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Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 

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Updated April 4, 2020 428.5k votes 14.4k voters 129.8k views 285 items

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

Update: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has listened to your feedback and inducted a number of artists on this list since its initial publication. Voting has been locked on such artists, with their induction year noted.

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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Boston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, which had its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on multi-instrumentalist founder and leader Tom Scholz, who ...more
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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-nine albums, ...more

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Patricia Mae Giraldo (née Andrzejewski; born January 10, 1953), who goes by the stage name Pat Benatar, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and four-time Grammy Award winner. She ...more

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#42 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #21 of 695 The Best Rock Vocalists The Best Pat Benatar Albums of All Time

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #6

Inducted in 2018.

The Cars were an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter Ric Ocasek; ...more
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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Foreigner is an English–American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician and ex-Spooky Tooth member Mick Jones, and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson ...more

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#1,021 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #60 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Styx is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding hard rock guitar ...more
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Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #20

Inducted in 2019

Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick ...more

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#35 of 502 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #909 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time The Best Def Leppard Albums of All Time

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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. They have sold over 50 million copies of their albums. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands ...more

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REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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REO Speedwagon (originally styled as R.E.O. Speedwagon) is an American rock band from Champaign, Illinois. Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following during the 1970s and achieved ...more

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#64 of 502 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #106 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best REO Speedwagon Albums of All Time

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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Jethro Tull are a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band later developed their sound to incorporate elements of hard rock and folk ...more

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Bad Company are an English hard rock supergroup formed in Westminster, London, in 1973 by singer Paul Rodgers and guitarist Mick Ralphs later adding drummer Simon Kirke and bassist Boz Burrell. ...more

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#87 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #36 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands The Best Bad Company Songs of All Time

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He first achieved fame in the 1970s emerging from ...more

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971, with reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Their original line-up consisted of the ...more

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #19

Inducted in 2018.

Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and ...more

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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #14

Inducted in 2016

Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. The band's classic lineup consisted of vocalist Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson, and ...more

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#61 of 502 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #97 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Cheap Trick Albums of All Time

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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC or BOC) is an American rock band formed on Long Island, New York in 1967, perhaps best known for the singles "(Don't Fear) The ...more

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#30 of 424 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time #135 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Blue Öyster Cult Albums, Ranked

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #18

Inducted in 2019

The Cure is an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976. The band members have changed several times, with guitarist, lead vocalist, and songwriter Robert Smith the only constant ...more

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Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal. The lineup from 1978–1992 ...more
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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Duran Duran () are an English new wave band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The band were one of the most successful acts of the 1980s, but by the end of the decade, membership and music style ...more

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Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular during the 1970s, when they toured extensively and played to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke ...more

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#155 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #82 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands The Best Grand Funk Railroad Albums of All Time

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Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 21 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 founding members consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. This lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy ...more

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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Motörhead () were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member, guitarist Larry Wallis and ...more

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#7 of 424 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time #134 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
John Robert Cocker (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014), better known as Joe Cocker, was an English singer. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance, and distinctive ...more

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#48 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #70 of 695 The Best Rock Vocalists The Best Joe Cocker Albums of All Time

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #28

Inducted with Genesis in 2010.

Philip David Charles Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the drummer and later became singer of ...more

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Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947), known professionally as Meat Loaf, is an American singer and actor. He is noted for his powerful wide-ranging operatic voice and ...more

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