Dave Matthews Band

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible in: 2018 (The 2019 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2031 (ranked #393) .

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Under The Table And Dreaming (1994)
Crash (1996)

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Ants Marching (1994)
Crash Into Me (1996)

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


120 comments so far (post your own)

One of the most popular and unique bands of 1995-present. I see no reason NOT to induct DMB.

Posted by A-Killa on Saturday, 10.21.06 @ 23:57pm

Does the Hall Of Fame need a boring jam act? There's nothing new or exciting about this bland Starbucks crowd music. Move along.

Unfortunately, once again, the lack of quality mainstream candidates (non-indie bands) will lead to their induction. A pity.

Posted by Casper on Monday, 12.11.06 @ 02:51am

DMB was the biggest band on the planet for a solid stretch, won grammys, and is still one of the highest tour draws worldwide. You're ignorant if you think they shouldn't be in.

Posted by Jonathan on Friday, 03.9.07 @ 12:02pm

Anyone who calls them "boring" has no taste in music. Their music has so much soul and so much passion they deserve, more than any other band, to be inducted into the hall of fame.

Posted by Courtney on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 12:36pm

dmb is far from boring they far from regular the talents of each member in that band when all ofd them are together brings forth such a unique sound every single one of there songs grooves so well dmb is quit possibly the best band to come out of the 90's and there still going dmb is headed towards rolling stone status expect to see them playing shows untill there all dead u could easly compare dmb with the greatful dead

Posted by gary lemon on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 12:54pm

worst band i have ever heard in my life.

Posted by champ on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 12:55pm

DMB is the BEST band around. they have a very unique, creative style of music. If u think they're such a terrible band you don't know what your missing and you obviously have hideous taste in music. I couldn't think of another band that sounds just as good or even better live than in the studio.

Posted by Nikki on Tuesday, 03.20.07 @ 20:29pm

Yup definitely worst band ever. Only the worst band of all time could go 7x platinum on one album (Crash), sell out Central Park in NYC for a concert (not to mention The Gorge, Red Rocks, Alpine, SPAC, Tweeter and MSG on almost a yearly basis), win a couple grammys and become one of the defining bands of the 1990s. Champ is dead on with this one.... DMB is easily the most worthy candidate on this year's list and should definitely hold a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted by JFK on Tuesday, 03.20.07 @ 20:30pm

Innovation influence? DMB fits that definition better than any other band on that list. Think of how many bands have ridden the coattails of them.

If they aren't in, something is really wrong.

Posted by Royce on Tuesday, 03.20.07 @ 22:04pm

Casper is exactly right, if your mainstream, that makes your music good, and worthy of the hall of fame.

Posted by thetroutman on Tuesday, 03.20.07 @ 22:05pm

They should definitely be added. They have a unique sound and have acheived a lot (see JFK's examples) over the years. The music is passionate and beautiful, and some of the lyrics are just amazing.

Posted by Sayna on Tuesday, 03.20.07 @ 23:26pm




People and Raptors (feat Jesus) = def in Hall of Fame.

Posted by DIDO2SPAC on Wednesday, 03.21.07 @ 00:35am

There are a lot of people in this world who have not yet realized just what a beautiful place this world can be. Dave Matthews is definitely not one of them, however; we have uncovered a few of them here on this forum. And guess what, ninety nine percent of the bands you ignorant few listen to and look up to (you know people who KNOW music) will tell you to your face that the Dave Matthews Band are among some of the most talented artists in history. But you would never believe that, because you are blind to what you speak of. But we forgive you, and we will eat drink and be marrie when they are inducted.

Posted by DaveIsTheNewJesus on Friday, 03.23.07 @ 16:28pm

Most talented? You mean with their instruments or their songwriting? Because I could argue against both.

So many better choices in 2018. I'm rooting for Brainiac, myself.

Posted by William on Wednesday, 03.28.07 @ 23:43pm

A lot of these bands are super-obscure...many of them have not even made a big impact on rock or if they have, very little. Some underground acts have made it though because they've been talked about. Velvet Underground anyone? They have been cited as a major influence, even though the band was not commercially successuful...and you can see this band shrined in Cleveland (since 1996).

Now, DMB on the other hand has done a lot of innovative things...first, DMB's a jam band...they improvise during live concerts. Second, their style of rock differs from other bands. Jazz Rock.

They're in

Posted by maplejet on Thursday, 04.5.07 @ 15:24pm

DMB and Phish should go in without question. DMB is an incredible act. I tell people who think they do not like them to go see them live and their opinion will change.

I just fear that there will be a bias against the "Jam Bands" like there is against prog rock. Both are very influential forms and yet do not get recognized. 80's metal will face the same fate as well(Metallica, G N R and maybe Anthrax will be exceptions).

Posted by mark on Saturday, 04.7.07 @ 11:15am

I think that while injecting improvisation and unusual influences into rock is far from original, the Dave Matthews Band does it in a sufficiently original way, while still being innately listenable. Not perfect, but if their influence lives on, probably worthy. Only time will tell. The Beatles started out as just another British R&B band, after all...

Still, I think there aren't enough actual opponents speaking out here. We need a devil's advocate that isn't an ass!

Yeah, jam bands... Honestly, the bias comes, I think, more from the lack of proper songwriting in favour of pure improv, which is a tad trite (the fact and the bias). The good thing, I think, is that Dave can write actual songs. '80's metal kind of deserves it, though; Not enough good bands of that genre.

Posted by J.H.M. on Sunday, 04.29.07 @ 20:37pm

I honestly can't understand how anyone with any semblance of taste surmises that Dave Matthews Band is not supremely original, creative, fun, lovely good shit.
Great integration of saxophone and violin. Forceful, groovy and eloquent. I'm no professor, but they all also seem quite adept at their instruments too.

I'm usually not this unequivocal, but I gotta say I think if you are a DMB hater, you've got some shit clogged in your ears.

