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Many of the musicians on this list create a polarizing opinion as to their “validity”. In the latter half of the 1960’s, there likely was no group that separated fans as much the Monkees did. Their bubblegum image and status as a corporate creation were labels that they couldn’t shake, and despite the fun solid music they made they were a group that was not considered “cool” at their height.

The Monkees have to be the most successful band in the 60’s who have not been enshrined in Cleveland. Granted, they were assembled together to create a television show and did not play on their first album, but after they fought for some semblance of creative control, they proved to be a very capable group. This was certainly proven by their live shows, later albums and fact that their fans included such legends as John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix. Their television show, although somewhat juvenile was the embryonic template of the music video; a medium that really hadn’t been exploited yet. As easy as it is to dismiss their origin (which certainly isn’t “Rock and Roll”) their place is music history is solid and their music is still perceived as fun today.

The Monkees




Should The Monkees be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 88%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.5%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 5.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #32
    2011: #51
    2012: #46
    2013: #42
    2014: #42
    2015: #37
    2016: #36
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 1991
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Why they will get in: They have a substantial amount of hits to their credit.
  • Why they won't get in: “Not a real band” to the opinion of many.
  • Essential Albums: More of the Monkees (1967)
    Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (1967)
    The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees (1968)
    Head (1968)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Last Train to Clarksville (From The Monkees, 1966)
    I’m Not Your Stepping Stone (From More of the Monkees, 1967)
    Pleasant Valley Sunday (From Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., 1967)
    Valleri (From The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees, 1968)
    Daydream Believer (From The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees, 1968)

Should The Monkees be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 88%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.5%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 5.4%
Last modified on Sunday, 29 May 2022 19:09


0 #20 Will Hart 2021-01-22 11:04
Quoting Smokestoomuch:
Mickey Dolenz could't play drums.Peter Tork could not play guitar.If The Monkeeys deserve to be on this list at all, you're obligated to include another band that never existed... The Archies.

Tork played piano, guitar, bass (the instrument, not the fish), and banjo. That's how he met Stephen Stills (who also auditioned for The Monkees, but obviously was not picked. According to Peter, Davy was the best drummer in the band, but Dolenz took lessons and learned to play them. He also bought the 3rd made Moog synthesizer and made recordings with it.
+2 #19 tommythev 2020-10-04 19:47
Elvis didn't write his own songs and Tork and Nesmith both played guitar better than Elvis. The argument is stupid. The Monkees were talented and entertaining . Long overdue.
-1 #18 tim 2019-11-26 17:11
There are many arguments for the Monkees to be in the Hall of Fame. Until about a year ago, I was a big proponent.

Then I saw their live performance of Listen to the Band on 33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkees. This was at the end of their career. They should have been 1.2 million times better. It's plain awful. Google it. Horrible. It was like finding out there is no Santa Claus.

+7 #17 Chris Andrews 2017-07-01 06:57
They did all of the singing and eventually played the instruments. I think the fact that they fought to get control of their destiny should be taken into consideratio n. Also, as we all know Boyce and Hart wrote many of their songs, the Monkees also wrote songs as well and produced them. So why would they not be considered a band? They did just about everything if not more than some musicians do today. An argument could be made that they paved the way for music videos. During their TV show we always got a couple music video or what would be considered a music video by today's standards. The contribution s they have made in my opinion out weigh that of many artists who are already in. Not to mention they have charted more songs than many of the inductees currently in. Finally, In 1967, The Monkees not only outsold the Rolling Stones, they also outsold the Beatles! They should be inducted! Period!
+5 #16 Jazzmanneobop 2017-05-07 22:37
Definitely deserve induction. The string of hits they put out (while outselling the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined in 1967) are played today as much as anything the Beatles or Stones did during that period. Even though they didn't start off as a garage band that made good, their TV mainstreamed pop rock for many during their heyday. And they did play their instruments in concert and wrote many of the songs on their latter albums. The RHOF looks like complete morons for excluding them.
+7 #15 Rick Orta 2016-08-02 04:21
After watching "The Wrecking Crew", most of the groups that have been enshrine in the RRHF have no business being there. The secret is out and there is no reason that The Monkees should not be in the RRHF. At least the members of The Monkees made an effort to have some control of their career. With a catalog that would be the envy of any singer/music ian, The Monkees have a case that they are a most deserving group to be nominated into the hall.
+4 #14 Gene 2016-06-19 20:34
Of course, they should have their rightful place in the rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Just for the fact that there has been a debate for decades over their origin should be enough merit. But here is why they deserve to be in: Regardless of being corporately manufactured , they still had influence on 60s rock culture, also, an indirect yet, profound effect on shaping the music industry that was to come; MTV, for example. So where as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame judges most of the entries based on the traditional methods success, in the case of the Monkees, they seem to have over looked the core spirit of Rock - Change, effect, and paving a unique path to success. With the slight exception of Davy Jones, and perhaps even less so, Micky Dolenz, they did find their way to landing the TV series, with ambitions of being rock musicians.
+8 #13 Steven Zhang 2016-05-24 02:43
I don't care about the stupid Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I can still listen to the Monkees groovy music lol. I'm a Believer has to be one of the most iconic rock songs. I am still a believer in the Monkees!
-6 #12 Mike 2015-07-22 02:14
This is a joke, right? A big fat NO!
+10 #11 Glen J 2015-04-21 22:36
You people who say the Monkees were not a "real band", couldn't play or write etc, don't know what the hell you're talking about.

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