Every year when it comes to voting on who should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the old boys’ club behind the process throws a sop to the fans by allowing us a very, very, very small say on who should get in.
This is the fan voting procedure. Whoever the fans say should win will count as one (1) vote in amongst the 900+ industry people who make the final decision.
Big deal, right? But it does give us a tiny bit of insight into which artists resonate with the public at large.
Fan voting for the class of 2020 closed on Friday. Here’s what the people said.
- Dave Matthews Band, 1,005,657 votes
- Pat Benetar, 882,207
- Doobie Brothers, 784,729
- Soundgarden, 722,951
- Judas Priest, 675,434
Those top five have the best chances of making into the Hall. But before you get your hopes up, only 61% of artists in this fan voting business since 2013 have actually inducted.
- Whitney Houston, 593,374
- Depeche Mode, 563,612
- Thin Lizzy, 556,476
- Motorhead, 512,918
- Todd Rundgren, 440,898
- Nine Inch Nails, 380.869
- T.Rex, 365,290