Faith No More

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2010 (The 2011 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2018 (ranked #280) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
The Real Thing (1989)
Angel Dust (1992)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Epic (1989)
Falling to Pieces (1989)
Midlife Crisis (1992)

Faith No More @ Wikipedia

Faith No More Videos

Will Faith No More be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


36 comments so far (post your own)

They must get in.

Posted by cl0118x on Saturday, 01.13.07 @ 17:02pm

I think that for everything he has done and will continue to do Mike Patton should get in, but FNM alone... eh.

Posted by tucker on Tuesday, 01.23.07 @ 10:40am

Their music inspired a lot of genres...they should get in but they probably will just be forgotten sadly.

Posted by maplejet on Friday, 03.2.07 @ 07:09am

without them and Mr. Bungle there probably wouldn't have been the nu metal wave, which might have been a good thing seeing how most those bands are crap. they all site mike patton as a major influence, without them there would be no System of a down, Disturbed, Slipknot, but also probably wouldn't have been Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and other horrible ones. FNM was great and his most popular band so I don't see how you could deny them. of course the stupid hall will probably pass over them because they had only one huge hit. but imo Angel Dust is one of the best albums I've ever heard.

Posted by samaran on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 15:30pm


Posted by Brendan on Friday, 03.16.07 @ 09:59am

One of the greatest hard bands of the last 20 years. Look at any frontman and they have a taste of Mike Patton inside them. Saying that they shouldn't be in is like saying the KKK are great guys. They'll get in, and hopefully, I'll induct them.

Posted by Seth on Friday, 03.16.07 @ 15:50pm

There is nothing more that I would rather see than to have Faith No More get the recognition they so richly deserve. Their music holds up amazingly well 15 years later. "Album of the Year" and "Angel Dust" are two of the best hard rock albums of all time.

Posted by c.w. on Sunday, 03.25.07 @ 21:07pm

Faith No More should most definitely be inducted! They always will be one of the best bands.......Of all time! Mike Patton's one of the most versatile singers, so it's only right that they get in!!

Posted by Mare on Monday, 04.2.07 @ 13:50pm

Yes. Just based on the strength of the 3 consecutive albums of the 90s; "Angel Dust", "King for a day/Fool for a lifetime" and "Album of the Year".

Posted by Kevin on Tuesday, 04.17.07 @ 14:31pm

one of the most innovative rock-bands ever...
Mike Patton has always been a genius, and with FNM he created masterpieces like Angel Dust and King For A Day, 2 albums not yet understood at all.
however they really deserve to be inducted, they got a good piece of music history.
FNM rulez

Posted by Slask on Thursday, 05.24.07 @ 16:31pm

I have a feeling they will not make it and then Faith No More can join the illustrious list of HoF mistakes: Alice, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick would welcome them into their club with open arms. FAITH NO MORE is a great band - nothing left to say.

Posted by Frankie on Saturday, 11.24.07 @ 09:38am

Faith No more is one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Period. They are personally my favorite along with Jane's Addiction. Angel Dust is as good a hard rock album you will ever find. They inspired many other bands. They were complete trailblazers. The fact that they did not sell out to the mainstream will keep them out. Most people only know them for "Epic" but to true FNM fans, that song is nowhere on the list of their top work. Should they be in the Hall of Fame? There should not be a Hall of Fame without them.

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 03.22.08 @ 10:26am

The best, Hall Of Fame needs Faith No More more than Faith needs the Hall Of Fame

Posted by gregie on Monday, 06.9.08 @ 23:46pm

Faith No More should get in....otherwise this website has no credibility. Mr Bungle should get in as well.

Posted by gouldbass on Saturday, 08.16.08 @ 06:01am

"Faith No More should get in....otherwise this website has no credibility"-gouldbass

Question...why??? Who do you know of that was directly influenced by them? What innovation(s) did they come up with to inhance the music? Were they the originators of their sound?

Help me out here...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 08.16.08 @ 06:55am

On the scale provided, I would rank this band a 3. Certainly no more than that. I kinda like that ranking system...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 08.16.08 @ 07:36am

Faith No More should absolutely enter the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, based on the two genres they helped popularize: funk metal and alternative metal. Because of this, they have inspired and influenced many of today's bands, thanks to the success of their 1989 album "The Real Thing".

Posted by Kevin on Monday, 10.13.08 @ 18:25pm

Even though it is nowhere near FNM only song, the track "Epic" alone has been cited as a major influence to many bands that were to follow. In the end, I think this song hurt them more than it helped them.

I think they are deserving at some point.

Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Wednesday, 01.28.09 @ 12:49pm

Them and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Nu-Metal.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 04.6.09 @ 13:44pm

i love this band. Many people consider them one hit wonders, but their fan base is bigger than that of your regular one hit wonder. Epic, while a kick ass song, is not their only song deserving recognition.

i would like to think yes, but i just don't think so.

Posted by Justin on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 02:42am

Saw these guys play the Budapest's Sziget Festival, with Life of Agony. Mike Patton, becomes more and more bizarre over the yrs. He ate a shoe lace, then vomited it back up on stage.. THEN preformed a song with women's panties on his face.. I have just found my new hero!

Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 08.19.09 @ 06:45am

I hate it when people only know them from the song "Epic" but they should definetly get in. Angel Dust and The Real Thing are considered masterpieces. Like someone said before, they could be left out and that would only tick me off. The other albums were great too, they haven't made a bad album. But they are underrated and I think it would be unfair if they are left out and some other band with more "mainstream cred" gets in before them. I love both the Mosely and Patton Eras, but Patton is the one whos going to get this band in. I don't want to make it seem as if it's Pattons band.

Posted by John on Wednesday, 12.30.09 @ 17:22pm

put rick james in now.

Posted by kevinp on Tuesday, 02.16.10 @ 16:25pm

"without them there would be no System of a down, Disturbed, Slipknot, but also probably wouldn't have been Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and other horrible ones."

Isn't being responsible for the existence of Disturbed also considered a bad thing? Most people I know would probably put them in this "horrible ones" category you speak of. Nu-metal as a whole is a bad thing (though I like System, Slipknot have their moments here and there and early Korn had a few flashes of inspiration). However, punishing bands for sowing "crap crops" (a term I'm borrowing from someone else on this site) doesn't exactly seem fair to me, especially since most musical tastes are subjective experiences. So, if FNM really did invent nu-metal (something I've heard in places other than this site), then yes they should get in. I'm about to really explore beyond "Epic" for the first time now.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 07.12.10 @ 17:17pm

And now I've done just that. I randomly started with "King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime", and found it good but not earth-shattering. My thoughts? "This is supposedly the first alt-metal band, alongside Alice in Chains? This seems lifeless in parts, whereas AIC's intentionally simple yet crushing musical attack is a real charm." I couldn't detect any nu-metal anywhere. I decided I'd made a mistake and should've started with either "The Real Thing" or "Angel Dust", since those are considered the two best albums. So, I listened to the former online, and damn it I think it's really good. I already knew that "Epic" sounded like nothing else, but there were quite a few other highlights as well. I think this one's going to become a masterpiece to my ears. Yes, I could draw some lines to nu-metal (in particular some weird vocals that resembled System Of A Down.) It's a funk-rap-hard rock hybrid that sounds like nothing else I've heard. It's possible King Of A Day... could grow on me as well. Tomorrow's mission: "Angel Dust". I've decided that yes, FNM should definitely be inducted.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 07.12.10 @ 20:49pm

faith no more is epic

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 08.22.10 @ 17:45pm

Faith No More are sais to be the creaters of the genres Rap Metal and Funk Metal if that isnt an innovation than what is

Posted by Dion on Wednesday, 08.25.10 @ 06:43am

I agree. "The Real Thing" and "Angel Dust" are both albums I highly reccomend listening to.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 08.25.10 @ 16:42pm

Great MUSICAL band. Hors concours.

Posted by Renato on Saturday, 11.5.11 @ 11:30am

ever album by this band is completley different and the "rock and roll hall of fame" doesnt like variation so thats why fnm well never be in the "rock in roll hall of fame" but even if they were mike and billy and roddy and puff would all know that this is just some gimmick its really nothing at all but the thing that upsets me are the dumbasses that only see fnm for the real thing. the real thing was a great album but well always be nothing compared to angel dust and a king for a day and even album of the year those album trumps the real thing

Posted by trey on Saturday, 12.10.11 @ 17:59pm

Faith No More should absolutely get in. I see a lot of people say that without Faith No More, bands like System of a Down, Korn and Deftones would've never gotten any attention. This is true. But let's look at the bigger picture and put this band's breakthrough in context.

Before Faith No More, there was no such thing as "alternative." While Nirvana will go down in history as being the band that made the alternative genre a household name, Faith No More was one of a few earlier bands that made Nirvana's success possible.

