Eligible since: 2009
Argument for induction: Manchester's masters of mope didn't just create a sensation across the pond. Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce also served as muse to John Hughes and a subsequent encoding of American teen confusion. The Smiths survived for merely half a decade, but 1984's self-titled LP up through 1987's Strangeways, Here We Come (along with treasured B-sides and demos) were unforgettably full of jangly might and literary bite. The ensuing rush of Brit-pop phenoms (Blur, Stone Roses et al) can be immediately sourced to the Smiths, and presently, even the most prideful punks can be heard wailing aloud for someone to please, please, please let them get what they want — short of a Smiths reunion, that is.