Posted by shawn on Friday, 05.11.07 @ 11:14am

I think "Don't Drink the Water" justifies DMB *huge* consideration. That song ROCKS OUT!

Posted by Moni3 on Friday, 05.11.07 @ 22:38pm

Best jam band of our time~~Will be compared to grateful dead thirty years from now

Posted by Ron on Tuesday, 05.15.07 @ 17:19pm

Yes, as much as I hate to admit it.

Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 06.13.07 @ 03:27am

"Yes, as much as I hate to admit it."

Why???? I fear I my regret this challenge. But why do you hate to endorse DMB?

Posted by shawn mc on Wednesday, 06.13.07 @ 09:02am

The Dave Matthews Band is sure to get inducted. They are one of the highest-grossing acts year-in and year-out, and they are one of the most, if not the most, talented mainstream acts out there. They are definitely among the greatest jamming bands of all time, along with the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, and Phish. They're in.

Posted by Drew on Thursday, 08.23.07 @ 20:13pm

DMB is a band that exists solely to let drunken frat boy idiots think that they listen to meaningful music. They only people they inspire are the same drunken idiots who then play the guitar in their dorm rooms to try and get laid. Unfortunatly this only works on girls who don't really care, know, or understand music and are impressed by drunken frat boy's "soul." It is for people who don't play instruments and don't realize that jamming is easy and simple to do and that any musician can do it, it is not a musical talent.

Posted by John on Saturday, 09.29.07 @ 13:43pm

I'm getting sick and tired of people continuing to equate DMB's music and its fans with college party frat boys. Can't people just enjoy the music without being labeled and accused of being part of that lifestyle? I've been a fan of this band since their breakthrough, and I'm the farthest thing away from a frat boy.

If DMB isn't emotionally appealing to you, you at least have to recognize their top-notch musicianship. Listen to their first 4 albums and their live material and tell me that the musicianship is piss poor. If you believe it is, I have to wonder what you consider to be great musicianship.

If you're going to accuse them of being nothing more than a jam band with no talent, then any band who improvises their material on stage or in the studio, should receive the same treatment from you.

Posted by Antonio on Saturday, 09.29.07 @ 15:29pm

I don't even care about the DMB one way or the other, but the post by "John" is about the dumbest thing I have ever read. Oh, and if "jamming" is so easy, then go form a band sell millions of records...idiot.

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 09.29.07 @ 15:35pm

To start off... i dont use big words like alot of you guys. :)... But. the dave matthews band has done so much for the music industry, and for the world in general. From playing Live 8, Earth day, Virginia tech benifit, Central Park, Peidmont park, Etc... They are all known as top knotch musicians. Every single one of them brings a different background, and they are able to blend it into a beautiful thing. Dave is also one of the best rhythm guitarists, and SONG WRITERS EVER. his lyrics are beautiful every time he writes a song. He has songs where he makes up the lyrics every single time (ex. "Little Thing", or the 2004 song, Joy Ride, Good Good time, Sugar will, etc.) so many songs, hes very talented. The band will be inducted into the hall of fame. Hands down, theyre in.

Posted by Jim Siekmann on Sunday, 11.4.07 @ 12:57pm

DMB is one of the best and longest lasting bands to come out in the last twenty years.

they will go into the HOF and they will rock out.

Boyd,Carter,Dave,Roi and Fonz is some of the best musical artist around.
They have the best live show I have ever seen

Posted by greg on Monday, 11.26.07 @ 10:36am

I would love to see the CD collection of the people downing DMB. Yeah they deserve to be in!
This is a band who relies on music not image or great videos. They tour every year Why? because it's about the music.

Posted by Jayde on Tuesday, 11.27.07 @ 06:42am

Hell no,

Fall Out Boy should make it way before DMB. I mean Boyd is ripped and all and he irons his pubes, but does that justify DMB for a shoe in for the R&R Hall of Fame? NO!

Posted by buzz05232000 on Monday, 12.3.07 @ 20:08pm

Yup, most defintely. And I have read all of the posts on here and its a shame that people argue over one anothers tastes in music. Of course each person is going to stand up for their own style of music because it is essesntialy a representation of who you are. But Im not going to be someone to bash a person for liking Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park, MArilyn Manson (music I personally dont enjoy) because first of all I know that those bands work very hard towards creating what there fans want to hear. Whereas DMB works very hard to make music that his fans want to hear.
By arguing with someone over their taste in music is the most ignorant thing because you are basically attacking what that person enjoys. No band would be a band if they didnt have fans, all it takes is one to give that band motivation. Dave MAtthews once said "The day I realized we would make it was the day the crowd was singing back to us". Im sure every band has reached this moment, even Fall Out Boy. Music should not be attacked unless you have taken the time to listen to someones music and when you cannot get anything out of it, just dont listen to it again, theres millions of other people who will enjoy to make up for your ignorance.

Posted by Dave on Monday, 12.3.07 @ 21:04pm


But this is a voting system based on musical talent and musical innovation. NOT on which music is more enjoyable, that would be pointless.

If you say that Fall Out Boy deserves to be in the Hall before DMB, I am obligated to take my shoe and shove it up your ass. It is just common knoweledge. Now if you said, "I enjoy Fall Out Boy more than DMB." Then I cannot disagree with that.

Do you get the point of this now?

Posted by buzz05232000 on Monday, 12.3.07 @ 21:21pm

They aren't a Jam band (seriously, PHISH is a jam-band) And they did little influential musically (sarcasm), except that they don't have a lead electric, didn't sing about killing themselves (see Nirvana and "OMG my life is so bad"), they aren't mainstream anymore and still gross in the top 5 tours every year.

If anything, this band should be in the hall of fame for their tapping communities that rival those of the Greateful Dead. THAT is their true influence.

