Olivia Newton-John

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1996 (The 1997 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?


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Will Olivia Newton-John be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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NO WAY NO FRICKEN WAY WILL OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN GET THE VOTE. SHE IS THE BIGGEST PIECE OF CCRAP IN MUSIC. SHE ONLY LASTED FOR 15 YTEAR & FADED AWAY. mADONNA & KYLIE DETHROANED HER IN THE 80'S

SHE HASNTY EVEN PUT OUT A SINGLE SINCE 1992 HA HA WHAT A LOSER


NO ROCK HALL FOR U MS onj

Posted by simon on Saturday, 10.14.06 @ 00:45am


Olivia should make it on looks alone.

Just go to U-tube and look at some of her
videos from the early 80s.

HOT

WHITE HOT

Posted by SG on Saturday, 03.24.07 @ 01:11am


Who inspired or had a major impact oh Oliva Newton John.What did this person do to become such a influence

Posted by Marissa on Monday, 03.26.07 @ 08:56am


Simon your a DUMBASS. Oliva is an Icon in music and she deserves to be in HOF.
And as for you DUMBASS, learn how to spell before you post anything.

Posted by Anthony Long on Saturday, 04.7.07 @ 17:43pm


Olivia Newton-John is not only one of the best voices in music today, but she is also one of the most beautiful women in the world. Even today she is as tottaly hot. She should be inducted into the hall of fame. And even if she never did anything else in her lifetime she will always be an ICON Hall of Fame or not.

Posted by Chelsea Raynes on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 13:05pm


is she a women of rock? NO
Did she play an electric guitar: NO
Did she do extrodanary things in music videos. NO (she insulted fat & self centered men)
Did she sell out. Yes (for giving up mainstream)
Has she influenced rock & roll. NO. why? causes shes not rock & roll she is adult contemp.
Has she had a number one since in 20 years. No
Did she write her own rifts: No

What has she done in her career. pre process 7 pre package rock sounds into her music whitch makes it look like rock but its just a pop artist singing with electric guitars

Posted by John on Monday, 04.23.07 @ 04:52am


Not everybody in the HOF is 100% Rock and Roll and not every body writes their own songs. HOF is open to everyone. So cool out & shut the fuck up.

Posted by A.L. on Tuesday, 04.24.07 @ 00:30am


she may be good but she never had no rock hits. so no

Posted by peter on Saturday, 04.28.07 @ 00:52am


LIKE I SAID BEFORE, you don't have to be rock or have rock hits to be in the HOF. HOF is open to everyone.

Posted by A.L. on Saturday, 04.28.07 @ 13:24pm


The Grease stuff is straight up poprock in the tradition of the 50's do waps.

Posted by SG on Saturday, 05.12.07 @ 02:36am


I like Olivia Newton-John- hr music really isn't considered some of the best ever made, but she had a lovely voice and made good pop music. Unfortunately, I don't see her getting into the R&R HOF, as she was never a critical favorite, and her music/style didn't really shake up the industry (though she was an early counry-pop crossover star).

Posted by JR on Wednesday, 07.4.07 @ 00:27am


Reasons...

GREASE

TOP FEMALE ARTIST OF THE 70'S

RECORDED THE NUMBER ONE SONG OF THE ENTIRE 80's DECADE

STILL RECORDING TODAY (read Billboard's review of "Grace and Gratitude")

That's my 2 cents...

Posted by ONJFAN on Sunday, 09.30.07 @ 11:30am


yes- she should get in, no questions asked, she was as hot as Abba, maybe hotter and Abba had a Beatles esque following. - she has one of if not the best female voices of all time- the fact she was drop dead beautiful is besides the point- listen to her late 70s early 80s songs on you tube

Posted by steve on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 18:42pm


SHE SURE SHOULD BE INDUCTED FOR ONE REASONS "GREASE"

Posted by Maureen on Wednesday, 04.2.08 @ 19:23pm


"Physical" is the worst song ever in the history of recorded music. EVER.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 07.25.08 @ 21:01pm


Philip...I think that di(stink)tion belongs to "In The Summertme" by Mungo Jerry. That song makes me want to hide under the bed...with the dog!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 07.26.08 @ 07:53am


No way. "Physical" has so many things wrong with it, its very airplay should be considered a war crime.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.2.08 @ 00:58am


