30. Lita Ford

Eligible since 2008

Why she should be in the Rock Hall :

Dubbed “The First Lady of Rock Guitar” and one of most influential women in rock & roll.

She was the lead guitarist for the all-female rock band the Runaways in the late 1970s, before embarking on a successful glam metal solo career that hit its peak in the late 1980s. Very successful solo career plus being in the Runways is worthy of Rock Hall consideration.

29. Sammy Hagar

Eligible since 2001

Why he should be in the Rock Hall :

Known as the “The Red Rocker”, Sammy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 as a member of Van Halen.

Very successful solo career plus being in Van Halen and Montrose clearly helps his chances of getting into the Rock Hall.

28. Suicidal Tendencies

Eligible since 2008

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

Suicidal Tendencies have released fourteen studio albums (four of which are composed of re-recorded or previously released material), two EPs, four split albums, four compilation albums, and two long-form videos.

The band is known as one of “the godfathers” of the genre crossover thrash.

27. Fates Warning

Eligible since 2009

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band has been referred to as one of the “Big Three” of the progressive metal genre, creating and popularizing the style along with Queensrÿche and Dream Theater. Their early work, influenced by the new wave of British heavy metal , is also important in the development of American Power Metal.

26. Uriah Heep

Eligible since 1995

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band were part of the early 1970s rock scene, and have been referred to as pioneers of the hard rock, heavy metal and progressive rock genres.

Uriah Heep’s distinctive features have always included a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal harmonies and (in the early years) David Bryon’s quasi-operatic vocals.

The band has sold over 40 million albums worldwide with over four million sales in the U.S.A.

25. Poison

Eligible since 2011

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band achieved commercial success in the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s and has sold 15 million records in the United States and over 50 million albums worldwide.

24. King Crimson

Eligible since 1994

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

King Crimson have frequently been cited as pioneers of progressive metal.

They exerted a strong influence on the early 1970s progressive rock movement, including on contemporaries such as Yes and Genesis, and continue to inspire subsequent generations of artists across multiple genres.

23. Rage Against the Machine

Eligible since 2017

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band had a large influence on the nu metal genre which came to prominence during the late 1990s and early 2000s. They were also ranked number 33 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. As of 2010, they have sold over 16 million records worldwide.

The band was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility in 2017, then again in 2018, 2019, and 2021, though the bids failed. They have been again nominated in 2022.

Could this be the year they finally get in?

22. UFO

Eligible since 1995

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

They are considered one of the greatest classic hard rock acts, and often cited as one of the key influences on the 1980s and 1990s hard rock and heavy metal scenes.

Over a career spanning 54 years, UFO have released 22 studio albums, 14 live recordings, and 16 compilation albums.

21. Thin Lizzy

Eligible since 1996

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

They are a major inspiration for modern heavy metal bands such as Metallica, Alice in Chains, Mastodon and Testament.

The singles “Whiskey in the Jar” (a traditional Irish ballad), “The Boys Are Back in Town” and “Waiting for an Alibi” were international hits.

20. Dream Theater

Eligible since 2014

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band has been referred to as one of the “big three” of the progressive metal genre, responsible for its development and popularization.

As of 2018, Dream Theater has sold over 12 million records worldwide and has received three Grammy Award nominations (including one win in 2022).

19. Dokken

Eligible since 2006

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band had several hit singles which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, such as “Alone Again”, “In My Dreams”, and “Burning Like a Flame”, and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.

18. Faith No More

Eligible since 2010

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band is credited for inventing the alternative metal genre which began in the 1980s and that fuses metal with other genres, including alternative rock.

17. Soundgarden

Eligible since 2013

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band achieved its biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles “Spoonman” and “Black Hole Sun”.

As of 2019, Soundgarden had sold more than 14 million records in the United States, and an estimated 30 million worldwide.

16. Alice in Chains

Eligible since 2015

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band have sold over 30 million records worldwide, and over 14 million records in the US alone. The band has had 18 Top 10 songs on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, 5 No. 1 hits, and received 11 Grammy Award nominations.

15. Anthrax

Eligible since 2009

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

Four of the band’s studio albums have achieved gold certifications by the RIAA, including their third full-length record Among the Living (1987), which cemented Anthrax’s reputation as one of the most successful thrash metal bands.

The band has been credited for laying the groundwork for rap metal and nu metal. They have sold over 10 million records worldwide.

14. Queensrÿche

Eligible since 2009

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

Queensrÿche has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including over 6 million albums in the United States. They are considered one of the leaders of the progressive metal scene of the mid-to-late 1980s, and often referred to as one of the “Big Three” of the genre.

The band received worldwide acclaim after the release of their 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime, which is often considered one of the greatest heavy metal concept albums of all time.

13. Dio

Eligible since 2008

Why he should be in the Rock Hall :

Legendary singer Ronnie James Dio and his band were instrumental in laying the foundation for future metal acts.

The band released ten studio albums and have sold over 20 million albums worldwide.

12. RATT

Eligible since 2009

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

Ratt has been recognized as instrumental in the formation of the early 1980s Los Angeles glam metal scene, also known as “hair metal” or “pop metal”.

The band has sold an estimated 10 million records in the U.S., while worldwide album sales are approximated at over 18 million.

