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13 Songs That Should Be Added to the Rock Hall's New Singles Category

The telecast of the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony premieres on HBO this Saturday, May 5 at 8 PM, and in case fans missed some previous reports, they'll learn about a new induction category.

The newly added "Singles" category honors songs that helped shape rock and roll by artists who haven't been inducted into the Rock Hall but are eligible and still could be inducted.

The first inductees in the category included “Rocket 88” by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), Link Wray and his Ray Men’s “Rumble” (1958),  “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen (1963), Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)  and Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” (1968).

So, what songs should be added next year?  Here are 13 potential picks.


Chubby Checker - "The Twist"

Throughout music history, many dance crazes have accompanying soundtracks, but Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” is the best of them all.

Chubby Checker - The Twist

Chubby Checker - The Twist


The Shangri-Las - "Leader of the Pack"

Considering their influence, it’s criminal that the Shangri-Las haven’t been inducted into the Rock Hall.  At the very least, their classic “Leader of the Pack” should be added to the new “Singles” category.

The Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack (1964) Stereo HQ Audio

"Leader of the Pack" is a song written by George "Shadow" Morton, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich. It was a number one pop hit in 1964 for the girl group The Shangri-Las. The single is one of the group's best known songs as well as a popular cultural example of a 'teenage tragedy song'.


The Zombies - "She's Not There"

The Zombies have been nominated for induction a number of times but have failed to be inducted, which is yet another oversight when looking back at the band’s innovative genre-blending sound.  As far as debut singles go, they really don’t get much better than “She’s Not There.”

The Zombies - She's Not There

Live on Hullabaloo TV Show, 1965. Unlike other versions of this video on Youtube, this version has the studio track (In Sync) without the canned audience foley or the television intro.


Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - "Misirlou"

A massive surf rock hit that had a resurgence of popularity thanks to being included in the film Pulp Fiction, “Misirlou,” like Link Wray’s “Rumble,” is one of the most quintessential guitar tracks of all time.   

Dick Dale - Misirlou

Dick Dale


Junior Walker & the All-Stars - "Shotgun"

A number of Motown artists have been inducted into the Rock Hall, but Junior Walker  & the All-Star have just not received the same love. With the new “Singles” category, the inclusion of “Shotgun” is just a no-brainer.

Jr. Walker & The All-Stars - Shotgun

firme oldie...raza lowrider oldie Jr. Walker & The All-Stars Shotgun


Carole King - "So Far Away"

While Carole King was inducted into the Rock Hall as a songwriter along with partner Gerry Goffin, she has yet to be inducted as a performer, which is beyond absurd.  It’s difficult to chose just one track from her, but it doesn’t get more sublime than “So Far Away.”

Carole King - So Far Away (Audio)

Music video by Carole King performing So Far Away (Audio). (C) 2017 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

T.Rex - "Bang A Gong (Get It On)"

T.Rex and Marc Bolan didn’t have the massive career in the United State that they had in the U.K., but they opened the door for glam rock thanks to tracks like “Bang A Gong (Get It On).”

T. Rex Bang A Gong (Get It On) Live 1971

Get It On by the British glam rock group T. Rex featured frontman and songwriter Marc Bolan on their 1971 album Electric Warrior. Bang A Gong (Get It On) was the second chart-topper for T. Rex on the UK Singles Chart.


The Runaways - "Cherry Bomb"

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were inducted in 2015, but there might not be a Joan Jett without The Runaways and songs like “Cherry Bomb.”

The Runaways - Cherry Bomb - Official music video

Original music video


New York Dolls - "Personality Crisis"

The New York Dolls were one of the biggest influences on the punk rock genre, and it’s thanks to wild songs like “Personality Crisis.”

New York Dolls - Personality Crisis

The New York Dolls performing "Personality Crisis".


Motorhead - "Ace of Spades"

No band bridged the gap between punk and metal like Motorhead, and it’s shocking they haven’t even been nominated for induction.  If they never make it into the Rock Hall, at the very least, “Ace of Spades” should be included in the “Singles” category.

Motörhead - Ace Of Spades (Official Video)

Official music video of the legendary 'Ace of Spades' track by Motörhead. Originally released in 1980. Remembering Lemmy Kilmister, one of the greatest. Now and always! Amazon - iTunes - Spotify ℗ 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company, under exclusive license to [PIAS] UK Ltd.


Dio - "Rainbow in the Dark"

It’s been said over and over, but the lack of metal representation in the Rock Hall is abhorrent. When it comes to iconic metal voices, the late Ronnie James Dio is one of the best, and “Rainbow in the Dark” is one of his finest performances.

DIO - Rainbow In The Dark Official Video Clip .mpeg

Enjoy the official video clip!!!


Def Leppard - "Photograph"

Def Leppard is another major, influential band that has never been nominated for induction.  While we think they’ll be inducted one day, “Photograph” more than deserves to be included in the “Singles” category in the interim.

Def Leppard - Photograph

Music video by Def Leppard performing Photograph. © 1983 Mercury Records Limited


Iron Maiden - "Run To The Hills"

Remember that lack of metal representation thing?  Yeah...enter Iron Maiden and the incredible vocals of Bruce Dickinson.

Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills (Official Video)

Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills - from 1982's The Number Of The Beast Buy from Amazon: Download: Stream: Newly uploaded in HD Complete your Iron Maiden vinyl collection: Download and play Iron Maiden's 'Legacy Of The Beast' iOS and Android game for free now at New album 'The Book Of Souls' out now.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.