Wow,some people can be so harsh. Olivia Newton-John is a great philanthropist, dedicating much of her life toward causes such as AIDS awareness, breast cancer awareness, the environment, and more. She's a human being with a good heart. Personally, she's at the top of my list. I don't need her to be inducted into the Hall of Fame to know that she has been a great influence in my life and her voice and music, especially her latest inspirational releases, have been therapeutic to me. Throughout my life, her voice has soothed my soul. She has numerous Grammy and AMA awards. She's been inducted into Australia's ARIA Hall of Fame. She starred in the biggest musical box office hit of all time...and with soundscan sales showing 6 million in sales since 1991, the Grease Soundtrack may be the biggest Soundtrack of all time with sale estimated well over 15 million. She had 5 number one singles, 4 number one albums, and the biggest single of the decade. She was the first to record a video album, which one a Grammy and was a Top 10 Nielsen hit. She was the first big POP icon of her kind, and lead the way for artists such as Madonna. No question she deserves to be in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Dan on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 11:54am


OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN deserves to be in the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame.Not only for her fantastic voice,her beauty,her charm.She paved the way early on and was a icon from the 70's & 80's!The camera loves her and she's still performing today.No other female artist of her generation came close to what she did.She had it all with music,movies,videos,tv specials.Not to mention her enviromental causes and charities.When the music video age killed lots of the 70's radio stars Olivia came out strong with the best music of her career and she was the first to have a full long-length music video and won the first ever. Not Michael Jackson he did it after.She had so many styles through her long career and always looked hot!Sad how some people can say harsh things about this incredible talented lady if they've never really got to know her and see her perform live!She's a joy to see and no one can sing the songs she's sung!They've tried and its not a pretty sound!But in all honestly it wouldn't bother me a bit if she's inducted or not. She'll always be the hottest female singer of all-time.With todays terrible sounding music it's great to see she's still performing and giving her fans great music and not todays bad sound.Her music is timeless and soothing and real! Glad i grew up in the right decade.Olivia Neutron-Bomb as she was called in the best decades of music, you are an icon!

Posted by vic on Saturday, 11.1.08 @ 16:06pm


Ah what is rock n roll and who is an influence...

I will start with that I do love Olivia - I think some of her best music has been her un-commercial stuff - Gaia and Grace and Gratitude.

The biggest problem I have with most of these anti HOF comments is that say she wasn't an influence - you have to love youtube - do a search and find out how much an influence she real was.

Hollywood Nights was a special filmed for TV - sure reminds me of some of the music video's on MTV - and that is just one of her specials.

Then there is SEX - she was the original one banned for a song being to sexy - not Madonna or Britney. And there was her SEX CD - Soul Kiss - she was the first.

Then the Physical - Video Album - the first artist to do a full album of videos.

Now for ground breaking - she was one of the 1st performers to record a song about Aids and HIV - back in the day when it wasn't popular to discuss - check out The Rumor.

Then there should be the duets - she has recorded more then 75 duets from Gene Kelly to Babyface to ELO - then you can go to youtube again and see her live with Nana M to James Reyen to Tine Turner to Karen Carpenter.

And I have even touched on Grease and movie about R&R.

So maybe she doesn't rock as hard as some but being an influence that can not be said.







Posted by James on Wednesday, 11.12.08 @ 10:43am


Not only should she be considered now what happened 20 years ago when she was at the top of her game. As stated before:
#1 Female Vocalist of the 70's
"Physical" was the biggest song of the 80's
She starred in the biggest movie musical of all time, "GREASE"!
She has charted on every major Billboard Chart, a feat on 3 times before done.
She singhlehandedly put the stamp on "it's ok" to like pop music.
The archives of music cannot be written properly without including ONJ.

Posted by Auss on Sunday, 02.1.09 @ 00:45am


Her work in Grease is the only thing that has any positive sway for ONJ. "Physical" is a flat, tinny, horrible, train wreck of a song, and the same can be said for its video. Her music of the 70s did nothing for the perpetuation of rock 'n' roll, save "Grease."

I like "Xanadu"... the song that is, but I think that's more a credit to ELO than her.

