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List Rules Only bands or singers who are in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

A complete list of bands and artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ranked in order of preference by music fans. For a list of artists who deserve to be inducted but haven't been yet, check out this guide to Artists Who Belong in the Rock Hall of Fame. And be sure to vote down all the artists you don't think belong in the Hall of Fame!

The Rock Hall of Fame - located in Cleveland, Ohio - was established in 1986 and is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage and memorabilia associated with rock music. Each year, a list of bands and artists is nominated to join the pantheon of all-time greatest musical acts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Out of these nominees, only a handful are then chosen as actual Hall of Fame inductees. To be eligible, a musician or band must have released their debut album at least 25 years previously. (This eliminates flash-in-the-pan or "fad" artists from getting through, leaving the honor of joining the Hall of Fame open only to those artists who have made a lasting impact on rock music.)

2012's inductees are Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Laura Nyro, Donovan and The Small Faces. Nominated acts that were not selected this year include Eric B. & Rakim, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Spinners, Donna Summer and War. The Rock Hall of Fame decision-making process has been criticized frequently, for collecting all the power in the hands of a few individuals, and for ignoring genres that are not considered "purely" rock (such as hip-hop.) As well, some critics cite the numerous classic, iconic artists who are eligible but have not been inducted. These include Hall & Oates, Yes, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Rush, KISS, Sonic Youth, and other members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock - Inducted in 1988. Inducted Members: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1986.

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music - Inducted in 1995. Inducted Members: John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal - Inducted in 2001. Inducted Members: John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor.

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music - Inducted in 1996.

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - Inducted in 1989. Inducted Members: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Ian Stewart, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman.

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock - Inducted in 1996. Inducted Members: Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright.

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - Inducted in 1993. Inducted Members: John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison.

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1990. Inducted Members: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend.

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - Inducted in 1986.

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - Inducted in 1988.

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock - Inducted in 1998. Inducted Members: Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh.

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music - Inducted in 1992. Inducted Members: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding.

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1998. Inducted Members: Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and Jeremy Spencer.

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly - Inducted in 1986.

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop - Inducted in 1988. Inducted Members: Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson.

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock - Inducted in 1994.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop - Inducted in 1993. Inducted Members: Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, John Fogerty and Tom Fogerty.

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1986.

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock - Inducted in 2001.

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1994.

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana - Inducted in 1992.

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - Inducted in 1999.

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae - Inducted in 2000.

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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1987.

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave - 2004 inductee  

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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music - Inducted in 2001. Inducted Members: Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford.

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock - Inducted in 1999.

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1990. Inducted Members: Mick Avory, Dave Davies, Ray Davies and Peter Quaife.

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music - Inducted in 2001.

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Heart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Heart Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock - Inducted in 2013

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - Inducted in 2004.

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1999.

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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - Inducted in 2007. Inducted Members: Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen.

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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music - Inducted in 2003. Inducted Members: Phil Rudd, Brian Johnson, Bon Scott, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Malcolm Young.

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal - Inducted in 2006. Inducted Members: Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock - Inducted in 2006. Inducted Members: Bob Burns, Allen Collins, Steve Gaines, Ed King, Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, Ronnie Van Zant and Leon Wilkeson.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock - Inducted in 2002. Inducted Members: Tom Petty, Ron Blair, Mike Campbell, Howie Epstein, Stan Lynch and Benmont Tench.

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge - Inducted in 1995.

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music - Inducted in 1989.

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music - Inducted in 1993. Inducted Members: Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton.

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - Inducted in 1995.

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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
B.B. King Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music - Inducted in 1987.

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk - Inducted in 2003. Inducted Members: Stewart Copeland, Sting and Andy Summers.

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Santana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music - Inducted in 1998. Inducted Members: Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, David Brown, Mike Carabello, Gregg Rolie and Michael Shrieve.

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock - Inducted in 2011. Inducted Members: Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith.

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues - Inducted in 1987.

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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music - Inducted in 1986.

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Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Jerry Lee Lewis Rock music, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk - Inducted in 1986.