Billy Idol

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2006 (The 2007 Induction Ceremony)

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


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I think Billy Idol is just so awesome! He's a great singer and a great innovator of music.

Posted by Andrea Walkus on Wednesday, 09.6.06 @ 10:51am

Billy Idol is a strange case for those who like to place their music in nice neat categories. Supposedly a punker, he was in reality a disco metal artist with folk undertones - Jim Morrison meets Alan Wilder or Giorgio Moroder or Ozzy Osbourne. Sides 5 through 8 were his best sides.

Posted by Ontario Emperor on Monday, 10.2.06 @ 00:47am

Billy Idol is a good musician. Though, he sounds more like a synthesized punk-pop tupe of musician (and yes, he does have punk roots) (ex. Generation X) I want Billy to get in, since he's one of my favorite artists.

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 10.10.06 @ 18:54pm

I love Billy Idol, I don't think he is quite up there though. Very talented, but a lot of it depends on the tastes of the voters and his impact on the genre. I don't think things are favorable for him in either aspect.

White Wedding & Rebel Yell are awesome songs though.

Posted by Justin on Tuesday, 12.12.06 @ 20:09pm

He'll easily make the UK HOF (if he isn't already), but it will be a stretch to make it in the US. If they put the votes out to the public, he might have a better chance.

Posted by Chenders on Wednesday, 02.21.07 @ 16:08pm

Billy Fucking Idol!! A guilty pleasure! Parlayed his Generation X punk persona into a snarling, leather clad "punkish" image. Pop-rock dance stuff. Does he belong just for sheer originality and force of presence in the early 80's? He may noy have the pedigree, but for some reason I would love to see Idol inducted.

Listening to the stripped down version of "Rebel Yell" on his greatest hits cd reveals just how kick-ass of a song that is.

Posted by shawn on Sunday, 05.13.07 @ 14:17pm

I've got similar feelings about Idol as you do, Shawn. But, like you said, "guilty pleasure". He is definitely that. Therefore, probably not Hall of Fame material. I'm always happy to listen to him on the radio, though.

Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 05.14.07 @ 07:25am

As Dezmond and I have concurred, probably not more significant than a fun listen. But can a case be made for him by virtue of his successful blending of hard rock, synth pop and dance pop (+ maybe a dash of new wave?). Am I hoping for too much?

He did have an authentically original sound, and when he crafted a hit, it was REALLY fun to hear! I still LOVE "Rebel Yell", "White Wedding", "Cradle of Love" and "Forgot to Be a Lover".
Great sense of humor too by recording "Don't You Forget About Me" on his greatest hits cd!

Posted by shawn mc on Sunday, 07.8.07 @ 23:07pm

He was actually tapped to record "Don't You Forget About Me" initially, but they went with someone else. I think that's why he went back and recorded it for the compilation. He definitely could have done as fine of a job, maybe giving the song a bit more of an edge.

Posted by Casper on Monday, 07.9.07 @ 03:31am

You're right Casper! Just read that it was this British soundtrack composer named Keith Forsey who wrote "Don't You.." and asked both Idol and Bryan Ferry to record it--- and both declined! (Talk about a bad call). I remember back in '85 when it first starting being heard everyone was asking, "Is this Billy Idol? Have you heard Billy Idol's new song?"
It's startling how similar Idol's version sounds like the original; a little gruffer, yes.

Simple Minds even resisted recording it initially and only did so after being pressured by their label.

Posted by shawn mc on Monday, 07.9.07 @ 08:44am

Ooh, Bryan Ferry as well. He probably would have the sleekest, strongest sounding version.

Posted by Casper on Monday, 07.9.07 @ 16:09pm

Maybe he should...his song White Wedding gets tons of airplay to this day on my local rock station (not the classic rock one).

He's a major rock icon, but I admit, getting into the US hall will be difficult. But now, we're seeing more hard rock acts get in like Van Halen, AC/DC, and Black Sabbath so Billy may have a chance still.

Posted by maplejet on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 08:54am

Posted by lebvjo on Friday, 09.21.07 @ 21:37pm

The Gen X albums were excellent but Gen X would never be considered. They weren't as dirty as the Pistols or as smart as the Clash. However, if you combime Billy's work with them and his solo work, I believe he certainly deserves serious consideration.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 11.8.07 @ 08:34am

you gotta be kiddin me... he's a friggin' rock icon of my generation. who gives a crap if he "made punk pop" or "pop punk" or whatever... rebel yell and white wedding are forever emblazoned as rock staples of the gen X crowd. He was our release from cindi lauper and madonna and prince on the FM radio waves... angry and snarling and an MTV darling right when we needed a reminder of how mean and merciless and rockin' rock-and-roll should be. he deserves his spot to spit on the floor of rock-and-roll history, and fuck'em if they don't add him, he's there in our hearts anyway.

