Since its beginning in 1986, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction has been bestowed on nearly 300 bands, solo artists and various other music industry luminaries. Somewhere between five and seven more will join them in April 2014, chosen from among these 15 nominees.
Eight of the potential 2014 class are first-time nominees, and about half of those represent classic rock.
After Rush's induction last year, progressive rock fans' hopes are running high that Yes will make it in on their first try. Based solely on the fact that they have been eligible for induction since 1994, their first nomination has been a long time coming.
The Zombies have been eligible under the Rock Hall rules since 1990 (25 years after release of their first album) but this is their first nomination. The second of their five studio albums, Odessey and Oracle, is on the Rolling Stone list of the greatest albums of all time.
Already in the Hall as a member of Genesis, this is Gabriel's first nomination as a solo artist. He has the distinction of being responsible for the most played music video in MTV's history, "Sledgehammer."
Oddsmakers favor Nirvana being inducted their first time out. The trio of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have been credited with setting the stage for the grunge revolution in the '90s.
If being a major influence were the sole criterion, Link Wray would be inducted in a heartbeat. Among the artists who cite the guitarist as a seminal force in their own careers: Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Jeff Beck.
The multi-genre vocalist may be a sentimental favorite after being forced into retirement by Parkinson's disease this year. Not that she wouldn't otherwise merit induction, as evidenced by her 11 Grammy Awards and a long list of multi-million selling albums.
Daryl Hall and John Oates described their genre as "rock n' soul." They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, based on their steady output of hit songs between the mid '70s and mid '80s.
The Replacements are credited with laying the groundwork for the emergence of alternative rock in the '80s. About.com '80s music expert Steve Peake says the band "used punk rock as a launching pad but never a tightly closed container for its unique blend of pure pop, rock fury and unpredictability."
Three of last years first time nominees are in the hunt again this year.