Kate Bush

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2003 (The 2004 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2018   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2026 (ranked #133) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
The Kick Inside (1978)
Never For Ever (1980)
The Dreaming (1982)
Hounds of Love (1985)
The Sensual World (1989)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Wuthering Heights (1978)
The Man With the Child In His Eyes (1978)
Babooshka (1980)
Sat In Your Lap (1981)
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (1985)

Kate Bush @ Wikipedia

Kate Bush Videos

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


37 comments so far (post your own)

Why hasn't this brilliant artist been inducted yet? She's undoubtedly made a huge impact on an entire generation of female singer/songwriters, who, believe it or not, all cite this woman as an influence. Well... aren't impact and influence the main factors for deciding who belongs in the Hall? I think so. Induct her already. Without Kate Bush, you don't have artists like Tori Amos, who is obviously a solid lock for this institution in the next decade.

Posted by Antonio on Saturday, 03.17.07 @ 01:33am

If Madonna gets in on her first year eligible while a true inovator and talent Kate Bush has been passed over the Hall of Fame just needs to close its doors.

Posted by NFB on Tuesday, 04.3.07 @ 20:20pm

Kate won't be inducted while Jann Wenner retains his veto over all inductees. Rolling Stone has done an amazing job of ignoring Kate all through her career. Wenner is the main source of the Rock Hall of Fame's lack of credibility.

Posted by Chris Williams on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 00:54am

Echoing what has been said before.... WHY HAS THIS ARTIST NOT BEEN INDUCTED??????? Every female singer/songwriter since 1980 has been influenced by her (Sarah McLaughlin, Tori Amos, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow). No excuse >:-(

Posted by ChuChu on Monday, 10.13.08 @ 03:48am

Unbelievable!!! The woman's been recording her own work since the age of 17 and has such a HUGE impact on so many people. The fact she has not even been considered is a disgrace!!!! ESPECIALLY considering some of the other lacklustre nominees included in the last few years. Who decides this anyway???

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 14:49pm

Kate has not only influenced female singer songwriters, but many prodcuers and male songwriters and singers as well: Maxwell, Big Boi from OutKast, Tricky, Ra Ra Riot, Animal Collective, Futureheads, and may more... She is a true original.

Posted by RM on Friday, 01.23.09 @ 14:55pm

She writes her own material. She sings and plays piano and keyboards. She is in charge of her own music. She is the producer of her own creations. She has created over 30 years worth of innovative, thoughtful, perplexing music. She has travelled down some musical roads that other musicians couldn't find in the light of day with a GPS system. So can we please end the farce now and give this talented musician the recogntion that she richly deserves? It is simply the only way I can have any respect for the R&R Hall of Fame.

Posted by Michael on Sunday, 09.6.09 @ 01:39am

The "Hall of Fame" should be called the "US Boys' Club". It's like the "International Baseball Tournament" where the only countries are the US and Western Samoa.

This club is for mid 40s guys who like to drink Bud whilst listening to Bon Jovi. It really has nothing to do with influences or contributions to music.

Internationally Kate Bush, Roxy Music and Kraftwerk are the three most influential acts of the past 30 years. And yet these three artists had virtually no US success apart from those in the know, ie. virtually every US alternative band and dance act with any kudos.

Not to have them represented shows how unrepresentative this whole thing is.

Keep on drinking the bud.

Posted by Keith on Wednesday, 10.28.09 @ 14:07pm

Bitter truth: Kate doesn't care, Being inducted in the "lame" wouldn't make a bit of difference to this artist, creatively and personally. She would never go to something like that, any true fan would know this. God Bless her!

Posted by Anthony Vario on Saturday, 12.26.09 @ 16:09pm

More than 30 years after the release of her 1st single, Kate Bush music is still way ahead of its times...it will take the Hall of Fame another 30 years to recognise that

Posted by BAHIGE on Tuesday, 02.9.10 @ 01:51am

I'd have no problem with her induction, since she was unique and influential.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 07.26.10 @ 21:28pm

Quite simply she is one of the greatest female singer songwriters of all time. She was and still is way ahead of her time. Perhaps that's why she gets overlooked? Nevertheless, a true talent who is more than worthy of making the Hall of Fame. A complete nonsense that she is not on it already!

