95. Blood, Sweat and Tears
Innovating the “jazz-rock” genre with jazz improvisation, melodic arrangements and a powerful orchestral sound, Blood Sweat & Tears were an act of their own. Even though the group went numerous line-up changes over the years, their music continues to hold up to this day.
Hall of Fame hit: “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”
94. The Kinks
Part of the British Invasion in the early ’60s, The Kinks founded by brother Ray and Dave Davies helped pioneer the punk sound with their “in your face” style of rhythm and blues rock. Credited as “the original punks,” The Kinks broke out in the U.S. with heavy hits like “All Day and All Night” and their signature song, “You Really Got Me.”
Hall of Fame hit: “You Really Got Me”
93. Van Morrison
“Van The Man” is no doubt one of the greatest artists in history. With six Grammy awards and several accolades including being inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Van Morrison helped popularize the soul/R&B inspired sound with his feel-good hits like “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Wild Night” and “Moondance.”
Hall of Fame hit: “Brown Eyed Girl”
92. Bill Haley and the Comets
One of the earliest rock bands in America, Bill Haley and His Comets brought rockabilly to the masses during the ’50s and beyond.
Hall of Fame hit: “Rock Around The Clock”
91. The Box Tops
Founded in Memphis, The Box Tops blended rich soul and southern rock to create such lasting hits as “The Letter” and “Cry Like A Baby.” Though The Box Tops’ success was brief, it launched the breakout career of lead vocalist Alex Chilton, who became one of the most influential cult figures in music with the power pop group Big Star.
Hall of Fame hit: “The Letter”