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The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Now Inducts Songs, And These 6 Are First

UNITED KINGDOM - 1970: Rock group Steppenwolf (L-R: John Kay, Jerry Edmonton, Larry Byrom, George Biondo and Goldy McJohn) pose for a publicity still in 1970. (Photo by Gems/Redferns)

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame began honoring songs in addition to artists at the 33rd annual induction ceremony on Saturday night (4/14) in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, immortalizing six singles.

Introduced by “Little Steven” Van Zandt, the new Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Singles category is “a recognition of the excellence of the singles that shaped rock ‘n’ roll, kind of a rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, records by artists not in the Rock Hall — which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall. They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment.”

The first inductees in the category included “Rocket 88″ by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), Link Wray and his Ray Men’s “Rumble” (1958), “The Twist,” by Chubby Checker (1960), “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen (1963), Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (1967) and Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” (1968).

In introducing the new category, Van Zandt added, “We all know the history of music can be changed with just one song, one record. In three minutes we suddenly enter a new direction, a movement, a style, an experience. That three-minute song can result in a personal revelation, an epiphany that changes our lives.”

This article originally appeared on Billboard.