Rock Hall Futures

In this extension of the Rock Hall snubs series, we are looking at who becomes eligible in the next ten classes – from 2022 through 2031. I have given them odds for eventual induction, though – as you can see from our article series on previously eligible artists – there is quite a waitlist. The odds are slim, low, medium, high, and lock – lock meaning their induction is all but guaranteed. Remember: Artists are eligible for the Hall in the 26th year after their first commercial release. I hope this list leads you to some new artists or music. I can only include brief information about each one, so if any odds or descriptions peak your interest, check out the artists’ bios and music.

Eminem in Munich, Germany, Halloween 1999.
Photo by Mika, courtesy of Wkimedia Commons.

The Next Generation

In the next five years, some solid artists become eligible for the Hall, including thirty-four that I believe have medium odds or higher of being inducted eventually.

We see a lot of post-grunge, hip-hop, and alternative rock artists in this section. While there is currently not much support for recognizing or inducting post-grunge bands, ultimately the genre’s popularity should lead to the Rock Hall reevaluating the artists in this genre, and to recognize that just because post-grunge piggybacked on the popularity of grunge and was more mainstream, it doesn’t mean it’s not good music.

From this 2022 through 2026 range, I recommend Erykah Badu, Staind, Switchfoot, Third Eye Blind, Lauryn Hill, Hoobastank, John Mayer, Michelle Branch, and Sum 41.

Eligible 2022

Erykah Badu     Genre(s): R&B, Soul, Neo Soul, Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: Lock
Erykah Badu released her first single in 1996. She has largely defined neo soul music since her debut. She will grace the halls of the Hall one day.

Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers III)     Genre(s): Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: Lock
Eminem released his first album in 1996. He is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time and a master of hip-hop. He’s a lock for the Hall – don’t be surprised if he gets in in his first year of eligibility next year.

Eve 6     Genre(s): Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Slim
Eve 6 released their first EP in 1996. They make the list because they have a platinum album to their name. With only a couple of hits and little influence, it’s unlikely they get in.

Fastball     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Pop Rock     Odds of Induction: Slim
Fastball released their first album in 1996. They also make the list because they have a platinum record. Known for hits “The Way” and “Out of My Head,” the band’s lack of influence will keep them out of the Hall.

John Janick and Vinnie Fiorello     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Alternative     Odds of Induction: High
John and Vinnie founded the Fueled by Ramen record label in 1996, a label which shifted the popular music scene in the 2000s and introduced artists like Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Panic! at the Disco, Twenty One Pilots, and many more. They are likely to be inducted to the Ahmet Ertegun Award category.

Scott Shiflett of Face to Face performing on the Warped Tour at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California on August 10, 2010.
Photo by IllaZilla, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Matchbox Twenty     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Pop Rock      Odds of Induction: High
Matchbox Twenty released their first music in 1996. A major force in alternative rock, defining the genre in the late 90s and early 2000s, the band has been immensely successful and has influenced other artists, including State Champs. They will likely get in at some point.

Nickelback     Genre(s): Post-Grunge, Hard Rock     Odds of Induction: Medium
Nickelback released their first music in 1996. One of those post-grunge bands, they and Creed are probably the only two to have more detractors than the genre, likely due mostly to an annoyance that they have been such a popular band. Massive popularity helps their case, but their genre makes it murky. The butt of too many jokes, the Hall might never want to let Nickelback into their midst.

Skillet     Genre(s): Christian Rock, Hard Rock, Post-Grunge     Odds of Induction: Low
Skillet released their first album in 1996. Being the face of hard Christian Rock and a respected unrelenting touring schedule give them a decent shot at the Rock Hall.

Staind     Genre(s): Post-Grunge, Hard Rock     Odds of Induction: Medium
Staind released their first album in 1996. Sometimes incorrectly labeled as a nu-metal group, the band has released four platinum or multi-platinum albums. That, plus their respected lyrical messages could help them to the Rock Hall.

Eligible 2023

Creed     Genre(s): Post-Grunge, Hard Rock     Odds of Induction: Medium
Creed released their first music in 1997. Voted the most hated band of the 1990s, one diamond and two multi-platinum albums tell a different story. Like Nickelback, Creed’s post-grunge genre has many detractors and they face an uphill battle for induction.

Missy Elliott (real name Melissa Arnette Elliott)     Genre(s): Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: High
Missy Elliott released her first music in 1997. She paved a path for women – especially black women – talking, rapping, and singing about their femininity, sexuality, and body image. She also changed the way hip-hop artists make music videos. She’ll be in the hall sooner than later.