Olivia Newton-John sucks. Out loud.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 02.1.09 @ 01:21am




Not only should she be considered now what happened 20 years ago when she was at the top of her game. As stated before:
#1 Female Vocalist of the 70's
"Physical" was the biggest song of the 80's
She starred in the biggest movie musical of all time, "GREASE"!
She has charted on every major Billboard Chart, a feat on 3 times before done.
She singhlehandedly put the stamp on "it's ok" to like pop music.
The archives of music cannot be written properly without including ONJ.

Posted by Auss on Sunday, 02.1.09 @ 00:45am



I have to agree on much of what you have to say...
I found her very entertaining..In a Pop way...
It is always a great honor to even have the chance to be in the RRHOF..
Ya never know..

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 02.1.09 @ 08:32am


Philip...didn't that video to "Physical" make you just want to...uh, probably not!!!

Never mind...!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 02.1.09 @ 10:45am


"Philip...didn't that video to "Physical" make you just want to..."--Gitarzan

...stab my eyeballs with a fork and pierce my eardrums with a penknife? Why, yes it did!! How'd you know? lol

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 02.1.09 @ 13:35pm


I've included Olivia in my Top 10 Favorite Female Musical Acts (at www.entertainmentdissected.today.com). But, I don't ever see her being considered seriously for the HOF.

Posted by JR on Sunday, 02.15.09 @ 14:20pm


Wow! I can hardly believe that this is a debatable issue. When one speaks of the 70's and 80's, it can't be explained without her. She paved the way for pop artists to chart on the country charts and sell well. Olivia changed the face of "pop music"! She charted pop to country to pop to dance/country/adult. She was the first Graammy winner of full length pop VIDEO or "Physical", (love or hate the song, it was huge!). She became the #1 female singer o the 70's and was well on her way in the 80's. she captured the title of "Biggest Song of the Decade", with "Physical". Her tour sold out. Her album sales went way beyond 50 million in the U.S. alone. She determined her own course of her musical career. From "Gaia" to "The Rumour" to "Grace and Gratitude". Although not considered a commercial success, "The Rumour" was a great album and she was the only female artist to appear 9 times on the Midnight Special and have 8 of her own TV Specials. ONJ is an icon and love or hate her (LOVE HER), she is what pop music is, was and probally will always be.

Posted by AussieMate on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 21:20pm


i don't know what is wrong the some of yall talking bad about olivia newton john she is a great singer why did yall even look her up if yall are just gonna critize her like that its not right she dervers to be in the rock and rool hall of fame so does the carpenters its a shame that they are not in there her and karen are the best female sngers ever she has been threw alot she is a great person rather some of u know it are not long live onj u rock!!!!!!!

Posted by no name on Sunday, 04.12.09 @ 11:20am


Simon is misinformed. Olivia Newton-John had a Top 30 Billboard Adult Contemporary hit record as recently as 2007, with "Instrument of Peace" from her Grace & Gratitude album. She has recorded consistently, making respectable placings on a variety of charts, for the past 38 years. During her commercial heyday, she was the biggest selling female singer in the world. She still tours today, and is a humanitarian and environmentalist, as well as being a much-admired pop singer. She should have a place in the Hall of Fame for many reasons, but to name but two:

1. Starring role in the most successful movie musical in history (Grease)
2. The first artist to create an entire album of pop music videos (Physical).

Posted by Brian on Tuesday, 12.15.09 @ 10:36am


Brian, who mentioned this about Ms. John '1. Starring role in the most successful movie musical in history (Grease)'

I don't know your criteria for 'successful' (probably how much it made) but 'South Pacific' and 'West Side Story' were also quite successful too.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 12.15.09 @ 13:18pm


Philip- maybe we should play it again for you so you will stab yourself with a penknife! the world would be a better place! and Simon your an idiot too! ONJ should be inducted! she has sold over 100 million records! and currently has the #10 single on i-tunes! so take that! bwhaaaaaa!

Posted by Mark on Thursday, 05.6.10 @ 14:22pm


THE CARPENTERS AND MS. OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN IN THE HALL 2011!

Posted by joel from the philippines on Wednesday, 08.4.10 @ 03:12am


THE CARPENTERS AND MS. OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN IN THE HALL 2011!

Posted by joel from the philippines on Wednesday, 08.4.10 @ 03:12am

I support The Carpenters but not ONJ.

