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Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Updated November 17, 2020 537.1k votes 19.3k voters 164.8k views356 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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  • Boston2
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  • Styx3
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  • Foreigner4
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  • Bad Company5
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  • Iron Maiden6
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  • The Cars7

    voting closed at #7

    The Cars

    Inducted in 2018.

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  • Brian Wilson9
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  • Jethro Tull10
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  • Billy Idol11
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  • Dire Straits18

    voting closed at #18

    Dire Straits

    Inducted in 2018.

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  • Blue Öyster Cult19
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  • Def Leppard20

    voting closed at #20

    Def Leppard

    Inducted in 2019

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  • Three Dog Night21
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  • Peter Frampton23
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  • Scorpions24
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