Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Predictions: Our Analysis of Artists on the Bubble

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The Rock Hall itself in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is fascinating to watch. Sometimes, the Hall’s selections make perfect sense, but at the same time, they often seem to ignore or overlook numerous worthy artists. The Dave Matthews Band, Mariah Carey, Weezer, the Eurythmics, Kate Bush, the Smiths, and Judas Priest are among the many acts who deserve serious consideration but haven’t yet been inducted.

Why haven’t your favorite bands been inducted yet into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Which bands will be next to earn induction? Let’s make some predictions.

“Will They Get Inducted?” Our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Predictions

Our “Will They Get Inducted?” column examines some of the acts who are vying for Rock Hall inclusion. One by one, we look at the pros and cons for each artist, and make an informed conclusion about whether the folks who run the Hall of Fame will someday induct them.

We’ve got in-depth analysis on the chances of several different artists earning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Click each one to read the case for each artist!

Remember as you read these percentages, the key word is eventually. Many of these artists might seem like longshots right now, but over time, we believe their candidacy will be given more serious consideration. If they get inducted 30 years from now, it still counts!

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Dave Matthews Band
Odds of getting inducted eventually: 100%
Read our complete analysis of DMB’s Rock Hall chances

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Pat Benatar

Odds of getting inducted eventually: 95%

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Rage Against the Machine
Odds of getting inducted eventually: 95%

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“Weird Al” Yankovic
Odds of getting inducted eventually: 90%
Read our complete analysis of Weird Al’s Rock Hall chances

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Mariah Carey

Odds of getting inducted eventually: 80%
Read our complete analysis of Mariah’s Rock Hall chances

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Eurythmics
Odds of getting inducted eventually: 80%

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Judas Priest

Odds of getting inducted eventually: 75%

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The B-52s
Odds of getting inducted eventually: 70%

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Bjork
Odds of getting inducted eventually: 70%

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Beck
Odds of getting inducted eventually: 65%

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Weezer

Odds of getting inducted eventually: 65%
Read our complete analysis of Weezer’s Rock Hall chances

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Snoop Dogg

Odds of getting inducted eventually: 60%

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Duran Duran

Odds of getting inducted eventually: 60%

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Kool & the Gang
Odds of getting inducted eventually: 55%

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Pet Shop Boys
Odds of getting inducted eventually: 50%

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Dionne Warwick

Odds of getting inducted eventually: 50%

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Blink-182

Odds of getting inducted eventually: 40%
Read our complete analysis of Blink-182’s Rock Hall chances

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Enya

Odds of getting inducted eventually: 35%

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Slipknot
Odds of getting inducted eventually: 20%

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Phish

Odds of getting inducted eventually: 15%

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INXS
Odds of getting inducted eventually: 15%

We have a large list of artists we’re planning on analyzing next, so stay tuned. Those on our future list include Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Styx, Barbra Streisand, No Doubt, Willie Nelson, Cher, Celine Dion, Sigur Ros, Sting, Oasis, Kate Bush, the Smiths, and Maroon 5.

Not all of these acts are Hall-worthy, of course. But we’ll examine their credentials objectively and consider whether the Hall might someday consider inducting them.

Recent Nominees for the Rock Hall

Who might get inducted soon? For that answer, it helps to look at who was recently nominated. The 2021 nominees were very different from the 2020 nominees. The Hall seems to be making a concerted effort to get more artists into the conversation, which can only be a good thing.

The 2021 Rock Hall Nominees
(selections in bold)

Mary J. Blige
Kate Bush
Devo
Foo Fighters
The Go-Go’s
Iron Maiden
Jay-Z
Chaka Khan
Carole King
Fela Kuti
LL Cool J
New York Dolls
Rage Against the Machine
Todd Rundgren
Tina Turner
Dionne Warwick

Who gets in? We predict: Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Tina Turner, New York Dolls

Update: We got 4 of our 5 picks correct. Carole King and Todd Rundgren were surprisingly selected, and the New York Dolls were not. And LL Cool J was selected in the “Musical Excellence” category.

The 2020 Rock Hall Nominees
(those in bold were inducted)

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Depeche Mode
Doobie Brothers
Whitney Houston

Judas Priest
Kraftwerk
Dave Matthews Band
MC5
Motörhead
Nine Inch Nails
Notorious B.I.G.
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Todd Rundgren
Soundgarden
T. Rex
Thin Lizzy

Notable Artists Who’ve Been Rock Hall Finalists, But Haven’t Been Inducted

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An early touring van of Rage Against the Machine on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Here are some of the most famous acts who have yet to earn Rock Hall enshrinement despite being nominated at least once before:

Bad Brains (2017)
Pat Benatar (2020)
Kate Bush (2018, 2021)
Dave Matthews Band (2020)
Devo (2019, 2021)
Eric B. & Rakim (2012)
Eurythmics (2018)
Jane’s Addiction (2017)
Judas Priest (2018, 2020)
Chaka Khan (2016, 2017, 2021)
New York Dolls (2001, 2021)
John Prine (2019)
Rage Against the Machine (2018, 2019, 2021)
The Smiths (2015, 2016)
Sting (2015)
Soundgarden (2020)
Conway Twitty (2005)

Other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Resources

The official Rock Hall website

The Who Cares About the Rock Hall? podcast – a great resource for discussion and more Rock and Roll Hall of Fame predictions

Photos of the exhibits inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum

Complete list of Rock Hall inductees (Wikipedia entry)

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