When "Epic" captured audiences in early 1990, no one knew what to call it. They labeled it "funk metal," but when you look at The Real Thing LP there's a much more complex thing going on with that record. It was metal, soul, punk, classic rock, hip-hop, thrash, pop, progressive, funk, r&b, new wave and new age all rolled into one package. It truly is an alternative record, no matter how polished the production may sound.

Faith No More didn't just pave the way for numetal/rap metal...they had audiences looking for new alternatives to the mainstream fare(Guns N Roses, Madonna, Michael Jackson, hair metal, etc.) of the time.

Not long after Faith No More got big, commercial radio and record labels began pushing different bands like Jane's Addiction, Soundgarden, Primus and Alice in Chains, not knowing what to call it. Eventually Nirvana began to get heavy airplay people caught on in a big way. The record sales followed suit, and the alternative revolution went into full throttle.

Faith No More were one of the sparks that initiated this transition. This is a fact, and any musician/critic worth his salt would agree to that. This band - along with Jane's Addiction, King's X, and REM - opened the doors for all of the bands listed above, plain and simple.

These guys are responsible for far, far more than just rap metal. They were a trailblazer in one of the most important decades of rock music. They were a predecessor to alternative rock and sadly never quite received the critical attention they deserved at the time. Ironic that at the time, critics bashed Angel Dust and King for a Day, Fool For a Lifetime, but both albums - especially Angel Dust - are now widely regarded as masterpieces and highly influential.

(Even more ironic is the fact that Angel Dust was in many ways drowned out by the attention Nirvana was getting at the time)

This band has earned its praises and then some, and I believe they've definitely garnered some recognition within the hall of fame. While they weren't the ones who put the alternative genre on the map (we all know who gets credit for that), they set the gears in motion and opened the gates.

Induct them.


Someone who was alive in 1990.

Posted by Mac on Thursday, 01.26.12 @ 04:44am

Interesting question, whether FNM will ever be in. I'm thinking there might be some lack of clarity about the band -- the example being that I don't see that anybody on this thread mentioned "We Care a Lot" or the original singer, Chuck Mosley. The pre-Patton FNM was probably more influential on the bands of the late 1980s than the Grammy-winning stuff. That's how I remember it, anyway.

The other thing I remember is that FNM kinda disappeared after "Epic" was a hit in 1989. All these bands just stepped into that 1990-92 period, then when FNM comes back with Angel Dust and it was like, "oh, look who's back ..." Everybody was reaching for it then, trying to get in on "that alternative rock thing" ... and

Faith No More gets lost in the shuffle, I think, and a lot of people didn't quite "get" how long they had been around (they wrote the We Care a Lot record in frigging 1984) and figured they were just another band trying to cash in. Then they get thrown in with the Nu-Metal stuff and get lost even more and suddenly there's no definition to what Faith No More even was or what they meant.

FNM "cared a lot" though, and a lot of musicians cared about them before Epic hit MTV.

Posted by JDM on Monday, 05.20.13 @ 19:26pm


Mike Patton es chileno.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 22:28pm

I mean honestly many artists have stated that if it wasn't for faith no more and their song "epic" then the grunge scene wouldn't have ever gotten that popular. Nirvana would have never existed and it helped paved the way for many genres. They won't get in but its kind of a food for thought

Posted by samsan_07 on Wednesday, 11.18.15 @ 15:20pm

Nirvana released its first album "Bleach" a few days before Faith No More's "The Real Thing" album which had "Epic" on it, so yes, the band would have existed, as they already did. You likely do have a point that their alternative-metal fusion did lead many more metal fans to appreciate alternative rock in general, which did contribute to grunge's popularity as grunge was initially considered a metal offshoot in the mainstream media very briefly (Alice in Chains and Soundgarden were considered just metal before Nirvana's breakthrough, and several of the grunge bands were promoted on "Headbangers Ball", etc...)

They did pave the way for many genres but I don't hear them often as an influence for grunge. I think they could easily get in like 10 or 15 years from now if they decide they need a representative from every rock genre that was majorly popular on American radio (which they may), and I suspect they'd go for Faith No More for nu-metal before Korn or Linkin Park (unless they already consider RHCP to be their representative from this genre).

Posted by Sean on Wednesday, 11.18.15 @ 22:16pm

I see Faith No More like Third Eye Blind. Thought they would be for certain RRHOF after first few albums. Now I'm not so sure. Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted very quickly which surprised me. That might help a group like Faith No More down the road. The Angel Dust album getting more acclaim as time marches on. A Small Victory fantastic song. Mid Life Crisis was another strong track. Probably outside RRHOF fence right now April 2016 due to the backlog of bands. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 04.29.16 @ 17:21pm

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