Posted by Andy on Saturday, 09.25.10 @ 18:10pm

Sheer brilliance. The majority of hall of famers can't even touch her genius and musical talent. Talk about innovative and creative - no one comes close to painting a picture with words and a piano.

Posted by David on Sunday, 07.17.11 @ 11:59am

Just saw the late Laura Nyro inducted and now, since she is in, who other than Kate Bush to induct as the most innovative female singer.

Posted by Anthony Vario on Thursday, 05.10.12 @ 23:24pm

Kate Bush has been popular in the UK since 78, but she never achieved success in the US. There are no hard and fast rules, but realistically that does weigh against her. From a commercial standpoint, even in the UK she only had one No. 1 song (Wuthering Heights), although she has a number in the top 10.
Personally I never understood Bush's appeal. I just don't find her songcraft that impressive, right or wrong. But I really can't say why Nyro gets inducted and she doesn't.

Posted by astrodog on Friday, 05.11.12 @ 06:23am

Influence: Kate Bush has been an huge influence on many acts, such as Bjork, Outkast, Muse and PJ Harvey amongst others. 30

Innovation: I've seen many people say that The Dreaming is innovative, not sure for what but these are people who seem to know what they're talking about. 15

Commercial success: Not that big in the US but she was quite a big deal in the UK. 5

Critical Acclaim: They derided her at first but many critics now cite Kate Bush as one of the most important British female acts, with The Dreaming and Hounds Of Love getting a lot of attention. Even her new album won an Ivor Novello award and got her nominated for Best Female Act at the BRITS. 20

70, definitely deserving but probably not the biggest snub of 2003.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 07.1.12 @ 10:20am

Obviously they will induct the greatest female composer in human history. She is timeless influential to the point of being a pioneer, holds many records in music, Discovered by a member of PINK FLOYD before she was even a decade and a half old. It goes on and on and on

Posted by Mikhail on Saturday, 07.14.12 @ 07:55am

Her self produced albums rank with pink floyd.

Posted by mikhail on Thursday, 07.19.12 @ 15:32pm

Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills (1982)
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (1985)

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.1.12 @ 08:00am

I can not imagine two more different songs.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 08.1.12 @ 08:05am

Oddly enough though, if they did a split single where they covered each other's songs, I can totally hear it working in my head.

Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 08.1.12 @ 08:27am

That would sound really bizarre.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 08.1.12 @ 09:06am

God, Hounds Of Love is a great album. We should have ranked it by now.

In regards to her induction, "I just know something igood is gonna happen, but I don't know when"

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 10.4.12 @ 16:26pm

It just does not make sense, how the hell do the hall/rolling stone editers complain about there not being women in the hall, and then ignore THE most influence graced legendary original female songwriter in history? Before she was even done being FIFTEEN: a little girl, she was discovered by the FRONTMAN of what many believe to the most innovative band ever, Pink Floyd, who out of millions, chose a 15 year old little girl as his prodigy to carry his flame

Her genres stretch from complex prog rock to progressive bubblegum pop! Who else has the balls to do this?

And she does not even need affirmative action! She would get in with a penis too,in the world of producing and buisness, she rapes and stomps on the phrase "gender barrier" in a way no other woman have (perhaps maybe Joni Mitchell?). She produced her own albums starting at 24, started her own record company, designed one of the most physically artistic tours in history, and in short CHANGED MUSIC

"The Dreaming" is my and many others favorite album of all time and a sonic masterpiece, which to this day stands as one of the most innovative albums in history, sounding like nothing that came before or after it, by man, woman, band, or animal, and the albums that followed it were equally genius, specifically "Hounds of Love" and "The Sensual World"

"The Fog", "Hello World" "Rockets Tail", some of the greatest masterpieces ever composed

Kate Bush: an original and a pioneer

the hall: a pretentious old homosexual's ranking joke that went wayyyy to far (yes you Jann)

Posted by Mers on Sunday, 12.30.12 @ 03:02am

It's possible that she's *too* avant-garde- much like Bjork and PJ Harvey, who could suffer a similar fate?