Posted by thadrock on Friday, 11.30.07 @ 22:22pm

Well Kids, if one considers the amount of total
Veinershnitzels who have been inducted along with truly great artists, I would not be surprised if
Billy was in fact NOT inducted in the USA. But
then, I think the Rock&Roll hall of fame in the
USA is a joke anyway. Billy doesn't need their silly
approval. phooey on the Rock&Roll hall of fame.
just my opinion. the guy's great, but so what?
it's all good ol boy glad handing just like everything else in this country. to repeat, Billy
doen't need their pretentious validation

Posted by william patterson on Friday, 12.14.07 @ 01:53am

It's all about STEVE STEVENS!

Posted by Guitar Player on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 18:23pm

Billy Idol is the BEST mainstream rock act to come out of the miserable 80's. The guy had lots of hits and is actually better live. Most bands since are pretty stinky live.

Idol will be in the HOF without a problem

Posted by Jim on Wednesday, 06.4.08 @ 08:54am

That'll be why he's been waiting since '06.

Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 06.4.08 @ 11:01am

You know, the RRHOF has pfretty much stopped since 2006. Stopped what, I don't know. Just stopped. And so has everything else.

Maybe if the Hall would induct Billy Idol, things would change. We could resume where we left off.

In short, it would be a Nice Day to Start Again.

Okay, I made enough dumb jokes for one day. I'll stop for a little while.

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 07.5.08 @ 15:46pm

Why not Billy Idol?? HE ROCKS!!!
And...he's still rockin'!
He looks AWESOME, sounds FABULOUS and still has "IT"! He's just finishing a world tour this fall and recently released "Devil's Playground" in '05 and this year "The Very Best of Billy Idol-Idolize Yourself" which includes a couple of new songs plus his best!
So? Why not Billy F*cking Idol???????????
Just take a look at his myspace page,, or his site at and see for yourself what a 52 yr. old, who now takes great care of himself, looks and sounds like, unlike so many of the other rockers his age. If all 52 yr. old men looked like he does, oh what a beautiful world this would be!
I see an artist/musician who actually cares about his music and most importantly his fans! Cheers!

Posted by Nancy on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 04:56am

I have no idea how the nominating committee views Billy Idol. I always thought that Gen X helped bring Brit Punk to the masses. Their music certainly had more "hooks" in it than the Pistols or Clash. It definitely had more of a pop feel but it didn't completely lose its edge. But then he morphed into this MTV Golden child with choreographed videos and dance club hits. Then slowly he went in the direction of somewhat mainstream rock. He certanly lived the part, but I really don't now what the final pages of history will read for him.

Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 05:22am

Billy idol news of

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Posted by Idolrock on Monday, 11.24.08 @ 13:21pm

2 Years from now...

Billy Idol has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! And with a rebel yell he gives a speech.

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 01.11.09 @ 13:15pm

Yes, Billy Idol should be inducted for sure.. This shouldn't even be a debate, period.. His songs are top notch..

Posted by horse_jedi on Monday, 02.9.09 @ 15:27pm

11% chance of getting in staggeringly low... If it was around 40 to 50%, maybe he'd have a chance. Maybe it's because there were just too many british punk artists coming out at that time. Also, the Clash are probably seen as pioneers of that genre during that era. And Billy Idol is probably looked at, as a product of it, not a pioneer.

Posted by ray on Monday, 03.2.09 @ 16:58pm

I think Billy Idol was so sexy, he just had it all. I wish I could have met him all them years ago. i still now at the age of 40 love listening to his music, he really does it for me. xx

Posted by Kirsty Robertson on Thursday, 04.30.09 @ 17:47pm

"I think Billy Idol was so sexy, he just had it all"

No he wasn't, he was talented, but not that talented, he was also sexy, but not fierce

Posted by Raveinstein on Friday, 05.1.09 @ 05:48am

Billy Idol's a weird guy, no doubt, but he still kicks any other rock wanna-be's ass when it comes to singin'. What a sexy beast :)

Posted by Sting Idol on Monday, 06.1.09 @ 02:22am

being sexy has nothing to do with getting into the hall of fame

Posted by Brian on Thursday, 06.11.09 @ 15:02pm

I just realized that John Cougar Mellencamp is in and Billy Idol is not. What the ....? Seriously, i'm confused.

Posted by Jim on Sunday, 06.21.09 @ 19:44pm

Billy Idol is famous enough to be in the Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Joe Schmoe on Tuesday, 01.12.10 @ 23:17pm

"White Wedding", "Rebel Yell", "Mony Mony" (I know, a cover) "Dancing With Myself"... all classics. He did kind of fuse hard rock with new wave and pop-punk by adding the keyboards; I'm not sure if that's innovative and I think his influence is limited, but there are certainly worse choices. Overall, though, it's a tough call as to whether he deserves it.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.19.10 @ 16:50pm

I forgot how much I loved Billy Idol in the 80's. I still have a scrap book i made with pictures of him. Actually my mum had a crush on him. I even made my baby brother at the time sing eyes without a face haha. Just heard his version of "Don't you forget about me" and now I remember why i loved him so much. Billy Idol will always be a cool punk rocker with great hair and cheeky Elvis sneer. He should DEFINITELY be considered in any rock hall of fame. It always looked like he was having a blast and in part thinking to himself WTF!

