The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has hosted some legendary performances throughout the years. Their induction ceremonies feature once-in-a-lifetime reunions, all-star musicians covering inductees songs, and special guest cameos you won’t see anywhere else.
After the 2020 induction ceremony was postponed until November 7 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been uploading archival performances to their YouTube channel at a feverish clip.
With hundreds of videos now available, we went through and found 13 performances to watch right away. While their archive stretches back over a decade, all these performances (except for one, you’ll see why) have been uploaded within the past few months.
Lucille - Little Richard
The late Little Richard performed at the 1997 ceremony. While he also gave a great performance of his hit song “Tutti Frutti,” this rendition of “Lucille” is absolutely mind blowing.
Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair - Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill delivered an entire set of Nina Simone covers at the 2018 ceremony with “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair” standing out.
Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2 and Bruce Springsteen
Two rock legends come together at the 25th anniversary ceremony. U2 was also joined by Mick Jagger during this set.
I Wanna Be Your Dog - R.E.M. and Patti Smith
Coming from the 2007 ceremony, it was a dual celebration as both R.E.M. and Patti Smith were inducted that year.
Life During Wartime - Talking Heads
The 2002 ceremony marked the final Talking Heads performance. It also served as the first time the band performed together since a 1989 Tom Tom Club show.
Shining Star - Earth, Wind and Fire
Performing one of their best known songs at the 2000 ceremony, this rendition includes a soul-stirring sax solo that will blow your mind.
Sign ‘O’ The Times - Prince
From funk, to jazz, to a shredding guitar solo, this Prince performance from the 2004 ceremony has everything.
Use Me - Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend
An all-star collaboration from the 2015 ceremony that shows you the influence of Withers’ music and the power of his songs.
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks and Harry Styles
Nicks introduced Styles at the 2019 ceremony as filling in for Tom Petty. The two proceeded to give an otherworldly performance.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, and Others
The G.O.A.T. performance. While it was uploaded eight years ago, it’s a must-watch video belonging on any list. You can read the entire backstory about the legendary performance here.
F***** Up - Neil Young and Eddie Vedder
Coming from the 1995 ceremony, the Pearl Jam frontman joins Young for a hard rocking performance.
Funny How Time Slips Away - Al Green and Willie Nelson
Two great voices from two completely different genres get together for this great performance from the 1995 ceremony.
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Coming from the 2019 ceremony, Robert Smith’s voice sounds as good as ever showcasing why The Cure are one of the most beloved bands.