Posted by akeem on Wednesday, 08.4.10 @ 03:31am


So lets see... her biggest claim to fame was that she starred in a movie where the moral was that if you want to be accepted, you should sell out your values and conform to what others expect of you.

Help me control my excitement.

Posted by Jimbo on Monday, 09.13.10 @ 11:46am


"her biggest claim to fame was that she starred in a movie where the moral was that if you want to be accepted, you should sell out your values and conform to what others expect of you."

Oh, and nobody else in the music/entertainment biz ever even though of doing that, huh??

Help me control my laughter.

Posted by SG on Monday, 09.13.10 @ 13:11pm


"Oh, and nobody else in the music/entertainment biz ever even though of doing that, huh??"

And it doesn't make "them" any more qualified than it does Olivia.

Another person in a similiar situation may or may not be qualified, but they'd be in despite their acting, not because of it (and in Olivias case, I use the term "acting" very loosely).

Posted by Jimbo on Tuesday, 09.14.10 @ 07:50am


Olivia actually is one of my favorite females to listen to, but there's no denying that critics and such probably don't rank her high on their lists because of the light material. Great voice, though- maybe she'd be appreciated a tad more had something tragic happened to her- i.e. what happened with Karen Carpenter.

Posted by JR on Tuesday, 09.14.10 @ 10:54am


Fact- The first British Female Vocalist to have a number one album and single at the same time-Olvia Newton-John- she did it twice-back in 1974 and 75 with If You Love Me Let Me Know-and Have You Never Been Mellow-a feat that hadn't been matched until three years ago when Bleeding Love top the charts.
Who starred in the #1 Grossing Musical of all time? Olivia Newton-John in the film Grease
Who had the #1 Single of the 1980's, a decade where Michael Jackson and Maddona were the breakout stars, with such hits as Beat It, Billie Jean, Like A Virgin, Pappa Don't Preach? Olivia Newton-John with Physical
Who was one of the first "foreign" country crossover stars to have a succesful string of records reach both the top of the Pop and Country Charts, at a time when it was unheard of, yep-Olivia. Gee really?
You Tube Give Me Some Lovin by Olivia from her Hollywood Nights Special and see for yourself where Maddonna and Kylie ever got the notion to do the Hollywood Glam thing. Filmed years before either became a name- the song okay not so hot but the image of Olivia herself- you'll forget about Madge and Kylie and quick.

Posted by Johnny D on Friday, 10.22.10 @ 19:43pm


Oliva paved the way for many country-pop stars in the early 70s. Shania, Faith, to name but a few, ahve careers today because of ONJ. She invented "reinvention" with each album's looks and sound, and set-up the good girl goes bad image in Grease for Madonna and Britney to follow decades later. 100 Millions albums, 9 AMerican Music Awards, and international stardom and recording for more than 40 years. She sustained a major pop career from 1973-1985 with every record going gold or platimum. She made all this look easy is why a lot of critics don't like her. Talent, brains and a great voice attributes to her success. Just because she makes it look easy, doesn't necessarily mean that it was easy. Currently, she write her own material; check out Grace & Gratitude and tell me her voice isn't majestic.

Posted by Dave on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 11:05am


Olivia is the best in pop music ever. Physical was the number one song of the 80's (the best decade for music ever!).
There are different forms of rock. It's just not drugged induced heavy metal.


Haters are losers with very sad and lonely lives.

Posted by ONJ Forever on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 11:34am


I'd personally say the 70's were better, The 80's were good but had too much shitty pop.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 13:02pm


"Haters are losers with very sad and lonely lives."

So are obsessive fans.

Dave, I think the fact that it was acts like Faith and Shania--country artists, and not so much rock'n'rollers like Sheryl Crow or harder stuff that shows why ONJ doesn't really belong in the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame.

Her good girl gone bad image was already being seen in other female acts.

All those "accomplishments" Johnny D mentioned mean absolutely squat. Nothing.

And you CAN discuss the 80s without her. The fact is the decade was dominated by Madonna, Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, Prince, etc. Despite the string of hits, ONJ is barely a blip on the radar of the 80's screen, and that's only because of "Physical."

Simply put, take away "Physical", and we wouldn't even be having this discussion. And that song itself was absolutely horrible from an artistic perspective.

