Fan voting continues for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The leaderboard shows what’s wrong with this whole thing.

If you care about who gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, fan voting proceeds for the Class of 2020.

Two things before you read any further: People are allowed to vote more than once. And second, the public isn’t always right. How can a band as important as Kraftwerk be so disrespected? The MC5 is last, tens of thousands of votes behind Whitney f**king Houston?

Here’s the leaderboard of Sunday morning. (If you want the latest, the go here. The numbers update dynamically.)

  1. Pat Benetar: 155,519 votes
  2. Doobie Brothers: 140,110
  3. Soundgarden: 132,591
  4. Depeche Mode: 118,537
  5. Judas Priest: 114,087
  6. Dave Matthews Band: 105,803
  7. Whitney Houston: 101,263
  8. Motorhead: 98,714
  9. Nine Inch Nails: 95,900
  10. Thin Lizzy: 94.494
  11. Todd Rundgren: 69,694
  12. Notorious BIG: 67,514
  13. T-Rex: 60,241
  14. Kraftwerk: 37,982
  15. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan: 30,294
  16. MC5: 28,828

If you want to contribute to the voting. go here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Fan voting continues for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The leaderboard shows what’s wrong with this whole thing.

  • October 20, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I love Soundgarden, but come on. They just aren’t a HOF band.

    It’s criminal that Kraftwork, Depeche Mode, and Judas Priest aren’t in there yet.

  • October 20, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    What is remotely rock about Whitney Houston? Absofuckinglutely nothing. The fact that she’s even ON this list speaks volumes about how completely irrelevant the RRHOF is.
    Taking nothing away from her singing ability, she’s easy listening, adult contemporary whitewashed pop for people who wanted to think they were getting down with their bad selves.
    Rufus & Chaka Khan at least have some funk muscles to flex in this game.
    But MC5 in last place?
    Fuck the hall of fame. Hall of catering to the masses, instead of curating.
    BTW you need another western speaking tour.


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