Neil Young

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1995

Inducted by: Eddie Vedder

Nominated in: 1995

First Eligible: 1995 Ceremony

Snubbed Members: Danny Whitten, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, Frank "Poncho" Sampedro

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1995 (ranked #33) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (1969)
After the Gold Rush (1970)
Harvest (1972)
Tonight's The Night (1975)
Rust Never Sleeps (1979)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Down by the River (1969)
Cinnamon Girl (1969)
After The Gold Rush (1970)
Southern Man (1970)
The Needle and the Damage Done (1972)
Old Man (1972)
Heart Of Gold (1972)
Cortez The Killer (1975)
Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) (1979)
Rockin' in the Free World (1989)

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15 comments so far (post your own)

The Godfather of Grunge, IMO.

Posted by Mike on Thursday, 03.19.09 @ 14:55pm

Southern Man...

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 08.18.09 @ 14:15pm

Happy 65th Birthday, Neil Young

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 11.12.10 @ 12:01pm


01. 1986 The Everly Brothers
02. 1988 Woody Guthrie
03. 1992 The Jimi Hendrix Experience
04. 1999 Paul McCartney
05. 2003 Mo Ostin
06. 2005 The Pretenders
07. 2011 Tom Waits

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.8.11 @ 08:31am

Neil Young's voice is so mind-numbingly awful that it's capable of inducing earaches.

To wit: I was in a Newbury Comics (a regional chain of music retail stores in New England states) looking for movies to buy. As I was combing the shelves, my ears were assaulted by the wailing screech of Nails on a Chalky Sponge. His latest abomination of an album, Americana, was being piped through the speakers. What sealed the deal for me was Sponge's horrific cover of the doo wop classic Get A Job. All the soul and merriment of the song was stripped away by Sponge's draggy-ass vocals and screechy guitars. Once I found the movies I was looking for, I ran to the checkout counter, paid for the DVDs, and cut loose. My earache cleared up about a minute after I left the store.

I'll never forgive Young for stealing the Blue Notes name for his back-up band. We can all be thankful that Harold Melvin (whose music is worlds above Young's) stepped in and stopped Young's shameless act of theft.

In case you can't already tell, I have a violent dislike of Neil Young. My humorous anecdote should illustrate that point clearly.

Posted by Zach on Saturday, 06.16.12 @ 17:26pm

Zach, you are an idiot, die in a hole

Anyway, his song "philadelphia" changed my life, and "cortez the killer" is brilliant.

Posted by mikhail on Wednesday, 07.25.12 @ 16:10pm

Looks like someone can't handle a difference of opinion and needs some anger management. My humorous anecdote obviously struck a nerve with you, which just goes to show that any publicity is good publicity. I mean, I was just shopping for movies and having a wonderful day when the horrid vocals of Young came over the speakers. I wasn't kidding about the earache part either.

If you want to kill your ears by listening to Neil's draggy-ass, unemotive voice, that's your choice. I, on the other hand, would prefer to listen to someone with a more versatile, emotional voice (Freddie Mercury for starters). Young can suck the life and energy out of any song, just listen to his abominable covers of Walking to New Orleans and Get a Job.

Young ranks in my 10 most despised musicians, right alongside equally dubious "artists" as Barry Manilow, Lady Gaga, and Rage Against the Machine.

Don't bother me again.

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 07.25.12 @ 21:27pm


Nils Lofgren made his recording debut on Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush" album

Mansion On The Hill-Bruce Springsteen 1982
Mansion On The Hill-Neil Young 1990

Long Walk Home-Neil Young 1987
Long Walk Home-Bruce Springsteen 2007

Both had songs included in the film "Philadelphia" Bruce had "Streets of Philadelphia" while Neil had "Philadelphia"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 08.29.12 @ 17:01pm

"Looks like someone can't handle a difference of opinion"

Thank god (or who/whatever) for differences of opinion. Specifically, thank god the Hall voters have a difference of opinion. Neil Young is absolutely wonderful. I'm sorry he doesn't bring you as much joy as he does others.

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 12.24.12 @ 23:18pm

I wasn't trying to suggest that Neil Young doesn't deserve his place in the Hall, just that I think he's overrated and can't sing a note to save his life. I'm not exaggerating or kidding when I say the only time I ever received an earache from listening to a song was when I heard a Neil Young song, especially Ohio. The intrusive guitar distortion and Young's whiny vocals make Ohio a contender for the Golden Turkey award in my book.

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 12.26.12 @ 00:11am

I can't believe Neil Young is not in the U.S. or Canadian Songwriters Halls of Fame yet!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.13.13 @ 22:59pm

Been listening to Le Noise (2010) quite a bit lately and really digging it, particularly the ragged, haphazard guitar work. Endearingly unpolished album.

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 11.11.13 @ 21:09pm

DarinRG - I too have been listening to much of Neil Young's recent work and I have to say he hasn't lost a beat. Truly one of the greatest artists of all time, he appears to be like a fine wine that gets better with age.

One great example of this came on a recent track on Americana (2012) with Crazy Horse. The track is a cover of "Get a Job" by The Silhouettes. An old and drab 50's doo-wop song that is really dated and essentially forgotten today. Neil and Crazy Horse took this outdated song and revolutionized it by turning it into a ragged folk tune with incredible distorted guitar work. Also Young's vocals on it are nearly perfect. One of those rare covers that are much better than the original.

Posted by Gassman on Monday, 11.11.13 @ 22:06pm

"Also Young's vocals on it are nearly perfect."

And that, my friends, is a textbook oxymoron. Let's face it, Squeal Young isn't exactly going to give Caruso, Mercury, or Eckstine (to name but three objectively-recognized great singers) any competition.

That aging like wine comment gave me a good chuckle too. There truly is no accounting for taste.

Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 11.3.15 @ 20:43pm

Neil Young

The 1982 Canadian Music Hall Of Fame
The 1995 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
The 1997 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
The 2000 Canada Walk Of Fame
The 2009 Officer Of The Order Of Canada
The 2017 Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 06.17.17 @ 19:44pm

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