ONJ is nowhere near deserving of the honor.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 15:35pm


She should definitely be in there. The top-seeling female artist of the 70s; had the biggest hit on the pop/rock charts in the 80s (Physical); is star of the highest-grossing movie musical of all time(Grease).

And, her chart longevity is impressive. First hit on the Billboard Hot 100 was in 1971; most recent was this year.

Posted by Brian on Friday, 11.26.10 @ 05:42am


Brian, it may have been mentioned before once or twice, but chart stats and commercial success are not major factors for induction. :) Olivia is one of my favorite females, but her material is kinda light (like some other big commercially successful acts).

Posted by JR on Friday, 11.26.10 @ 15:54pm


There is so much confusion on this issue. I'd like to clear this up for all of you. Olivia rocks and she is awesome. Those of you who agree with me are correct. Those who do not agree with me are incorrect. In other words Olivia is great and if you think otherwise well you are simply wrong.

There is no need for debate and I realize it's difficult to accept when you're wrong. So in order to avoid any further embarassment you may cause yourself, get it right about Olivia. She is awesome and deserves the Hall of Fame as much as anyone. If you are still not sure please seek professional help. There are some basic facts of this universe that simply are not in question: Matter cannot be destroyed, only change form, the Earth is round, the sun is hot and Olivia Newton-John is nothing short of incredible.

I hope this has cleared this up for everyone. If you were wrong don't worry, we all make mistakes. The important thing is that you have acknowledged your mistake and have corrected it. Olivia rocks.

Posted by Chad Bradshaw on Sunday, 05.15.11 @ 03:37am


"There is so much confusion on this issue. I'd like to clear this up for all of you".

I have lots of issues in general, can you help me?

"Olivia rocks and she is awesome. Those of you who agree with me are correct. Those who do not agree with me are incorrect. In other words Olivia is great and if you think otherwise well you are simply wrong."

Them's fightin' words where I come from, pardner! You must wanna' get Physical about it, I guess...

"There is no need for debate and I realize it's difficult to accept when you're wrong".

Me wrong?! Never Never Never Never Never!!!

"So in order to avoid any further embarassment you may cause yourself, get it right about Olivia. She is awesome and deserves the Hall of Fame as much as anyone. If you are still not sure please seek professional help".

Freud, Sigmund
Jung, Carl
Mesmer, Anton
Dracula, Count - hypnotism, perhaps

"There are some basic facts of this universe that simply are not in question: Matter cannot be destroyed, only change form,"

So I'm always condemned to be a blockhead (in more ways than one)?

"the Earth is round, the sun is hot and Olivia Newton-John is nothing short of incredible".

"I hope this has cleared this up for everyone. If you were wrong don't worry, we all make mistakes."

That's the same thing my self help guru said last week when he gave me the honor of detailing his car!

"The important thing is that you have acknowledged your mistake and have corrected it."

He demanded a double coat of wax.

Olivia rocks.

Posted by Chad Bradshaw on Sunday, 05.15.11 @ 03:37am


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Olivia... Olivia... must... vote... Olivia...

Olivia Newton-Cheesecrop...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 05.15.11 @ 08:52am


Wow, so many making negative comments can say the same about just about any artist. Critics put Aretha at the top of their lists,but she just "sang" and really didn't write or play instruments. It's not just rock-n-roll, it's influence, and impact on pop culture. Olivia was the first to re-invent her self (more than once)...from country to white bred pop girl to bad girl to sexually charged to spiritual (don't get confused with "religious") recordings.

She was the biggest female act of the 70's according to Billboard. She did have 5 no 1 hits. She had one of the most successful soundtracks in history. She was in one of the most successful musicals in history. She had 5 huge TV specials. Physical was the biggest song of the 80's according to Billboard. She was the first to record a video album and the prime time TV special showcasing those videos was a Top 10 Nielsen hit. Not to mention she won a grammy for it. She has sold over 100 million records world wide. Bottomline is that she was underrated. Britney Spears and Katy Perry may be high on critic's list, but Olivia always sang live and never hid behind producers to make her voice sound better. And she had 2 solo no. 1 albums of her own as well, including many more gold/platinum albums and gold/platinum singles.

