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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: 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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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 3 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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#85 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #65 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 8 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 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #36 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Bad Company Albums of All Time

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Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 10 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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#135 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #43 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Blue Öyster Cult Albums, Ranked

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 13 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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#97 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #74 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Cheap Trick Albums of All Time

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Styx is listed (or ranked) 14 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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#81 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #41 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 21 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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#323 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #140 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Emerson, Lake & Palm... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson; singer, bassist, guitarist and producer ...more
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America is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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America is an American rock band that was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio met as sons of US Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they ...more

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Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and lead vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. ...more

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