Posted by Phill on Monday, 12.3.07 @ 21:37pm

How can anyone with a sliver of musical taste not like, or at least recognize the value and talent and quality of the Dave Matthews Band? Seriously. What does a band have to be or do to earn respect?

Posted by nacho on Monday, 12.3.07 @ 21:50pm

the most musically talented band to come around in quite some time. Dave for president!!!

Posted by blowmycock on Monday, 12.3.07 @ 22:55pm

Cock, you must not listen to much music.

Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 12.4.07 @ 07:41am

and let's not forget about Farm Aid and the bama works foundation. DMB's outlook on living, loving, dying, and dreaming is beautioful. It is true, what you hear on cd could never prepare you for what you would experience live w/ DMB. A summer is not a summer w/o Dave and the boys. they call for you: Honey Honey, come and dance w/ me!!

Posted by Angie on Friday, 12.14.07 @ 12:12pm


Apart from some shitty jams that all and sundry feels the need to rave about, what contribution did they make to music?

- liam

Posted by not lol on Friday, 12.21.07 @ 14:31pm

"Oh, and if "jamming" is so easy, then go form a band sell millions of records...idiot."

Sales = Talent?

Jamming isn't the most difficult thing in the world

- liam

Posted by not lol on Friday, 12.21.07 @ 14:33pm

All I can tell you liam is what I love about DMB and say if it doesn't reach someone, then I don't know how to describe the attraction. I hear intricate, winding melodies and poignant, reflective, mesmerizing lyrics. Their rhythm section is kick-ass, they often utilize really interesting time signatures, their innovative mix of violin, sax, trumpet, electric and acoustic guitar... even banjo once in a while... is beautiful, funky, often complex stuff, sometimes rock oriented, sometimes r&b, nevr sappy ballads, often heartwrenching but never cloying ballads ("Where are You Going", "Gravedigger", "Crash Into Me"), joyous celebratory flights ("Stay", "Crush", "Jimi Thing") often "progressive" in terms of development of a musical idea crossed with the improvisational vibe of some jazz.
Pretty avante-garde and innovative stuff very often, in my humble opinion.

They've got such a rich spectrum of unique tunes now that continuously charm and excite me as a listener.
I also happen to love Dave Matthews various growls, groans, hee-yah's and range of vocal improvs and expressive power.

I find DMB to have a wildly intriguing, sensual, emotional core that you either tap into or, it seems, you can get cranky about. I don't know - I happen to love their stuff.

I do not understand the animosity some people have for this band - I always thought they were consumate musicians. Is their "sin" that they like to "jam" often live, or the canard that they were a "college frat" band? I was 26 with a family when I first heard them and bought "Under the Table and Dreaming" and have been a continuing fan since.

Posted by shawn on Friday, 12.21.07 @ 15:33pm

The thing is, Shawn, I just think that DMB is a pretty nregular jam-act that happened to get a big break/a song-writer apt in pop.

I haven't heard loads of jam acts, but DMB doesn't outshine any of the ones I have actually heard.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 02.2.08 @ 17:54pm

Crappy Bro-rock like DMB doesn't deserve the label "rock and roll."

Posted by Durden on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 19:01pm

I'm pretty sure if a musicians and songwriters with the capabilities of Tim Reynolds, Vusi Malaselah(spelling?), Willy Nelson, Victor Wooten, Bela Fleck, Alanis Morrisette are willing to play and tour with them, then they probably deserve some serious respect because those people are undoubtedly talented and they probably know more about what good music than we do.....listen to dave drummer and bass closely, it's amazing.....plus the band is simply amazing and even though they are a "jam band" they didn't really follow the Grateful Dead's lead of just trading off guitar riffs...they rarely even have an electric guitar...they are their own unique style of jam band. They actually have some meaningful lyrics to along with their jamming.

Posted by ilikedave on Wednesday, 03.26.08 @ 15:31pm

let me guess youve never heard of soft machine, return to forever, gong or any of the originals have you?

Posted by u dont know music on Friday, 05.30.08 @ 23:47pm

by the way Phish is a billion time better than dave matthews. Dave played the same show night after night to drunken teenagers who were clueless listeners.

guys look up the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Hatfield and the North you will like them!!!! 2 of the REAL jam bands...

Posted by dave is not a jam band on Friday, 05.30.08 @ 23:51pm

the grateful dead are the most over rated band of all time. average musicians at best, who were more interested in drugs. their concerts were horrible as they played and sung out of tune and off key for 30 years. people please instead i offer an alternative. If you want to listen to actual musicians improvising in the late 60's. LISTEN TO MILES DAVIS!!!!!!

Posted by grateful dead are bad on Friday, 05.30.08 @ 23:56pm

When I think of future Rock Hall of Famers (for the 90s and 00s decades), DMB comes in first place. Dave will have no trouble getting in. His fan base is huge and his albums and the music sells well.

Posted by Barry Smith on Monday, 06.16.08 @ 17:43pm

I'm not a fan of theirs, but I've got a hunch they'll make it in.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 07.15.08 @ 13:24pm

When I was in high school (class of 02), there were two bands that you could not escape and just about everybody agreed on, and Dave Matthews was one of them (Sublime was the other).

DMB is a huge-selling artist with massive appeal, huge tours, Grammy-winning multiplatinum records, and a huge following. There is no imaginable reason that they shouldn't be inducted.

Posted by Mountaineer on Tuesday, 07.15.08 @ 13:28pm

-Note, I am a big a DMB fan

DMB will be in easily, for a variety of reasons. There are a lot of criteria that goes into a subjective honor (which the Rock-N-Roll HOF is), and even for being the artists that have had their fan club copied by other artists (MusicToday spun off from the DMB Warehouse Fan Club), and selling the most concert tickets in the world since they formed, after the Rolling Stones will get them in, regardless what one feels about their music.

