Barenaked Ladies

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2014 (The 2015 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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One Week (1998)

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Will Barenaked Ladies be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


32 comments so far (post your own)

I doubt they will get in on their first year eligible (or first nomination), but eventually--sometime after Rush--the Hall should find room for these guys.

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 12.29.07 @ 20:14pm

I dunno. I love the group personally, but I don't think they'll get inducted.

Posted by K-Money on Sunday, 04.13.08 @ 08:24am

They stink "One Week" = Dreadful song

Posted by Dre on Saturday, 08.23.08 @ 12:17pm

This band is the reason why modern Canadian music sucks

Go to hell asswipes and take your stupid music with you

Posted by TZN on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 16:19pm

No!! Die you Barenaked bullshit.

Ridiculous band name

Ridiculous song lyrics

Ridiculous song subjects

Ridiculous everything

Go away!!!!!

Posted by God on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:10pm

Not RRHOF worthy

Posted by Denise on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:22pm

Stupid group

I hate their music

Posted by Eight E. One on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 16:17pm

Piece of crap piss spots and shit that's so huge it ends up plugging the toilet

That's the Barenaked Ladies

Posted by Crippen on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 13:59pm

"Piece of crap piss spots and shit that's so huge it ends up plugging the toilet"- Crippen

Okay...there's nothing like reading a "well thought out" and "intelligent" critique of an artist/group....Geez, somebody must've liked them for some reason, it's obvious that "Crippen the music critic" doesn't!!

With a comment like that, might you just read other people's comments and keep yours to yourself??? I, for one, would greatly appreciate it!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 14:36pm

Barenaked Ladies are a joke

It shouldn't be BL it should be BS

Posted by Alfonso on Saturday, 10.11.08 @ 13:56pm

Well, Gitarzan, I think Crippen has a point. Barenaked Ladies do indeed suck. Although Crippen’s comments are overly crude he definitely brought up a good point. TZN said in his post “Barenaked Ladies is the reason why modern Canadian music sucks.” Those words couldn’t be more true. Back in the 60’s and 70’s and even the 80’s, Canada had music like Neil Young, The Guess Who, Rush, Streetheart, Harlequin, Trooper, The Band, Triumph, Max Webster, Chilliwack, 54-40, Prism, April Wine, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Five Man Electrical Band, Loverboy, Payolas, etc, music that was in fact, world class. Look at Canadian music today, it’s a joke: Barenaked Ladies? Faber Drive? Alanis Morisette? Hedley? Nickelback? All joke “Bands.” I put the blame on this for Barenaked Ladies.

How can anyone seriously like Barenaked Ladies? Just listen to these moronic, idiotic lyrics from the group’s biggest “hits.”

From the “song” “One Week”

“I summon fish to the dish, although I like the chalet Swiss”

“Gonna make a break and take a fake,
I’d like a stinking aching shake”

“I’m the kind of guy who laughs at a funereal
Can’t understand what I mean?
Well, you soon will
I have a history of taking off my shirt”

“Chickity china the Chinese chicken”

If you thought that was bad get a load of this:

From the “song” “Pinch Me”

“I could hide out under there
I just made you say underwear”

And the worst of the worst. The “song” “If I had $1,000,000”

I’m not even going to go into it.

Posted by Blueby on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 10:03am

Blueby...I'm not crazy about them either, but I do much prefer your approach to the reasoning. If someone doesn't like an artist/group then give a viable reason at least did that. Crippen just spewed a bunch of counter productive useless nonsense that basically makes him lower than the band he dislikes.

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 10:14am

True. I guess Crippen will learn something about making a good argument in about 3 years when he takes Grade 10 English. (Come to think of it, judging by Barenaked Ladies' lyrics I would think they never got past Grade 10 English)

Posted by Blueby on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 10:29am argument there...LOL!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 10:33am

WOW! I can't believe it! What an outrage. hff. Geez Crippen... so unintilectual of you! Grade 10 man! How dare you not even have anything to back up what you say. This is an outrage...... wildly entertaining guys. oops or are you actually serious??? put it on a big scale. Who's worse? Nickleback, Dashboard, Barenaked Ladies, or THEIR FANS!

