The Black Keys

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible in: 2027 (The 2028 Induction Ceremony)

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Attack And Release (2008)
Brothers (2010)

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Howlin' For You (2010)
Tighten Up (2010)
Lonely Boy (2011)
Fever (2014)

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Will The Black Keys be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


27 comments so far (post your own)

If the White Stripes tried on every song, they'd be half as good as The Black Keys.

Posted by Kit on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 19:55pm

You don't like the White Stripes, Kit?

Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 19:56pm

I like The White Stripes, but I find them uniquely frustrating. On every album there are three songs that knock me out and the seven that sound like they should be outtakes. The Black Keys have the same two-person garage-blooze format but are more consistent in the delivery of the awesome.

Posted by Kit on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 19:59pm

So if I like the White Stripes, should I love The Back Keys?

Why is it that once a band or artist reaches a certain level of commercial success there are always "those other guys who are much better; the authentically good ones"? Why are the bestest artists always the ones who seem to curiously but consistently remain just below the threshold of anything like mainstream notoriety?

Doesn't this fact seem strangely coincidental? Or is there a reason?

Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 21:45pm

I think it just might be the natural complacency that comes hand in hand with being at the top of a given field. Jack White has it made, no matter what he does he's in the Critically Untouchable and Comercially Bulletproof zone. He can mail it in all he wnats and there's nothing we can do about it.

Posted by Kit on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 22:42pm

Interesting. So you do see a causal relationship between "making it" commercially and a resulting dip in quality music; at least enough for it to be identifiable as a pattern?

Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 23:04pm

I'm not sold enough on it to make it a set in stone rule, but it's something I've noticed more than once.

Posted by Kit on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 23:14pm

Can I ask you who you have not seen it in? As in, who in your opinion has retained a consistent level of high quality work even after some commercial success?

Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 23:32pm

Some current bands I can think of who have continued to get better (or at least avoided stagnation) along with their sales: Wilco, Spoon, Against Me!, Radiohead, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Bright Eyes, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Against Me! in particular has made a huge splash on MTV this year without sacrificing anything in the way of kwolety.

What's important, all these bands have kept experimenting, kept messing around with their formulas, kept adding new wrinkles. The Stripes have settled into a groove and are content to keep rutting in it all they like.

A lot of it also is just natural progression of music. You develop and refine a sound, people ignore it, you get everything right, people flock, others retreat to their garages to make their own take on your sound, where else is there to go but down?

Posted by Kit on Friday, 12.28.07 @ 02:07am

"Jack White has it made, no matter what he does he's in the Critically Untouchable and Comercially Bulletproof zone"

No way...their new record is just NOISE!!! Not good old NOISE ROCK like the J & M's, just NOISE.

And the singles are SHIT: Conquest??!

Posted by l i a m on Friday, 12.28.07 @ 08:00am

Kit, I picked up "The Big Come Up" this week and you are correct - The Black Keys are VERY cool! I love 'em.
Question though: is their debut the only album that so tightly echoes blues based rock? Do their later albums get more garage/avant garde sounding - because I barely heard similarities to The White Stripes, other than the lo-fi recording.
Actually, I heard the reincarnation of The Allman Brothers on quite a few tracks!

Posted by shawn on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 08:22am

Did you manage to find any of the stuff I recommended, shawn?

Posted by liam on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 09:17am

Hi Liam. Not yet I haven't, but my next musical mission is to get that Black Grape album you mentioned and one from The Charlatans.

Then I'm after Animal Collective.

Posted by shawn on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 13:40pm

Hey Liam - on what page did we have that discussion? It was the time you asked me what albums from Happy Mondays and Supergrass I had, then you made your recommendations for what I should get next, what to avoid; can't find it...

Posted by shawn on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 13:56pm

Oh, that was on the 2008 inductees page.

Posted by liam on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 14:09pm

Love the dirty blues riffs by these guys. Learned about them recently through the song "I Got Mine." You can't tell me you can't picture Led Zep cranking out that song. They remind me of Thorogood, too.

Posted by Chris on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 12:54pm

The Black Keys: Rubber Factory - 2004

The song "10 A.M. Automatic" is one of the best, unacknowledged rock songs of the last decade.

Also: "All Hands Against His Own" & "Just Can't Bring Me Down"

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 17:41pm

New album comes out tomorrow and it sounds great! You can stream it in its entirety at

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 05.17.10 @ 15:44pm

Black Keys are good but I don't really like their new album. But the stuff before this recent one, was great. The new album is meh though.

Posted by Reggie on Monday, 01.31.11 @ 19:15pm

THe Black Keys do rock, but let's talk about Jack White. Jack is a beast of a musician...look at the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather and tell me again how untalented he is...and how he's just mailing it in. I guarantee not a single one of you has written as many songs as he and probably me (I have over 300 in my catalog). Songwriting isn't all that easy to stay consistant, as your influences change over and over. What may not be good to you is good to someone else.

Posted by Michael on Friday, 09.9.11 @ 10:59am

This band is on a really, REALLY good winning streak. Their last few albums have all been excellent. If they keep at it, they're well on their way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, IMO.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 12.23.11 @ 06:18am

The Black Keys are a "mainstream" band now. Some might disagree, but I think it's very cool to see a longtime underground/indie band become a household name. It's certainly going to help their Hall of Fame chances. But will it affect the quality of their music?

Posted by A-Killa on Wednesday, 03.14.12 @ 10:58am

Watching them at US Airways Center right now. Incredible live band. Doing a good blend of old and new stuff.

Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 01:41am

Don't like'em but they'll make it!

Posted by Jo on Friday, 03.21.14 @ 09:31am

Don't like'em but they'll make it!

Posted by Jo on Friday, 03.21.14 @ 09:32am

Saw this band Friday night at The Hangout. Made it in for last half of set & encore. Have never really got this band. Will say that I like them alot better than I did before.

Lastest album has 2 or 3 really good songs (IMO). They had 4 or 5 other players on stage & that really helps. Mr. Aeurbach is a really good guitar player. The other guy can really pound the drums. Probably would never see this band at a non-festival location, but I would like to catch them again at another festival.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 05.22.14 @ 12:16pm

They'll absolutely be in.

Excellent albums. Great live show. Critical and commercial love.

And they have a home court advantage, being from Akron.

I don't know if they'll get in first ballot, but they're locks.

Posted by Joe from Fargo on Saturday, 01.13.18 @ 23:37pm

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