Beyond that, for people who are not fans of DMB, some of your information regarding the band is wrong, and shows there people (i.e. music snobs) who think that when a band has a limited following that most people don't know about it, that makes them a better music fan. These are also the same people who are usually complaing that these very artists don't get enough respect. Contrary to what was posted on this thread, DMB has never played the same setlist twice (no other artists mix their setlists are as much), their drummer, Carter Beauford is a legend within the industry, and in my opinion, one of the top 5 guitarists who has ever lived, Tim Reynolds, is a frequent contributor. It's a stupid stereotype to think that it is frat boy music (like that matters anyway), being that most people who go to their shows are in their 30s.

It's a no brainer

Posted by DontBurnEarl on Thursday, 09.18.08 @ 19:02pm

Uh...being Mainstream doesn't mean you're not good.

Posted by commonsense on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 23:21pm

Music is completely your own opinion i understand. but dave matthews band is the best band of the 90's and will easily make it to the hall of fame. They are simply amazing to see in concert.

Posted by alex on Wednesday, 12.24.08 @ 18:35pm


I can see what you're saying, but let's be real here. Most indie bands are shit too. Trying to be different does not make a band good. Connecting with people does. Current music in general, spanning all genres, just plain sucks.

Posted by Nick on Sunday, 01.18.09 @ 01:01am

I can see what you're saying, but let's be real here. Most indie bands are shit too. Trying to be different does not make a band good. Connecting with people does. Current music in general, spanning all genres, just plain sucks.

Posted by Nick on Sunday, 01.18.09 @ 01:01am
Doesn't that mean that the Jonas Bros. are the logical follow-up to the Beatles then? I mean after all, they ARE connecting w/a lot of people! (lol).

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 01.18.09 @ 17:45pm

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 01.18.09 @ 17:45pmd oesn't that mean that the Jonas Bros. are the logical follow-up to the Beatles then? I mean after all, they ARE connecting w/a lot of people! (lol).

well taken but then again Madonna and U2 are in.. so who knows..lol

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 01.18.09 @ 17:51pm

I would like to think that Dave Matthews Band will have a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall, because they truly are some of the most technically sound and creative musicians performing today. They are massively popular and they perform with a sound that draws even the most doubtful of music fans in. I challenge anyone to listen to all of DMB's music, turn to me, and say "I hate them all with every fragment of my being".

I used to hate them, too. But all I had to do was sit down and watch one of their DVD's, and I began to appreciate their musical talent. It all sprouted from there.

For those of you who are skeptical, try listening to live performances of "Warehouse", "Ants Marching", "Everybody Wake Up" "Grey Street", or their version of "All Along The Watchtower" to name a small few.

Posted by Warren on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 00:57am

They're a talented and very successful band. No question!! And they probably have a good chance to make it to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. But that's mainly 'cause of a lack of competition from their era.

Good band... but they're not Nirvana, U2, or R.E.M, who were true innovators.

Posted by ray on Sunday, 03.1.09 @ 18:12pm

Woops!!... I forgot to look at the top of the page(ignore the post above this). I guess there chance of getting in is only 28%. That sounds about right. Like I said, they're a good band... that sound a little too much like Peter Gabriel... probably not original enough to get in.

Posted by ray on Monday, 03.2.09 @ 16:35pm

DMB has to be one of the best/biggest bands to come out since the mid to late 90's. Having one of the biggest fan bases which consist of all age groups. I had just started listening to them in 2001, when their album, "Everyday", came out. I did not, at first, appreciate their music and lyrics, until actually listening to them.
After they had fallen off the "MTV Mainstream", they still rocked it out. In 2002, when I stumbled on the album "Crash", which came out in 96, I was hooked. I have since been to 2 Dave concerts, and turned my one friend into a believer as well. He didn't enjoy their music, until he saw their live show with me.
I think (and this is my opinion) that if you don't like them, then go see them in concert. You have to be open to what they are saying and their sound. With a mix of sax, trumpet and a cool violin, one thing about Dave, is that he very rarely has an electric guitar in hand.
They know what they are doing and how to work the crowd. They have just as much fun playing, as the fans do dancing, watching, singing and listening to them enjoying themselves. It's just a fun time!
I have not been known to have the best sense in music, however, this is the best band I have ever listened to and I, myself, am going to keep dancing, watching, singing and listening to them until they fall apart... which, will hopefully for all of us fans, never happen.
They should definately be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 2019.

Posted by lastseekup on Wednesday, 04.29.09 @ 18:28pm

DMB: completely without merit. Four thumbs down.

Posted by Arnold on Saturday, 06.13.09 @ 20:13pm

I've known the band since their first single, "Wadda Wood-Jew Zay." I guess they could make it in, the RnRHoF is starting to run out of popular bands that were actually good. So they have to choose between lesser-known bands or not-so-good bands.

Posted by Violin Solo on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 15:05pm

Just cookie-cutter bland rubbish. Every single song sounds the same and it's far from great. Done nothing but make corporate rock.

I'd rather see Green Day than DMB.

Posted by Mike in LA on Sunday, 08.30.09 @ 13:10pm

"Done nothing but make corporate rock."- Mike in LA

This corporate rock tag is the most meaningless labels in music. Being commercial only means that you sold albums. In that case your band Green Day would be corporate rock, after all they have sold 65 million albums.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 08.30.09 @ 13:32pm

They've got a real chance. Credited as one of the bands to really make touring an art form in itself once again.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 08.30.09 @ 13:45pm

DMB has arguably one of the best concerts you could ever go to and have produced record after record of hits that have become people's favorites songs. it would be an insult to not induct them in

Posted by leatherwood23 on Thursday, 12.10.09 @ 18:49pm

A true musical bore..