Posted by chad kroeger fan who loves dashboard alot on Sunday, 01.11.09 @ 03:16am

Honestly, I'm a big fan of the Barenaked Ladies. I find their lyrics and melodies to be creative and different from the norm. They have an on-stage comic personality like to other, and they also have the talent to switch instruments between songs and perform flawlessly. They have a unique spirit and charm that shines through their on-stage impovising and their playful lyrics. For those reasons, they make for a great concert.

However, the Barenaked Ladies are primarily a comic-driven alternative band, which is certainly a unique concept, but not one that you can expect to see in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sure, they have the musical talent, but they in way, shape, or form influence or progress rock and roll music. They only harbor a cult following, and should they inspire any future bands, they will likely be similar to BNL in style and presentation, which won't move the genre forward a whole hell of a lot.

Fans of the band such as myself may argue that if Madonna and Run-DMC can make it in, than anyone can. I would almost agree. However, Modonna in particular revolutionized rock and roll music like no other single woman in history and BNL lacks the credibility brought on by doing a collabritive effort with a legendary band such as Aerosmith, so that further ousts them from the running.

I mean, we live in a world where Rush is snubbed year after year, so I really can't see any room for BNL for a long, long, long time. By then, everyone but their cult following will have moved on.

Posted by Warren on Saturday, 02.7.09 @ 10:15am

Sorry, everyone. Let me make some corrections there:

"They have an on-stage comic personality like NO other, and they also have the talent to switch instruments between songs and perform flawlessly"

"Sure, they have the musical talent, but they in NO way, shape, or form influence or progress rock and roll music."

"However, MADONNA in particular revolutionized rock and roll music like no other single woman in history and BNL lacks the credibility brought on by doing a collabritive effort with a legendary band such as Aerosmith, so that further ousts them from the running."

Sorry about that.

Posted by Warren on Saturday, 02.7.09 @ 13:54pm

I like Blueby's comment regarding how Canadian music was much better in the "classic" era than it is now. Don't know if
Barenaked Ladies are to blame, but they didn't help things out

P.S. I personally can't stand the song "One Week" but I'm not going to refer to the band as "piss spots" like that Crippen guy did

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 17:15pm

This "group" is like an inside joke that nobody will let me in on

Posted by Bingo on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 15:56pm

Sam Roberts
Arcade Fire
The Trews
New Pornographers
Neko Case
Inward Eye
Billy Talent
Our Lady Peace

Now listen to some of these Canadian bands and shut up about how Canadian music sucks.

All this hate directed towards the Barenaked Ladies is ridiculous. How can you say a band that have a few bad song lyrics be responsible for all of recent music sucking? You as well paraphrase a quote so you have " eat...poo". You may as well say the Beatles writee horrible songs becuse they made a song called "I Am The Walrus". It's a ridiculous claim.

Now, I know that the Barenaked Ladies will never get into the Hall of Fame, but when a conversation gets this one-sided someone needs to come in and balance the argument.

The band is remarkable because they came into existance the same time rock music was becoming dark and grungy. To have a song like "If I Had $1000000" become successful around the same time as "Smells Like Teen Spirit" shows that this band accomplished an amazing feat.

Their live performances are famous as they combined their music with improv comedy. In my opinion, that shows some degree in innovation. They made their music fun at a time when music was serious.

The Barenaked Ladies are a radio-friendly band. Their music was meant to be accessible and fun, not deep or heavy-hearted. And they did that in their own way, which apparently everyone disapproves. Everyone is probably comparing this band to greats like Led Zeppelin or something, when you can't make that comparison. They didn't try to revolutionize music; they tried to have fun, and they succeeded. They still have successful tours; they still sell albums (in Canada, at least), and they're still around.

Also, everyone has to stop saying they hate "One Week". It was one song they made. You may as well sum up XTC's career by only talking about "Making Plans For Nigel".

Posted by Kiev on Sunday, 08.9.09 @ 16:01pm

barenaked ladies is a joke that is true, thats why they're soo good

Posted by lolll on Monday, 08.31.09 @ 20:30pm

Well excuse me for not going on my hands and knees and singing praise for "One Week!!!"

