Feb 22, 2023 - News

Evaluating REO Speedwagon's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame resume

1970s white singer and guitarist, both with puffy hair, perform next to each other on stage.

I can't fight this feeling that REO Speedwagon doesn't belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Photo: Paul Natkin/Getty Images

Our latest look at an artist some fans consider a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame snub takes me to the sweet sounds of 1980s pop rock.

  • REO Speedwagon has the stadium anthems people still sing today but lacks the critical acclaim that often secures Rock Hall induction.

How it works: To be eligible, an artist had to release their first official recording at least 25 years ago.

  • Despite being eligible since 1997, REO Speedwagon has yet to be nominated.

Why they matter: REO Speedwagon became a commercial juggernaut during the first half of the 1980s with No. 1 hits "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling."

Yes, but: REO Speedwagon has been touring and releasing records steadily for 50 years but has just one essential album to its credit.

ğŸ‘ŽğŸ¾ Troy's thought bubble: REO Speedwagon is one of several arena rock bands — Boston, Foreigner, Styx, Toto, etc. — classic rock fans want in the Rock Hall.

  • Though popular, the music doesn't feel all that inventive or influential decades later.

Go deeper: Find out if I think Coldplay or Thin Lizzy is Rock Hall-worthy.


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