Now I challenge anyone to name a artist that someone cannot list negative things about and/or challenge the influence of their accomplishments. As many people love Aretha, just as many can't stand her. Same can be said for Cher, Diana, Whitney, Beyonce, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Madonna, Mariah, Janet, etc.....

Posted by dgh2o on Sunday, 06.19.11 @ 23:50pm


She was the top selling female artist of the 70s and ranks about 5th for the 80s according to Billboard so yeah...she should be inducted. To be fair her core pop/rock period lasted from 78 to 88. ONJ has always been a chameleon musically speaking. She's done the spectrum from new age to country to folk to pop to rock and back again. Hell she has even been on the R&B charts....just don't tell anyone in Detroit. Its interesting to note Olivia's next album - to be released late 2011 / or early 2012 will be a dance/pop offering.

For anyone who grew up in the 70s and 80s ONJ was a part of popular culture. Between 74-84 she was the top selling female artist....a pre Madonna if you will. Her film career was ying and yang...from Grease (famous) to Xanadu (infamous) but that closing scene in Grease made her an ICON. She really has established herself as an all round entertainer. She was the first artist to win a Grammy for video - she was a pioneer in that field (w/ UK video producer Brian Grant) and along the way has influenced many musicans from Madonna to Debbie Gibson to Christina Aguilera - I could go on and on. Hell even Lady Gaga is a fan!! ONJ was a crossover artist long before Shania Twain.

Sure the rock puritans will drop their rag but ONJ has done that before with Nashville. ONJ isn't one to be pigeon holed...but then again neither should be rock music be pigeon hole?!! Like Olivia, rock is a varied entity. There is room for the pretty girls (Olivia, Pat, Stevie N, Deborah) next to Janis and Patti. They can't all have hairy armpits or drug dependency issues. LOL For me rock means endurance. Its not arguing whether The Who is more rock than Abba!! Saying rock music is just one thing....playing guitar or writing music - whatever is so limiting. Rock is not to be limited.

Posted by Greg on Thursday, 08.4.11 @ 05:57am


Greg,

It's interesting you mentioned Shania Twain. ONJ released an album called "Come on Over" in 1976, 21 years before Twain would release her album of the same name.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 08.5.11 @ 04:23am


Like I've said before, Olivia is one of my favorite female acts, but I doubt the Hall will consider her. She's has some big pop-culture moments, but she's never been regarded as a great musical act. The committee has not nominated her since she be became eligible in 1996 and I don't expect it to anytime soon. There have been other acts who went years with no nominations and then received one and were inducted, but I don't see that happening with Olivia.

Posted by JR on Saturday, 08.20.11 @ 21:42pm


I find this argument hard to digest. HOF is just a title. Olivia is not only an icon but her name recognition alone speaks volume. Just say "Olivia", or "Grease" or Physical" or "Xanadu" and you think of her. How many other artists can you use one word and you can know who it is. She had inspired and entertained us for 30 years, for God's sake give Olivia her due.

Posted by Aussie on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 15:03pm


"There is so much confusion on this issue. I'd like to clear this up for all of you. Olivia rocks and she is awesome. Those of you who agree with me are correct. Those who do not agree with me are incorrect. In other words Olivia is great and if you think otherwise well you are simply wrong. " - Chad Bradshaw (Posted 05.15.11 @ 03:37am)

Wow. With logic like that, Chad Bradshaw should win the Annual Dumbest Person of the Year Award.

If you agree with me you're right. If you disagree with me, you're wrong. What's that meme again? oh yeah, "NOPE! Chuck Testa."

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 11.5.11 @ 14:13pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb9n4oa_Pus

I think that pretty much summarizes it.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 11.5.11 @ 14:15pm


Olivia has never been given proper credit for leading the way for country to cross over to pop, reinventing herself several times over before Madonna ever left Michigan, for being one of two reasons why Grease was the biggest musical of all time, being the first to create a video album and winning a grammy for it, biggest female artist of the 70's, biggest single of the 80's, AND for not being recognized for having recorded one of the best albums EVER with "Grace and Gratitude". That album should have won a Grammy for album of the year.

Posted by DanielG on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 22:48pm


And winning a Grammy would mean it's a great album? :) Olivia does fit snugly in with the safe, commercial leanings of NARAS, but her releases are too low-key now even to get that attention.

