This is Steppenwolf's first nomination.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bio:
The phrase “heavy metal” first appeared in popular culture in William S. Burroughs’ 1962 novel The Soft Machine. But those words became a sound in 1968 – on “Born To Be Wild,” a Number Two anthem by the Los Angeles-based band Steppenwolf. “I like smoke and lightnin’, heavy metal thunder,” singer John Kay declared against a feral-blues rush of guitar and broiling organ that became the band’s signature sound and a fundamental influence on the next four decades of hard rock, metal, glam, punk and thrash. Formed out of a Toronto-based group, the Sparrow, by Kay, drummer Jerry Edmonton and organist Goldy McJohn, Steppenwolf (the name came from a Herman Hesse novel) were the people’s choice on stage and the radio between 1968 and 1971, combining biker-freedom idealism and arena-rock dynamics across eight gold albums and a dozen Hot 100 singles. That streak included the Number Three smash “Magic Carpet Ride” and brawny Top 40 hits such as “Rock Me,” “Move Over” and “Hey Lawdy Mama.” Steppenwolf were also the first band of their time and stature to explicitly address the perils of hard-drug use in striking covers of the Hoyt Axton songs “The Pusher” and “Snowblind Friend.”