Posted by L-7 on Monday, 02.1.10 @ 19:43pm

I like DMB and I think they are a truly unique band. I'm not sure how influential they are, but there are certainly worse acts that are coming up. I think they have a good chance.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 02.28.10 @ 17:00pm

Anybody who strictly labels DMB as corporate rock is out of there f-ing minds. With really only 6 studio albums in about 20 years, how can you possibly label them as "corporate rock". If anything, flaming Green Day is the definition of corporate rock. But I understand where people are coming from. I mean, hearing "You and Me" constantly on the Grammys/other network programs does seem like corporate rock, but thats just them doing what they have to do (i would rather see more true DMB then slow corporate songs as well but its irrational for DMB to break out on some lengthy Two Step at a controlled environment like the Grammys). The truth is, if you voted no on this survey, you either have 1)an IQ below 100 or 2)just went to Itunes and previewed the first couple DMB songs.

If you voted "No", you probably haven't experienced a lengthy Two Step, or an All along the watchtower cover, or a Hey Joe. You probably haven't experienced Reynolds' sick acoustic solos on Down By the River, Stay or Leave, or Dont Drink the Water, or Dancing Nancies. I am still amazed to this day at each of their talents as individuals. Dave obviously showcases his in his seshs with Reynolds, but after hearing Boyd's True Reflections, I am convinced they are true genius.

Go ask Neil Young, or Trey Anastasio, or Warren Haynes, or even Mick Jagger (yes they are friends) the answer to this survey. I bet they have a slightly better idea about what this whole rock and role fame thing entails.

The Grateful Dead, Phish, and DMB...Nuff said.

Posted by Josh on Friday, 04.2.10 @ 23:34pm

Or maybe we have experienced all of that and thought, "Dave - go eat a f'n steak!"

Talent musicians held back by wimpy songs. Dave really needs to lay off the estrogen.

Posted by Ralph on Saturday, 04.3.10 @ 08:10am

They are overrated. They can't hold a candle to Phish. If a jam band is going to make it from the 90's it's Phish.

Posted by DAO on Tuesday, 04.6.10 @ 14:53pm

UUUmmmmmm, i'm 50/50 on this one....

Posted by LED on Tuesday, 05.18.10 @ 23:28pm

Dave Matthews Band are in for 2 reasons...

1.) The albums they put out in the 90's...under the table...crash...before these crowded streets...live at red rocks...live at luther college.

2.) They're live performances. There's a reason why they sell out concerts year in and year out...thats because people who see them live come back again. They aren't studio musicians, their best work is on stage.

10 years ago I didn't understand why so many people hated dmb, but I learned not to care. Some people don't like Dave's voice, some people hated their popularity in the 90's, some people just don't like acoustic guitars, saxophones, and violins. I couldn't care less whether or not DMB goes to the hall of fame. However DMB not touring in 2011 for the first time since 1991 is a big deal!

Posted by James on Sunday, 08.29.10 @ 12:06pm

Of course DMB will get in. They were the biggest band from 1994-1999, and still sell out!!!! Their cult following has remained loyal throughout the years and they are clearly, no matter how many people are anti-DMB, an influencial band.

Posted by boppo on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 11:20am

I'm starting to get sick of people saying how much they suck. I completely respect your opinion if you don't like the band, but to say they possess no talent and such, is rediculous. Let's see you guys accomplish what they have. Let's see you tour every summer and play sell out every show, without the support of an album.

Also, from a musician's point of view, they're geniuses. Can you switch from one strange time signature to another as fast as they do?

Posted by Poo on Saturday, 01.8.11 @ 18:10pm

They are OK. Saw them open for the Grateful Dead in Vegas in 1995. I started going to Phish shows to get my grove after Jerry died. Dave could do it for me. They couldn't provide what Phish could. Phish should make it into the hall of fame instead of DMB. Without Phish the jam band scene would have died. Phish took over as the main jam band from the dead. DMB could not have pulled that off. They are second fiddle to Phish.

Poo: Phish was doing it before DMB and better for years.

Posted by DAO on Thursday, 01.13.11 @ 15:56pm

DAO: Remember, Phish is not an influence to DMB. Also, DMB seems to be on the borderline of a Jam band. I absolutely love both Phish and DMB. I would love to see both make it into the hall of fame; both deserve it.

Posted by Poo on Tuesday, 01.18.11 @ 11:13am

ppl saying that dmb isnt good because they are a commercial mainstream band are being a little close minded. 1. no band starts off mainstream. They get there for a reason, because they make good music 2. I cant think of any bands that have the success of dmb and are as unique as dmb. you know, a sax and a violin. 3. before u say all of their songs sound the same listen to everyday, i did it, jimi thing, and ants marching. they all sound different from one another.
one last thing. saying dmb is a bad band is like saying tiger woods is a bad golfer. they both make shit tons of money because they are lucky right?

Posted by unbiased on Thursday, 03.17.11 @ 06:46am

unbiased...I don't think you're being unbiased at all

"no band starts off mainstream. They get there for a reason, because they make good music"

Not necessarily, that statement is naive.

"I cant think of any bands that have the success of dmb and are as unique as dmb."

You don't want me to unleash a list of such bands on you, do you?

"before u say all of their songs sound the same"

I never said that and I don't think it's true either.

"saying dmb is a bad band is like saying tiger woods is a bad golfer. they both make shit tons of money because they are lucky right?"

I'm not saying luck has everything to do with it, but it doesn't have nothing to do with it either. You're oversimplifying.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 03.17.11 @ 07:02am

DEFINITELY. I don't go one day without listening to Dave Matthews. He is as real as it gets and I love the fact that he doesnt give a shit about any of this stuff we are writing, he doesnt care about being famous or any of that.. he just does what he loves and he is damn good. Everytime I go see him in concert, his songs are ALWAYS sung differently and he is the best entertainer alive. The lyrics are so deep. And he attracts every kind of person out there not just one type of fan base. Dave Matthews Band will forever be my favorite band.

