Billy Squier

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2005 (The 2006 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Billy Squier be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Billy Squier should MOST DEFINITELY be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. I find it hard to believe that he hasn't ALREADY been inducted.

Posted by Hazel Phillips on Friday, 04.25.08 @ 21:09pm


A member of a band that once opened for Billy here in the Midwest told me "Billy is the greatest guitar player of his generation and a consumarte lyricist,with a supurb voice, I agree, his music got me through some very hard times. There are now three genertions of Squier fans in the family. Give Billy the honor he deserves!!

Posted by Caroline Hundt on Sunday, 05.4.08 @ 19:01pm


Yes, Billy Squier should be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. It's about four years overdue. Let's give him the recognition he has long deserved. And let's use this as an opportunity to rediscover one of rock's most under-rated guitarists and singer-songwriters.

Posted by Ronni on Tuesday, 06.30.09 @ 04:56am


Billy Squier was a great and very overlooked artists. He has been covered by Buckcherry and Mr. Bungle(which Patton destroyed by singing cookie monster), but most of his influence has been outside of rock n roll. He has been sampled countless times. I'm not sure if he is worthy because most of his influence has been outside of rock n roll, but he was another underrated artist.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 07.4.09 @ 21:49pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Subject: If They Collaborated

If Billy Squier and Whitesnake were to do a song together, which way would it come out:

In The Dark, Is It Love

or

Is It Love, In The Dark

?????

"oh, I'm sorry Cheesecrop, the judges have ruled we need a definitive answer here. We can't just accept both of them, so you've lost this round of Jeopardy."

"Yes, Alex".

As Cheesey sulks and pouts his way off the stage, Mr. Trebek hands him the complementary box of Rice A' Roni and a gift certificate for a year's supply of Turtlewax...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 06:34am


Billy Squier deserves to be nominated and get in.
Take your time and listen to his music, lyrics, compositions. He is a great singer, songwriter and musican. His guitar playing can keep up with many in the buisness.

Posted by sue on Saturday, 10.31.09 @ 11:34am


Saw Squier in concert in the 80ies and recently in 2009.
He belongs to the top list of artists.

Posted by rick on Saturday, 10.31.09 @ 11:39am


No. Some very good 80's hits, but not important enough for induction.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 07.19.10 @ 20:53pm


Billy Squier has made his mark in the music industry with the sampling of Big Beat alone...he is a talented guitarist singer and lyricist...he doesn't have a team of writers, and he continues to be musically prolific some 25 yrs later....he deserves a R&R Hall of Fame induction.

Posted by mary on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 19:39pm


I vote no, and I was and still am a big fan. He simply didnt do it long enough, in part thanks to a horendous video. Dont Say No is an absolute rock classic featuring Squier's driving style, thoughtful lyrics and high energy. Who would you compare him to at that time, Petty and Damn The Torpedoes? Squier rocked harder. Emotions in Motion was also good, but thats only 2 standouts. I sae him live, with Ratt opening. A true talent, just not long enough.

Posted by Eddie Dobzanski on Friday, 11.11.11 @ 20:05pm


As a vocalist Billy Squier has been compared to Robert Plant and Joe Elliott. The harmonies on "My Kinda Lover" sound very similar to Def Leppard's harmonies on "Bringing on the Heartache"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 11.11.11 @ 21:49pm


If I remember correctly, Squier's career got torpedoed by a music video. One of the more abrupt self-destructions in popular music.

Posted by astrodog on Saturday, 11.12.11 @ 16:45pm


Yes he should (as I'm listening to Emotions in Motion ;P), simply because he qualifies as well or better than quite a few who have been inducted. His sound can be compared to that of many groups (Zeplin, DL...etc), but it was always unique, and unlike Boston (same era) every song sounded different and fresh. He's also ignored on the RS top 100 guitarists, and with strummers like Joan Jett and Joanie Mitchell chosen we can see "hot" has a whole different meaning (gag).

Posted by StevenH on Sunday, 02.26.12 @ 13:08pm


LONG OVERDUE FOR a man Alice Cooper called the most over looked & underrated performers in the rock world. His resume speaks for itself. Hey if Freddie mercury of Queen thought highly enough of him, as did Ringo Starr, I say put him in now!

Posted by K RUSSELL on Thursday, 03.8.12 @ 13:13pm


Squier had the total musical package. He could sing, play, write and perform. As a live act always high energy and annimated. Buts wrong or right, thats what ended his career. The moment I saw the Rock Me Tonight video I said no, oh no. MTV made lots of acts during a time image mattered almost as much as talent, and that video was almost gay. Anyway, Dont Say No is a classic, Emotions also very good. Didnt do it long enough.

Posted by Jersey steve on Saturday, 04.7.12 @ 00:03am


Billy Squier was actually very good. But you will never see a more vivid example of career suicide than the Rock Me Tonight video.

