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Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Updated February 21, 2021 533.4k votes 19.5k voters 165.8k views355 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • The Cars7

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  • Dire Straits16

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    Inducted in 2018.

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  • Def Leppard21

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  • Cheap Trick24

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    Inducted in 2016

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