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Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  

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List Rules 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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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the ...more
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
DerekPointon added
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also known as ELP, were a sporadically active English progressive rock supergroup power trio. They found success in the 1970s, have sold over forty million albums and ...more
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Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott ...more
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Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with a line-up consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. This lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy ...more
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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Monkees are an American pop/rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1966 and 1970, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Formed ...more
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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
CptNash added
William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English rock musician, songwriter and actor. Born in Stanmore, Middlesex, Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as ...more
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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Their most recent lineup consisted of Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley and Mark Ibold. In their ...more
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Queen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #37 gavin-bolton added

Inducted in 2001.

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive ...more
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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron ...more
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America is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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America is an American rock band, formed in 1970 by multi-instrumentalists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio first met in London, where they began performing live. America ...more
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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #36

Inducted in 2019

Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top ...more
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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1967 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn and drummer Jerry ...more
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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Duran Duran are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the United ...more
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Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
John Robert "Joe" Cocker, OBE was an English rock, blues and soul singer and musician who came to popularity in the 1960s. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in ...more
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Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Grand Funk Railroad is an American blues rock band that was highly popular during the 1970s, touring extensively and playing to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine ...more
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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
King Crimson are a progressive rock band. Formed in London in 1968, the band are widely recognised as a foundational progressive rock group. The band have incorporated diverse influences and ...more
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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #52 StacyWolfe added

Inducted in 2002.

Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. Other musicians ...more
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Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Michael Lee Aday better known by his stage name Meat Loaf is an American musician and actor. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell album trilogy consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: ...more
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REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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REO Speedwagon is an American rock band. Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following during the 1970s and achieved significant commercial success throughout the 1980s. Hi Infidelity ...more
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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #63

Inducted with Led Zeppelin in 1995.

Robert Anthony Plant, CBE is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Possessing a powerful and wide vocal range he ...more
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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #53 ErinKrause added

Inducted in 2018.

Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, pianist and keyboard player David Bryan, and drummer ...more
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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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The B-52s are an American new wave band, formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland. ...more
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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, ...more
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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Mötley Crüe is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by ...more