4. Depeche Mode
Although they technically aren’t your traditional “classic rock” band, Depeche Mode were widely responsible for ushering in the new-wave alternative sound of the 1980’s. Their legacy has inspired modern day artists from numerous genres including electronic artists, pop artists, rock artists and even metal artists of today’s day in age! Some bands they have influenced have include Muse, The Gorillaz, Coldplay, The Killers, Arcade Fire, and Nine Inch Nails.
This was Depeche Mode’s first year of eligibility, so there is still so much time for them to make it in. We thought they would get the nomination the first year of eligibility, but the year was crowded with so many artists that waited too long, and were too good to leave out! There’s no doubt in our minds that Depeche Mode will be there one day, but just based on their influences and impact on a wide variety of genres, they could have definitely been inducted this year!