Over the years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has become somewhat of a joke throughout the music community. Though there's certainly nothing wrong with enshrining these artists in the history of music, there have been only a handful of artists going in each year, along with people whining about what is and isn't rock and roll. At the end of the day though, rock and roll is a feeling, and every one of these bands define it to a tee.
No matter what subgenre they are pulled from, these artists have made incredible strides for the rock community and music as a whole, only to be swept under the rug time and time again. From true originals to some of the best in their field, a lot of these snubs don't need anything to prove anymore because of the vast body of work that they already have. But since their not one of the respected acts, they don't get nearly the amount of attention.
While you can debate whether or not acts like ABBA do or do not belong in the Hall, it's time to focus on who deserves to be among the next to receive the accolades. Once you have these artists, things might start to move in the right direction.
Up until a few years ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame criteria has finally reached the '90s. After years of waiting, it's time to finally address the elephant in the room and throw a bone to the mantle of kickass that was the grunge and alternative movement. While they may have gotten it right with Nirvana and Pearl Jam getting in, it seems that the Hall is taking their sweet time with Soundgarden.
If we're considering the timeline that they've been around, Soundgarden may be the most indicative of the grunge genre than any of their Big 4 counterparts, considering they've been on the scene since their Screaming Life EP came out on Sub Pop in the mid '80s. Though they may have taken a little while to really hit their stride with Superunknown, that doesn't diminish the amazing amount of talent present with every member, from Kim Thayil's mad scientist approach to riffs to Chris Cornell's Robert Plant like wails.
What makes things even more complicated is that Cornell won't even be present for when Soundgarden eventually do get in after committing suicide in 2017. However, any ceremony with Soundgarden at the helm is bound to be something special, whether it's a round robin of singers filling in for Chris or an all-star jam at the end. Either way, these alternative staples have more than earned a spot among the greatest of all time.