Results of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Voting Are In

Tomorrow is when we hear which acts will be included in the class of 2017 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ahead of that, though, the Hall has released the results of the fan voting component. While the final list of inductees will be determined by the old boys club that runs the place, they offer up a sop to fans to make us think we have any say in the matter. We don’t really, of course. The masses are treated as just one single vote for each nominee. Now consider that there are over 800 of the old boys. You can see how much weight the public has.

Still, it’s interesting to see what the public would choose if they were in charge. Here are the results for this year’s fan voting.

  • Journey – 250,758
  • ELO – 210,830
  • Yes – 189,099
  • Pearl Jam – 153,458
  • The Cars – 149,911
  • Depeche Mode – 117,749
  • Steppenwolf – 111,001
  • Tupac – 100,776
  • The J. Geils Band – 94,061
  • The Zombies – 85,799
  • Janet Jackson – 76,556
  • Jane’s Addiction – 57,311
  • Joan Baez – 56,310
  • Chaka Khan – 52,702
  • MC5 – 41,791
  • Chic – 37,049
  • Kraftwerk – 39,744
  • Bad Brains – 35,448
  • Joe Tex – 20,172

None of the above will matter in the grand scheme of things, but I’m hoping that the old boys at the Hall will vote in Kraftwerk. Name another band that influenced post-punk, industrial, techno-pop, synth-pop, hip-hop, dance, techno…

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.

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