7. T. Rex
The case for: Corkscrew-haired frontman Marc Bolan was cherubic lightning on quintessential glam cuts like “Bang a Gong” and “20th Century Boy.” Like many other early '70s bands, such as Led Zeppelin, T. Rex supercharged the early rock ‘n’ roll grooves of Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Chuck Berry with more overtly sexual sounds—and amps cranked to 11.
The case against: After T. Rex’s twin towers LPs, ”Electric Warrior” and “The Slider,” the quality of the group’s output fell off markedly and, at times, seemed like a lampoon of their prime material.
Induction precedent: David Bowie (1996)