In 1983, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was created in Cleveland, Ohio, to honor those in music. Every five to seven years, individuals or groups are inducted into the Rock Hall. According to the website, the reasons for including certain members are; “To recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll.” This year, in 2015, the performers that will be inducted are The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The “5” Royales, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and Bill Withers. These inductees were chosen from over 600 other artists and then voted upon. To be qualified for a spot at the Rock Hall, there are a few factors that need to be met. The person (or group) has to have been around for 25 years and “have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.”
The categories that artists are inducted into are Performers, the Ahmet Ertegun Award (which used to be the “Non Performer” class), Early Influences, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence, which is the highest achievement in the Rock Hall that one can attain. Every person that has been included in the ceremonies deserves to be in there; from Led Zeppelin in 1995, to the Swedish pop band, ABBA in 2010. Even the rap group Run D.M.C., that was inducted in 2009, created an enormous following by mixing the rap culture along with hard rock back in the 80s; creating an entirely different music genre.
All of these bands have demonstrated the rules needed to be included in the ceremonies, and some of them are still touring. Iron Maiden has influenced many bands throughout the years; and that should be enough to have them inducted in the ceremonies, but there are so many other reasons that they deserve to be there. But just like some deserve to be there, there are also great names that should be there, but aren’t. Here are 15 legends snubbed from the rock hall of fame.
As a band that has been around since 1967, Chicago started out huge, and is still touring to this day. When they first began recording as The Chicago Transit Authority, they had a trombone player, a trumpet player and someone who could even play the saxophone. It may sound like more of an orchestra than a rock band, but this group really knew what they were doing. Even Jimi Hendrix had strong opinions about this band when he was alive; once stating, “Jeez, your horn players are like one set of lungs and your guitar player is better than me.” The Chicago Transit Authority was soon threatened by the actual Chicago Transit Authority for legal action, so they shortened it to simply, Chicago. If a band that has been around for almost fifty years, sold 40 million records in the United States and has gone gold, platinum and multi-platinum, doesn’t it deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
If you’ve ever been at a wedding, most of the time you will hear the song, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and all of a sudden, the entire room will erupt with everyone joining in on the song. It is one of those ditties that, no matter what your age is, you most likely know the lyrics. Journey started out in 1973, but they were at their height of popularity in the 80s. Journey has gone through several different lead singers, but found their latest singer while watching YouTube videos, back in 2007. Arnel Pineda was singing Journey songs on YouTube and sounded eerily similar to their previous singer, Steve Perry. Journey is the 28th highest selling band of all-time; with almost 90 million records being sold.
13. Def Leppard
You can’t turn on a classic radio station nowadays, without hearing a Def Leppard song playing at least once or twice throughout the day. The band has been together since 1977, and during their highest peak in the 80s, their drummer ended up losing his arm in a car accident. This alone would make most people run to the hills and never even attempt to play drums, but not Rick Allen; he had a drum set made especially for him and went on to create amazing music with Def Leppard, for over thirty years. This band still tours with most of their original members, and have won numerous awards; including having one of their albums, Pyromania, being on the list of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was listed as number 384.
12. The Cars
Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr met in Columbus, Ohio, in the early 1970s, and a few years later, formed what would later be known as the rock group, The Cars. Throughout the 70s, the band evolved and they added more people, while creating the music that would permanently be stuck in our heads forever. Songs like “You’re Just What I Needed”, “Good Times Roll” and “My Best Friend’s Girl”, were all songs that once they were played, could get stuck in your head for hours. They were so popular, that all three songs made Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100. The Cars are no longer together, but an 80s party would certainly not be the same without a few of their songs on the playlist.
11. Cheap Trick
Formed in 1973, in Rockford, Illinois, Cheap Trick brought to the public some of the greatest tunes of all time. Illinois has even made a day especially for them, terming April first as “Cheap Trick Day.” Cheap Trick is still touring around the world with some of their best songs; such as “Tonight It’s You”, “I Want You to Want Me” and “Dream Police”. The Japanese has referred to Cheap Trick as “The American Beatles,” since the group had done so well when they had first toured the country back in the seventies. Dream Police was used in one of the Guitar Hero games, and VH1 listed them as number 25 in the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. They unquestionably deserve a place in the Hall of Fame.
10. Steve Miller Band
One of the greatest rock bands in history, Steve Miller Band (also known as Steve Miller), is currently touring with another band on this list, Journey. This is another band that has been around for almost fifty years. They have so many songs that most people don’t realize they know, but will start singing along as soon as they come on the radio. Some of their best ones are “Fly Like an Eagle”, “Abracadabra”, “The Joker”, “Space Cowboy”, “Jungle Love”, “Jet Airliner” and “Rock’n Me”. Some of those songs were on the top ten lists back in the day, and have been played in television shows and commercials. The Steve Miller Band has sold out concerts and their best hits album sold over 13 million copies. They also have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
9. Dire Straits
During the 1970s, Dire Straits had a song called “The Sultans of Swing”, that was highly popular during a time when disco was the main stream of music (although this group was far from disco). Dire Straits started becoming more popular when MTV came along, and the band was able to show the world how unbelievably talented they are by showcasing their talents in songs like, “Money For Nothing” and “Walk of Life”. They have won four Grammy Awards for their songs, and have sold over 100 million albums throughout the world. According to a CNN article, their album, Brothers in Arms, “sold over 30 million copies, and was the first album to sell a million copies on CD.” This fact alone should be enough to get this band into the Rock Hall.
