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

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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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1,861 1,245
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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2,733 1,469
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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2,360 1,216
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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2,155 1,213
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 9 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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2,039 1,434
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 10 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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2,069 1,227
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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1,941 916
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 12 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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2,132 1,339
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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1,995 1,001
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 15 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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1,751 1,373
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 16 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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1,778 1,461
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 17 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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1,768 1,321
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 18 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, 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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1,827 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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2,225 1,091
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 20 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 Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick ...more

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1,633 1,317
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 21 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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1,953 1,087
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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1,621 1,500
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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1,597 1,122
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