The Cars’ brittle New Wave pop of “My Best Friend’s Girl” helped define the turn into the 1980s. Los Lobos’ “How Will the Wolf Survive” and “Kiko” albums were critical favorites and the band has endured as a top live act.
The stuttering recitation of Chaka Khan’s name was a signature of her 1984 hit “I Feel For You.” The J.B.’s well-disciplined tightness and supreme funk made them among the most sampled artists in music. Midwestern favorites Cheap Trick’s Beatles-at-top-volume sound became a hit after they traveled to Japan and made a live album before an enthusiastic audience.
Artists are eligible for the hall 25 years after their first music is released. Acts nominated in their first year of eligibility, like Green Day last year, usually are slam dunks for inclusion but no one fits that bill this year.