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From a list of 15 nominees, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will accept five of the best musical acts to enter the Cleveland museum’s hallowed halls as honorees in October. This list contains some of the best 1980s acts, including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Beastie Boys and the Cure.

The list inspires outrage and anger and angst among music fans every year, sparking heated battles over who did and didn’t make the list. “What a joke!! The Spinners? Chaka Khan? Donovan? THAT'S NOT ROCK N ROLL! This list is a joke,” writes one local Cleveland commenter.

Another oft-referred to point of anger is the absence of the band Rush. BlogPost reader Jamison wrote in to say, “Stopped paying attention to RR Hall after they have passed on this band so many times. Until Rush is put in, they have no legitimacy. Ask any musician from any band on your list.”

I’ve picked the five that I think should win the top prize. Feel free to tell me how wrong I am in the comments. (Jamison definitely did!)

Here’s the full list:

Beastie Boys

The Cure


Eric B. & Rakim

Guns N’ Roses


Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

Freddie King

Laura Nyro

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rufus with Chaka Khan

The Small Faces/The Faces

The Spinners

Donna Summer


Here are my choices:

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Guns N’ Roses

Beastie Boys

The Cure


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