As for the groups you mentioned, Kiev, most of them are nice little groups but nothing RRHOF worthy

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 12.12.09 @ 15:21pm


I don't know what's funnier, the comments that direct hate towards BNL thanks to the likes of Dre, TZN, God, Denise, Eight E. One, Crippen and Alfonso or the positive comments thanks to Chad Kroeger Fan, Warren and Kiev. I just can't take either party seriously!

BNL weren't (or aren't if they're still around) a good band. In fact, I don't think they even intended to be a good band. They were a quirky Canadian group who had songs that were better than others (Yes, those 3 songs Blueby mentioned are quite bad!) but overall I'm sure the group didn't intend for anybody to have such strong emotions (whether negative or not) directed at them. In short, BNL are going to go down as a footnote (a good or bad one is entirely subjective) in music history, and that's just they way they intended to go down as

Posted by Milestones on Saturday, 12.12.09 @ 15:29pm


I GOT GYPPED.........




Posted by OKTOBERFEST on Saturday, 12.12.09 @ 15:35pm

I like some of their stuff (they actually do write some serious stuff) but absolutely not worthy of the Hall.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 02.28.10 @ 16:45pm

"Sam Roberts
Arcade Fire
The Trews
New Pornographers
Neko Case
Inward Eye
Billy Talent
Our Lady Peace" - Kiev

Here's my take on your proposition, Kiev:

Sam Roberts: Decent "play it safe" Indie act, not RRHOF worthy.

Arcade Fire: Amazing band. I hope they continue doing what they're doing, but it's still a bit early to tell if they warrant consideration. Maybe in a few years we can better judge their impact.

The Trews: Never heard of them before you mentioned them so I can't comment.

New Pornographers: Not really a fan but they definitely have it going for them, see what I said about Arcade Fire.

Neko Case: No, sorry. As a member of the New Pornographers yes (if they continue doing what they're doing for a few more years).

Inward Eye: See the Trews.

Sloan: Sorry, but no. They may be a good band but so are hundreds upon hundreds of other bands who'll never get in.

Billy Talent: I once heard someone describe them as "Green Day-lite, without any sort of lasting impact (unlike Green Day)." I think that pretty much sums it up.

Our Lady Peace: Ugh. A "take no risks, try not to offend anybody" half drivel, half soccer mom heartthrobs eunuch outfit. Not just "no" but HELL NO.

As for Barenaked Ladies, absolutely not.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 02.8.11 @ 11:47am

come on you guys! ok so you dont like them, so what! you don't have to. But have so respect for them for doing what they want to with their lifes and their fan! you sound like a bunch of 2 year olds. if you can't keep your bitching to your self then go to hell cause no one else wants to hear it!

Posted by Jinx on Tuesday, 05.31.11 @ 12:38pm

Speaking as a Canadian, the BNL's never surpassed the promise of their first album, and, more or less, suck.

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 08.13.11 @ 18:35pm

"Sloan: Sorry, but no. They may be a good band but so are hundreds upon hundreds of other bands who'll never get in."

Sloan might not be Hall-worthy but they're fecking awesome. Best band ever to come out of Atlantic Canada (EVEN better than Eric's Trip[!]).

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 08.13.11 @ 18:38pm

I'm much more inclined to believe that the pre-2009 BNL belongs in the Hall than does the post-2009 BNL. I'm just wondering how you got 2014. I don't think they'll even be considered until 2017, given that their major-label and US debut was 2002.

Posted by Swan on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 18:22pm

I must admit I knew about them through "The Big Bang Theory", so I can tell much until I listen more.
English is not my native language, excuse me!

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Monday, 07.7.14 @ 00:41am

If you think the RNRHF is a joke, then yes, they should be inducted immediately. The Barenaked Ladies are the most annoying, cloying, cutesy, douchebagiest band in recorded music history. I would rather listen to Alvin and the Chipmunks. I would rather listen to Fran Drescher on speed singing the best of Eminem. Why don't they just be honest and call themselves "Aren't we just the cutest thing ever?" If you ever hear of a madman running amok in Owen Sound, Ontario you can just assume, "oh well, Dan must have heard "If I Had a Million Dollars" one too many times"

Posted by dan sprague on Tuesday, 04.5.16 @ 06:29am

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