Steely Dan

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2001

Inducted by: Moby

Nominated in: 1999   2000   2001

First Eligible: 1998 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

Snubbed Members: Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Denny Dias, Jim Hodder

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2000 (ranked #95) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Can't Buy A Thrill (1972)
Pretzel Logic (1974)
Aja (1977)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Reelin' In The Years (1972)
Do It Again (1972)
Dirty Work (1972)
Rikki Don't Lose That Number (1974)
Black Friday (1975)
Deacon Blues (1977)
Peg (1977)
Hey Nineteen (1980)

Steely Dan @ Wikipedia

Steely Dan Videos


25 comments so far (post your own)

"I'm just saying the music industry is different now... Steely Dan would never even have a chance."

"Well, maybe it's 'cause Steely Dan gargles my balls."

"They're incredible."

"They really aren't good, man."

"Old Steely Dan."

"If I ever listen to Steely Dan, I want you to slice my head off with an Al Jarreau LP."

But seriously, I think Steely Dan are great and they sure deserved it, but once they start inducting all the Bon Jovis (or Al Jarreaus), I'm outta here...

However, I think that everyone has the right to have his own opinion on things, so please don't be bashing me, Bon Jovi fans or Steely Dan haters.

By the way, "Knocked Up" is a great movie with great and hilarious dialogue.

Posted by Denyo on Friday, 11.16.07 @ 00:02am

"I think that everyone has the right to have his own opinion on things,.."

Can there BE a more trite, overused, meaningless and misplaced (in the context of a discussion/debate website), pussilanimous, useless statement????????????????

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING!!!!!!!!!! Take off your tea and crumpet white gloves and the padded cup and say something of substance ----- please.

Posted by shawn on Friday, 11.16.07 @ 07:47am

It's Pretzel Logic guys...

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 11.16.07 @ 12:22pm

Dude, why the anger? Too much caffeine?
Guess I must have opened up a can of worms here.
I suppose I can't keep up with your hughly substantial eloquence.

What does "pussilanimous" mean, anyway?

Posted by denyo on Friday, 11.16.07 @ 14:35pm

"Dude, why the anger? Too much caffeine?" - denyo

Nope. It's 'cos I wouldn't swap my Blonde Harlet Brat for his Ginger Hooker Brat

Posted by liam on Friday, 11.16.07 @ 14:44pm

How did Steely Dan get in?! This is really odd. I'd think some slightly obscure band like Thin Lizzy would have a better chance to get in.

Posted by Blueby on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 10:13am

Yes Blueby. What exactly was so great about Steely Dan? I can think of dozens of bands who should have gotten in before them. Same thing applies to Talking Heads. WTF??

Posted by 2Kool4Skool on Saturday, 11.15.08 @ 10:07am

One of the best recorded stuff in their.. day Great players.. head of its time in tunes,,A true benchmark in rock!!

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 11.15.08 @ 10:51am

"Katy Lied" is a 70's classic. A truly timeless masterpiece. One of the Dan's best.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 11.15.08 @ 12:10pm

Your gonna induct Steely Dan but not DEVO?
What a Joke the Rock hall of fame as become!

Posted by iNDO on Saturday, 07.18.09 @ 03:06am

Classic Rock at it's best. A wealth of fine material gets my vote. Brecker and Fagan congrats!!

Posted by antimatterman on Tuesday, 11.3.09 @ 11:54am

They are one of the most over rated bands of all time. Their music sucks. And to be inducted with legends like Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, and Queen that year is a disgrace!

Posted by Grant on Monday, 12.28.09 @ 10:22am

You're a disgrace you loser. Steely Dan are the epitome of what a rock and roll hall of fame should have.

Posted by Andrew on Friday, 06.24.11 @ 17:55pm

You're a disgrace you loser. Steely Dan are the epitome of what a rock and roll hall of fame should have.

Posted by Andrew on Friday, 06.24.11 @ 17:55pm

You're a disgrace you loser. Steely Dan are the epitome of what a rock and roll hall of fame should have.

Posted by Andrew on Friday, 06.24.11 @ 17:55pm

Steely Dan represents one of the highest standards in recorded music, combining diverse musical styles (jazz, blues, rock, funk)into a totally original sound. They have been a great influence with musicians, were it really matters!
Too sophisticated for most people...One of the few well deserved inductions!

Posted by Leo Goldfarb on Sunday, 08.7.11 @ 03:54am


1. Steely Dan named their debut album, "Can't Buy A Thrill" after a lyric in Dylan's "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry"

2. The "stupid song" mentioned in Steely Dan's "Dr. Wu" is Bob Dylan's "Visions of Johanna" and...

3. Bob Dylan named his 1997 album "Time Out Of Mind" after Steely Dan's song.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 01.19.12 @ 02:51am


Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 01.21.12 @ 19:37pm


You must leave now, take what you need you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep, you'd better grab it fast


Your everlasting summer, You can see it fading fast
So you grab a piece of something that you think is gonna last

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 09.1.12 @ 02:04am

Razor Face-Elton John 1971
Razor Boy-Steely Dan 1973

Midnight Cruiser-Steely Dan 1972
Midnight Creeper-Elton John 1973

Do It Again-The Beach Boys 1968
Do it Again-Steely Dan 1972
Do It Again-The Kinks 1984

Rikki Don't Lose That Number-Steely Dan 1974
Don't Lose My Number-Phil Collins 1985
Baby Don't Forget My Number-Milli Vanilli 1989E

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 09.1.12 @ 21:16pm

Steely Dan had a lot of fun with the Rock Hall before they were inducted.

Posted by FRL on Monday, 12.3.12 @ 14:37pm

Steeleye Span

Posted by Roy on Monday, 04.21.14 @ 07:37am

Latest RS has an article written by Mr. Fagen about his Coachella experience. In it he mentions AC/DC and says something to effect of 'I stopped listening to radio when our first album hit in 1972, so I'm not sure who they are, etc. etc.'

Please tell me he was being tongue-in-cheek there. It has gotta be sarcasm, cause if he really is not 'aware' of AC/DC, then he should not be casting votes (IMO).

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 04.27.15 @ 07:47am

Steely Dan haters must not be actual musicians. If there are any musicians (on any level) who cannot appreciate the invested quality, clever creativity and unique sound of Steely Dan they must be living a comatose and vacuumed delusionary existence and their opinion is much less than rubbish! Non-musicians who hate Steely Dan: just sit down and shut up! No hope exists for you nor do you deserve any opinion until you play or write any song or anything of value.

Posted by Ivan Kutscher on Thursday, 02.25.16 @ 13:05pm

Rest in Peace Walter Becker, 1950-2017

Posted by Joe on Sunday, 09.3.17 @ 10:10am

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