Rock 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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Inducted in 2016.

Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over ...more

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Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 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 rock band that first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art, pop, and symphonic style of rock music. They are distinguished by their use of mystical and cosmic ...more

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #3 Cabrio added

Inducted in 2018.

The Moody Blues are an English rock band. Among their innovations was a fusion with classical music, as heard in their 1967 album Days of Future Passed. The Moody Blues have sold more than 55 ...more

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2,062 1,283
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 4 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. The self-described "rock and roll band with horns" began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock ...more

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2,533 1,394
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 5 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-seven albums, ...more

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2,057 1,034
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 are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts, with lead singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric ...more

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2,375 1,134
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 7 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 is an English vocalist, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the rock band Black ...more

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2,245 1,148
Boston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer ...more

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1,957 1,365
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band's sound soon incorporated elements of British folk music and hard ...more

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2,046 1,155
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Foreigner is a British-American rock band, originally formed in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist ...more

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1,967 1,168
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout their career. The band has been active in five decades, with their biggest ...more

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2,023 1,276
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. MTV ranked them the second "Greatest Metal Band" ...more

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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #12

Inducted in 2017.

Electric Light Orchestra are a British rock group from Birmingham, England, who released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986 and another album in 2001. ELO was formed to accommodate Roy ...more

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1,324 667
Journey is listed (or ranked) 14 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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1,667 1,312
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 15 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. As of 2010, the band currently consists of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Daxx Nielsen, who replaced ...more

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally as Pat Benatar, is an American singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner. She is a mezzo-soprano. She has had considerable commercial ...more

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1,750 1,304
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being ...more

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1,690 1,403
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 Hannover. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal. The band's only constant member is guitarist ...more

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1,827 1,170
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 19 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 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers. Dire Straits' sound drew from a variety of musical ...more

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1,549 1,255
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs " The Reaper", "Godzilla" ...more

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2,191 1,084
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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 Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick ...more

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1,842 1,033
Styx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that became famous for its albums from the mid-1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding the style of pop rock with the power of hard-rock ...more

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1,528 1,442
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Motörhead are an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser Kilmister, professionally known by his stage name Lemmy, who has remained the sole ...more

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1,514 1,073
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Bad Company are a British rock supergroup formed in Westminster, London in 1973 by two former Free band members – singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke – as well as Mott the Hoople ...more

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
CptNash added Genesis are an English rock band formed in Godalming, Surrey in 1967, with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips as founding members. The band has had numerous line-ups ...more

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #31 mark.w.kelley99 added

Inducted in 1996.

Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic ...more

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1,236 1,294
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 27 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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1,383 1,175
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 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 "Phil" Collins, LVO, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the ...more

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1,372 1,010
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
PaulSteiner added The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1966 in San Francisco, California. The band is managed by Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals, and is best known today for a string of ...more

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1,188 1,096
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
StuartGantner added 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) 33 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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Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Ronnie James Dio was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He founded/fronted numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with ...more

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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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Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
AdimAlibaba added Jefferson Airplane is a musical band. The members have included Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Spencer Dryden, Jack Casady, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen and Skip Spence.

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Ted Nugent is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American musician, hunter, and political activist from Detroit, Michigan. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes ...more

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Queen is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
voting closed at #47

Inducted in 2014.

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and humanitarian. He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen ...more

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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 44 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

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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
ConnieStarnes added 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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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 46 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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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Arcana

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The Runaways is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Runaways were an American all-female rock band that recorded and performed in the second half of the 1970s. The band released four studio albums and one live set during its run. Among their ...more

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The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
oldrocker added 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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Dio is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, ...more