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Bands That Should Be Nominated For the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Part I

These bands/artists deserve nomination & induction to the rock hall and here's why.

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Well, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame released their Class of 2018 inductees. While, the inductees, consisting of Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Cars, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Early Influence Sister Rosetta Tharpe, are all wonderful inductees, there are many bands and artists that were not even nominated this year and ones that were that were snubbed that all deserve induction into the hall. Here are some bands/artists that are eligible to be inducted yet weren't nominated this year and some were but ultimately weren't chosen to be nominated. Please note, bands/artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their debut album.

2. Soundgarden

When the nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018 were coming up, I thought Soundgarden was guaranteed to be nominated, not just because of their amazing sound, but also as a tribute to lead singer, Chris Cornell, who died in May of this year. So, when they weren't nominated, I was just shocked. This amazing band released so many hits and were one of the pioneers of the Grunge movement that basically made what alternative rock is today. Soundgarden, with songs like "Black Hole Sun," "Burden in my Hand," and "Outshined" making them incredibly well known and inspiring many other bands, whether they came before or after them. For instance, Soundgarden's sound inspired the opening riff to "Enter Sandman" by Hall of Fame inductees, Metallica. Other bands such as the Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, Korn and Queens of the Stone Age heard Soundgarden's sound and inspired some of their songs. Also, what better way to honor Chris's legacy than to induct his band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The band not only used Grunge but they mixed many genres of rock and metal to make their sound so unique and so amazing to hear. If they don't get inducted, it will be a true crime against music.

3. Slade

Slade, they are a very unbelievably entertaining band with tons of hits that inspired many future bands. They created songs such as "Cum on Feel the Noize," "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" and "Run Runaway." From Noddy Holder's powerful vocals as well as he and bassist Jim Lea's amazing co-writing skills of the majority of their songs, to Dave Hill's theatrics with his costumes and guitar mastery to Don Powell's drumming, Slade is a force to be reckoned with. It's a legendary band that still goes on today with Dave & Don and two newer members. This band has inspired countless bands that became legends such as Nirvana, the Ramones, Sex Pistols, KISS, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Def Leppard, The Clash, Cheap Trick and Queen. Most of those bands are inductees already, that should tell you how powerful Slade is as a band. They are so good that their most famous song, "Cum on Feel the Noize" actually entered number one in its first week, which was an achievement that was last made by The Beatles song, "Get Back". The fact that this band is NOT in the hall of fame yet is completely shocking. The music world cannot be truly right unless bands like Slade that have influenced so many later bands are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

4. Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy is another band that I would put in the legends that inspired later bands category. From their beginnings in 1969 all the way to still performing today, with a few break ups in the middle, Thin Lizzy has released big hits such as "Boys Are Back In Town," "Whiskey In The Jar" and "Jailbreak" as well as countless others that have inspired bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Metallica, Alice in Chains and Megadeth. They are known as one of the pioneering bands of using two lead guitarists rather than just one, a method that has been used by many future hard rock and metal acts. Their songs are so popular that many of them have been covered by future bands as well, showing their true influence. This band became a well known name in the rock community and continues to rock audiences around the world, they definitely deserve induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. 

5. Judas Priest

Judas Priest, one of the biggest heavy metal acts ever. Even the hall clearly sees them as worthy, with their nomination for the Class of 2018, although they ended up not being inducted which is a shame. They have sold over 50 million albums to date, started the fashion for metal fans and acts everywhere, they are even referred to as "Metal Gods" based on their song of the same name. For so long, they have been reigning, releasing albums and have influenced many acts that came after them, like Slayer, Van Halen, Metallica and Slipknot. From the operatic vocals of Rob Halford to the double guitar power metal sounds of Glenn Tipton and KK Downing, this is a band that has earned their way to the top of the metal genre and deserves induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the fans know that, the Hall knows that, other bands know it and I bet even they know it themselves.

6. Mötley Crüe

Now with Mötley Crüe, I can talk all day about these guys. I share a special connection with them since they are the first band I ever saw live in concert, I ate at lead singer, Vince Neil's restaurant in Las Vegas and they are just one of my favorite bands of all time. But, this isn't about me, it's about Mötley Crüe and why they deserve induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From 1981 to 2015, they rocked the world with hits like "Live Wire," "Shout at the Devil," "Home Sweet Home," "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Kickstart My Heart"(shown above) and "Saints of Los Angeles" as well as countless other songs that are now classics in the world of rock and metal. There's not a single person who doesn't know at least one of their songs. They are such a famous band, they are even getting their own movie that just entered pre-production. Not many bands/artists get their own movie unless they deserve it, and Mötley Crüe, they deserve it. The fact that they are not already in the hall is honestly a huge shame. MTV and VH1 both refer to Mötley Crüe as one of the Top 10 Metal bands of all time and other bands that have been inspired by them such as Poison, Cinderella, and Skid Row would certainly agree. Each member did their part to help make the band one of the biggest bands in the world. Tommy Lee, with his amazing drumming skills and his exciting persona both in and out of the band helped the band not only musically but publically. Nikki Sixx, his incredible skills at the bass and songwriting, helped form many songs that are now staples of rock. Mick Mars, his guitar playing skills are now known as legendary and made him one of the most underrated yet greatest guitarists to date. And last but definitely not least, Vince Neil. His vocals are what many would call perfect, and I definitely agree. The guy's voice is amazing and it makes him one of the greatest front men that rock has to offer. This band has done so much throughout their career, they wrote amazing songs, broke up, made up, toured, caused chaos all around the world and finally said goodbye after their last show on December 31, 2015. Talk about an amazing New Year's. If this band is not inducted, it will be a true tragedy. I love this band so much that I wrote more for them than I have for all the other bands.

End Of Part I

Motley Crue's Final Show

And that is the end... of Part I. Since I've written quite a lot on this article, I've decide to end it and make another one later. But, here are Six Bands that should be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and soon I will release other bands as well as solo artists that I believe deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Thanks for reading and I hope you've learned a bit from reading this.

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