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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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Yes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #2

Inducted in 2017.

Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford. The band ...more
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Boston is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 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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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #7

Inducted with Black Sabbath in 2005.

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of ...more
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voting closed at #1

Inducted in 2016.

Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. The band is considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over ...more
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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 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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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band from San Jose, California. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. They have been active for nearly five decades, with their ...more
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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #4

Inducted in 2016.

Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, calling themselves the Chicago Transit Authority in 1968 before shortening the name in 1969. The self-described “rock and ...more
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Journey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #12 chadg30 added

Inducted in 2017.

Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest ...more
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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 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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Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #18

Inducted in 2019

The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley in 1976. The group has experienced continuous line-up changes over its lifespan, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert ...more
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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #12

Inducted in 2017.

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is ...more
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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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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Styx is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 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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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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