Deep Purple has the public's support for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The British group, which is perhaps best known for the 1973 hit "Smoke on the Water," is leading a Rolling Stone Readers' Poll on which artists should become the Rock Hall's Class of 2014.
The Smiths are taking second place on the list, followed by KISS. Prog rock pioneers Yes and The Moody Blues round out the top five. Cheap Trick, which has sixth place, and the late Warren Zevon, who ranks seventh. haven't ever appeared on a Rock Hall ballot despite being eligible for induction for at least ten years. The late Gram Parsons, who wasn't inducted with The Byrds in 1991, has the number eight spot. Chicago, another longtime-eligible band that has yet to appear on a ballot, is coming in at number nine. Nirvana, who is just becoming eligible in 2014, rounds out the list.
Rolling Stone Readers' Poll list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2014
1. Deep Purple
2. The Smiths
5. The Moody Blues
6. Cheap Trick
7. Warren Zevon
8. Gram Parsons