Five for Fighting (real name Vladimir John Ondrasik III)     Genre(s): Soft Rock, Pop Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
Five for Fighting released his first album in 1997. Two platinum albums and a soft rock musical lane all his own (outside of a few one-hit wonders) help make a case for his induction, but there’s a long waitlist ahead of him.

Limp Bizkit     Genre(s): Nu-Metal, Alternative Metal, Rap Rock    Odds of Induction: Medium
Limp Bizkit released their first music in 1997. Known for their mixture of genres and adeptness at switching between styles, the band defined Nu-Metal at the genre’s peak. Nu-metal, like post-grunge is an oft-maligned genre, so their case for induction is murky.

Mos Def in New York City, March 17, 1999.
Photo by Mika, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Mos Def (real name Yasiin Bey)    Genre(s): Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: Low
Mos Def released his first single in 1997. He is regarded as one of the best rappers of the 2000s and has influenced a number of artists, including Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick Lamar, and Kid Cudi. A long list of rappers ahead of him lessens his chances to make the Hall.

New Found Glory     Genre(s): Punk Pop     Odds of Induction: High
New Found Glory released their first EP in 1997. They are noted as one of the most influential punk pop bands of all time, helping Blink-182 to raise the profile of the genre and bring it mainstream. Their influence and success give them a good shot at the Rock Hall.

O.A.R.     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Indie Rock     Odds of Induction: Slim
O.A.R. (or Of A Revolution) released their first album in 1997. A string of hits in the 2000s bring them to the list, but a lack of major influence and critical success will keep them out of the Hall.

Saliva     Genre(s): Nu-Metal, Rap Rock, Hard Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
Saliva released their first album in 1997. A multi-platinum album and consistent charting land Saliva on this list. A respected band despite their genre, the band still has an uphill battle to get to the Rock Hall.

Sia     Genre(s): Pop, Electronic, Indie Pop     Odds of Induction: Medium
Sia released her first album in 1997. Known for her vocal range, the singer has had consistent critical and commercial success. Her genre(s) will be the most debatable part of her case for the Hall.

Smash Mouth     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Ska Punk     Odds of Induction: Medium
Smash Mouth released their first music in 1997. Releasing two straight multi-platinum albums and helping Shrek define a generation of kids gives the band a high profile and a decent shot at the Rock Hall.

Switchfoot     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Rock, Christian Rock     Odds of Induction: Medium
Switchfoot released their first music in 1997. One multi-platinum album and two gold albums, musicality in spades, and lead singer Jon Foreman’s unique voice give the band a solid shot at the Rock Hall.

Third Eye Blind     Genre(s): Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Medium
Third Eye Blind released their first music in 1997. Jumping to a hot start with a massive multi-platinum album and another platinum album, the band defined early 2000s alternative rock. They should see solid consideration for the Rock Hall.

Yellowcard     Genre(s): Punk Pop     Odds of Induction: Low
Yellowcard released their first album in 1997. One of the most respected punk pop bands during their career, the band released one platinum album among popular and critical success. They sit behind a number of other punk pop bands, lessening their chances at the Hall.

Eligible 2024

American Football     Genre(s): Math Rock, Indie Rock, Emo     Odds of Induction: Low
American Football released their first EP in 1998. Known for their unique style and varying time-signatures, the band is credited with inspiring a revival of less pop-infused emo music, closer to 80s and 90s emo, punk, and post-punk, rather than 2000s emo and punk pop.

Death Cab for Cutie in Munich, Germany, November 21, 2008.
Photo by Deep_Schismic, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Death Cab for Cutie     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Emo     Odds of Induction: High
Death Cab for Cutie released their first commercial music in 1998. Known for experimenting with different instrumentation, the band has one platinum and two gold albums. They also have critical success and have influenced other artists, including Real Friends.

DMX (real name Earl Simmons)    Genre(s): Hip-Hop, Gangsta Rap     Odds of Induction: High
Other than an outlying non-album single, DMX released his first music in 1998. The late rapper was one of the most respected rappers in the game, and leaves behind a significant legacy.

Fuel     Genre(s): Post-Grunge, Hard Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
Fuel released their first music in 1998. Known for hits “Shimmer” and “Hemorrhage (In My Hands),” they have released one platinum album and one multi-platinum album. Commercial and critical success helps their case, but genre and limited longevity hurts them.

Godsmack     Genre(s): Hard Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, others     Odds of Induction: Low
Godsmack released their first music in 1998. The band has had solid critical and commercial success, including two multi-platinum, one platinum, and two gold albums. However, there are multiple other metal acts ahead of them, lessening their chances at the Hall.

