The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland today, Dec. 13, announced its 2019 inductees.
They are the Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks (for the second time; first time was with Fleetwood Mac), Radiohead, Roxy Music and the Zombies.
That got us all wondering: Who's not in the hall but should be?
ThisWeek staffers answer that question: Which band or artist should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame but continues to get snubbed?
Andrew King, reporter: They were nominated, so it's even more astonishing that Rage Against the Machine didn't get in. They should be a shoo-in.
Andy Resnik, sports copy editor: The Oneders. (Editor's note: The Oneders are a band from the 1996 movie, "That Thing You Do!")
Dennis Laycock, assignment editor: They Might Be Giants. They've been together since 1982, have 22 studio albums (including the first internet-only album released by a major-label band, in 1999), have sold millions of albums (including one platinum and three gold), won two Grammys, have written or performed themes or music for copious TV shows and movies, and continue to push boundaries for what rock music should sound like with every album. Also they're my favorite band. Also it's inconceivable that Radiohead is just getting in this year.
Jarrod Ulrey, reporter: Iron Maiden (dude!): Formed in 1975, the pioneering act of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal has produced 16 albums, still tours worldwide and has influenced numerous rock acts behind the brilliance of legendary bassist Steve Harris and perhaps the greatest singer in heavy metal history, Bruce Dickinson. The R&R Hall of Fame has disrespected metal for far too long!
Kevin Corvo, reporter: The Doobie Brothers are missing from the R&R Hall of Fame roster, and its committee can't tell me it's because of the band's name. The band has demonstrated its musical chops, songwriting and arrangements beginning in the early 1970s with then lead vocalist and composer Tom Johnston, hammering out R&B-tinged hits such as "Long Train Runnin'," "Jesus is Just Alright" and "China Grove."
The band re-imaged in the late 1970s as an adult-contemporary-leaning band, when singer-songwriter Michael McDonald replaced Johnston and turned out equally memorable tunes such as "What A Fool Believes" and "Minute by Minute."
Gary Seman Jr., reporter: Didn't realize Maiden isn't in. If Patti Smith can get inducted, anyone can. That is all for now.
Sarah Sole, reporter: Alice in Chains deserves a spot. They were an instrumental force in the grunge era and still put out strong albums (see 2009's "Black Gives Way to Blue") and deliver one heck of a live show despite lead vocalist Layne Staley's death in 2002. Their melodic harmonies coupled with powerful guitar riffs create songs capable of giving me chills. On a side note, I'm thrilled Radiohead was nominated.
Scott Hennen, reporter: Warren Zevon. Known for the catchy yet overplayed "Werewolves of London," Zevon is so much more. He wrote and originally performed songs that other artists made their own into hits, such as "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me" with Linda Ronstadt and "Lawyers, Guns and Money" with Hank Williams Jr. He had an acerbic wit, but also wrote tender love songs such as "Searching for a Heart." He also wrote one of the best songs about failing bodies as time marches on (Don't Let Us Get Sick), which turned out to be his take on dying of cancer. He died in 2003 and was an influence on artists such as Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles, the aforementioned Ronstadt, REM and Kid Rock. Check him out.
Lee Cochran, managing editor: If Janet Jackson is in, how is Pat Benatar not? Also how are Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden still on the outside looking in?
Frank DiRenna, reporter: I’m a little prejudiced towards Meat Loaf and George Thorogood, two of best concerts I’ve attended.
Abby Armbruster, social-media coordinator: I gotta say, I can't believe Jim Croce hasn't been inducted. My dad introduced me to "Time in a Bottle" and "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" when I was younger and have been hooked ever since.
Sandy Wallace, assistant managing editor/news: Definitely the Doobie Brothers. "Black Water" is one of my all-time favorites.
Scott Hummel, assistant managing editor/digital: I'm going with Ratt. The best opening guitar riff in all of music is in "Lay It Down" from the "Invasion of Your Privacy" album. Ratt is an iconic '80s hairband.
Neil Thompson, editor/content and special projects: It was about time for Def Leppard! (Still an amazing live band!) I'm also one of those people who insists country artists should receive more consideration and respect, but I won't burden anyone with that argument.
Now for the snubs.
The most obvious omission continues to be Iron Maiden. Yes, Maiden is a heavy metal band, but it definitely belongs in the hall. Nothing gets my blood pumping quite like "The Trooper."
For a less obvious suggestion, the Replacements was a band before its time, playing alternative rock in the 1980s before anyone even had a conception of what that meant. "Left of the Dial" has been a favorite since college.
I also feel compelled to name the Pete Rose of rock hall consideration: Ted Nugent. I understand he's a polarizing figure for many, but he's undeniably an iconic hard rock guitarist and has a legitimate case for inclusion.
Finally, Poison is one of the best live acts I've ever seen. How are Brett, Bobby, C.C. and Rikki not in the hall? Name me two better back-to-back hit rock ballads by the same band than "Fallen Angel" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." I'll wait.