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20 Artists Eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Next

On the eve of the 2014 induction, a look at who might join the ranks through 2019

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As Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members AC/DC once sang, "It's a long way to the top, if you want to rock & roll" – and that's especially true if you want to join its hall of fame. An artist becomes eligible to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of his or her debut record. But that alone won't get an act in. To be considered, they must have demonstrated some contribution to the "development and perpetuation of rock & roll." This year, Nirvana join a list of artists that includes Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Elton John, among others, who were inducted in the first year of elibibility. Other artists wait years and years for inclusion, like Kiss who waited 15 before getting the nod this year. Here's a look at 20 artists who will become eligible for induction over the next five years, why they might make it in and whether or not their induction will be a smooth process. By Kory Grow

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Sheryl Crow

Year Eligible: 2018
Debut Album: Tuesday Night Music Club (1993)
Why They Should Be Inducted: When Sheryl Crow first appeared on the charts, songs like "All I Wanna Do," "Strong Enough" and "Leaving Las Vegas" had qualities that made her a hit with fans of pop, alternative, country and mainstream rock simultaneously. Her easygoing mien helped her earn platinum albums well into the mid 2000s as she has continued to refine her many sounds.
Possible Drama: None. A couple of years after she opened up about a brain-tumor scare that turned out to be benign, Crow has since reinvented herself as a country singer-songwriter. "Nashville is amazing," Crow said in an interview. "It ups your game [as a songwriter]."

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Green Day

Year Eligible: 2015
Debut Album: 39/Smooth (1990)
Why They Should Be Inducted: What other band of punks could serve as the connecting thread between 924 Gilman Street and Broadway? From their humble beginnings as snotty iconoclasts singing about masturbation to winning two Tony Awards for American Idiot, Green Day have truly redefined punk without abandoning the ethos of rock & roll.
Possible Drama: None. Despite a mini-breakdown following the release of ¡Uno!, when frontman Billie Joe Armstrong unleashed an angry screed on Justin Bieber at a festival and later sought substance-abuse treatment, the frontman has since been rehabilitated. The group is even putting out an LP of demos on Record Store Day.

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Jeff Buckley

Year Eligible: 2019
Debut Album: Grace (1994)
Why He Should Be Inducted:
With just one album released, Jeff Buckley stepped out of the shadow of his father, Tim, and showed that he had his own unique and sensitive voice. Following his 1997 death, his legacy has only grown: His version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" posthumously claimed the top spot of Billboard's Digital Songs chart after Jason Castro performed it on American Idol and Rufus Wainwright wrote a song in his honor.
Possible Drama: None. Jeff Buckley's legacy has constantly been treated with respect. Some of his songs were even recently admitted into the Library of Congress.

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Year Eligible: 2019
Debut Album: Definitely Maybe (1994)
Why They Should Be Inducted: Oasis might not have invented Britpop, but they surely ratified it. Brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher always had a knack for writing catchy, curl-lipped anthems for music fans as disaffected as they were. Well maybe not "as disaffected," given their penchant for inner-band pugilism, but who can forget "Wonderwall"?
Possible Drama: More like "probable drama." To cap off years of bickering between the Gallagher brothers, Liam sued Noel in 2011 for slandering him as the band broke up. Since then, Liam has said he is open to a reunion. Definitely maybe?

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Year Eligible: 2018
Debut Album: Golden Feelings (1993)
Why He Should Be Inducted: Beck takes risks, damn the torpedoes. He earned himself a double-platinum plaque when he beefed up the hip-hop edge of his earlier hits for his Odelay album in 1996 and got himself a gold with the beautiful bummer trip Sea Change in 2002.
Possible Drama: He has been reclusive in recent years, producing others' records, issuing albums as sheet music and generally avoiding the stage possibly as a result of a spinal injury. But leading up to the release of his most recent LP, Morning Phase, he has decided to get back on the road with 2014 North American tour dates running through June.

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Year Eligible: 2018
Debut Album: Pablo Honey (1993)
Why They Should Be Inducted: The band members have proven themselves to be artistic visionaries, experimenting in the studio with the same verve as the Beatles and Pink Floyd decades before. Moreover, the group turned the music industry on its cauliflower ear when it released In Rainbows as a pay-what-want album in 2007.
Possible Drama: None. Radiohead's lineup has remained consistent since 1985, a feat that warrants its own reward.

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