Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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List Criteria: Only musicians who haven't been inducted into the Rock Hall

Update:  Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, KISS, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2014. Each new crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees brings with it with it a good share of controversy. Who is most deserving of being in the Rock Hall of Fame? Vote for the bands and musicians that you think most belong in the Rock and Roll HOF, or make your own ranked list of the rockers who have been left out of the Rock Hall

This list collects artists that Ranker voters and listers think belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but who are not currently inducted. Remember, bands and musicians are only eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their debut album, so popular acts from the late '80s, '90s or '00s would not yet be eligible. Don't suggest them!

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    Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    the people's #1
    Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    most listed
    Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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    Chicago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock Deserves to get in as a solo artist

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    The Cars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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    Journey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    added by chadg30
    Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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    Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Foreigner Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Scorpions Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    The Cure is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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    The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Genesis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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    Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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    Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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    Steve Miller Band Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Styx is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Styx Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Joe Cocker Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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    Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    Kansas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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    Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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    Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    added by ErinKrause
    Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Dio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


    Dio Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    America is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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    America Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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