Posted by astrodog on Saturday, 04.7.12 @ 13:29pm


Give the man his due, Don't Say No us an absolutely rock classic. He could really sing and play, then add great writing talent. Still love listening to him, about 10 great songs.

Posted by warrior on Thursday, 10.4.12 @ 20:09pm


While his Album "Don't say No" was a smash in Every respect, with all tracks being red hot and not a crappy song in the bunch, his follow up attempts fell flat.

He went from a rock machine to a pop wanna be with fellow 80's guitarist Aldo Nova...it was indeed a shame.

That being said, he deserves to get in if only for delivery of "Don't say No" Alone.

Posted by Lynnott on Friday, 12.14.12 @ 06:48am


Very familiar with Aldo Nova and don't get the comparison. Squier was good for melodic hard rock with great lyrics. His drummer was the 1st i saw twirl the sticks and somehow got a unique sound out of his kit. Don't Say No has got to be one of the 25 best albums of the 80s. This guy had the total package, write, sing, play and perform. Emotions was another top release, but then that lousy video derailed his career. People that know talent still appreciate this guy.

Posted by big daddy on Thursday, 02.7.13 @ 17:50pm


Maybe one day Squier will get inducted, but only when folks can get past the disturbing image of the guitarist prancing around in the cheesy video "Rock Me Tonight".

Posted by John Cady on Wednesday, 02.20.13 @ 21:05pm


I am surprised that no one has mentioned him for an nomination.

Posted by Josephine on Monday, 04.29.13 @ 13:41pm


Billy Squire was not just a R'n'R juggernaut in the 80's, but of all time. He was an incredible songwriter, and had the voice to back it up. Just listen to "Lonely Is The Night" and "Don't Say You Love Me", and you get the whole package. Another thing people need to check out is the acoustic version of "The Stroke", done Delta Blues style. Flawless. I saw him a couple of years ago in the Ringo Starr All-Starr Band, and he was still kicking ass and taking names!! As a matter of fact, Billy joined Edgar Winter in a hi energy version of "Frankenstein"! Definitely has my vote. Billy Squier deserves and has earned an induction into the R'n'R HOF, waaay over Run DMC and Madonna!! Besides, it would be great to have another Boston Hall of Famer!!

Posted by Fullie on Friday, 06.21.13 @ 15:03pm


Billy Squire was not just a R'n'R juggernaut in the 80's, but of all time. He was an incredible songwriter, and had the voice to back it up. Just listen to "Lonely Is The Night" and "Don't Say You Love Me", and you get the whole package. Another thing people need to check out is the acoustic version of "The Stroke", done Delta Blues style. Flawless. I saw him a couple of years ago in the Ringo Starr All-Starr Band, and he was still kicking ass and taking names!! As a matter of fact, Billy joined Edgar Winter in a hi energy version of "Frankenstein"! Definitely has my vote. Billy Squier deserves and has earned an induction into the R'n'R HOF, waaay over Run DMC and Madonna!! Besides, it would be great to have another Boston Hall of Famer!!

Posted by Fullie on Friday, 06.21.13 @ 23:56pm


Billy Squire was not just a R'n'R juggernaut in the 80's, but of all time. He was an incredible songwriter, and had the voice to back it up. Just listen to "Lonely Is The Night" and "Don't Say You Love Me", and you get the whole package. Another thing people need to check out is the acoustic version of "The Stroke", done Delta Blues style. Flawless. I saw him a couple of years ago in the Ringo Starr All-Starr Band, and he was still kicking ass and taking names!! As a matter of fact, Billy joined Edgar Winter in a hi energy version of "Frankenstein"! Definitely has my vote. Billy Squier deserves and has earned an induction into the R'n'R HOF, waaay over Run DMC and Madonna!! Besides, it would be great to have another Boston Hall of Famer!!

Posted by Fullie on Friday, 06.21.13 @ 23:56pm


Billy Squier is so underated! He deserves to be in th rock n roll hall of fame for his multifacitated talent! Every performer at one time or another may have one performance they regret but a great performer should be forgiven and appreciated for their singing songwriting performance guitar playing among many other instruments the man can play! Being a fan since tale of the tape no one deserves it more than Billy Squier! He is an intelligent talented well deserving artist!!

Posted by shannon on Sunday, 10.13.13 @ 12:50pm


Billy Squier won't be inducted into RRHOF but he had a white hot peak from 1980-1987. Don't Say No is a rock classic & one of my Mt. Rushmore albums. My FAV Squier hits are She's A Runner,Rock Me Tonite,The Stroke,In The Dark,My Kinda Lover...

Tale Of The Tape the album before Don't Say No was an underrated gem most people haven't heard. Squier would make more albums but could never recapture the greatness of Don't Say No.

