Rolling Stone has a reader poll on what bands should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. The list of nominees has yet to be released, but after Rush finally got inducted this year a lot of people, me included, are hoping that some other long-overlooked acts will get put in. Here’s the top 10 from Rolling Stone readers:
10. Nirvana. It’s their first year eligible because their first album, Bleach, came out in 1989. I would think this is a first-ballot inductee.
9. Chicago. Huge in the 70s, non-existent after that. They’ve been eligible almost 20 years but never even got a nomination.
8. Gram Parsons. An original member of The Byrds, he wasn’t included in their induction into the hall. Honestly, don’t much much about him.
7. Warren Zevon. Yes. Yes, yes, yes. One of the all-time great songwriters.
6. Cheap Trick. Also a rather obvious yes. Should have been in years ago.
5. The Moody Blues. I hate this band with a passion. Still, they should probably be inducted.
4. Yes. And hell yes. Should have been in a long time ago. And if they invite everyone who’s played in the band at one time or another, they might need a bigger arena.
3. KISS. Again, not a band I like at all. But how the hell are they not in the hall of fame? You can’t tell the story of rock and roll without them.
2. The Smiths. Meh.
1. Deep Purple. Probably the single most obvious “how the hell are they not in the hall of fame” band. Should have been in 20 years ago, even if Ritchie Blackmore refuses to show up.
A few of my own that I’d add to the list: Pat Benatar, for crying out loud. Only the greatest female rock singer of all time, what’s taking so long? And Joan Jett. And now that Black Sabbath and Metallica got in, it’s time to start putting the great heavy metal bands in, starting with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest (and Motorhead too). And finally, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Please.