It's something that I realized about the R&R HOF when I started looking at who gets inducted. For artists/bands that released their first album after a certain point, there no longer is the same weight given to being a founder/originator//influence on rock music's history; fairly, IMO, since you want to recognize the "important" artists without whom the HOF inductions don't make sense (Velvet Underground being a great example here). 1973 is right now the cutoff point, when they inducted Tom Waits (it previously had been 1971). Anyway, there are no artists inducted who released their first album *after* 1973, who did not have hit songs or a song that over the years became extremely well known. So this seems to be an important criteria for the HOF, and Maiden fails this. Tom Waits is the most recent artist Inducted without a big hit or an iconic song. Will the Rock Hall voters make an exception for Maiden? IMO I doubt it, given their genre (power metal) which has little respect.