Everybody talks about the ill-fated Rock Me Tonite video as Squier's downfall. I read the video was made for his female fans & did capture Squier in a poor light. Watching it back now,it is funny to watch. It's a shame because Billy Squier was truly a gifted singer & guitarist.

I will always put on Don't Say No when I want to rock out & enjoy myself. KING

Posted by KING on Wednesday, 02.19.14 @ 23:07pm


Billy Squier won't be inducted into RRHOF but he had a white hot peak from 1980-1987. Don't Say No is a rock classic & one of my Mt. Rushmore albums. My FAV Squier hits are She's A Runner,Rock Me Tonite,The Stroke,In The Dark,My Kinda Lover...

Tale Of The Tape the album before Don't Say No was an underrated gem most people haven't heard. Squier would make more albums but could never recapture the greatness of Don't Say No.

Everybody talks about the ill-fated Rock Me Tonite video as Squier's downfall. I read the video was made for his female fans & did capture Squier in a poor light. Watching it back now,it is funny to watch. It's a shame because Billy Squier was truly a gifted singer & guitarist.

I will always put on Don't Say No when I want to rock out & enjoy myself. KING

Posted by KING on Wednesday, 02.19.14 @ 23:22pm


Billy was at last year's Voodoofest in New Orleans. I tried to watch his set, but his stage was too close to the main stage where NIN was performing & if you weren't right up close & in front of him, you could not hear him. He was pissed off about it.

Will state that he was out there by himself, no other musicians at all, just Billy & his guitar.

Looked to be in fine shape, etc.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 02.20.14 @ 07:42am


Reading Shannon and King. I still listen to him regularly particually Dont Say No and Emotions. He didn't do it long enough. This guy was such a great writer, singer, musician and performer that without a doubt possessed HOF talent. He used synths perfectly(Think intro to In The Dark). I love the guy jus. Not long enough.

Posted by Rock Authority on Tuesday, 09.2.14 @ 23:37pm


ABSOLUTELY… THE RRHOF is a disgrace…with all the rap crap & disco junk in there. But Billy should be included. He inspired a lot of the 80's bands that came after his blueprint throughout the 80's

Posted by kurt on Thursday, 01.28.16 @ 12:58pm


"Rap crap & disco junk" what original blabber! Yet seriously, Billy Squier is totally undeserving of induction. He's nothing but a 5th rate classic rawker.

Posted by Gassman on Thursday, 01.28.16 @ 13:02pm


I know I am way late to this party but I’m hopping in anyway. If Madonna, Donna Summer and ABBA are in how can you put any stipulations on what qualifies somebody? He was, and still is, highly respected by many current members of the RnRHOF. And if your point is “he didn’t do it long enough”, why the hell is Kurt Cobain in there? (and by no means am I saying he shouldn’t be, just pointing out its a b.s. reason to keep him out) I say hell yes he belongs!

Posted by Chris on Thursday, 12.29.16 @ 14:27pm


Mr. Squier has been performing for close to 40 years now. He needs another hit, to show he still has it. He is a fine live performer, when playing his hits from many years ago.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 12.29.16 @ 18:41pm


I agree this man doesn't seem to get enough respect. Its safe to say he helped put a dent in rock during the first half of the 1980s, putting out several catchy songs. But then came the fateful moment: you guessed it, the Rock Me Tonight video. Its still looked down as probably the worst thing to hit the MTV airwaves during its video era. I'd still love to catch him live sometime, maybe if he's at a festival or doing casinos. I think he could have had a long rockin' career, but my peers think he would have been similar to Loverboy.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Thursday, 12.29.16 @ 23:18pm


Squier would still be considered 3rd tier I think as far as arena rock goes.

1st tier: Led Zeppelin, Queen, Aerosmith, Van Halen, etc...
2nd tier: Heart, Journey, Boston, Bad Company, Foreigner, etc...

Squier I think would objectively be in the 3rd tier with Styx, REO Speedwagon, Loverboy, Eddie Money, Bryan Adams, etc... All those guys had a run of hits but no real influence. Maybe Adams should be 2nd tier since his popularity did go through the roof for a longer period than most of the others. But Squier, no. Not enough longevity. Longevity always matters unless you had a profound impact in your few major albums as The Sex Pistols or Nirvana did.

Yes Squier got sampled a lot by rap artists which is one thing he had that most in this genre did not, but I don't think sampling in and of itself entirely counts as influence.

Posted by Sean on Friday, 12.30.16 @ 12:36pm


"If Madonna, Donna Summer and ABBA are in how can you put any stipulations on what qualifies somebody?"

Because they all had much greater influence and even all had much greater popularity for a much greater period?

Posted by Sean on Friday, 12.30.16 @ 12:39pm


I don't know what you guys mean by 'no longevity'? He's been releasing albums, touring, etc. all these years. If you mean 'no hits since early 80s', then I see what you mean.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 12.30.16 @ 15:20pm


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