Posted by Paige on Wednesday, 04.6.11 @ 19:16pm

Phish was an influence to Dave Matthews Band and The Grateful Dead was as well, Dave Matthews has mentioned that several times in interviews. And I agree that Phish is up there with DMB but definitely not that they are better than DMB by any means.

Posted by Paige on Wednesday, 04.6.11 @ 19:19pm

The Dave Matthews Band definitely should be inducted. The group is amazingly talented, and their music is amazing, especially the live shows. I seriously don't understand how people can say they suck when this band could blow just about any band today away, maybe they just don't appreciate good music?

Posted by Eric on Thursday, 04.7.11 @ 01:26am

Dave Matthews Band reinvented american music in the 90's. They invented a new style of playing. if you listen to their music or see them live, the way they play, is completely different from any other bands out there, Dave in particular (with his funky rhythms, unique chord shapes, and excessive damping). Lyrics is another thing. Their lyrics have touched millions of people and are pure poetry. read the lyrics to the song "Pig" or "The Stone" and try to tell me the lyrics are respectable. they are one of the few bands that actually sounds better live than on the actual album. Sure they jam occasionally, but that is what their fans want. who wants to listen to them play the same things as their album over and over. gotta keep it fresh. Whoever says that jamming doesn't take talent is f**king crazy.
Dave matthews band has grown solely due to word of mouth, which is what they wanted from the beginning. no corporate sell outs or anything. The fact that they invented their own unique style of music and playing, and the fact that they are the top grossing continuously touring act since the grateful dead DEFINITELY shows they deserve to be inducted. YES!!!

Posted by jstern on Sunday, 04.24.11 @ 15:56pm

Dave Matthews band is better than phish Trey can't sing to save his life that's why he plays with Dave notice Trey doesn't sing at all on some devil... I get a kick out of DMV haters there like full blown drunks going to an AA leafing arguing with the sober.. They make no FN sense

Posted by Willy on Sunday, 05.1.11 @ 05:27am

Dave Matthews band is better than phish Trey can't sing to save his life that's why he plays with Dave notice Trey doesn't sing at all on some devil... I get a kick out of DMB haters there like full blown drunks going to an AA meeting arguing with the sober.. They make no FN sense

Posted by Willy on Sunday, 05.1.11 @ 05:30am

Dave's lyrics are so amazing.. I can't believe that someone thinks that greenday should make it before DMB.. WoW crazy
stuff.. Like Ren said from Ren and stimpy . your talking crazy stuff. Carter is the best drummer in any band now a days.. I'm a musician for 20 yr's.. So with my ears that work well I know the difference... Dave has something that made Carter very impressed from the start.. Growing up in Africa gave Dave a rhythm that is soulful and universal... Bomb shi$. They will make it.. And as for the grateful dead I don't hear the duplication of sound they were influenced by there touring

Posted by Willy on Sunday, 05.1.11 @ 06:31am

They are the best of what's around. Grux album is sick even the producer of that album was like man these guys kick butt and he worked with greenday but was into the band so much he admitted always wanting to work with the band...as for a few albums not done with Steve Lillywhite. They lost touch because of multi tracked album but got back to their roots with Grux... Can't wait to see them this summer....

Posted by Willy on Sunday, 05.1.11 @ 15:31pm


No band starts out main stream. they get there for a reason. agreed that some so called musicians like lady gaga, Kesha, Nsync, etc. just start off big because they market to young kids and just make songs that get stuck in your head. However, I do not believe that any rock bands(by rock bands i mean bands that use real instruments and not synth) get to mainstream without first starting off small. please elaborate what about that statement was naive.

Bands that are as successful as DMB and are as unique. by unique i mean using several instruments. using two sometimes three different time signatures in a song and still have a sound that is distinguishable. By success I mean a band that met the past criteria that I just stated and obtaining record sales, and concert ticket sales like DMB did. Besides other future hall of famers, Phish. If you have a list of bands that meet this criteria please post them because I am always trying to find new music that catches my ear.

Im glad you agree that their songs do not sound the same. It was not an argument against you. It was just criticism against DMB that I hear quite often.

My last comment comparing tiger woods to DMB. I understand it was far fetched. I was just making a simple point that in the business of real music(excluding every boy band and "hip hop" musician)luck doesn't make you great. I will admit I have heard some great talents locally that deserve a label, but I have yet to hear a DMB.

I hope I have cleared up the topics that I left to simple for you.

Posted by unbiased on Wednesday, 05.11.11 @ 03:25am

Dave Matthews Band honestly wouldn't give a care if he got into the hall of fame... and thats why they deserve to be inducted. They come out on stage and say, "this is what we have. take it or leave it, it doesnt, we love it". They're real. Don't pin them as a 'frat' band. no. not when dave has lyrics that delve into subjects that relate directly to his personal life, and some pretty crazy stuff too.

and people see their passion. we see it and we cling to it. DMB is one of the rawest bands to exist, honest players.

(and to the guy that said jamming is easy, i'd tell you to stfu, but you wouldn't hear me over all the great legends who'd be yelling at you callin you an idiot)

Posted by Tommy on Saturday, 06.4.11 @ 03:04am

Funny how stupid some people make themselves look. DMB SHOULD and WILL be inducted. Just a matter of time.

Posted by Ryan on Monday, 07.11.11 @ 15:49pm

DMB will most definitely be inducted into the hall of fame.

I started listening to them when I was 17, my dad had the Central Park Concert DVD/CD pack. I would watch the DVD almost everyday.

Their music has so much passion and unique flavor. The feeling I get when I listen to them is indescribable!!


Posted by Joshua! on Wednesday, 07.13.11 @ 14:30pm

DMB will definitely make it in. They played the prestigious great lawn of Central Park. That's indeed a sign.