Posted by JR on Thursday, 06.13.13 @ 19:11pm

I hope not, those three deserve in.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 06.14.13 @ 06:29am

@Mers.... I agree with you up to your nasty homophobic comment. Let's leave hate out of the discussion, shall we???

Posted by chuchu353 on Tuesday, 07.2.13 @ 08:22am

@Mers.... I agree with you up to your nasty homophobic comment. Let's leave hate out of the discussion, shall we???

Posted by chuchu353 on Tuesday, 07.2.13 @ 08:22am

Bots are weird nowadays.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 07.2.13 @ 08:24am

For any of you who have not heard her earliest recordings, i would really recommend them. the way she arranged her chords/melodies and brought listeners into her world(s) changed many lives and inspired a way of thinking about music and a passion to create. She mixed "Wacky" but classy chords you would expect in a paul penned beatles song with beautiful and sad/strangely tuned ones you would expect in a nick drake song, and created her own genre by doing so. I personally believe that this genre is the future of music.
"something like a song", "organic acid",(probably the darkest thing she ever wrote), "snow", "Surrender into the roses", and "ferry me over" although heard by few and rejected by her initial record company, these are some of her greatest works and up there with the dreaming. It's an incredible thing to just hear her and her piano right around the time her genius was developing.

Posted by luey poo poo on Saturday, 06.21.14 @ 02:39am

add "the man with the child in his eyes" to "essential songs" please....

Posted by Abby on Saturday, 09.13.14 @ 00:55am

Apparently Kate Bush inspired Adele's comeback album, which is set to be the biggest album of 2016, maybe even 2017. So we can go ahead and add the most sucessful musician of the 2010's to the long list of people Kate Bush has inspired.

Posted by kate fan on Wednesday, 12.16.15 @ 21:20pm

I find it strange that "sat on your lap" is an eccencial song, it had very little impact and other songs on the dreaming album were more influential such as "the dreaming", "get out of my house" "all the love" and "Houdini" , and other songs like "breathing" , "woman's work" "rockets tail" "don't give up" and "wow" are also left out

Posted by Mik on Sunday, 07.3.16 @ 17:24pm

There is not a female artist (and few males) who touch the brilliance of Kate Bush. I live in Alaska, and when I found out she was performing her Before the Dawn concerts two years ago in London, I made the long trip to London with my brother. It was worth it.

Side Two of Hounds of Love (the side without the "hits") is one on the finest album sides ever done, ranking up there with Abbey Road, side two and Dark Side of the Moon (both sides). The "Before the Dawn" concerts presents all that side in its entirety and gave me greater appreciation of her "Aerial" album as well.

Get with it, Rock Hall!

Posted by JakeW on Friday, 09.30.16 @ 15:47pm

She has snubbed everyone when it comes to letting the world hear her music live. She has put in the touring and the other parts a musician goes to be noticed for her music. Although I love her music she should never be considered for the hall. Her thinking that she didn't need to do what even the Beatles did to be considered as great musicians. It's to bad she she did this to herself. Never should she be in the R&R HOF or even considered.

Posted by John Olivarez on Friday, 10.13.17 @ 19:20pm

Wow, of all the lame reasons I've heard to keep an artist out of the Hall, "they didn't tour enough" may possibly the absolutely dumbest. There are people who never got to hear any music live because they lived in the outreaches and farming areas. The records and the radio were the only ways to hear an artist. Waaahh, she didn't tour!! Gimme a flippin' break.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 10.13.17 @ 23:17pm

Seriously John Olivarez? Her not wanting to tour in no way takes away from the greatness of her work. If anything I probably have more respect for her (if possible) because she focuses on her work and family and not the adoration of millions of fans.

Posted by Todd on Wednesday, 12.13.17 @ 12:22pm

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