The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for its 2017 induction class. The nomination process calls for an artist to be at least 25 years removed from the release of their first single or album, making 1991 the cutoff year for this year’s crop. The nominees are determined through input by hundreds of music-industry professionals, artists and historians. This year’s list of contenders is diverse in musical style, influence, and overall cultural impact, and are worthy of the honor in their own distinct way. Those who make the cut for official induction will be announced in December. This year’s nominees are:
Best known song: Jeremy
Fun fact: Originally named Mookie Blaylock after the former NBA All-Star.
Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
Best known song: Mr. Blue Sky
Fun fact: Holds the record for most Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart without ever achieving a number one single.
Best known song: California Love
Fun fact: Released more albums posthumously (7) than he did while alive (4)
Best known song: That’s the Way Love Goes
Fun fact: Now 50, Jackson recently announced she is expecting her first child
Best known song: Owner of a Lonely Heart
Fun fact: After receiving nominations for induction the past two years, the band will hope the third time’s the charm
Best known song: Kick Out the Jams
Fun fact: Despite being around since 1964, MC5 only recorded three studio albums
Best known song: Just What I Needed
Fun fact: Received a nomination into the Hall of Fame last year as well
Best known song: Don’t Stop Believin’
Fun fact: Despite selling over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone, the band’s signature song “Don’t Stop Believin'” never reached number one on any country’s chart.
Best known song: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Fun fact: Only achieved two Top 40 hits in her career spanning over fifty years
Best known song: Le Freak
Fun fact: Set a record for Hall of Fame nominations with 11 total
Best known song: Time of the Season
Fun fact: Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Best known song: I’m Every Woman
Fun fact: Became the first artist to feature a rapper in their song in 1984.
Best known song: Tour de France
Fun fact: Received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014
Best known song: Born to be Wild
Fun fact: Lead singer John Kay is the only original member left in the band’s lineup
J. Geils Band
Best known song: Centerfold
Fun fact: Their hit “Centerfold” is currently listed no. 52 on Billboard’s All Time Top Songs.
Best known song: Been Caught Stealing
Fun fact: The band earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.
Best known song: Hold What You’ve Got
Fun fact: Had four hit songs sell over a million copies
Best known song: Enjoy The Silence
Fun fact: One of 11 musical artists from the U.K. to have a number one album in the U.S. and U.K. simultaneously
Best known song: Banned in D.C.
Fun fact: Originally known as a jazz group called Mind Power.