Nerd Mixtape: Ladies and Gentlemen, Your 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees!

Season’s Greetings fellow music nerds, and let us rejoice for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees are here. And might we say…it’s a good list. Scratch that, it’s an incredible list. With several first-time nominees making the rounds and a few long-deserving additions, this year’s round of bands and artists are sure to wow everyone come induction time. Let’s take a look at the 6 inductees, shall we?


Joan Baez

Every round of inductees seems to cover a broad spectrum. Checking off the indie/folk music category is Joan Baez, a singer-songwriter who has been gracing stages since the 60s. She might be the only person on this list who you aren’t as familiar with, but if you take a look at some of the incredible artists and venues she’s played (Woodstock, to mention one), you’ll understand just how incredibly talented Joan Baez truly is. Her induction is a long-overdue and deserving one.


Electric Light Orchestra

Making their waves in the early 70s, Electric Light Orchestra, or ELO, has been on nearly everyone’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wish list for years. With countless hits and immersive albums, the band made a name for themselves by blending classical overtones and tight vocal harmonies with a more familiar rock and pop feel. Featuring Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan, ELO is an insanely talented band who is now one their way to their rightful place in Rock and Roll history.



Take several members from Santana, blend in a little Frumious Bandersnatch, and you’ve got…Journey. In 1970s San Francisco, Journey emerged as a rock and roll powerhouse featuring some of the most incredible vocalists, Steve Perry and Neal Schon ripping on the guitar. This band has been a longtime favorite on the Hall of Fame ballot, and finally gets their moment in the sun come 2017. Well, done gentlemen.


Pearl Jam

Covering the 90s grunge era, Pearl Jam are first-time nominees and rightfully on their way to the Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the most intense lyrics and vocals from Eddie Vedder, as well as some of the most memorable guitar riffs from Mike McCready, Pearl Jam has released several number one albums and hit songs over the years. Their die-hard fan base clearly extends into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters, as this was a one-and-done deal for the guys from Seattle. Expect a rocking show during their induction!


Tupac Shakur

As tends to be a more recent trend, and deservedly so, hip-hop and rap are taking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by storm. After last year’s induction of NWA, it should come as no surprise that Tupac would be welcomed in with open arms right after. Regarded as one of the greatest rappers who ever lived, Tupac’s gritty but eloquent music style established him as one of the most successful artists in the genre. Working with several of the business’ top players didn’t hurt either. Despite his untimely death in 1996, expect a tremendous presentation come 2017 when Tupac makes his waves at the induction ceremony. Might we see a return of the famous Tupac hologram, perhaps?



Rounding out the list of inductees is probably the most long-deserving of the honor: Yes. This incredibly talented band started in the late 60s and hit their stride in the 70s with hits like “Roundabout” and “Heart of the Sunrise.” They even extended their reign into the 80s with “Owner of a Lonely Heart” among others.  Expect a tremendous response when Yes takes the stage to accept their induction.

There you have it! Your 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. Seems like an impressive bunch, wouldn’t you say? Who do you think should have made the list? Let us know in the comments, and most importantly, keep checking back here at for more nerdy music news and more!

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