Eligible Since: 1993
Years Nominated: None
Why They Deserve It: Aside from helping to pioneer heavy metal, selling more than 100 million albums and bearing the distinction of being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “loudest pop group,” Deep Purple also gave the world one of the most-sung guitar riffs of all time from “Smoke on the Water.” —Jeff Royer
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