Def Leppard top Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame fan vote

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Def Leppard have come top of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s fan vote.

Each year, fans have the chance to cast their ballot on who they think should make it into the Rock Hall – and the Sheffield heroes now have a great chance for induction in 2019.

Def Leppard gathered 547,647 votes – with the top five rounded out by Stevie Nicks (427,844), Todd Rundgren (365,370), The Zombies (329,052) and the Cure (264,443).

All five artists will now go on a single ballot that will be included in the final voting pool.

So while Def Leppard’s induction isn’t guaranteed, it should be noted that since the fan vote was introduced in 2013, the top vote winner has always gone on to be inducted into the Hall. Those artists are Rush, Kiss, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chicago, Journey and Bon Jovi.

The Class Of 2019 will be revealed on Thursday, with the ceremony taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 29.

Other artists shortlisted for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2019 are Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead, Roxy Music, Devo, Kraftwerk, MC5, John Prine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, LL Cool J and Janet Jackson.

How did those artists fare in the fan vote? In order, Janet Jackson picked up 218,581, Devo (186,754), Roxy Music (167,307), Rage Against The Machine (148,208), Radiohead (140,458), John Prine (136,746), LL Cool J (119,657), Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (99,724), Kraftwerk (87,456) and MC5 (85,304).

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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.