6. Cheap Trick
The case for: In their prime, this tuneful Illinois quartet crafted tight, melodic ass-kickers—including “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender.” Cheap Trick’s multi-platinum 1979 live album ushered the word “Budokan” into even casual rock fans’ lexicon.
The case against: It’s possible hall voters perceive Cheap Trick vintage material as being the greasy-kid’s-stuff of that era—which is unfortunate. There’s also might be a stigma from Cheap Trick’s schlocky 1988 power ballad, “The Flame.”
Induction precedent: Aerosmith (2001)