10. Stevie Ray Vaughan
The case for: This Texas guitar-slinger gave the blues a sorely needed jolt in the mid-'80s, with blazing six-string heroics on such tracks as “Pride and Joy,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Cold Shot.” Vaughan, who died in a 1990 helicopter crash, could also belt out a tune—Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler once cited SRV as one of his favorite blues singers.
The case against: Vaughan was not a prolific songwriter, and as molten as his guitar playing was, hall voters might see SRV as having aped Jimi Hendrix’s moves just a little too much.
Induction precedent: Bonnie Raitt (2000)