Fan Vote for 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Famers

Within an easy day’s drive from Southern Ontario, and the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., is The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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Situated on the picturesque lakefront of Cleveland, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is adjacent to other nearby Cleveland attractions such as the Great Lakes Science Center and the First Energy Stadium where the Cleveland Browns NFL team plays. It’s also within walking distance of Jack Cleveland Casino, Playhouse Square and theater district, and Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians MLB team.

Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are great places to visit no matter where you come from, if you’re a 50+, baby boomer, or senior that loves rock & roll.

Nominees for the Fan Vote for 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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  • Bad Brains
  • Chaka Khan  
  • Chic
  • Depeche Mode
  • ELO (Electric Light Orchestra)
  • The J. Geils Band
  • Jane’s Addiction
  • Janet Jackson 
  • Joan Baez
  • Joe Tex
  • Journey (Steve Perry)
  • Kraftwerk
  • MC5
  • Pearl Jam
  • Steppenwolf
  • The Cars
  • The Zombies
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Yes

Go to and cast your vote for your favorites today. 

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Process

Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record; inductees must have had a significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll. This includes the categories of solo or group performers; early influences (artists who pre-date the birth of rock & roll but impacted it’s evolution and artists); and non-performers (songwriters, producers, dj’s, executives, journalist, etc.) that influence rock & roll.

The top five performers receiving the most votes become that year’s induction class. Since 2012, fans can vote for their favorite nominees and the fans top five vote-getters form one ballot, which is weighted the same as the rest of the submitted ballots. 


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Below is a sampling of just some of the artists nominated into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame each year since it was established in 1986. How many names do you recognize?

1986 – Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard; Ray Charles, Sam Cooke.

1987Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Bill Haley, Bo Diddley, Carl Perkins, The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Hank Williams, Jackie Wilson, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Marvin Gaye, Muddy Waters, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Smokey Robinson.

1988 – The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Drifters (including Clyde McPhatter & Ben E. King), Lead Belly, Les Paul, The Supremes, Woody Guthrie.

1989 – Bessie Smith, Dion, The Ink Spots, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, The Soul Stirrers, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations.

the who, rock and roll hall of fame, roger daltrey, pete townshend1990 – Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons (Frankie Valli), The Four Tops, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Hank Ballard, The Kinks, Louis Armstrong, The Platters, Simon and Garfunkel, The Who (Pete Townshend). 

(The Who display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016: 50+ World)

1991 – The Byrds, Dave Bartholomew, Howlin Wolf, Ike and Tina Turner, The Impressions, John Lee Hooker, Lavern Baker, Wilson Pickett.

1992 – Bobby Blue Bland, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Doc Pomus, Elmore James, The Isley Brothers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Johnny Cash, Sam and Dave, The Yardbirds.

1993 – Cream, Ginger Baker, Creedence Clearwater Revival (John Fogerty), Dinah Washington, The Doors (Jim Morrison), Etta James, Sly and the Family Stone, Van Morrison.

1994 – The Animals (Eric Burdon), The Band, Bob Marley, Duane Eddy, Elton John, The Grateful Dead, John Lennon, Johnny Otis, Rod Stewart.

1995Al Green, The Allman Brothers Band (Gregg Allman), Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young, The Orioles.

1996 – David Bowie, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Pete Seeger, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, The Velvet Underground.

1997The Bee Gees (Barry Gibb), Bill Monroe, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Jackson Five, Joni Mitchell, Mahalia Jackson, The (Young) Rascals.

1998 – Allen Toussaint, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Lloyd Price, The Mamas and the Papas, Santana.

1999 – Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney, The Staple Singers.

2000 – Billie Holiday, Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Lovin’ Spoonful, Nat “King” Cole.

aerosmith, rock and roll hall of fame2001 – Aerosmith, The Flamingos, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Queen, Ritchie Valens, Steely Dan.

(Aerosmith display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016: 50+ World)

2002 – Brenda Lee, Chet Atkins, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes, Ramones, Talking Heads, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

2003 – AC/DC, The Clash, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Police, Righteous Brothers.

2004 –  Bob Seger, The Dells, George Harrison, Jackson Browne, Prince, Traffic, ZZ Top.

2005 – Buddy Guy, The O’Jays, Percy Sledge, The Pretenders, U2.

2006 – Black Sabbath, Blondie, Herb Alpert, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miles Davis, Sex Pistols.

2007 – Patti Smith, R.E.M., The Ronettes, Van Halen (Sammy Hagar).

2008 – The Dave Clark Five, John Mellencamp, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, Leonard Cohen, Madonna, The Ventures.

2009 – Bobby Womack, Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Metallica, Wanda Jackson.

the hollies, rock and roll hall of fame, the yardbirds, herman's hermits2010 – ABBA (Agnetha Fältskog), Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Genesis (Phil Collins), The Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, Otis Blackwell, The Stooges.

(The Hollies, Yardbirds & Herman’s Hermits display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2016: 50+ World)

2011Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits.

2012 – Donovan, Freddie King, Guns N’ Roses, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

2013 – Donna Summer, Heart (Ann Wilson), Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Rush.

2014 – Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates (Daryl Hall), Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel.

2015 – Bill Withers, Green Day, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.

2016 – Bert Berns, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple (Ian Gillan), Steve Miller. 

Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & writer Anita Hamilton's articles are inspired by real historical events, places, and people. Her travel experiences, a lifelong keen interest in history, art, vintage music, books, silent films, classic movies, "golden age" television shows, fashion, & entertainment in general - combined with years of research - make her a subject matter expert with acquired knowledge & expertise on these topics. This, and a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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