Voting closed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan vote earlier this week, with the top 5 comprising of The Doobie Brothers, Soundgarden, Judas Priest, Pat Benatar and Dave Matthews Band.
These five acts will now have increased odds of making it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2020, as they will be included in a single “fan ballot” submitted along with other Rock Hall voters.
The ballot is weighted equally to the more than 1,000 others cast by industry professionals, so it by no means guarantees any of these acts will be inducted, but they do have a chance.
According to Future Rock Legends, 61% of artists who earned a spot on the fan ballot since 2013 were ultimately inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Dave Matthews Band led this year's voting with 1,005,657 votes, followed by Benatar (882,207), the Doobie Brothers (784,729), Soundgarden (722,931) and Judas Priest (675,434). Outside of the top five, Thin Lizzy wound up eighth (556,476), Motörhead came in at ninth (512,918), Todd Rundgren followed at 10th (440,898) and T. Rex ranked 12th (365,290). The full breakdown of the 8 million-plus votes is available at the Rock Hall site.
Judas Priest thanked their fans for voting in the poll via Twitter:
The Rock and Rock Hall of Fame inductees for 2020 will be announced on Wednesday 15th January in the US.