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Music.  It has the ability to bring people together.  It can stir up hidden emotions.  It can cause you to get up and physically move.  It can help you through your work day.  It separates generations.  We could describe it for page after page in terms both specific and vague but music simply means different things to different people.  Likely, many of these things were on the mind of the builders of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, a tribute to those who built up the genre of Rock and Roll.

Their intentions certainly seemed clear enough.  Their website states that “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the legendary performers, producers, songwriters, disc jockeys and others who have made rock and roll the force that it is in our culture”.  For our purposes, we are going to focus on the performer section of the Hall.  That being said, the first rule of eligibility is very simple.  Once an artist has gone twenty five years after the release of their first record, they become eligible.  After that it becomes a little murky.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame states that “criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll”.  Influence and significance is certainly open to interpretation.  For that matter, so is Rock and Roll.  When Bill Haley sang Rock around the Clock over sixty years ago was he describing a sound, a look or maybe just an attitude?  Did the songwriters just like the word “rock”?  The origin of Rock music is so difficult to pinpoint its subsequent evolution is just as equally hard to chart.

With these vague parameters we at Not in Hall of Fame put our own committee together and came up with the top 250 artists whom we feel deserve consideration for enshrinement in Cleveland.  Are we right?  Are we wrong?   We know two things for sure; the first is that while compiling this list we felt we could make a viable case for multiple artists to be in our number one slot, the second was that it was a blast coming up with it.  Let us know what you think and based on who gets inducted, who becomes newly eligible, your opinions and how our own perceptions change, we will see how we rank them in the following year.    

Until then, Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World!

Sincerely,

 

The Not in Hall of Fame Rock and Roll Committee.

What is it about Rock Stars and plane crashes? Another casualty taken just as his star was about to shine was the American Singer/Songwriter Jim Croce. In fact, had he survived it would not have been inconceivable for Croce to have emerged as the top man of his genre.
If you take one look at the Siouxsie & the Banshees the quick reaction is to view them as a Goth Band. Looks are certainly deceiving in this case, and though that does describe their look and a component of their music that is hardly all that they were.
Blues based Rockers permeate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so on the initial surface George Thorogood may seem to be a potential choice for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Throw in the fact that Blues purists tend to despise him, the picture becomes rapidly unclear.
Even though it is a building that we have spent a lot of our time focusing on, we admit that we sometimes forget about the sidemen wing of the Hall. Having said that, we looked at the career of Ry Cooder, who we feel may have a Hall of Fame worthy career; though in which wing he belongs to throws…
A superstar in the Adult Alternative world, Sarah McLachlan’s atmospheric Pop-Folk blend garnered her many friends worldwide. Her song writing and vocal skills made her very successful on both the critical and commercial front. It can be argued that her greatest musical contribution was the creation of Lilith Fair, which celebrated the female songwriter and helped launch a few careers…
There are many themes on this list, and it is time to again explore that of British bands that achieve critical acclaim and commercial success in Europe but not so much in the United States. Considering that Echo & the Bunnymen drew a bit from the Doors, it could be considered a little puzzling that they did not become bigger…
The average person might recall Gary Numan’s greatest hit, “Cars” and think of it as a quirky one hit wonder that was a flash in the pan of the New Wave era. Gary Numan’s career was actually much more than that and his contributions to the world of Electronic music may be incalculable.
We did not have an internal debate as to whether Johnny Ace should be inducted.We agreed that he should but as the bulk of his work predated the Rock and Roll explosion we are not sure if he is a Roots and Influences candidate instead.
Our next artist may have the longest career on this list but would mot surprise us if she generated the least amount of respect. Of course, it seems like Cher has been fighting for respect her entire career.
With U2 already in the Rock and Roll Hall, it can be easily said that Ireland is already represented. Yet, when listening to the entire body of U2’s work, does it really scream “Irish”? Nationalism aside, there may not be a band that sounds more like they are from Ireland than the Pogues; which is a little ironic considering that…
It always seemed like Ween was deliberately odd and thrived in producing material that had an Andy Kaufamnesque quality to it.  Their ironic songs gained them fans who reveled in the joking atmosphere and the seemingly self contained world that Ween created.  They never really got past the Underground scene but it is doubtful that they wanted to try to…
For a moment, Nas was the reigning Rap king of New York City.  Nas was (and still is) considered one of the great MCs and lyrically he was among the most gifted.  His debut effort (Illmatic) was considered one of the best of the 1990’s and while arguably he hasn’t reached that height since, he has still showcased brilliant Rap…
As this list (and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) finds itself with a large amount of Singer/Songwriters, it is sometimes tempting just to say that this was the only genre that we are looking to represent. With Tim Buckley, just calling him a Singer/Songwriter seems so empty.
We wonder if an artist associated with a bubblegum type of musical career has a shot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Should one get in, we might bet on Neil Sedaka; whose career was actually quite extensive despite what many think.
Generally, if you help define a Rock genre, it would be expected that you would have a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio receive credit for being the top Rockabilly bands, but they received much of that credit long after they recorded.
Now that Dr. Dre (approrpriately) got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of N.W.A., the question we ask now is whether he should get in as a solo act.  Already making a more than strong case as a producer, Dr. Dre’s solo efforts and collaborations are amongst the most respected in the Hip-Hop world.  A…
It is virtually impossible to claim that the Woodstock concert was not the most important concert in the history of Rock and Roll. Many of those iconic artists have found their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, yet despite the acclaimed (yet somewhat forgotten) set that Ten Years After put on, they seem far away from the…
Many Singer/Songwriter types don’t have that Rock and Roll type of voice but that was not the case for Jeff Buckley as his voice was full of grit, soul and was a throwback to the classic rock era of the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Maybe, it was this aspect that helped him appeal so strongly to the Adult Alternative set…
On the surface, casual observers of the Pointer Sisters may view them as group who had a few catchy hits in the early 80’s. Scratch a little deeper and you find a group with longevity that was able to succeed in multiple styles.
Although they are virtually unknown outside their native Canada, it can be easily argued that the Tragically Hip were the definition of Canadian music.