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Alice Cooper VS Neil Young – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame

AliceYoung-630x420VOTE HERE:  Ultimate Classic Rock

Billion-dollar babies meet insomniac rust in the opening round of our latest battle for induction into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

Alice Cooper and Neil Young both launched their solo careers in the late ’60s, with Young’s self-titled debut effort arriving in November 1968 and Cooper’s ‘Pretties for You‘ following in June 1969. Aside from that accident of timing, however, these artists don’t have much in common; where Cooper and his band traded on so-called “shock rock” to help establish their image, Young mostly eschewed flash, favoring a more basic, stripped-down sound.

And while Young achieved mainstream commercial success first, breaking the Top 40 with 1969′s ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’ before hitting No. 5 with ‘After the Gold Rush‘ the following year and topping the Billboard album chart with ‘Harvest‘ in 1972, Cooper forged his own platinum run during the ’70s, starting with 1971′s ‘Love It to Death’ and continuing through 1976′s ‘Alice Cooper Goes to Hell.’ In between, he peaked in the Top 10 or higher with ‘School’s Out,’ ‘Billion Dollar Babies,’ ‘Muscle of Love‘ and ‘Welcome to My Nightmare.’

Both Cooper and Young endured a bumpy stretch in the ’80s. Although Young’s releases routinely peaked around or above the Top 40 mark, he suffered a period of sales decline, and even found himself sued by Geffen Records for turning in a series of of hard-to-promote albums that didn’t sound like the version of Neil Young the label signed up for. Cooper, meanwhile, failed to chart in the States with either 1982′s ‘Zipper Catches Skin’ or 1983′s ‘DaDa,’ and the albums immediately before and after didn’t fare much better.

But by the end of the decade, both artists were back on top — Young with a triumphant run of records that started with 1988′s ‘This Note’s for You‘ and really got going with 1989′s ‘Freedom,’ and Cooper with the comeback efforts ‘Trash‘ (1989) and ‘Hey Stoopid’ (1991). These days, they’re both firmly entrenched on the list of rock legends, and they both continue to tour and record, but only one will make it through the opening round of voting for the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

Who’s going to win? You decide in this 100 percent reader-voted competition, and you can cast your vote once every hour between now and 11:59 PM on Monday, Feb. 16. The winner for the month will be announced Tuesday, March 3. Be sure to read our official rules.

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15 comments to Alice Cooper VS Neil Young – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame

  • Allan

    Isn’t ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ first solo?

  • Vladimir

    Hi, everybody!
    I live in Russia (in the USSR before) and approximately with 1982 I am fan of Alice Cooper. When I was small I thought that you have all so awful performers, but soon understood that such as Cooper isn’t present more and won’t be!
    never….
    Ozzie another, Marili Munson – the secondary freak.
    Still Nick Cave, but it too another is pleasant.
    well! Now I a’m 45 and Cooper forever!

    P.S. Don’t think that in Russia there live “other” people.
    As one of your singers told “I hope that Russians love they childrens too!”.
    It I about the 3rd world war because of Ukraine…
    Ask yours of “the Big Ear” – that he wants for America?

  • carrie

    Hey, I want Alice Cooper to win. Neil: I love your songs also! Hurricane, and Cinnamon Girl!

  • Chrys Milano

    Turned 18 when it was on the radio….Can’t wait to see you in Orlando on the 16th…I’d rather be 18 than Old Man…lol Happy birthday Vinnie.

  • Tony

    First heard Alice on the radio sitting in my aunt’s garden in the summer of ’72-it was ‘School’s Out’.I was 14. Then I saw the band on TV. I have everything he has recorded. True, original genius.No contest Tony(UK)

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  • Mike G

    Both these artists are great but naturally Alice
    gets the nod. Alice is timeless – his stage show is
    spectacular and the music and his vocals
    are even better.
    But what separates AC is his energy and ability
    to come up with new music and to keep his
    career interesting and relevant.

  • Tim Aebi

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALICE! You will triumph over Neil here. We all love you man!

    One of the minions,

    Tim Aebi

  • John

    Vincent — of course—no contest!!!

  • Krista

    ALICE COOPER!! Hands down!!

  • Of course Alice has to win. For me he’s God. I can’t imagine a life without Alice and his brilliant music. So Alice, on your 67th birthday (20 years older than me and still going strong) I’ll vote for you. And congratulations have a very nice day. Now i have to go, teach some children how to play chess.

  • carrie

    Alice Cooper has to win. Although I like Neil’s Cinnamon Girl, and Hurricane, the best. But, I love Alice Cooper, and all of his music more than anyone else’s. I have all kinds of Classic Rock music; but, he is unique beyond everyone which is not explainable kind of like Neil’s Hurricane and don’t take that literally. Just that feeling about his music. Alice Cooper, I want him to win.

  • Walter K. Willis

    Let’s see? An all American rocker or a Canadian? There is no doubt Alice Cooper should once again declare that school’s out.

  • Brenda

    Are they kidding? There’s no question who is better and who will win – Alice, of course!