200 Artists Worthy of Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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When I wrote about my predictions for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, someone’s Twitter conversation triggered my memory of one of my many blog projects. So, I spent the better part of last week searching through my idea journals to find my long aborted wish list of artists who have been snubbed over the years. Man, did I ever have a list!

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So, after much editing and updating and re-editing and re-updating, I think I am ready to release this whopper of a list upon an unsuspecting public. Please, allow me to reiterate a couple of things. First, I am not blessed with any musical talent; I cannot sing if my life depended on it or play a musical instrument. Sports and accumulating worthless knowledge are my canvases. Second, I am a huge fan of the many incarnations popular music has come in over the years and constantly am seeking to hear those important artists of the past, present and future. Third, for some reason I do not comprehend, if I read about it I retain it. That talent was useful in school and college but kind of gets you labeled as a nerd by your peers while growing up. Finally, I am not a rock music scholar. I have more holes in my historical perspective than a block of Swiss cheese (You do know that those holes are caused by the bacterium that spoils the milk into that Swiss. Basically, those holes are bacteria farts, but I digress.). So, all you people who have a better grasp on history, please do not snicker too hard at this list.

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With this list of 200 artists, I placed them in some order of who I believe is most deserving at the top, splitting metaphorical hairs between artists placed near each other while those much lower are the artists who I believe are less influential. Since I have trouble editing myself, I am giving you the whole whopping, nearly overwhelming list. Grant you, this is an act of futility, only to make me frustrated. Also, I did try to remove my own biases and preferences, but I am sorry, I still cannot stomach Jethro Tull for some reason and subsequently listed lower than most Hall Watchers would. I don’t know what it is about them either. This violent reaction of my internal organs and the outer layer of my epidermis happens whenever I hear any of their music outside of “Bungle in the Jungle” and “Aqualung.” So, please, don’t crucify me! Then again, the confident former coach still inside tells me that you all should just deal with it.

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Specifically, rock music has been both a visceral and ethereal influence upon me. Seemingly, unlike any form of music throughout history, rock has been able to couple a pulsating, aggressive sound that strikes through to your soul with a literary use of words to soothe your psyche. Whether it’s “Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom” or “The screen door slams, Mary’s dress waves, Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays” when coupled with their accompanying music, the listener is transported away from their world into an escape. Those two things go hand in hand. Mozart and Beethoven never really worried about lyrics, so their music was of their time yet not nearly as urgent and timeless simultaneously. Don’t get me wrong! Those “classical” composers created some of Earth’s greatest musical pieces. What I am saying is that rock’s lyrics are what makes the impact of this music as spiritual and intellectual with a major wallop to the groin so visceral.

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Enough of my philosophical ramblings! Let’s take a look at my 200 Artists Worthy of Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No explanations, just the names. So, let the slams begin.

