Every year a bunch of acts – all of which must have first released their debut single or album over 25 years prevously – are shortlisted for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Every year only a handful actually get voted in.

This year’s potential inclusions have been released, and they do stretch the “rock & roll” part of the title, with artists including Kate Bush, Depeche Mode and Nina Simone. Although we guess Depeche’s Dave Gahan did go full rock pig for a while there.

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode – a long time ago

Those with a chance for Hall of Fame immortality come the event in Cleveland on April 14 next year are: Bon Jovi, Kate Bush, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, The MC5, The Meters, Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus (featuring Chaka Khan), Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray and The Zombies.

Making the list is one thing, but lobbing into the final five is another – just ask the likes of J. Geils Band, who have been put up for the gong four times previously. To quote Homer Simpson, “It’s all just a popularity contest.” A public vote is open until December 5, from which a shortlist of five acts will be formed. These will join the thoughts of hundreds of artists and music industry types to arrive at the final list of inductees.


Radiohead – not a very long time ago

If you’d like to put your two cents’ worth in, you can sign up and vote here.

Meanwhile, 2017’s inductees were Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Nile Rodgers, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes.