The Grammy Hall of Fame song chart

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The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance". A list of recordings awarded this title appear at // ame_Award. The year noted in the entry is the year on which the song won the award. The chart here shows the years when the songs were released.

One of the users pointed out that some entries listed on the Grammy website are missing from the Wikipedia page. This data has been extended with the information from // The years up to 2011 have been loaded here.


This chart has the following attributes:

  • artist:
  • name:
  • year:
  • awarded:
  • category:
  • genre:
  • label:


Nine artists have been awarded five or more times:

# Artist Entries
1 Duke Ellington 11
2 Louis Armstrong 10
3 The Beatles 8
4 Nat King Cole 6
4= Frank Sinatra 6
4= Elvis Presley 6
7= Al Jolson 5
7= Billie Holiday 5
7= Ray Charles 5


Only one song has been given more than two awards (by different artists), that is Stardust with the versions by Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Armstrong and Artie Shaw having been honoured. The following songs have had two different versions awarded:

Title Artist 1 Artist 2
Blowin' in the Wind Bob Dylan Peter, Paul & Mary
Cocktails for Two Duke Ellington Spike Jones
Everyday I have The Blues BB King Count Basie
Goodnight, Irene Leadbelly Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers
How High the Moon Les Paul & Mary Ford Ella Fitzgerald
Lovesick Blues Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers Hank Williams
Mack the Knife Louis Armstrong Bobby Darin
Misty Erroll Garner Johnny Mathis
Mr Tambourine Man The Byrds Bob Dylan
Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival Ike & Tina Turner
Puttin' on The Ritz Earl Burtnett & His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Harry Richman
St Louis Blues Bessie Smith Louis Armstrong
Unforgettable Nat King Cole Dinah Washington
You've Got a Friend Carole King James Taylor


The year that the song was a hit, see the year plot above.


The rules of the award insist that songs can only be inducted more that 25 years after they were a hit. The following songs were inducted after 26 years.

Title Artist Label Year Award Year
Superstition Stevie Wonder Tamla 1972 1998
Behind Closed Doors Charlie Rich Epic 1973 1999
Get Up, Stand Up The Wailers Island 1973 1999
Killing Me Softly with His Song Roberta Flack Atlantic Records 1973 1999
Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & the Pips Buddah Records 1973 1999
Hotel California Eagles Asylum 1977 2003
Just The Way You Are Billy Joel Columbia 1978 2004
Always on My Mind Willie Nelson Columbia 1982 2008

Grammy HoF delays

Two songs were awarded more than 100 years after being hits, "Yankee Doodle (Song)" and "Give My Regards to Broadway" both by Billy Murray.

Here is a plot showing the delays before awards are given:


The majority of the entries are classified as "Single" by Grammy, 11 of them are classified as "Track".



Grammy HoF genres

The most common genre is "Traditional Pop" with 95 awards.


The following record labels have 5 or more entries each.

Label Count
Columbia 66
Victor 42
Decca 41
Capitol 38
RCA Victor 33
Brunswick 20
Okeh 19
Atlantic 18
Tamla 11
MGM 10
Bluebird 9
Chess 9
Elektra 9
Mercury 9
Vocalion 9
Reprise 8
A&M 7
Motown 7
Atco 6
Sun 6
ABC-Paramount 5
Blue Note 5
Epic 5
King 5
Liberty 5
Stax 5
United Artists 5

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