Posted by Barry on Thursday, 08.11.11 @ 09:35am

Haven't Diana Ross (solo) and Barbra Streisand performed at Central Park? Andrea Bocelli will be, too, and I don't see him being considered when eligible. :)

DMB has not had much in the way of critical acclaim- not that that's necessarily indicative of an act's consideration and induction, mind you. Most who have been inducted were very critically successful, but every now and then there's acts that weren't so much.

Posted by JR on Thursday, 08.11.11 @ 10:28am

I'd say that, deserving or not, the DMB are a safe bet for the HOF, although I'm partial to their poppier stuff as opposed to their more "progressive" wanking, of which there's a lot.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 08.18.11 @ 22:36pm

should dmb be inducted in the hall of fame? dumbest question i've ever heard. i think dmb is the best band ever, EVER. yes better than the beatles. and i'm a big beatles fan. what's sad is that so many people don't like dave for dumb reasons, trust me when i was young i didn't get what was so good about dmb, then i got into them and it was unlike anything i've ever expirenced. their music is amazing, too bad more people didn't realize

Posted by dmbfan on Thursday, 11.10.11 @ 19:37pm

@William. you consider "Brainiac" talented? if so just get the f**k off this website right now becuase you don't know sh*t about music. DMB has some of the most talented musicians in the world, and have created their own style, and have been quite successful with it. i would love for you to tell me how they are bad musicians as well as song writers...

Posted by sean on Tuesday, 12.13.11 @ 21:33pm

I think its quite ignorant to say they SHOULDNT be in. Superficially, DMB may seem like decent mainstream music...but the truth is, once you delve into DMB, instead of just accepting their radio hits, you can never make such a statement. THe beauty is in the performances...

Posted by fjawfjewf on Friday, 12.30.11 @ 01:13am

I hate bands that make it on the radio! they suck!! ha ha. holier than thou dmb haters. while you punks were still crapping your diapers, I was having a great time at DMB concerts. My 21 yr old nephew said it was "bro music"? whatever pansies, keep repeating what you hear in some thrasher magazine. and for the record, I play in a metal band in ohio. I'm not a "bro". DMB concerts were great, are great, and any band that makes it on the radio sucks!! bad bands forever!!! lol.

Posted by brian on Monday, 01.23.12 @ 20:02pm

dude, DMB got on the radio, they had a song hit 18 on the US top 40.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 01.24.12 @ 12:16pm

Ok, well if someone has no taste for DMB, then leave this thread alone first off, lol and DMB is one of THE most creative, and musically talented groups in history I believe, not to mention Dave's EXCEPTIONAL guitar playing and singing, with deep, emotional lyrics, and a sick group to jam 20 minutes of a song and then have you wondering where those 20 minutes came from because it was soo good and you want to hear more. So hands down, I would love to see DMB receive as much respect as that. Definitely well deserved.

Posted by Mason on Monday, 02.13.12 @ 02:57am

put it this way, if theres this many ppl on this shit site arguing it, them obviously they deserve to be in... all you DMB hatersjust face it, they will be in the hall.. tough shit..

Posted by kevin on Sunday, 03.4.12 @ 11:47am

If you hate this site so much why do you keep returning?
We don't want you, you don't want us, so just go!

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 03.4.12 @ 12:14pm

GFW, I think the PMS just kicked in??

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 03.4.12 @ 12:47pm

Considering i'm 14 and a male, that would be an impressive feat indeed!

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 03.4.12 @ 12:52pm

LOL, I meant kevin not you!!!!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 03.4.12 @ 14:32pm

Oh, right!

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 03.4.12 @ 15:18pm

Anyone who thinks DMB are boring probably thinks Iron Maiden and ACDC are gods(with their mediocre musicians). They obviously have no ear for music and I really does'nt matter what they think. I've seen DMB live and they usually make their openers sound like amature night. DMB are truly 1 in 1000000.

Posted by denz on Sunday, 06.3.12 @ 14:19pm

Listen say what you want about them but In all honesty they are an all around great band. First off you go to each band member from the drummer to the new sax player Jeff coffin, and they are all very very very talented players. I've personally jammed with Jeff and in my opinion he is one of the best sax players in the world. Not only are the lyrics very well written but the music they create behind it is remarkable. They jam at concert and improvise on spot. Now a days you don't see that especially when it comes to big live performances. They've won Grammys and have made countless hits, Sold out shows, and have played some of the biggest and most memorable shows in a long time. I'm not saying I'm a pro in knowing good well thought out music but I know music enough to know this band is pretty legit. I'm a very hardcore critic when it comes to bands actually being "good" and naming them good. From this I really feel that DMB is the best band out there right now who plays shows and is still creating music.

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 06.23.12 @ 23:32pm

Not the biggest fan of DMB but here are some statistics.

- Six straight albums debuting at #1 in the US, no other band has done that

- $529.1 million dollars and 11.7 million tickets sold in the 2000's, number one for the decade in both categories

- Almost 40 million albums sold

If you ask me, that's hall of fame worthy

Posted by Daddy on Tuesday, 10.2.12 @ 02:57am

2018 is a crowded year with several mid to late 90's bands up for consideration. Expect Counting Crows and Blink-182 to get in. DMB should be a no brainer as well. Should be a cool year.

Posted by JP on Thursday, 11.29.12 @ 00:40am

To not like dmb is okay. But to deny the fact that they are great musicians is absurd. They are my personal favorite band but that's because I like their music. Its okay to not like something and acknowledge talent at the same time. They will be inducted because they deserve it. They love their fans and are passionate about the music they make.

Posted by turk on Saturday, 06.29.13 @ 21:49pm

They have the 2nd most Consecutive albums tied with Eminem and 2 behind the Beatles by 2018 they could have two more albums out that go Number 1. They have the most Consecutive Albums to debut at number 1.

Add is they been the Number 1 touring band since the early 2000's I don't see how they are not a 1st year choice.

Posted by Greg on Wednesday, 10.16.13 @ 11:29am

Who ever said DMB isn't original is out of their mind. Everybody has their own tastes, and that's cool.

