The official class of 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees has been announced. Once again, the biggest controversy was the list of artists snubbed this year: Sting, Nine Inch Nails, Chic, N.W.A., and The Smiths highlight the “better luck next year” list. The HOF committee did lock in on eight artists who will join the illustrious club, let’s countdown those who made the grade.
#8 The 5 Royales What’s your favorite song by the 5 Royales? Wait, you’ve never heard of them either?? They’re a vintage R&B group from the early 50’s best known for their songs “Dedicated To The One I Love” and “Think” (James Brown’s version not Aretha’s)
#7 The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Paul was inducted in 2006, now his band makes the cut. They brought Chicago blues and the love of the harmonica to the mainstream with their appearances at Woodstock and Monterey Pop.
#6 Ringo Starr The last of Fab Four to make the Hall of Fame as a solo artist. There is no question that The Beatles belong in the Hall, but has Ringo’s solo career warranted this honor? Guess Sting, Nine Inch Nails, and N.W.A. haven’t made records as amazing as “No No No I Don’t Smoke It No More”
#5 Bill Withers “Lean On Me”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Lovely Day”, and “Just The Two Of Us” are just four of his incredible soul classics that get butchered every year on “The Voice”, “American Idol”, and “The X Factor”.
#4 Lou Reed One year after his death, Lou is inducted in the Hall for his solo career. If we remove Lou’s work with the Velvet Underground (previously inducted), you still have an archive of such influential albums like Berlin (’73), Transformer (’72), and New York (1989)
#3 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Stevie helped bring guitar-driven blues rock back to the forefront. Another superstar that left us far too soon, Vaughan’s ranked as #12 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the greatest guitarists of all-time.
#2 Green Day Haters will claim Green Day “isn’t true punk music”, but if weren’t for this East Bay California trio bringing punk to the mainstream, many music fans would have never been exposed to bands like Bad Brains, Suicidal Tendencies, and The Rollins Band. Green Day’s music was synonymous with the 90’s pop punk sound and opened the doors to a huge market of bands to follow including Blink 182, Sublime, The Offspring, New Found Glory, and Paramore.
#1 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Joan Jett gave us proof that girls could rock just as hard as the boys. From her days with The Runaways to “I Love Rock and Roll”, “Bad Reputation”, to her open stance on female empowerment, vegetarianism, and sexuality, Joan Jett is the “Godmother of Punk” and the “Original Riot Grrrl”. Ask any female rocker who influenced their sound or style, Joan Jett’s name is guaranteed to be mentioned in the conversation!