11. Slayer

Eligible since 2008

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

Slayer released twelve studio albums, three live albums,Four of the band’s studio albums have received gold certification in the United States. Slayer sold 5 million copies in the United States from 1991 to 2013, and over 20 million worldwide.

The band has received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one in 2007 for the song “Eyes of the Insane” and one in 2008 for the song “Final Six”, both of which were from the album Christ Illusion (2006).

The band’s music has been highly influential, often being cited by many bands as an influence musically, visually and lyrically; the band’s third album, Reign in Blood (1986), has been described as one of the heaviest and most influential thrash metal albums.

10. Pantera

Eligible since 2008

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band is regarded as one of the most successful and influential bands in heavy metal history, having sold around 20 million records worldwide and having received four Grammy nominations.

They are often considered the pioneers of groove metal.

The band also has been influential to the development of nu metal, metalcore, and several other movements. They have been called one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.

9. Quiet Riot

Eligible since 2008

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

Formed in 1973 by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni, Quiet Riot became one of the more successful hard rock acts in Los Angeles in the mid-to-late 1970s.

The group’s landmark single “Cum On Feel the Noize” was released on August 27, 1983. A cover of a 1973 song by Slade, the single spent two weeks at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1983 and made history as the first heavy metal song to ever crack the Hot 100.

The success of the single was instrumental in ushering in a new era of unparalleled success for heavy metal music in the 1980s and helped carry the album Metal Health to the top of Billboard album chart, making it the first American heavy metal debut album ever to reach No. 1 in the United States. On November 26, 1983 Quiet Riot became the first heavy metal band to have a top 5 hit and No. 1 album in the same week

The album Metal Health has sold over six million copies in the US.

8. Ozzy Osbourne

Eligible since 2005

Why he should be in the Rock Hall :

Osbourne has had a successful solo career, releasing 12 studio albums, the first seven of which received multi-platinum certifications in the US.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Black Sabbath and into the UK Music Hall of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of the band.

Osbourne has received several awards for his contributions to the music community. In 1994, he was awarded a Grammy Award for the track “I Don’t Want to Change the World” from Live & Loud forBest Metal Performance of 1994.

7. Twisted Sister

Eligible since 2007

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

Twisted Sister’s legacy includes sales of more than 12 million records (35 gold and platinum awards from 8 countries) and their electrifying stage show has made them one of the most successful rock festival attractions in history.

Despite the disdain that thrash metal musicians and fans in the 1980s had towards glam metal, Twisted Sister bridged the gap and could appeal to both thrash metal and glam metal fans, with thrash metal band Metallica even opening for Twisted Sister in the 1980s, despite Metallica’s disdain for glam metal music at the time. Thrash metal bands Anthrax and Overkill had covered Twisted Sister songs.

6. Megadeth

Eligible since 2010

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

Megadeth has sold 38 million records worldwide, earned platinum certification in the United States for six of its fifteen studio albums, and received twelve Grammy nominations. Megadeth won its first Grammy Award in 2017 for the song “Dystopia” in the Best Metal Performance category.

Known for their technically complex guitar work and musicianship, Megadeth is one of the “big four” of American thrash metal along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, responsible for the genre’s development and popularization.

5. Mötley Crüe

Eligible since 2006

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band has been known for their elaborate live performances, which feature flame thrower guitars, roller coaster drum kits, and heavy use of pyrotechnics (including lighting Sixx on fire).

The band has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They have also achieved seven platinum or multi-platinum certifications, nine Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart (including 1989’s Dr. Feelgood, which is Mötley Crüe’s only album to reach number one).

4. Scorpions

Eligible since 1997

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The Scorpions are one of the best-selling bands in the history of music, according to various sources, the band’s sales are about 100 million worldwide, of which 10.5 million are certified in the United States. All their editions with issued sales certificates have repeatedly reached gold and platinum status in various countries around the world.

Rolling Stone describes Scorpions as the “heroes of heavy metal”, and MTV called them “Ambassadors of Rock”. They have received prestigious awards such as three World Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Rock wall, and a presence in the permanent exhibition of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

3. Motörhead

Eligible since 2008

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band are often considered a precursor to the new wave of British heavy metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Most often classified as heavy metal, Motörhead has been credited with being part of and influencing numerous musical scenes, thrash metal and speed metal especially.

As of 2016, they have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

2. Iron Maiden

Eligible since 2005

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

The band’s discography has grown to 41 albums, including 17 studio albums, 13 live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations. They have also released 47 singles and 20 video albums.

As pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal movement, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of UK and US platinum and gold albums, including 1980’s debut album, 1981’s Killers, 1982’s The Number of the Beast, 1983’s Piece of Mind, 1984’s Powerslave, 1985’s live release Live After Death, 1986’s Somewhere , 1988’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1990’s No Prayer for the Dying, and 1992’s Fear of the Dark.

The Number of the Beast is among the most popular heavy metal albums of all time, having sold almost 20 million copies worldwide.

1. Judas Priest

Eligible since 1999

Why they should be in the Rock Hall :

They have sold over 50 million copies of their albums, and are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time.

Judas Priest have influenced a great deal of metal music since the late 1970s. They were ranked by MTV as the second “Greatest Metal Band” of all time (after Black Sabbath).

Many metal bands have named themselves after classic era Judas Priest songs and albums, including Sinner, Exciter, Rage, Running Wild, Steeler and Tyrant.

Judas Priest were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2018 and 2020. The third and latest nomination is 2022.

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