Lauryn Hill     Genre(s): Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, Neo Soul     Odds of Induction: Lock
Lauryn Hill released her only studio album in 1998. That and a live album from MTV Unplugged make up most of her discography. And yet her impact on music, especially in rap, neo soul, pop, and R&B, is nearly immeasurable. Look to see her inducted on her first ballot.

Hoobastank     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, Post-Grunge     Odds of Induction: Medium
Hoobastank released their first official music in 1998. One gold album, one platinum album, and one multi-platinum album, plus charting success for a decade help their case, but their biggest asset is their musicality, which is difficult to narrow to a clear genre – like Incubus.

Ozomatli     Genre(s): Latin Rock, Chicano Rock, others     Odds of Induction: Low
Ozomatli released their debut album in 1998. Though lacking commercial success, the band has carved a space with their musicality and genre-blending. Known for their activism and Latin influences, Ozomatli would provide much needed Latin rock representation to the Rock Hall.

Snow Patrol     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Indie Rock     Odds of Induction: High
Snow Patrol released an EP under a different name in 1997, but their first music as Snow Patrol came in 1998. The band has had massive success, including having their single “Chasing Cars” continue to be the most played song of the 21st century in the UK. They have also had significant critical success and recognition from their musical peers.

Snow Patrol performing at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary, August 12, 2009.
Photo by opethpainter, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

System of a Down     Genre(s): Alternative Metal, others     Odds of Induction: High
System of a Down released their first music in 1998. Known for their lyrical themes and instrumentation experimentation, all five of the group’s studio albums are certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in multiple countries. Musicality and success give them a solid case for the Rock Hall.

Train     Genre(s): Pop Rock     Odds of Induction: High
Train released their first music in 1998. Among their critical and commercial success, the band has released one multi-platinum album and four platinum albums. They have also influenced other artists, including Smallpools.

The White Stripes     Genre(s): Garage Rock, Blues Rock, Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: High
The White Stripes released their first singles in 1998. Helping to re-popularize garage rock, the husband-wife duo broke through for solid critical and commercial success. Along with success, technical ability – their sound is especially impressive considering it’s just the two of them – and musicality will bring them to the Rock Hall.

Eligible 2025

Ariel Pink (real name Ariel Marcus Rosenberg)     Genre(s): Psychedelic, Indie Pop, Indie Rock    Odds of Induction: Slim
Ariel Pink released his first album in 1999. While critically successful and influential with his low-fi, hypnagogic sound, Pink’s controversial, homophobic, and unstable statements – whether trolling or serious – combined with allegations of physical, sexual, and mental abuse toward a former girlfriend and others will keep him out of the Hall.

Coldplay     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Pop Rock     Odds of Induction: Lock
Coldplay released their first single in 1999. One of the highest-selling artists of all time, and one of the definitive artists of the last 20 years, Coldplay has achieved massive critical and commercial success. The band has also influenced a long list of artists, especially through their first two albums, regarded as two of the best of all time.

Chris Cornell     Genre(s): Grunge, Alternative Metal, Hard Rock     Odds of Induction: Lock
Chris Cornell released his first solo music in 1999. Regarded as one of the greatest rock singers of all time and a noted songwriter, Cornell will be in the Hall someday, possibly with multiple inductions: Solo, with Soundgarden, and with Audioslave.

Halestorm     Genre(s): Hard Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
Halestorm released their first EP in 1999. Known for lead singer “Lzzy” Hale’s vocals, the band began to have much more success in the late 2000s, and is now a respected hard rock band. Success starts to build their case for the Hall, but they will need more.

The Hex Girls     Genre(s): Gothic Rock     Odds of Induction: Slim
The Hex Girls – yes, Thorn, Dusk, and Luna from the Scooby Doo universe – (technically) released their first music in 1999 with their appearance in Scooby Doo! and the Witch’s Ghost. Am I joking right now? Yes. But also no. These girls are absolute legends and have inspired young girls (and others) to get into rock music, fashion, Wicca, and environmentalism. Also, watch this “live” performance from Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated featuring Daphne Blake and tell me it couldn’t be a radio hit.

Lil Wayne in 2006.
Photo by RJ Shaughnessy, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.)     Genre(s): Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: High
Lil Wayne released his first solo album in 1999. Regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time, his first eleven albums are all certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum. One of the most influential hip-hop artists, he will likely see the Hall.

Ludacris (real name Christian Bridges)     Genre(s): Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: Medium
Ludacris released his first album in 1999. One of the most successful rappers of the 2000s, his first seven studio albums are all certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum. A list of rappers ahead of him will slow his path to the Hall. At least he has twenty more Fast & Furious movies to look forward to.