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  1. Kraftwerk
  2. Carole King
  3. Mary Wells
  4. Todd Rundgren
  5. Cher
  6. Tina Turner
  7. Big Star
  8. The Runaways
  9. Gram Parsons
  10. Willie Nelson
  11. Dolly Parton
  12. The Doobie Brothers
  13. The Jam
  14. LL Cool J
  15. Iron Maiden
  16. The B-52’s
  17. Patsy Cline
  18. Judas Priest
  19. Joy Division/New Order
  20. Big Mama Thornton
  21. The Smiths
  22. Depeche Mode
  23. The Monkees
  24. Pat Benatar
  25. Cyndi Lauper
  26. The Notorious B.I.G.
  27. Nine Inch Nails
  28. Oasis
  29. Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio
  30. Afrika Bambaataa
  31. Eurythmics
  32. Duran Duran
  33. Link Wray
  34. The Carter Family
  35. Pixies
  36. Hüsker Dü
  37. Tommy James & the Shondells
  38. Eric B. & Rakim
  39. Love
  40. Carpenters
  41. Rufus & Chaka Khan
  42. Whitney Houston
  43. Chic
  44. Commodores
  45. Ozzy Osbourne
  46. The Spinners
  47. Mötorhead
  48. Björk
  49. Mötley Crüe
  50. Raspberries
  51. The J. Geils Band
  52. John Coltrane
  53. Outkast
  54. Rage Against the Machine
  55. MC5
  56. Devo
  57. The Replacements
  58. The Go-Go’s
  59. The Marvelettes
  60. Boston
  61. Jane’s Addiction
  62. Joe Cocker
  63. Kate Bush
  64. Smashing Pumpkins
  65. Buzzcocks
  66. King Crimson
  67. Sonic Youth
  68. A Tribe Called Quest
  69. Dionne Warwick
  70. Weezer
  71. Tool
  72. Little Feat
  73. Pet Shop Boys
  74. Chubby Checker
  75. The Pointer Sisters
  76. The Crystals
  77. Neil Sedaka
  78. The Shangri-La’s
  79. Dick Dale
  80. Ben E. King
  81. Paul Revere & the Raiders
  82. Los Lobos
  83. The Meters
  84. Beck
  85. Soundgarden
  86. Slayer
  87. T. Rex
  88. Sheryl Crow
  89. TLC
  90. War
  91. De La Soul
  92. Warren Zevon
  93. Joe Tex
  94. Salt-N-Pepa
  95. Dead Kennedys
  96. New York Dolls
  97. Sinead O’Connor
  98. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  99. Dre
  100. Peter Tosh
  101. Merle Haggard
  102. Black Flag
  103. Suzi Quatro
  104. Wu-Tang Clan
  105. Kurtis Blow
  106. Ice-T
  107. Diana Ross
  108. Ice Cube
  109. Queen Latifah
  110. Glen Campbell
  111. Sonny & Cher
  112. Emmylou Harris
  113. Don Henley
  114. Tracy Chapman
  115. Kool & the Gang
  116. Blue Öyster Cult
  117. “Weird Al” Yankovic
  118. Styx
  119. Thin Lizzy
  120. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  121. INXS
  122. Hole
  123. Liz Phair
  124. Jethro Tull
  125. Anthrax
  126. The Specials
  127. Television
  128. Gil Scott-Heron
  129. Sade
  130. The Clovers
  131. Brian Eno
  132. Phish
  133. George Michael
  134. The Bangles
  135. The Flying Burrito Brothers
  136. Barry White
  137. XTC
  138. X
  139. The Time
  140. Harry Nilsson
  141. Steve Winwood
  142. Bad Company
  143. Jan & Dean
  144. Mott the Hoople
  145. Toots & the Maytals
  146. Alice in Chains
  147. John Prine
  148. Bad Brains
  149. The Guess Who
  150. The Sugarhill Gang
  151. Patty Labelle/Labelle
  152. Rufus Thomas/Carla Thomas
  153. Lionel Richie
  154. Phil Collins
  155. Luther Vandross
  156. Rick James
  157. Peter Frampton
  158. Squeeze
  159. Stray Cats
  160. Tears for Fears
  161. Faith No More
  162. Madness
  163. The Black Crowes
  164. Jimmy Buffett
  165. Peter, Paul & Mary
  166. Grand Funk Railroad
  167. Captain Beefhart
  168. John Hiatt
  169. Mariah Carey
  170. Joe Jackson
  171. The Ohio Players
  172. Procol Harum
  173. Slade
  174. Badfinger
  175. Jesus & Mary Chain
  176. Can
  177. Foreigner
  178. Herbie Hancock
  179. Blood, Sweat & Tears
  180. Mary J. Blige
  181. Kansas
  182. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
  183. Minutemen
  184. Teena Marie
  185. The Damned
  186. The 5th Dimension
  187. Boz Scaggs
  188. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
  189. Waylon Jennings
  190. Fugees
  191. Violent Femmes
  192. Misfits
  193. Cameo
  194. Arrested Development
  195. The Sweet
  196. Supertramp
  197. Three Dog Night
  198. Wynonnie Harris
  199. Carly Simon
  200. Meat Loaf