DMB is barely a jam band. Yea they do have some awesome jams, and I really wish they showed off their musicianship more than they do(more jamming). I've never understood the comparisons to Phish. Both deserve to be in The HOF though.

DMB should be in the HOF from one person alone. Carter Beauford. For those of you that don't listen to DMB, at least do yourself a favor and check that man drum.

Whether you like their music or not, they will be in the HOF. And rightfully deserve to.

Posted by James on Monday, 10.21.13 @ 20:18pm

Dave Matthews at half the prize of stones tickets Carey tickets and other huge bands sold more. Boring jam band boring jam band if u don't like his product but Neil young and Melloncamp were no near as commerivally financially, and influenced pop culture as Dave Matthews band. Pearl jam has three great records Dave Matthews has everyone. His first two albums went plantitim and is amazing, it debuted at number one. Since then every single album debuted at number one. He sold more tickets in 2000 from 2010 then anyone by millions. The populace or majority loves him. He is a first ballot hall of farmer and if green day is and nirvana to deny dmb is an out rage. He is the only artist that didn't sue napster. He has hits after hits and he is more successful than jimmy buffet, great full dead, phish, because he succeed with plantitim records.

Posted by Drewo82 on Monday, 02.1.16 @ 18:42pm

No matter what fans of the whole fame think his records are already in clevand most albums in a row to debut at one. One of those was busted stuff which was already realized. He has five singles he did not realize break free idea of you, can't stop, and two step never realized like a single. Taylor swift is huge Dave went bigger without the social media. Dave Matthews changed alternative rock and he tours for the people but he is in hall of fame for achievements and records he set already. A true singer songwriter is rare one who stood by his original band and by the way did I mention he has has over seven platitunum records. Come on green day, never came close to his sales and a jam band making is hard but he did so the 300 million he made on concerts by charging less is a record. One that should be respected. I'm not a fan of nirvania but they got in, why because Kurt died. What about Bradley knoll his albums revolutionized rock and regale but he died. His albums are better than any of nirvania's. Hall of fame is about achievements in a career, he deserves it and look at his numbers. He was the best show at Woodstock 30 every critic stated. He stays away from the media but don't put him in there he will be the richest front man not in the hall of fame. Listen don't but be objective, I'm objective I wish I could have been driven like him. I wasn't and he made an empire which makes pearl jam radio head to nothing.

Posted by Drewo on Monday, 02.1.16 @ 18:58pm

I like phish but they are not even close to the same. Dave is commerivally successful, extremely more popular than phish I apologize but the band is better, Dave is better, and he ticket sales and his studio sales proof that. Dave has had seven number one albums, meaning best in the world. What is the debate I like phish but they are more jam than Dave. Dave Matthews live CDs sold more than phish cd's. Live at Fenway, live at red rocks, and live at Luther college all went at least gold. Not one song phish has put has made a significant cultural difference. Dave has done that with at least one song from every CD. I like phish but not compareable not close, same as OAR, or other jam bands.q

Posted by Phishvsdmb on Monday, 02.1.16 @ 19:08pm

There's religion and political views to argue.
Music should never be the source of polarization through alternative viewpoints.
Its the most subjective of entities.
Don't be ashamed admit to embracing something others think as poor.
Conversely never put someone down over musical opinions.
The world has too much to fight about.
Leave man's greatest idea unsoiled.

Posted by Vance on Friday, 04.15.16 @ 21:20pm

You can love or hate their sound but to say they're not talented, that's simply musical ignorance. These have to be the same people who think Nirvana's sound was so "groundbreaking" and "deep". Get real and go back to listening your made up grunge subgenre. You have to high on heroin to listen that depressing crap.

Posted by Justin on Tuesday, 10.18.16 @ 13:36pm

Anyone who plays guitar would realize how difficult and different and amazing Dave's style is. If you don't play and don't like Dave , your comments are dead to me. Then you add on his ability to song write...oh yea and a ridiculous cast of musicians.....HOF!!! I laugh at the comments from '06 on this message board about them being a boring jam band.It's now '17 and they are still dominating! Love it!

Posted by gurn on Saturday, 04.8.17 @ 07:28am

For those of you who think Dave is boring, or undeserving of something like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame let's take a few steps back. They have been touring non-stop for over 25 years. So let me ask you, what kind of bands do you think deserve it? Most bands these days can't last more than a few years before they fade away. 25 years and they still haven't faded, just have taken a break. What they do is pure magic. All the musicians in this band have talent beyond words can explain. Dave's lyrics are so deep and profound I can't listen to his songs with out getting goose bumps. This band puts more into what they do than most human beings put into any aspect of their life. Their live shows are pure magic. Their chemistry even more so. This is the stuff legends are made of. If that doesn't deserve the rock and roll hall of fame then I don't know what does. Those of you that think their music is boring, well you may just want to get your ears checked. Or maybe go to a live show, not really sure what your problem is. To do what they do is unheard of. To hate on this band is to hate on all of the most beautiful things in life. They more than deserve the honor pf being inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. But, if you ignorant F***s out there prevent that from happening, no worries. They'll still be one of the most impressive, and impactful bands of human history. They don't need to be in the rock and roll hall of fame to prove that!

Posted by Jason Bonezzi on Sunday, 05.7.17 @ 03:12am

Dave Matthews Band is THE most perfect band in every way. Far more beautiful, intricate and complicated music than bands like Springsteen, Elvis Costello, ABBA (gross) and other pop bands that have been inducted. Really, they are the band that took music to the next level, with their amazingly talented improvisational jams (something which few other bands are even capable of with their scripted, predictable, boring music.) Dave Matthew's Band is exciting and profound. Besides each of the band's musicians exceptional talent at their instruments, their musical ability together will transcend history.

Posted by TMC on Friday, 07.28.17 @ 22:40pm

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