John Mayer     Genre(s): Pop, Soft Rock, Folk Rock, Blues Rock     Odds of Induction: Lock
John Mayer released his first EP in 1999. Known as one of the best modern guitarists and a pop magnate, Mayer has a strong case for the Hall already. Though some controversial interviews might hurt him a bit, Mayer’s massive success, technical ability, and staying power will see him through to the Hall.

Muse     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Electronic Rock, others    Odds of Induction: High
Muse released their first music in 1999. Known for their blending of genres and styles, all eight of the band’s studio albums are certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in multiple countries. Critical and commercial success, plus musicality will lead them to the Rock Hall.

Slipknot     Genre(s): Heavy Metal, Nu-Metal, Alternative Metal     Odds of Induction: Medium
Slipknot released their first music in 1999. One of the most popular metal bands of the 21st century, their first five albums are all certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in several countries. Success and musicality help their case, but lyrical themes begetting violence and controversy hurt their case.

Eligible 2026

3 Doors Down     Genre(s): Post-Grunge, Hard Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
3 Doors Down released their first music in 2000. Known for hit songs “Kryptonite” and “Here Without You,” the band had a decade of solid charting success, including one gold album, one platinum album, and two multi-platinum albums. With other successful post-grunge bands with more recognition ahead of them, they have a tough road to the Hall.

Ryan Adams     Genre(s): Indie Rock, Alternative Country, others     Odds of Induction: Slim
Ryan Adams released his first solo album in 2000. Noted for his songwriting and genre-switching, and musical respect from many noted artists, Adams will likely not enter the Hall after allegations of sexual harassment and emotional manipulation from multiple women, most of which he accepted and apologized for.

Against Me!     Genre(s): Punk Rock, Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
Against Me! released their first EP in 2000. Known for songs about transgenderism and LGBTQ+ issues, the band has found solid commercial and critical success. They would add some much-needed representation to the Rock Hall, as frontwoman Laura Jane Grace is a transgender woman. Their critical regard and musicality give them a case for the Hall.

Michelle Branch     Genre(s): Pop Rock, Country     Odds of Induction: Low
Michelle Branch released her first solo album in 2000. She took over pop rock for several years with her multi-platinum debut album and a platinum sophomore effort, along with a hit feature on Santana’s “Game of Love.” She then co-formed Grammy-nominated The Wreckers.

Jeremy Camp     Genre(s): Christian Rock, Contemporary Christian     Odds of Induction: Low
Jeremy Camp released his first album in 2000. While he has not crossed over into mainstream charts much, Camp has dominated Christian charts for two decades and has influenced a number of Christian artists.

Disturbed in Hershey, Pennsylvania on January 18, 2011.
Photo by Ted Van Pelt, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Disturbed     Genre(s): Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal     Odds of Induction: High
Disturbed released their first music in 2000. Five of their first six albums are all certified platinum in multiple countries (and the other one is certified gold). They are one of the most critically and commercially successful hard rock/metal acts of the 21st century. They also have one of the best song covers of all time.

Good Charlotte     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Emo     Odds of Induction: Medium
Good Charlotte released their first music in 2000. With both critical and commercial success, including four straight albums certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in several countries, and a distinct image, the band could become a representative for punk pop in the Hall.

Gorillaz     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Alternative Hip-Hop, Art Pop, others     Odds of Induction: High
Gorillaz released their first EP in 2000. Known for combining their music with fictional animated personas, the band has released one platinum album and two multi-platinum albums in multiple countries. They have influenced a variety of artists, as well as animated programs. Their success, influence, and musicality will get them a spot in the Rock Hall.

Lifehouse     Genre(s): Post-Grunge     Odds of Induction: Low
Lifehouse released their first music under that name in 2000. Known for hits “Hanging by A Moment,” “You and Me,” and “Broken,” the band has released one multi-platinum album and two gold albums. A solid amount of post-grunge artists sit ahead of them, making their road to the Hall tough.

Linkin Park     Genre(s): Nu-Metal, Alternative Metal, Rap Rock     Odds of Induction: Lock
Linkin Park released their first music under that name in 2000. The only nu-metal artist with near-universal acclaim, Linkin Park is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Massive success, musicality, and influence have guaranteed them a spot in the Hall.

Rascal Flatts     Genre(s): Country, Country Pop, Country Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
Rascal Flatts released their first music in 2000. Known best for crossover hit “Life is A Highway,” the band is probably a lock for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Seven straight platinum or multi-platinum albums and critical success helps their case, but genre hurts their chances with the Rock Hall.

