 and were nominated in both 2015 and 2016.  The induction of Depeche Mode should help The Smiths and other 80s Alternative Bands.

MC5 goes down to #7 from #5.  The proto-punk band has been eligible since 1991, and has been nominated five times including the last four years. 

Sliding from #7 to number #8 is Gram Parsons.  Eligible since 1992, Parsons was nominated three times, but the last one was in 2005.

At #9 is Judas Priest, who were nominated twice, including last year.  They hold the same spot as last year.

Rounding out the top ten is Willie Nelson, who fell from #8.  He has also never been nominated. 

Jay-Z and Foo Fighters are not the only new entries.  

Sleater-Kinney debuts with a very strong rank of #47.  They are the third and final new entry in our top 100.  The Chemical Brothers make their first appearance with #121.  The top 250 also has debuts with Modest Mouse at #155 and Rammstien at #233.

The other new entries are Neutral Milk Hotel at #255, Garbage at #266, Natalie Merchant at #277, Super Furry Animals at #372, Jewel at #521 and Air at #529

You know what we want you to do!

Cast your votes and voice your opinions, as we use them for future rankings.

As always, we here at thank you for your support.

2. Jay-Z

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. 

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