Monday, October 9, 2017

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Ranked

With every year’s announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, there are two guarantees – there will be a slew of complaints about who hasn’t been inducted and who has been inducted who shouldn’t have been. This challenged me to come up with an objective rating of the inductees to determine just who has earned it most and who hasn’t. These rankings consolidate multiple best-artists-of-all-time lists along with sales figures, chart statistics, and other awards and honors. In the event of ties, earliest inductees are listed first. Here are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees (through the class of 2017) ranked.

1. Elvis Presley
2. The Beatles
3. Michael Jackson
4. Stevie Wonder
5. Elton John
6. The Rolling Stones
7. Ray Charles
8. Prince
9. Aretha Franklin
10. James Brown

11. Bob Dylan
12. Paul McCartney
13. Bruce Springsteen
14. Marvin Gaye
15. Led Zeppelin
16. The Beach Boys
17. David Bowie
18. Billy Joel
19. Madonna
20. Eric Clapton

21. Nat “King” Cole
22. Jimi Hendrix
23. Queen
24. Johnny Cash
25. Rod Stewart
26. The Bee Gees
27. Louis Armstrong
28. Pink Floyd
29. Fleetwood Mac
30. U2

31. The Who
32. Eagles
33. Fats Domino
34. Bob Marley
35. John Lennon
36. Neil Young
37. Chuck Berry
38. Sam Cooke
39. The Supremes
40. Billie Holiday

41. Roy Orbison
42. The Temptations
43. Neil Diamond
44. The Doors
45. Chicago
46. Aerosmith
47. Four Tops
48. Little Richard
49. Smokey Robinson
50. Simon & Garfunkel

51. R.E.M.
52. The Jackson 5
53. AC/DC
54. B.B. King
55. The Everly Brothers
56. Earth, Wind & Fire
57. Santana
58. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
59. Hank Williams
60. Gladys Knight & the Pips

61. The Kinks
62. Genesis
63. The Police
64. Nirvana
65. Otis Redding
66. Miles Davis
67. Tina Turner
68. Buddy Holly
69. Paul Simon
70. Al Green

71. Creedence Clearwater Revival
72. Elvis Costello
73. Van Morrison
74. Van Halen
75. Black Sabbath
76. Linda Ronstadt
77. The Clash
78. Kiss
79. Muddy Waters
80. Pearl Jam

81. Brenda Lee
82. Janis Joplin
83. Metallica
84. Carole King
85. The Isley Brothers
86. Velvet Underground
87. James Taylor
88. The Miracles
89. Sly & the Family Stone
90. Cream

91. Grateful Dead
92. Donna Summer
93. Journey 94. Robert Johnson
95. Joni Mitchell
96. Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship
97. Frank Zappa
98. Daryl Hall & John Oates
99. The Drifters
100. Ramones

101. The Band
102. Lynyrd Skynyrd
103. The Byrds
104. Crosby, Stills & Nash
105. Ricky Nelson
106. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
107. Rush
108. Louis Jordan
109. Etta James
110. Sex Pistols

111. Bob Seger
112. The Allman Brothers Band
113. Guns N’ Roses
114. Deep Purple
115. Bessie Smith
116. The Four Seasons
117. Jerry Lee Lewis
118. Curtis Mayfield
119. Yes
120. George Harrison

121. Electric Light Orchestra
122. Jackie Wilson
123. Abba
124. Tupac Shakur
125. Blondie
126. ZZ Top
127. Bobby Darin
128. Steely Dan
129. John Lee Hooker
130. Parliament/Funkadelic

131. The Platters
132. Herb Alpert
133. Les Paul
134. Dinah Washington
135. Beastie Boys
136. Peter Gabriel
137. The Impressions
138. Quincy Jones
139. Bobby “Blue” Bland
140. Red Hot Chili Peppers

141. Wilson Pickett
142. Talking Heads
143. Heart
144. Green Day
145. Berry Gordy Jr.
146. Jimmie Rodgers
147. Lou Reed
148. Steve Miller
149. Buddy Guy
150. Pretenders

151. Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Eddie Holland
152. Phil Spector
153. Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton
154. Leadbelly
155. Alice Cooper
156. Howlin’ Wolf
157. Tom Waits
158. Cat Stevens
159. Ringo Starr
160. The Ink Spots

161. Dion
162. Bo Diddley
163. Ruth Brown
164. Public Enemy
165. Woody Guthrie
166. Traffic
167. John Mellencamp
168. The O’Jays
169. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
170. Chet Atkins

171. Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff
172. Bonnie Raitt
173. Patti Smith
174. Bill Monroe
175. Bob Wills
176. The Hollies
177. Run-D.M.C.
178. The Stooges
179. T-Bone Walker
180. The (Young) Rascals

181. Jackson Browne
182. Isaac Hayes
183. Bill Haley & the Comets
184. Dave Clark Five
185. Dusty Springfield
186. The Animals
187. Sam Phillips
188. Duane Eddy
189. Ma Rainey
190. The Dells

191. Charlie Christian
192. Albert King
193. Donovan
194. Jerry Wexler
195. Big Joe Turner
196. Pete Seeger
197. Freddy King
198. The Mamas & the Papas
199. George Martin
200. Wilie Dixon

201. The Righteous Brothers
202. The Shirelles
203. Cheap Trick
204. Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
205. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
206. Dave Bartholomew
207. N.W.A.
208. Elmore James
209. Leonard Cohen
210. The Coasters

211. The Yardbirds
212. Booker T. & the MGs
213. Clive Davis
214. Mahalia Jackson
215. Doc Pomus
216. Jimmy Reed
217. Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
218. John H. Hammond
219. Bobby Womack
220. Charles Brown

221. Ike Turner
222. Ahmet Ertegun
223. Gerry Goffin
224. Bill Withers
225. Little Anthony & the Imperials
226. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
227. Clyde McPhatter
228. Randy Newman
229. Gene Pitney
230. Tom Dowd

231. Solomon Burke
232. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
233. Joan Jett
234. Professor Longhair
235. Jeff Beck
236. The Staple Singers
237. Little Walter
238. Leonard Chess
239. Gene Vincent
240. Lovin’ Spoonful

241. The Ventures
242. Joan Baez
243. The Faces
244. Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich
245. Mort Shuman
246. Eddie Cochran
247. Otis Blackwell
248. Allen Toussaint
249. Buffalo Springfield
250. Dick Clark

251. Alan Freed
252. Chis Blackwell
253. Lloyd Price
254. Del Shannon
255. James Jamerson
256. Bill Black
257. LaVern Baker
258. Glyn Johns
259. Little Willie John
260. The Moonglows

261. Sam & Dave
262. The Flamingos
263. Carl Perkins
264. Andrew Loog Oldham
265. Ritchie Valens
266. Floyd Cramer
267. Brian Epstein
268. Nesuhi Ertegun
269. Jac Holzman
270. Jerry Moss

271. Bill Graham
272. Milt Gabler
273. Art Rupe
274. Wanda Jackson
275. Earl Palmer
276. Nile Rodgers
277. The Ronettes
278. The Orioles
279. Lou Adler
280. Scotty Moore

281. James Burton
282. Percy Sledge
283. Johnny Otis
284. Leon Russell
285. Johnnie Johnson
286. Cosimo Matassa
287. Dr. John
288. David Geffen
289. Don Kirshner
290. Jim Stewart

291. Mo Ostin
292. The Small Faces
293. Seymour Stein
294. Syd Nathan
295. The Soul Stirrers
296. Hal Blaine
297. Darlene Love
298. DJ Fontana
299. Ralph Bass
300. King Curtis

301. Steve Douglas
302. Bennie Benjamin
303. Spooner Oldham
304. Jesse Stone
305. The E Street Band
306. Paul Butterfield
307. Leo Fender
308. Paul Ackerman
309. Jimmy Yancey
310. Tom Donahue

311. Jann Wenner
312. Frank Barsalona
313. Jimmy Cliff
314. Laura Nyro
315. The Five Royales
316. Bert Berns


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