Relient K     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Christian Rock     Odds of Induction: Slim
Relient K released their first music in 2000. A band with a lot of crossover appeal, they have released three gold albums. Other punk pop bands with greater success and influence hold up their path to the Hall.

Sum 41     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal     Odds of Induction: Medium
Sum 41 released their first single in 2000. Known for their punk lyrics and variation on the punk and punk pop styles, the band has influenced a variety of artists. One of the most successful punk pop acts, they have also released two platinum albums and two multi-platinum albums in several countries.

Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 performing on July 8, 2010.
Photo by Dana Beveridge, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Uncle Kracker (real name Matthew Shafer)     Genre(s): Rock, Country     Odds of Induction: Slim
Uncle Kracker released his first album in 2000. Known for adult contemporary chart staples “Follow Me,” “Drift Away,” and “Smile,” he has released one multi-platinum album. Little success outside that and a lack of influence will keep him out of the Hall.

On Their Way

The next set of five years sees another solid batch of artists become eligible for the Rock Hall, including some of my favorites, with a heavy influx of punk pop, pop rock, and indie rock artists. I gave another thirty-four artists medium odds or better to get in, though many of these artists are far from finished, meaning many can improve their chances for the Hall further. While punk pop has had its critics, the genre has also seen a lot of critical recognition and commercial success, giving it an edge over maligned genres like nu-metal and post-grunge. From this batch of artists eligible from 2027 through 2031, I recommend listening to Breaking Benjamin, Simple Plan, The Killers, Anarbor, Paramore, Silversun Pickups, and Zac Brown Band – and many of these other great artists.

Eligible 2027

Alicia Keys     Genre(s): R&B, Soul, Pop, Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: Lock
Alicia Keys released her first music in 2001. Keys has had massive critical and commercial success and is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time and the standard for modern R&B. She has also influenced many artists in her twenty years atop the music world.

Casting Crowns     Genre(s): Christian Contemporary, Christian Rock     Odds of Induction: Medium
Casting Crowns released their first album in 2001. One of the most successful Christian artists in music history, they started their career with eleven straight gold or platinum albums (including live). They have influenced other CCM artists as well. Their genre might hold them back.

Ben Folds     Genre(s): Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
Ben Folds released his first solo music in 2001. That work plus his tenure in Ben Folds Five might be enough to get him to the Hall. A noted songwriter, Folds’ musicality, technical ability, and critical success help his case.

Jack Johnson     Genre(s): Soft Rock, Pop, Folk     Odds of Induction: Medium
Jack Johnson released his first album in 2001. Known for his humanitarian work as much as his easy-listening music, Johnson has released six gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums in multiple countries. It will be interesting to see if the Rock Hall takes his case seriously.

The National     Genre(s): Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk Rock    Odds of Induction: Medium
The National released their first album in 2001. Known for their melancholy sound and layered lyrics, they are one of the most respected indie rock bands of the 21st century. Critical success and musicality give them a shot at the Hall.

The Strokes     Genre(s): Indie Rock     Odds of Induction: Lock
The Strokes released their first music in 2001. Regarded as the top band of the indie rock revival in the 2000s, the band has received critical acclaim – especially for their debut album – peer respect, and popular success. Those factors, plus musicality, will lead them to the Rock Hall.

Jack Black of Tenacious D performing on August 30, 2009.
Photo by Moses, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Tenacious D     Genre(s): Heavy Metal, Comedy     Odds of Induction: Low
Tenacious D released their first album in 2001. The heavy metal parody band made up of Jack Black and Kyle Gass has serious musical chops, as evidenced by their popular and critical success – including a Grammy. As a side note, if Jack Black doesn’t get in as a performer as part of this band, he should be inducted in the Ahmet Ertegun or Award for Musical Excellence categories for his contributions to progressing rock music (Tenacious D, School of Rock, High Fidelity, that Sax-A-Boom performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, etc.).

T.I. (real name Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.)     Genre(s): Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: Low
T.I. released his first music in 2001. Though he has found a great deal of success with his music, he has a host of legal troubles and other controversies, including current sexual misconduct and kidnapping accusations, which hurt any chances at the Hall.

Eligible 2028

50 Cent (real name Curtis James Jackson III)     Genre(s): Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: Medium
50 Cent released his first solo music in 2002. He became one of the top rappers of the 2000s, releasing two massive studio albums to kickstart his career. With several rappers on the list ahead of him, he’ll have a tougher time getting in for now.

