There aren’t many greater honours that can be bestowed on a band than being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The foundation was established in 1983, and since then, a number of the biggest bands from around the globe have been inducted with the honour. The museum can be located in Cleveland, which is a must visit for all lovers of music.
But, which iconic British bands have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
There are few more iconic groups in music history, which means it was fitting that they were among the first bands inducted, and the very first British act. The group included megastars George Harrison, Ring Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and the Fab Four, as they were dubbed, are the best-selling music act of all-time. Overall, it is estimated that the group sold over 600 million records during their career, and hold the records for the most number one albums on the UK Albums Chart and most number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
As well as that, The Beatles also hold the record for the most singles sold in the UK, as they sold 22 million copies during their esteemed career. The band from Liverpool remain as important in the music industry in this modern day, with thousands of groups citing The Beatles as their inspiration.
One of the most important acts in rock history was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Despite being formed in London, WeLoveBrum.co.uk believe that Birmingham remains their spiritual home, with two of the four members being from the West Midlands. During their career, they were pioneers with the development of album-orientated rock and also stadium rock. The band was only active between 1968 and 1980, but that was long enough to leave a long-standing mark on the industry with huge albums such as ‘Led Zeppelin’ and ‘Led Zeppelin II’.
However, their best-selling album was released in 1971 and was an untitled album. This record sold over 37 million copies globally, and featured monster hits such as ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and ‘Black Dog. The group have reunited on a number of actions, including a 2007 reunion tour, and they remain one of the best-selling music artists of all-time.
Queen remain one of the most popular bands of all-time, and were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. The group made up of Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May and John Deacon sold over 300 million records worldwide, and are still touring to this day in a new line-up.
The group have received a magnitude of honours throughout their career, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Their best selling album was the 1981 release titled ‘Greatest Hits’. The album is the best-selling album in the United Kingdom, and has been certified nine times in the United States.