Posted by Suze on Thursday, 03.11.10 @ 04:43am

Always liked the song 'White Wedding'. Nobody can sneer like Billy Idol.

Don't know if he is HOF worthy or not, probably a close-but-no-cigar kind of act.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 03.11.10 @ 06:07am

As a singles act he can compete without almost anyone. Always looks good in leather. And I just watched his Behind the Music episode; a bit of an ass at times in the 80's but also a bad-ass and a good father. He rose out of the ashes of the London punk scene to become a star on his own, creating some killer music along the way. As for the Hall, probably not, I'll concede that. Good, popular for awhile, falls short of meeting the criteria (and also needs to get way back in line.)

Posted by Sam on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 13:34pm

he had betta goddamned get in. All this frigging shite about being a pioneer of punk
. WTF. Ne should get in on his awesome talent and badass image. Besides being the sexiest beast in rock love ya baby.

Posted by annie on Friday, 09.10.10 @ 21:43pm

Nah. he was definetly good i'll grant him that but he aint HOF material.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 06.11.11 @ 16:25pm

Saw Billy at midnight at Bonnaroo. Played a fine set. Ended up with White Wedding. Voice sounded good. Getting a little thick in midsection, compared to his 80s youth (understandable).

Also sang Bang the Gong at the SuperJam later that night.

Glad I saw him.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.20.13 @ 07:54am

He actually finished set with cover of Mony Mony. Had forgotten that. It was pretty late for ole Paul in KY to be up.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.20.13 @ 12:30pm

Two thumbs up from KING for Billy Idol Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Just love the Idol sound & the power in his voice. Idol's 80 hits were impressive:Flesh For Fantasy,Dancing With Myself,White Wedding,Rebel Yell,etc.

Billy Idol might not of been as popular as Madonna,MJ,Bruce,U2,Prince in the 80's but he had a loyal following & sold millions of albums.

Idol is just a great talent. I think the RRHOF has watered down the Hall with some acts . Billy Idol belongs because he sang some of the 80's most Classic hits. He was very innovative with the leather look & blond hair as well. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 01.28.14 @ 16:26pm

YES. Eventually.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 22:53pm

Needs "Eyes Without a Face" and "Cradle of Love" added to essential songs list.

Posted by dmg on Sunday, 04.19.15 @ 12:17pm

YES to Billy Idol Hall Of Fame. Mony Mony, Rebel Yell, White Weddng etc . Those hits stand the test of time. He's a unique artist and always enjoyed his music. Biased in that regard. KING

Posted by KING on Thursday, 05.14.15 @ 01:43am

Billy Idol's one of those artists you keep running down his hits in your mind and he has a chance. Mony,Mony, Cradle Of Love, Flesh For Fantasy, Rebel Yell, Eyes Without A Face, Dancing With Myself classic 80's and early 90's songs. I'm glad to see there has been some talk on these rock forums about Billy Idol and his RRHOF chances. He has my vote. KING

Posted by KING on Thursday, 06.4.15 @ 02:57am

KING, check out his recent song "Can't Break Me Down". Think you will like it.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.4.15 @ 07:19am

Saw this guy at Loufest in St. Louis last weekend. Over the years I've enjoyed his hits and I haven't really wondered what his importance was to rock & roll and pop music until now. After enjoying his set, it made me realize how he made his mark. I also watched the VH1's Behind the Music episode about him and learned about Billy more.

For most people, I can understand how questionable it will be to put Billy Idol into the RRHOF. First off, yes, there are plenty of punk and 80s acts that are waiting with him. How does this guy stand out? Simple. His good looks, his sound, and his videos. He's pretty much almost the Jim Morrison of Punk. Johnny Rotten once called Billy 'the Perry Como of Punk'. I hope Billy Idol does get in sometime down the road. He doesn't seem to be that much in a hurry; just doing what he loves and hitting the festival scene for now.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Saturday, 09.19.15 @ 13:08pm

I think Billy Idol, like Ronnie James Dio should be inducted for their solo careers. But like Dio with Rainbow, Billy Idol should be inducted with Generation X before being inducted as a solo artist first.

Posted by DioPhan on Saturday, 03.19.16 @ 17:31pm

Billy idol is a rock icon and should be added to 2017 inductees. He is still out there making millions of genXers like myself happy. We love his music. I don't think its fair. Please for 46,000,000 GenXers who still listen to his music from 1975-2016. I have all his stuff and his music is and has always been brilliant. It got people to forget about life and have fun.

Posted by Dawn on Sunday, 10.16.16 @ 14:47pm

Billy is the best deep gritty sensual vocalist of Rock and Roll. He's also the best looking sexiest performer, even forty years on. He's a R&R icon!

Posted by Rocker on Thursday, 02.16.17 @ 03:50am

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