I agree that Olivia has had iconic moments (Grease alone fits that bill), but in terms of artistic and musical innovation- as much as I enjoy her- she really has not had that. If she did, the HOF would have considered her. Plus, her light, airy quality doesn't scream "rock" in terms of how she approaches her music (similar to Karen Carpenter).

Posted by JR on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 23:42pm


I always loved her voice. Her accent just seemed to work. Beyond that you got the usual issues. She wrote virtually no songs until the 1990s (Changes, Rosewater), and none of her hits. (The songwriter John Farrar is especially prominent in her career). She was not exactly innovative. (She absolutely did not do the first video album). Grease was great, but that is more a cinematic accolade than anything else. (Incidentally, The Sound of Music is far and away the highest grossing musical film adjusted for inflation). She mostly had IMO a safe, albeit successful career. And I have to say that while she didn't write it, Physical is a very annoying song. It's success was one of those weird cultural moments that is baffling in retrospect. So while I respect her career and her vocal talent (being Sandy in Grease is enough to hang your hat on), I don't think she belongs in the hall. Just my humble opinion.

Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 13:26pm


Note to the one comment on Olivia fading out and not releasing a single since 1992...YOU ARE DEAD WRONG. In fact her last few singles have reached the top of the AC charts. Madonna ia a piece of crap who is a complete rip off of the original platinum blonde who is Deborah Harry of the band Blondie! GOD ALL U TEENAGE IDIOTS WHO IDOLIZE JUTINE BIEBER AND BRITNEY SPEARS DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT REAL MUSIC IS.

Posted by Samm on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 15:28pm


Pretty sure there's no justin beiber fans here. I find it funny that you call astro an idiot when all you'be done is rant.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 15:32pm


GOD ALL U TEENAGE IDIOTS WHO IDOLIZE JUTINE BIEBER AND BRITNEY SPEARS DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT REAL MUSIC IS.

Posted by Samm on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 15:28pm

I'm in my 20's now, so no longer a "teenager," but not all teenagers listen to Justin Bieber and Britney Spears you know.

I'd be careful who you're calling an idiot, because judging by your post...

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 15:35pm


Olivia Newton-John would be a terrific addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Besides being the granddaughter of a physicist who helped invent the atom bomb, her influence on culture was tremendous—the (many weeks at #1) hit "Physical" and rock and roll fashion. Her songs from Grease "You're The One That I Want", "Summer Nights" and "Hopelessly Devoted To You" — who does not know and love those songs?? Her song "Xanadu" and the movie itself are cult staples. Then there are her gorgeous ballads from the 70's including "I Honestly Love You". Olivia has done tremendous work for charities and cancer awareness in an earnest and hardworking way that is unusual for someone whose had so much influence on popular music.

Posted by Gene Skala on Saturday, 12.17.11 @ 23:59pm


I was thinking that if Linda Ronstadt is supposedly a notable "snub", why not Olivia Newton-John? She had two US number one albums in the mid 70s, featured prominently on the ultra-successful "Grease" soundtrack and the successful Xanadu soundtrack, and had five US number one songs, one of which was the cultural phenomenon known as Physical. (Never understood why, but a hit's a hit). They have comparable resumes with a similar mid 70s to early 80s run, but ONJ doesn't have the vocal amen corner.

Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 01.12.12 @ 23:48pm


OLIVIA #1! She has had at least a top 40 hit for 14 yrs in a row, '71-'85. #1 female 70's singer, #1 song of the 80's-physical, started off the 80's the #1 female singer n still in the top 3, starred in the #1 movie musical, I can go on n on n on of her #1's n MANY other accomplishments!!! & w/out a doubt she is MUCH more famous than so many in the HOF!!!! YES she should be in!!!!! I wish other female performers would comment here because they would all think she she be IN!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Robin J. Drew on Monday, 04.16.12 @ 00:53am


Of course - she was the biggest-selling female artist of the 70s and early 80s, and she starred in the most successful movie musical of all time (Grease).

Essential songs include 'You're The One That I Want', 'Hopelessly Devoted To You', 'Magic', 'Physical',and 'Xanadu'.

'Physical' re-charted when featured on Glee just last year, and was voted "Sexiest Song Ever" around the same time.