8. The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers were inducted into a museum called The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation, in 2004; which is similar to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but is located in Sharon, Pennsylvania. The Vocal Group recognizes and appreciates talented artists who have shown their gifts through the media, and The Doobie Brothers were accomplished enough to be included. This band has been around since the early 1970s, and have many songs with much airtime; including “China Grove”, “Listen to the Music” and “Takin’ it to the Streets”. Their songs have won Grammys, so why shouldn’t they be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Electric Light Orchestra, or E.L.O., has released twelve albums since their conception in 1971. They have had over forty Top-40 hits, and have a unique sound. According to sources, “the band also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits, 20, of any group in US chart history, without ever having a number one single.” E.L.O. has many catchy rock/disco style tunes, and created the soundtrack for the movie, Xanadu. Even though the movie did not do so well, the soundtrack was incredible. Most people will hear their songs on the radio, but do not realize who it is. Some of their fantastic songs include, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, “Evil Woman”, and “Mr. Blue Sky”.
6. Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult originated as a band called Soft White Underbelly, in 1967, who started out playing in the same venues as Chuck Berry, The Band and Jerry Lee Lewis. They eventually added a different singer and changed their name to Blue Oyster Cult, creating a sound that was incredibly distinct than others during that time. The band is still around, and are still touring, and playing some favorites; including “Godzilla”, “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and a song that made the top 40, “Burnin’ For You”. Their songs have been recreated by many other bands; including Metallica, Evanescence, Goo Goo Dolls and Smashing Pumpkins.
5. Bon Jovi
If you were a teenager in the 1980s, you would have had to be living under a rock if you did not know who Jon Bon Jovi was. Almost every teen boy wanted to be just like him, and a lot of girls wanted to date him. With songs like “Living on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name”, their music went straight to the top of the charts during the big-hair decade. This band is still together (even though Richie Sambora is no longer a member), still touring, and continue to make new music. The lead singer (Jon) is not only the lead singer for one of the world’s best bands, but he is also a humanitarian. He owns a restaurant in New Jersey (where he grew up), and only charges the customers what they can afford to pay for the food. Having been formed in 1982, this band is more than qualified to be in the Rock Hall.
4. Duran Duran
The British invasion started in the 1960s, when the Beatles came to America and basically began the rock era. The second one arrived in the 80s, when Duran Duran arrived. This band was comprised of five very handsome men who had stylists and were the first band to have hired their own videographer to film their videos. Every one of the men in Duran Duran was a good looking man, a snazzy dresser and had abundant skills to match.
Simon LeBon is the lead singer, Nick Rhodes plays keyboards, and John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor are all in the band. The last three have the same last name, although none are related. They also have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, twenty-one of their singles have been in Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 list, and they have earned two Grammy Awards. Duran Duran formed in 1978 and are still touring, with all five members that originally started in the band.
3. Dolly Parton
Even though most of Dolly Parton’s music is considered country, there are already a few country stars that have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elvis Presley and Linda Ronstadt are both country music singers that have been in the museum for several years, and Dolly should definitely be a part of it, as well. She will be turning 69 years old this year, and has been recording her own music since the age of thirteen. Dolly is not only a singer who writes her own music; she also has written for many other artists, as well. “I Will Always Love You”, a song that had won awards when it was sung by Whitney Houston, was written by Dolly. She is also an actress, an author, she plays many instruments, and is also a humanitarian. There is even a place called Dollywood, that is dedicated completely to Dolly Parton. For someone who has been in the public eye (and has been referred to as one of the nicest people in Hollywood) and won many Grammy Awards, Dolly undeniably is worthy of a spot in the museum.
In the 1980s, there were four bands that were immensely popular and were considered “The Big Four;” they included Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. These were four heavy metal groups that were categorically popular during that era, and are still well-known now. Metallica was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2009, but Slayer, the band that had basically invented thrash metal, has not been inducted; even though they have been eligible for nine years. Slayer has won two Grammy Awards and were nominated for three others. They also won four other types of awards, including two Kerrang! Awards, a Metal Edge Readers’ Choice Award, and a Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award for Best Live Act, in 2004.
1. Iron Maiden
What do you get when your band has been around for four decades and you’re still touring, you’ve sold 85 million records around the world, you have a lead singer who sounds like an opera star and have released 37 albums throughout the course of your career? Well, you may get a mascot named “Eddie” to follow you around on tour and your own Boeing 757 jet, that your lead singer can fly. You also acquire a documentary made in 2009 that wins a few awards and you also may perform in front of over two million people at one show (in which you will gather a Brit Award that same year, for said performance). Even though you may have all those things, you won’t be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; which is what you truly deserve.
Iron Maiden was formed in 1975, and have performed throughout the world during the course of their career and are still touring. They may have gone through a few different lead singers, but Bruce Dickinson is the man who sounds like he came right out of the Metropolitan Opera House. He had left the band for a little while, but luckily for the fans, he soon returned, and remained with the group. Iron Maiden won the award for the Best British Act in 2009, a Grammy Award for “best metal performance” in 2011, and have appeared on numerous lists.