8. New York Dolls
The case for: One of the originators of American punk rock music, the Dolls dressed up Stonesy sass and ’50s-pop sensibilities in trashy fishnets and high heels, on tracks such as 1973’s “Personality Crisis” and 1974’s “Human Being.”
The case against: Despite their lasting influence on bands such as 2012 hall nominees Guns N’ Roses, the Dolls original lineup only managed two albums before the wheels fell off in the mid-'70s. David Johansson's sour-note singing can make Johnny Rotten sound like Aretha Franklin by comparison.
Induction precedent: Sex Pistols (2006)