Audioslave     Genre(s): Alternative Metal, Hard Rock      Odds of Induction: Medium
Audioslave released their first music in 2002. A supergroup featuring Chris Cornell and the players from Rage Against the Machine, they released one multi-platinum album, one platinum album, and one gold album before going on hiatus. As mentioned before, Chris Cornell might be inducted as a solo artist with Audioslave helping his case.

The Birthday Massacre     Genre(s): New Wave, Gothic Rock, Electronic     Odds of Induction: Low
The Birthday Massacre released their first album in 2002. A popular underground and internet band, they have had steady output for nearly two decades. Their musicality and consistency help make a case for the Rock Hall.

The Black Keys     Genre(s): Indie Rock     Odds of Induction: High
The Black Keys released their first music in 2002. The band helped define indie rock in the 2010s, and have had considerable critical and commercial success. Consistent output also helps their case for the Hall.

Breaking Benjamin     Genre(s): Hard Rock, Post-Grunge     Odds of Induction: Medium
Breaking Benjamin released their first commercial music in 2002 (after a self-released EP in 2001). A respected hard rock act, the band has released two gold and three platinum albums. The band’s consistency and popularity make a good case for the Hall.

Kelly Clarkson at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, March 10, 2012.
Photo by Steve Hardy, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Kelly Clarkson     Genre(s): Pop, Pop Rock     Odds of Induction: High
Kelly Clarkson released her first singles in 2002. Like Avril Lavigne below her, Clarkson has had massive success and influence, especially in pop and pop rock. Her success and influence should drive her to the Rock Hall, despite consistently mentioning on The Voice that she thinks rock music isn’t around anymore.

Flyleaf     Genre(s): Hard Rock, Alternative Metal     Odds of Induction: Low
Flyleaf released their first music in 2002. Known for hit song “All Around Me” and for original lead singer Lacey Sturm’s vocals, the band has released one platinum album. With the band needing more to make the Hall, and with no lead singer (the band has been on hiatus since 2016), their chances are low.

Avril Lavigne     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Pop Rock     Odds of Induction: Lock
Avril Lavigne released her first music, other than a promotional album, in 2002. An incredibly influential artist on punk pop, emo, pop, hip-hop, and other genres, Lavigne has had massive popular and critical success. Her musicality, success, massive influence, and image all make her a lock for the Hall.

LCD Soundsystem      Genre(s): Electronic Rock, Indie Rock, others    Odds of Induction: Medium
LCD Soundsystem released their first single in 2002. A preeminent indie band, the group’s unique sound and style should help their Rock Hall case, along with two gold albums.

Mario (full name Mario Barrett)     Genre(s): R&B     Odds of Induction: Low
Mario released his first music in 2002. A solid player in R&B, he has released one gold and one platinum album. He has work to do if he is going to make the Rock Hall.

Maroon 5     Genre(s): Pop Rock, Pop, Funk Rock     Odds of Induction: Lock
Maroon 5 released their first music as Maroon 5 in 2002. One of the world’s biggest bands since their debut album got hot a couple of years after its release, their massive success and musicality will drive them to the Hall, even if Adam Levine might think Rock is “nowhere.”

My Chemical Romance     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Alternative Rock, Emo    Odds of Induction: High
My Chemical Romance released music in 2002. Their song “Welcome to the Black Parade’ is already one of the Rock Hall’s Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. The band should follow it into the Hall with significant critical and popular success to go along with their defining sound.

OK Go     Genre(s): Pop Rock, Alternative Rock, Power Pop     Odds of Induction: Medium
OK Go released their first commercial music in 2002. Known and widely-praised for their music videos (I mean, just look at this masterpiece), the band was also a steady presence for alternative rock in the 2000s and 2010s. Their music video innovation and creativity hold most of their case for the Hall.

Seether     Genre(s): Post-Grunge, Hard Rock   Odds of Induction: Low
Seether released their first music in 2002. They have released several gold and platinum albums so far, as well as several hit singles. The band has been one of the defining post-grunge artists and has helped the genre transition from that pejorative label to hard rock. With a large number of post-grunge bands in line for potential induction, Seether have tough odds to get in, the Foo Fighters’ induction is a good sign for bands in the genre.

Simple Plan     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Alternative Rock, Emo    Odds of Induction: High
Simple Plan released their first music in 2002. One of the defining bands of the 2000s punk pop revival, the band has released one platinum album and two multi-platinum albums, along with influencing a number of other artists. There are a few bands ahead of them in their genre, but they should make their way to the Hall eventually.

