Had we done this list with the criteria of chart success, Chicago would have easily been in our top ten. Having charted over multiple decades, Chicago has enjoyed a devoted following that few on this list can match. One has to wonder if the band was a little flashier, and the fans a little louder if it would not come as such a great shock as to the average music fan as to just how successful they were.
Chicago blended Jazz, Blues, Rock and Pop that combined with a rich assortment of horns created a melodic sound that reached mass audiences. Although it was a successful style, the critics never seemed to respect them, despite the obvious technical talents they had. In terms of seeking induction to Cleveland, Chicago developed a more Adult Contemporary style in the 80’s which although successful was even more critically disliked than before. Despite their large fan base and Billboard success, there is a good chance that they could remain the most successful group of musicians to never gain enshrinement.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Chicago, IL)
Why They Will Get In:
Their extensive body of work has a large contingent of fans.
Why They Won’t Get In:
Could this be another Jann Wenner snub?
The Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
Chicago II (1970)
Chicago VII (1974)
Chicago X (1976)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Beginnings (From The Chicago Transit Authority, 1969)
Questions 67 or 68 (From The Chicago Transit Authority, 1969)
25 or 6 to 4 (From Chicago II, 1970)
If You Leave Me Now (From Chicago X, 1976)
Baby, What a Big Surprise (From Chicago XI, 1977)
Should Chicago be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put them in! - 63.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.4%