Rundgren Snubbed by the Hall, Yet My Christmas Countdown Continues

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Todd Rundgren was snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

I really thought the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would have made their Class of 2019 yesterday, but NOOOO! No, they made it today, when, of course, I’m having a high pain day and did not check my news app. And, then, my older son comes through with a text message to take a look at the names of those being inducted. Immediately, I noticed that the RRHOF was NOT inducting Todd Rundgren! Are you kidding me? The man hit a commercial peak in the early 70s, though he has followed his muse into a rich cult artist status as he traveled through blue-eyed soul and power pop into prog rock and arena rock. Additionally, the man engineered The Band’s Stage Fright, which helped him move into production work with the likes of Meat Loaf (Bat Out of Hell), Cheap Trick (Next Position Please), Grand Funk (“We’re an American Band” & “The Locomotion”), the New York Dolls (their debut), XTC (their classic Skylarking LP), among many others.

12.13 RRHOF Class of 2019
Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty), Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Stevie Nicks got in the RRHOF, and so did The Cure, Def Leppard, Roxy Music & The Zombies

Still, this class has seven members: The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies. Overall, it’s a good class, and I’m especially excited by Roxy Music and The Cure and Janet Jackson. While, I am perplexed by Stevie Nicks being inducted as a solo artist, who has all ready been inducted as a member of Fleetwood Mac with whom she has arguably at her most artistic. Sure, she finished second in the Fan Voting behind Def Leppard, but Todd Rundgren finished third yet was left off the induction list. But, that, honestly, is my one complaint about this class. Anyway, with Roxy finally getting in, maybe my son will be right and Roxy Music will reform with original lead singer Bryan Ferry and “noise manipulator” and über producer Brian Eno. Now, that would be a great tour! I’m excited by The Cure, one of my favorites from my twenties, Janet Jackson and The Zombies. And, I will not bitch about Radiohead, even though they are not my cup of tea.


So, I am NOT going to let Rundgren’s SNUB ruin my Christmas countdown, though it will be difficult. Now, we are in the my Top 40 of modern Christmas songs. And, no, Todd Rundgren, who does NOT have a Christmas song, is NOT on my list today! So, let’s get this countdown rolling!

12.13 40.Band of Merrymakers

40. Band of Merrymakers – “A Very Merry Medley” [2016]

12.13 39.Eagles

39. Eagles – “Please Come Home for Christmas” [1978]

12.13 38.Kenny Loggins

38. Kenny Loggins – “Celebrate Me Home” [1977]

12.13 37.Bryan Adams

37. Bryan Adams – “Run Rudolph Run” [1987]

12.13 36.Darlene Love

36. Darlene Love – “A Marshmallow World” [1963]

12.13 35. John Mellencamp

35. John Cougar Mellencamp – “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” [1987]

12.13 34.CeeLo

34. CeeLo Green ft. The Muppets – “All I Need Is Love” [2012]

12.13 33.Dan Fogelberg

33. Dan Fogelberg – “Same Old Lang Syne” [1980]

12.13 32.Vince Vance

32. Vince Vance & the Valiants – “All I Want for Christmas Is You” [1989]

12.13 31.Billy Squier

31. Billy Squier – “Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You” [1982]

12.13 30.Whitney Houston

30. Whitney Houston – “Do You Hear What I Hear?” [1987]

12.13 29.Weezer

29. Weezer – “Christmas Celebration” [2000]

12.13 28.Queen

28. Queen – “Thank God It’s Christmas” [1984]

12.13 27.U2

27. U2 – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” [1987]

12.13 26.The Ronettes

26. The Ronettes – “Sleigh Ride” [1963]

12.13 25.The Band

25. The Band – “Must Be Christmas Tonight” [1977]

12.13 24.The Kinks

24. The Kinks – “Father Christmas” [1977]

12.13 23.Pretenders

23. The Pretenders – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” [1987]

12.13 22.Fitz & the Tantrums

22. Fitz & the Tantrums – “Santa Stole My Lady” [2010]

12.13 21.Darlene Love

21. Darlene Love – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” [1963]

And, there you go! Tomorrow, we will finish this whole countdown. Hopefully, your favorite song has not been listed. And, hopefully, your favorite Christmas song will NOT be snubbed like Todd Rundgren was by the RRHOF. That would be criminal.

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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