Year Eligible: 2016
Debut Album: Gish (1991)
Why They Should Be Inducted: Aside from being one of the most distinctive voices of the alt-rock era, Smashing Pumpkins managed to score a diamond-selling album for Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness at a time when buying double-CDs required a promissory note for the buyer's first-born. They got thousands of kids to walk around with T-shirts that said "Zero" on them and, even after a messy breakup and a complete overhaul of their lineup, still manage to play arenas.
Possible Drama: Depends on who gets an invite. Smashing Pumpkins is Billy's baby, and although the group currently contains no other original members, the possibility of the reunion is unlikely. Corgan has placed blame on guitarist James Iha for breaking up the group, which Iha refuted, and called bassist D'arcy Wretzky a "mean-spirited drug addict." Neither has played in Pumpkins since Y2K was a thing.