Recorded rock and roll music sounds its best when being played through a sweet loudspeaker setup. The only way to beat it is to attend the live performance itself.
To kick off Klipsch’s monumental partnership as the first-ever Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony sponsor, our pals at the Rock Hall mulled over nearly three decades of video archives to piece together this list of the 30 greatest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performances of all time.
So crank up your speakers and watch the performances below. Be sure to vote for your favorite here.
If you think there is a performance that should have made the list, let us know in the comments section below…and ROCK ON!
1. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (2004)
An epic, guitar thrashing tribute to George Harrison.
2. “Let It Be” (1999)
Sir Paul McCartney surprises crowd with friends like Eric Clapton, Bono, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen backing him.
3. “Roll Over Beethoven” (1986)
Rock royalty Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Keith Richards show how it’s done.
4. “Sweet Emotion” (2001)
Kid Rock and the Bad Boys from Boston turn it up with sweet results.
5. “Light My Fire” (1993)
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder channels Jim Morrison with the original Doors band members.
6. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (2005)
Dublin and Asbury Park collide when U2 trades licks with Springsteen.
7. “When The Levee Breaks” (1995)
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Neil Young and others go heavy on Led Zeppelin riff monster.
8. “I Saw Her Standing There” (1988)
Harrison, Starr and some famous friends get down with Fab Four magic.
9. “In The Midnight Hour” (1999)
The Boss takes direction from Wilson Pickett.
10. “The Weight” (1994)
The time The Band brought one of their biggest fans – Eric Clapton – on stage to jam with them.
11. “Honky Tonk Woman” (1989)
A riotous celebration with a Tina Turner and Mick Jagger-led collaboration to the Stones Induction.
12. “Green Onions” (1992)
Booker T. and the MG’s timeless groove with a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of groove maestros.
13. “Blue Suede Shoes” (1987)
Carl Perkins leads this rock standard with Keef at his side. How many other rockers can you spot?
14. “Sunshine of Your Love” (1993)
The performance nobody thought would happen – the reunion of Cream.
15. “Enter Sandman” (2009)
The first public inductions in Cleveland, a reunion and very heavy metal.
16. “I Can’t Help Myself” (2003)
The stars of Motown align for one special night.
17. “Come Together” (1994)
An unlikely duo – Axl Rose and Bruce Springteen – come together to honor John Lennon.
18. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” (2003)
Decades later, the stirring melodies showcase what made these brothers righteous, indeed.
19. “Last Night I Said Goodbye to My Friend” (1996)
A rare, incredibly moving performance straight from the Velvet Underground.
20. “Hey! Bo Diddley” (1987)
Bo Diddley with BB King (on maracas!), Chuck Berry (on piano!), Smokey Robinson, Paul Butterfield and more.
21. “Teach Your Children” (1997)
Voices of a generation – including CSN, James Taylor and Emmylou Harris – get the crowd singing.
22. “Teenage Labotomy/Rockaway Beach/Blitzkrieg Bop” (2002)
Filling the punk-generation gap with Green Day.
23. “Respect Yourself/I’ll Take You There” (1999)
An uplifting reminder why the Staple Singers were billed as “God’s greatest hitmakers.
24. “Higher Ground” (2012)
Red Hot Chili Peppers lead funk-punk-rock mash-up with all-star cast of players including Slash.
25. “Wish You Were Here” (1996)
Pink Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins and a powerfully restrained performance.
26. “Barracuda” (2013)
Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart lead a master class in Seattle rock history.
27. “Crossroads” (2013)
Members of Rush, Public Enemy, Foo Fighters, Run DMC, Heart, CCR and more rewrite the “Crossroads.”
28. “Paradise City” (2012)
Explosive performance with reunited former members of GNR.
29. “It’s So Easy” (2014)
A superstar showcase of singer-songwriters salute Linda Ronstadt.
30. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (2014)
A Joan Jett–fronted Nirvana recast a modern rock anthem.