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Readers’ Poll: 10 Acts That Should Enter the Hall of Fame in 2016

See what group managed to top Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, the Smiths and Cheap Trick

Deep Purple and Cheap Trick

Deep Purple and Cheap Trick

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Nothing gets rock fans arguing like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Musical taste is so subjective that pleasing everyone is impossible. Hard rock fans are livid that acts like Deep Purple and Iron Maiden aren't in, rap fans think it's insane that N.W.A and De La Soul are still waiting and prog fans can't believe that Yes and King Crimson continue to be excluded. Meanwhile, 1980s groups like the Smiths, the Cure, Pixies and Sonic Youth await their nods. Now that this year's ceremony is behind us, we asked our readers to select who they'd like to see enter the Hall of Fame in 2016. Here are your picks. 

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There aren't a lot of prog-rock bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sure, there's Genesis, Pink Floyd and Queen, but all those groups had more than a few pop moments. Yes, at least in the 1970s, were like pure-grade prog heroin. They were cut with nothing. By 1978 even Genesis was releasing radio-friendly stuff like "Follow You Follow Me," but Yes were busying themselves with "On the Silent Wings of Freedom" and "Don't Kill the Whale." They broke up in 1980, and when they reformed four years later they were almost a completely different band. New guitarist Trevor Rabin crafted their comeback hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart," which (very briefly) revived the Yes brand. They've parted ways with frontman Jon Anderson in recent years and are hitting the road with Toto this summer. Yes deserve to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their 1970 to 1974 work alone, but maybe the fact that they just kept going and going started to work against them. It's too bad. "Close to the Edge" and "Siberian Khatru" represent prog rock at its absolute finest. 

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Electric Light Orchestra

Earlier this month, Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Heavyweights like Tom Petty and Joe Walsh were on hand to pay their respects to the musician, who recently put together a new lineup of ELO and has hinted at future tour dates in America. They'll play to enormous crowds, but for whatever reason Lynne remains the sole Traveling Wilbury without his own Hall of Fame award. Maybe ELO were a little poppy and eclectic for the tastemakers of their day, but we have a feeling they'll make it into the Hall of Fame in the next few years. 

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Deep Purple

You can't blame the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee for not bringing Deep Purple in. They've put them on the ballot several times over the past few years, but for whatever reason the voters just don't seem to be going for them. It probably has something to do with the fact that the vast, vast majority of voters are American. If the people of Europe had the chance to vote, Deep Purple would have been in years ago. Sadly, many people in America see them as merely the "Smoke on the Water" band. Throughout the rest of the world, Deep Purple are seen on the same level as 1970s giants Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. They continue to play huge shows even though guitarist Ritchie Blackmore bolted over 20 years ago. If they ever got into the Hall of Fame, there's a sliver of a chance he'd reunite with them. 

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