Big Star

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1997 (The 1998 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2003 (ranked #175) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
#1 Record (1972)
Radio City (1974)
Third/Sister Lovers (1978)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Thirteen (1972)
September Gurls (1974)
I'm In Love With A Girl (1974)

Big Star @ Wikipedia

Big Star Videos

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


24 comments so far (post your own)

Are you kidding me their influence on modnern alternative rock is incalculable definitley worthy of induction who made lovely music

Posted by David on Friday, 03.30.07 @ 00:08am

Yeah no question Big Star should be in - their 3 albums regularly appear on 'greatest ever albums' lists which alone shows the influence of them

Posted by Matthew on Friday, 03.30.07 @ 00:51am

Waaayyy too obscure (if they had radio play they would have been HUGE!) but their influence is incalculable. Should be in but never will be.

Posted by Jeff on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 19:06pm

I agree. In an alternate universe where all things were fair and as they should be, Big Star would be one of the biggest bands of the 70's instead of the cult act they are today. Their debut, "#1 Record", is a textbook in how to write killer pop/rock tunes with bite. One of the best records of all time, and "Radio City" and "Third/Sister Lovers" are not far behind.

But you are right, they will never be inducted.

Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 05.28.07 @ 09:53am

Why would the idiots behind the rock hall put a band with talent in when they haven't even inducted Milli Vanilli yet. Those guys were a true farce that is right there with what at least half of the current inductees are. How about a "talented power pop musicians hall of fame"? I've been to the "rock and roll" hall of fame and parts are a hall of shame. Some very great artists placed with "hype machine losers" Big Star should have been a huge success, but joining this crowd won't help.

Posted by mike stuver on Tuesday, 01.15.08 @ 23:53pm

They really should be.

The first three Big Star records hold up extremely well and have proven important in later alternative and indie music. They are the definitive power pop band. Alex Chilton's talents have been recognized in the critical literature, Rolling Stone included.

Really, don't count them out, it could happen.

Posted by Jonas on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 05:44am

This group has had a wide following, but they've failed to have much of a commercial breakthrough. They were also fairly underrated but this site is still giving them pretty decently high induction chances

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 16:21pm

I just listened to them for the first time today. Not really my thing, but they've turned out to be very influential (R.E.M. and The Replacements have cited them). May Alex Chilton R.I.P. and yes they should be inducted if only for said influence.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 06.29.10 @ 20:10pm

Sam's comment is pretty much exactly how I feel about Big Star

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 07.10.10 @ 10:18am

They released 3 of the greatest power pop albums of all time in a row...If the Sex Pistols get inudcted for just releasing 1 overrated album then Big Star def deserves to be in.

Posted by Libtard on Thursday, 03.31.11 @ 17:11pm

Rock has influenced Rap not the other way around. Rap takes... it does not "give".

Posted by Harry Tanner on Friday, 09.30.11 @ 15:30pm

Explain rap rock then.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 09.30.11 @ 15:36pm

They should just change the name of of the Hall of Fame to "Musical Hall Of Fame", and just like the Grammys' have catagories. To define Rock and Roll is like trying to tell someone what Love is... it's something different to each person. I couldn't believe it when I saw Tanya Tucker on the elegibility list... can anyone show me "one" song that she did that was on the "Rock" charts at any time, in any year...? Since it started The Hall has been FN things up at every turn. Some of the greatest contributers to Rock have been over looked in favor of (in some cases) one hit wonders, they are a Joke and messed it up and it can't be fixed. Rock is in the EAR of the listener not the opinion of a bunch of Stuff Shirts who wouldn't know Rock if I threw one at their collective heads.

Posted by Jimmi on Friday, 09.30.11 @ 15:58pm

Jimmi, the only reason Tanya Tucker is on here is that some random person somewhere out in cyberspace requested her page to be added to this site, I hope you've seen the little "this site is not affiliated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum" at the bottom of the page (that is, every page). From what I'm aware every single artist who has a page on here had someone request them, that's all it means, it doesn't mean they're being considered for the RRHOF.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 09.30.11 @ 16:43pm

"Explain rap rock then."

Among other things, yes. Truth well spoken.

Who on this page even brought up rap?

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 12.4.11 @ 13:11pm

The real shame here is with 3 of the original 4 members now gone, they will never know just how influential they were.

I still listen to their music and find it as relevant today as it was in the 70's...Who makes the decisions? Obviously someone who doesn't really THINK about the music, but more the name recognition.

Posted by Millie on Monday, 01.2.12 @ 21:09pm

it took me thrity years to appreciate that they were
part of the founding blocks of the rock or heavy metal of the 60s and 70s. timeles.

Posted by rr sadgrove on Sunday, 01.8.12 @ 13:03pm

One of the best bands not in the Hall.

Posted by Chalkie on Friday, 12.7.12 @ 18:44pm

Rap-rock is not an argument for anything. May be off-topic, but I don't care, rap defenders annoy the sh** out of me. Listen to it all you want, but the genre rap had the most miniscule to non-existent influence in the progression of music of any genre so wildly popular. The artists have no staying power. It hasn't grown up, the older generations haven't embraced it (like they eventually did rock), and the fans haven't been loyal. Music history wouldn't have lost much of anything without this genre.

As for Big Star (since only posting something off-topic is stupid)--induct them!

Posted by jfon on Friday, 02.7.14 @ 07:56am

Without this band, 90s alternative rock would never have existed. They're getting my vote.

Posted by Tommy on Tuesday, 05.26.15 @ 00:15am

Without this band, 90s alternative rock would never have existed. They're getting my vote.

Posted by Tommy on Tuesday, 05.26.15 @ 00:15am
Without this band, a certain form of alternative rock wouldn't have existed. I might say that an Alice in Chains or a Soundgarden have little in the way of Big Star within their sound.

Still, I understand the hype around them.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 05.26.15 @ 15:48pm

On Big Star: I have a strong list of 2017 nominees cutting it own from 45 to 30 this July. Big Star made the cut. I think September Gurls is power pop perfection. Big Star influenced several musical acts:Gin Blossoms,The Bangles,REM, Matthew Sweet,The Replacements, Weezer and several others. Some of the above these groups have done Big Star covers. I particularly like The Bangles September Gurls cover. Alex Chilton was very talented as a singer and guitarist. With more and more support, Big Star could be a dark horse pick for RRHOF nominee 2017. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 07.11.17 @ 04:47am

OK, so I just took the time to listen to Big Star's 3 albums without having any prior familiarity with the bands music. They are great, and I'm so glad that there are websites like this shining light on great lost music like this. I especially like September Gurls, it is one of the most perfect pop songs I've ever heard.

That being said, I feel like there is a little overreaction to their impact and music because they ARE so obscure. Imagine if a good early 70's band like America were underground and never sold. Rolling Stone would be putting Horse With No Name and Ventura Highway on their greatest lists and they would have the same kind of underground buzz from a handful of musicians who heard them and were influenced by them.

I'm not comparing Big Star to America, just making a point about the coolness with Big Star being underground and how it may have added to their status. Still, really good music. Very cool find for me since they are right in my wheelhouse.

Posted by Classic Rock on Wednesday, 09.6.17 @ 14:01pm

Still acquainting myself with Big Star's music, and I'm surprised with how many of the songs are overtly Christian. Not what I'd expect from a hipster indie 70's cult band.

Posted by Classic Rock on Wednesday, 09.6.17 @ 21:22pm

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