Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2002 (The 2003 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2026 (ranked #294) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Skylarking (1986)
Oranges And Lemons (1989)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Making Plans For Nigel (1979)
Senses Working Overtime (1982)
Dear God (1986)

XTC @ Wikipedia

XTC Videos

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


27 comments so far (post your own)

As much as I love XTC... I believe Skylarking to be one of the best, most complete albums of the era... I'm happily surprised at the 53% induction chance the site has for them. I figured they'd slip completely below the radar, as they had when they were back in their heyday of the mid eighties.

Posted by lightninli on Sunday, 01.7.07 @ 01:53am

Hardly have much of a stateside following, but an act that truly left an indelible mark on those that heard them.

Posted by Casper on Wednesday, 02.14.07 @ 13:53pm

Absolutely should be in, one of the seminal new wave bands that trancended that genre to create amazing and innovative music for two more decades. Many, many modern groups cite them as influences despite minor chart success.

Posted by drbeat on Sunday, 05.13.07 @ 14:42pm

Absolutely criminal if they don't make the Hall of Fame. I will go on a limb and say they are the greatest band second to only the Beatles. U2 is a close third. - Dj Romo

Posted by Wes Holley on Saturday, 09.15.07 @ 11:01am

I agree with everything writeen except 2nd greatest band ever. Other than that, XTC did everything right. I still can't believe they played "Dear God" on the radio. XTC is one great band.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 12.24.07 @ 02:36am

Ofcourse Dameon: XTC are THE best band ever! ;D

Posted by Liam on Monday, 02.18.08 @ 07:50am

"King For A Day" is my favorite XTC song.

Posted by Terry on Monday, 02.18.08 @ 09:59am

Don't worry guys, I'll get XTC in there eventually, and Sgt. Rock is going to help me...

OK I'll cut it out now. Unless I think of another dull cliché.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 15:04pm

If XTC is not inducted into the R N R Hall Of Fame, then I cannot take the HOF seriously. What an amazing body of work. All done with supreme intelligence & humor. Two tremendous songwriters. C'mon hall voters. You can put Mellencamp & Madonna in, but leave out XTC?!?!? Huh?

Posted by Rob on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 22:24pm

There's absolutely no way that you can justify Madonna's and The Police's inductions and not have the likes of XTC and New Order in. It's funny how the biggest selling pop from the 80s is often the crappiest.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 11:53am

Andy Partridge of XTC and Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues were both born in the same town: Swindon, England

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 03.21.08 @ 14:17pm

I think Roxy Music should probably get in before XTC, though.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 06:38am

If Franz Ferdinand and the rest of the Glasgow Art Pop scene can make a crack into the US market, interest in XTC (and thus their chances of induction) will increase greatly.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 13:22pm

"Previously Considered? No"


Some more Dave Clark Five, perhaps, Mr. Wenner?

Posted by denyo on Friday, 09.19.08 @ 19:08pm

Pretty good stuff. Fairly innovative. I'd put them in.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 11.23.08 @ 01:39am

I love XTC! Their commercial success wasn't too good, but their influence cannot be discounted. The hall needs XTC.

Posted by Dr. W on Friday, 02.19.10 @ 11:47am

I love XTC!

Posted by Dr. W on Friday, 02.19.10 @ 11:47am

As you should. It's a Hell of a drug

Posted by Milestones on Friday, 02.19.10 @ 19:43pm

XTC should have been in the Hall of Fame by now, but as is obvious, sales count more than musical quality or influence. XTC's songwriting compares favorably to The Beatles, whose mantle they took up more than any other group. And their lyrics belong in any anthology of British poetry. Induct them into the Hall of Fame NOW!

Posted by William on Wednesday, 09.29.10 @ 11:11am

What other band has lasted as long as XTC, without having any significant chart success in America. Think about it. Their success came in the form of humble influence...and THAT should be recognized!

Posted by Heathrow on Friday, 05.6.11 @ 01:51am

XTC should have been in RRHOF in 2010. Crafted humorous & intelligent songs that resonate with the listener.FAVS include Dear God,Senses Working Overtime,The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead.

Two thumbs up XTC RRHOF!!! KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 02.14.14 @ 22:52pm

Agree William on XTC. Intelligent lyrics & make the listener think which is rare nowadays. Just well crafted songs. XTC has enough loyal fans that they will make noise to boost XTC into the RRHOF where they belong. Great band XTC!!! KING

Posted by KING on Sunday, 05.25.14 @ 20:05pm

"Skylarking" and "Oranges And Lemons" are great albums. Andy Partridge is a brilliant songwriter; has anyone also heard of The Dukes Of Stratosfear?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 05.25.14 @ 20:41pm

I stand corrected; I had meant to say, The Dukes Of Stratosphear.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 05.25.14 @ 20:44pm

This month's issue of PROG magazine features an interview with Andy Partridge, co-founder and major songwriter for XTC.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 09.30.16 @ 08:43am

Once The Moody Blues, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Duran Duran and Sade have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, I will place my support behind: Procol Harum, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Supertramp, Jethro Tull, Kansas and of course, XTC.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 10.8.16 @ 13:47pm

My two favorite albums by XTC are: "Skylarking" and "Oranges And Lemons."

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 05.13.17 @ 17:01pm

After The Beatles, only one rock band got better and better with each album, and that band was XTC. Their songwriting, lyrics, arrangements, and recording were not only sterling, but in time, shown to be massively influential. I've long since lost respect for the Hall of Fame, and the exclusion of XTC is one big reason.

Posted by Will on Thursday, 05.18.17 @ 20:24pm

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