Year Eligible: 2016
Debut Album: Ten (1991)
Why They Should Be Inducted: The group thought better of their original name, Mookie Blaylock, and, as Pearl Jam, issued one of the best-selling debut albums in history, Ten, which has been certified 13 times platinum. Moreover, they made a name for themselves while taking on the music industry, specifically Ticketmaster, and professing pro-choice ideology in the early Nineties. To their credit, all but one of their studio albums has sold at least gold.
Possible Drama: Other than suffering "exploding drummer syndrome," à la Spinal Tap – and note, their fifth drummer, Matt Cameron, has held onto his job since 1998 – the group's lineup has remained consistent since forming in 1990. Only drummer Dave Abbruzzese – who was ousted after recording the group's last multiplatinum record, Vitalogy – has expressed any bad blood but he has since said he no longer harbors hard feelings.