She still records and tours today, and has used her fame to further good causes such as Rainforest preservation and cancer relief.

She's definitely a worthy entrant!

Posted by Brian on Monday, 04.16.12 @ 02:18am


If he Hall of Fame were about commercial success and hits, Olivia would be in. But, it's not. She's one of my favorite females, but I can see why she wouldn't be one that the HOF would be anxious to induct. Her material is viewed as lightweight, in general- that also goes for some other popular acts who have not been inducted (and will not once they become eligible).

Posted by JR on Thursday, 04.19.12 @ 12:46pm


Olivia has been a major influence to some female rock artists like Alanis Morrisette, Lisa Loeb, and Julianna Hatfield as they've mentioned in interviews. Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks has said so as well. It can't be denied that her music has had an extensive impact on many female artists of different genres. She may not be considered a rock artist but she has covered rock material over the years in her repertoire very impressively and to the delight of her loyal fans. She even has had a few rock hits with Heart Attack, A Little More Love, Twist Of Fate, Magic, Deeper Than the Night, Physical and the Grease songs. Those deliciously tight back pants that she wore in Grease should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after her induction.

Posted by Larry P. on Wednesday, 04.25.12 @ 16:26pm


OLIVIA NEWTON - JOHN KAREN CARPENTER AND CONNIE FRANCIS 3 OF THE GREATEST FEMALE VOICES OF ALL TIME!

Posted by JOEL C. LEOPANDO on Saturday, 05.12.12 @ 07:27am


she is sexy with clothes on!
I could go on an on with names I hope Philip gets it

Posted by Happy on Sunday, 05.20.12 @ 12:09pm


Did you know on March 22, 1975 Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" knocked ONJ's "Have You Never Been Mellow" out of number one on Billboard's 200 album chart. That means Zeppelin got "Physical" many years before Olivia did.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 06.27.12 @ 01:28am


Did you know on March 22, 1975 Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" knocked ONJ's "Have You Never Been Mellow" out of number one on Billboard's 200 album chart. That means Zeppelin got "Physical" many years before Olivia did.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 06.27.12 @ 01:28am
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You trying to steal joker's game here? :)

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 06.27.12 @ 06:36am


Olivia is a true rocker! She doesn't have to scream and sound like she's on a five packs of cigarettes a day to do it. In fact, Olivia can sing any genre of music and make it her own. She is loved by millions upon millions around the world. She doesn't have to be acid rock or heavy metal rock to fit in. She is the real deal and has always been gorgeous. She doesn't need to paint herself up like something out of freak night to prove she is a rocker, all she has to do open her mouth and sing. I am a fan of a lot of rock singers. Olivia is a priceless treasure to the world of music, as she has proved over and over again. She's the star of the biggest grossing musical of all time. She has the biggest song of the 80s. She is among the first wave of foreign country singers to rock the country music world. She doesn't need to prove she is rock, she just is. She has even cracked the R&B top ten with Physical. At 64 years old, she is still rocking. Check out her website at www.olivianewtonjohn.com for further info. Olivia Rocks!

Posted by DW on Friday, 07.6.12 @ 01:35am


I just voted Yes for The Carpenters. But it's a No voted for ONJ.

Posted by Telarock on Saturday, 10.18.14 @ 22:07pm


Yes! Olivia Newton John should definitely be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If other artists such as Muddy Waters and Johnny Cash are elected members of this Hall, surely Olivia should be. I want to begin a formal campaign to get Olivia inducted. Any fans want to help the cause?

Posted by Michael Lannon on Tuesday, 01.5.16 @ 17:42pm


The Thompson Twins are in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Case Closed. Nothing more needs to be said. Thread over.

Posted by alex on Wednesday, 06.8.16 @ 10:36am


The Thompson Twins are not in the hall of fame...

Posted by Steve Z on Wednesday, 06.8.16 @ 11:27am


...thread reopened

Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 06.8.16 @ 15:57pm


as i do my best to fight cancer, she is an inspiration - she is still out there, performing and recording - using her music to heal in any way it can.....
she was broke ground as a crossover from country to pop, which took a lot of guts and she copped a ton of criticism but she powered on to become the biggest name for about 10 years
a true legend

Posted by ferd on Sunday, 11.12.17 @ 06:45am


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