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Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 

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Updated July 14, 2020 497.1k votes 17.4k voters 154k views 412 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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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 1 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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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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Boston is listed (or ranked) 3 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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#101 of 2,045 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #36 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #33 of 316 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Styx is listed (or ranked) 4 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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#187 of 2,045 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #59 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #46 of 316 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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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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#99 of 2,045 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #50 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #57 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 7 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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#76 of 2,045 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #56 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #39 of 316 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 11 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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#62 of 266 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #135 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #562 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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#174 of 2,045 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #78 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #63 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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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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Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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The Guess Who are a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Initially gaining recognition in Canada, the group also found international success from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s with ...more

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The Best Guess Who Albums of All Time #216 of 2,045 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #79 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Best Def Leppard Albums of All Time #111 of 2,045 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #47 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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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
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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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 21 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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#271 of 2,045 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #145 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #97 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Bachman–Turner Overdrive... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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Bachman–Turner Overdrive, often abbreviated as BTO, is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who had a series of hit albums and singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in ...more

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Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 24 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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#69 of 2,045 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #89 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #100 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen (1950–1983) and Richard Carpenter (b. 1946). They produced a distinct soft musical style, combining ...more

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