Before the subject of whether someone/something belongs on ANY "Top" list or Hall Of Fame, the criteria of what establishes that list has to be established. The R&R HOF certainly doesn't use sales or popularity as the driving measuring stick because there any many, many artists in there that are virtually unknown to the masses. Each year there are artists inducted that leave most scratching their heads. So it appears that the "the influence and significance of the artists' contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll" weighs heavily in who is considered I. You say that you won't argue based on other artists that have already been inducted, but you really can't exclude that because that in it's very self established criteria. Just as in baseball, there is no set statistical criteria, but if every pitcher in the HOF had x amount of wins, and x amount of strikeouts, and then pitcher John Doe comes along and exceeds them in every category, doesn't that demonstrate the argument that they established the criteria by whoever has already been elected in? The same goes for the R&R HOF. Beyond the stated criteria, they are establishing and building onto that by the other artists that they are inducting. There have been many examples on this web site where artists have named Raspberries as being influential to them. And some of these are themselves in the Hall. Raspberries were unique in their time, and were influential to other artists. Their contributions lead to the development and perpetuation of Power Pop.