Thirty Seconds to Mars     Genre(s): Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Medium
Thirty Seconds to Mars released their first music in 2002. Known more for Jared Leto being Jared Leto, the band has been praised for their unique alternative rock sound and have had considerable success. Critical and popular success could help them to the Rock Hall.

Eligible 2029

The All-American Rejects     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Pop Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
The All-American Rejects released their first studio album in 2003. Known for hits “Dirty Little Secret,” “Move Along,” and “Gives You Hell,” the band has released one gold album, one platinum album, and one multi-platinum album. Their success helps their case, but there’s a host of other more deserving bands ahead of them.

Beyoncé in Madrid, Spain, December 12, 2008.
Photo by Noemi Nuñez, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Beyoncé (full name Beyoncé Knowles-Carter)     Genre(s): R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: Lock
Beyoncé released her first music in 2003 (other than a song for a movie). I don’t need to say much about Queen Bey. She’s one of the top artists the world has seen. All of her albums have hit number one in the U.S. alongside her incredible international success.

Evanescence     Genre(s): Gothic Rock, Gothic Metal, Heavy metal     Odds of Induction: Medium
Evanescence released their first music in 2003. Known for hits “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal,” the band’s musicality and success (one gold album and two multi-platinum albums) give them a decent shot at the Hall.

Fall Out Boy     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Pop Rock, Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Lock
Fall Out Boy released their first solo music in 2003. The band has enjoyed consistent critical and commercial success since their debut, and they have influenced artists including Panic! at the Disco, Taylor Swift, and You Me at Six. Their success and influence should lead them to the Rock Hall.

Jet     Genre(s): Garage Rock, Indie Rock     Odds of Induction: Slim
Jet released their first music in 2003. Known for their hit “Cold Hard Bitch,” the band has released only one massive album, Get Born, though that album is considered a seminal modern garage rock and indie rock album. It’s difficult to make the Hall with just one great album.

The Killers     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, others     Odds of Induction: High
The Killers released their first single in 2003. One of the most successful bands of the last nearly 20 years, their first two albums are considered required listening for alternative rock of the 21st century. Their success and musicality should lead them to the Hall.

Kings of Leon     Genre(s): Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Medium
Kings of Leon released their first music in 2003. A rare American artist that has been more successful internationally, they are best known for massive hits “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.” Noted for lead singer Caleb Followill’s unique vocal style, the three-brother-and-a-cousin band’s success and musicality makes a good case for the Rock Hall.

Los Lonely Boys      Genre(s): Rock n’ Roll, Tejano, others     Odds of Induction: Slim
Los Lonely Boys released their first single in 2003 (after two self-released albums in the 1990s). Known for hit song “Heaven,” they have released one multi-platinum album. They’ll need more than just their smooth harmonies to make the Rock Hall.

Shinedown     Genre(s): Hard Rock, Post-Grunge     Odds of Induction: Medium
Shinedown released their first music in 2003. One of the most successful rock acts of the 2000s and 2010s, they hold a record for the most number one singles on the mainstream rock chart (16). All twenty-seven of their singles have also reached the top five for that chart. Check out their great acoustic cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”

Three Days Grace     Genre(s): Hard Rock, Post-Grunge     Odds of Induction: Medium
Three Days Grace released their first music in 2003. Another of the most successful rock acts of the 2000s and 2010s, they held the record for the most number one singles on the mainstream rock chart (15) until Shinedown broke it last year. The band’s success gives them a decent shot at the Hall.

Velvet Revolver     Genre(s): Hard Rock     Odds of Induction: Slim
Velvet Revolver released their first single in 2003. Known for hits “Slither” and “Fall to Pieces,” the supergroup released one multi-platinum album. Unfortunately, lead singer Scott Weiland has passed. The remaining members have returned to their other bands. One album won’t be enough to get them to the Rock Hall.

Kanye West     Genre(s): Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: Lock
Kanye released his first single in 2003. One of the greatest rappers of all time, he has influenced a generation of artists and then some. His massive success, influence, and musicality guarantee him a spot in the Hall, despite any antics or narcissism.

Amy Winehouse at the The Eurockeans music festival, June 29, 2007.
Photo by Rama, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Amy Winehouse     Genre(s): Soul, Neo-soul, R&B, Jazz     Odds of Induction: Lock
Amy Winehouse released her first music in 2003. While she only released two albums before her premature death, she left a significant legacy. Known for her contralto vocals, she influenced many artists. Her album Back to Black is considered one of the greatest albums of all time. Look to see her inducted on her first ballot.

Eligible 2030

All Time Low     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
All Time Low released their first commercial EP in 2004. A popular punk pop band from the 2000s and 2010s, the band needs help to make the Rock Hall, like other artists citing them as an influence.

