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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- 1Patricia Mae Giraldo (née Andrzejewski; born January 10, 1953), who goes by the stage name Pat... more
- 2Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its... more
- 3Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, which had its most notable... more
- 4Foreigner is an English–American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by... more
- 5Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist... more
- 6Bad Company are an English hard rock supergroup formed in Westminster, London, in 1973 by... more
- 7voting closed at #7
Inducted in 2018.
- 8REO Speedwagon (originally styled as R.E.O. Speedwagon) is an American rock band from... more
- 9Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and... more
- 10Jethro Tull are a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1967. Initially... more
- 11William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is... more
- 12John Robert Cocker (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014), better known as Joe Cocker, was an... more
- 13Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular... more
- 14Bachman–Turner Overdrive, often abbreviated as BTO, is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg,... more
- 15Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American rock singer, guitarist, and... more
- 16The Guess Who are a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Initially gaining recognition... more
- 17The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971, with... more
- 18Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record... more
- 19voting closed at #19
Inducted in 2019
- 20voting closed at #20
Inducted in 2018.
- 21Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. They have sold... more
- 22Edward Joseph Mahoney (born March 21, 1949), known professionally as Eddie Money, is an... more
- 23Sir Michael Philip Jagger (born 26 July 1943) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, and... more
- 24Motörhead () were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter... more
- 25Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC or BOC) is an American rock band formed on Long... more