10. IRON MAIDEN
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?
9. DURAN DURAN
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.
7. THE CURE
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.
6. THE REPLACEMENTS
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.