Sara Bareilles     Genre(s): Pop, Pop Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
Sara Bareilles released her first album in 2004. Known for her hit “Love Song,” she has released one platinum album and two gold albums. While she needs to do a lot more to make a case for the Rock Hall, she is one of a handful of people with a legitimate chance to become an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner.

Bloc Party     Genre(s): Indie Rock, Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
Bloc Party released their first music in 2004. They have released one gold and two platinum albums so far, among other success. The band has also influenced other artists, such as Paramore. A host of other indie artists stand in front of them for Rock Hall induction, however.

Bring Me the Horizon     Genre(s): Deathcore, Metalcore, others     Odds of Induction: Medium
Bring Me the Horizon released their first EP in 2004. The most influential deathcore band of the 2000s and 2010s, the group has influenced other artists with music, plus metal fans with fashion and style.

John Legend (real name John Stephens)     Genre(s): R&B, Soul, Pop     Odds of Induction: Medium
John Legend released his first commercial music in 2004. Known for massive hit “All of Me,” Legend has charted consistently for nearly two decades. He is one of only sixteen people to have won the aforementioned EGOT. His success and respect give him a good base to get to the Rock Hall.

Eligible 2031

Arctic Monkeys     Genre(s): Indie Rock, Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Lock
Arctic Monkeys released their first music in 2005. The face of 2000s and 2010s indie rock alongside the Black Keys, the band has had significant critical and commercial success. They have also influenced a number of artists. Musicality, success, and influence will lead them to the Rock Hall.

The Fray     Genre(s): Pop Rock, Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
The Fray released their first commercial music in 2005. Known for their emotional lyrics and melodies, they have released one platinum album and one multi-platinum album. The band has been on hiatus since 2016, and will need more than their success and musicality to see the Rock Hall.

Nipsey Hussle (real name Ermias Asghedom)     Genre(s): Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: High
Nipsey Hussle released his first mixtape in 2005. One of the most respected rappers among his peers, he actually only released one full studio album before his death. With respect and influence, success, and musicality, he should make the Hall.

Panic! At the Disco     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Pop Rock, Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Lock
Panic! At the Disco released their first music in 2005. Now lead singer Brendon Urie’s solo project, Panic! has released one gold album, three platinum albums, and two multi-platinum albums among massive critical and commercial success. Musicality, technical ability, influence, and success ensure at least Urie a trip to the Rock Hall.

Paramore     Genre(s): Punk Pop, Pop Rock, Alternative Rock, Emo     Odds of Induction: Lock
Paramore released their first music in 2005. Known for lead singer Hayley Williams’ vocals, their live performances, and the band’s shifting sound, all five of their studio albums are certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum. Respect, influence, technical ability, and critical and commercial success have paved the way for Paramore to the Hall.

Hayley Williams of Paramore at the Van’s Warped Tour, July 3, 2007 in Vancouver.
Photo by Hugo Chisholm, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Portugal. The Man     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop     Odds of Induction: Low
Portugal. The Man released their first EP in 2005. Known for hit single “Feel It Still,” the band has had mild critical success and has consistently released music. Their output and success start a case for them to make the Rock Hall.

Rihanna (full name Robyn Rihanna Fenty)     Genre(s): Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop     Odds of Induction: Lock
Rihanna released her first music in 2005. A pop icon, she is one of the most successful artists in music history. She has collaborated with many artists in different genres and has influenced many others. Look to see her in the Rock Hall sooner than later.

Silversun Pickups     Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Indie Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
Silversun Pickups released their first EP in 2005. Known for their soft vs. loud sound, guitar layering, and lead singer Brian Auburt’s vocal style, the band has had mild commercial success, but is a respected indie artist. They probably need more for the Hall.

Rob Thomas     Genre(s): Pop Rock, Alternative Rock     Odds of Induction: Low
Rob Thomas released his first solo music in 2005. A noted songwriter, Thomas has found success outside Matchbox Twenty; it’s possible he’ll be inducted twice, though he has more work to do as a solo artist. Success and technical ability help his case here, but he’s more likely to be inducted with Matchbox Twenty only.

Zac Brown Band     Genre(s): Country, Country Rock, others     Odds of Induction: High
Zac Brown Band released their first album in 2005. They released four straight platinum or multi-platinum albums along with critical success. With genre diversity, the band are one of the few country artists that have a legitimate shot at the Rock Hall (the Hall has been pretty stingy about letting in country-related artists since the earlier classes).

Stay tuned for a look at artists who will become eligible from 2032 and beyond.

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