Top 10 Bands NOT In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (Part 1): Duran Duran, Iron Maiden, Journey, The Cure, The Replacements



Are you serious? Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden are easily one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all-time. Their snub is surprising since they’ve sold almost 100 million records.  VH1 named them the #24 all-time greatest rock band.   Their live shows are legendary.  What more did they need to do?


Can you think of early MTV without Duran Duran?   Adding visuals to their music changed the way rock bands approached the release of their new music. Duran Duran led  the way in creating artistic videos to enhance their New Wave rock songs.  They were the face of the 80’s British Invasion and their blend of synthesizer rock deserves the credit for their influence.


The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame has maintained a snooty attitude that if you were TOO popular and not a favorite of Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, then you weren’t worthy of induction. You can add Foreigner, Chicago, and Bon Jovi to the list of similar bands left out.


Like Duran Duran, INXS, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Kraftwerk, and the Human League, the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame hasn’t given these New Wave styled bands the due they deserve.   Robert Smith’s image, the creation of emo-alternative music set the music industry spinning with their innovations.   Give them the credit they deserve.


Alternative rock in the 80’s changed music forever. Hardcore bands like Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, X, The Buzzcocks, and Husker Du energized and molded a punk rock genre that led to arena filling bands like Green Day. Minneapolis’ band, The Replacements, created raw albums that spoke to a generation. Their snub needs to be rectified.

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  1. Mike, OMG!!! I know you have posted some pretty amazing blogs but this is in my opinion your BEST Blog ever… or best blog since you started MDJ. 😉 I read it three times and thought to myself “What inspired Mike to write this?” To hear you speak up in behalf of these bands is truly touching. You are 100% correct about these bands being left out of the Hall of Fame. What more do they need to do?? It is absolutely absurd!!!You know as I was reading this I can just see you talking to an audience about this topic or better yet, talking over the radio like a DJ so that people world wide can hear your voice. I can’t think of another person who has the love and passion that you have for music of all types. You always give different genre of music the benefit of the doubt before judging. When it comes to music you are my biggest inspiration and of course a great friend who will tell me like it is! lol 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    I can’t wait for Part 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!