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Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Updated November 17, 2020 536.8k votes 19.3k voters 164.7k 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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  • Boston1
    Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, which had its most notable... more on Wikipedia
  • Iron Maiden2
    Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist... more on Wikipedia

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  • Foreigner3
    Foreigner is an English–American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by... more on Wikipedia
  • The Cars4

    voting closed at #4

    The Cars

    Inducted in 2018.

    The Cars were an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s.... more on Wikipedia
  • Jethro Tull5
    Jethro Tull are a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1967. Initially... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pat Benatar6
    Patricia Mae Giraldo (née Andrzejewski; born January 10, 1953), who goes by the stage name Pat... more on WikipediaSpotify buy button

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  • Judas Priest7
    Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. They have sold... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bad Company8
    Bad Company are an English hard rock supergroup formed in Westminster, London, in 1973 by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Scorpions9
    Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the... more on Wikipedia
  • Blue Öyster Cult10
    Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC or BOC) is an American rock band formed on Long... more on Wikipedia

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  • Styx11
    Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its... more on Wikipedia
  • Def Leppard12

    voting closed at #12

    Def Leppard

    Inducted in 2019

    Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of... more on Wikipedia
  • The Cure13

    voting closed at #13

    The Cure

    Inducted in 2019

    The Cure is an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976. The band members have... more on Wikipedia

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  • Motörhead14
    Motörhead () were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter... more on Wikipedia
  • Cheap Trick15

    voting closed at #15

    Cheap Trick

    Inducted in 2016

    Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. The band's... more on Wikipedia

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  • Phil Collins16

    voting closed at #16

    Phil Collins

    Inducted with Genesis in 2010.

    Philip David Charles Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English drummer, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dire Straits17

    voting closed at #17

    Dire Straits

    Inducted in 2018.

    Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals... more on Wikipedia

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  • Joe Cocker18
    John Robert Cocker (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014), better known as Joe Cocker, was an... more on Wikipedia
  • Steppenwolf19
    Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group... more on Wikipedia
  • Kansas20
    Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented... more on Wikipedia
  • Three Dog Night21
    Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with founding members consisting... more on WikipediaSpotify buy button
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer22
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in... more on Wikipedia

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  • REO Speedwagon23
    REO Speedwagon (originally styled as R.E.O. Speedwagon) is an American rock band from... more on Wikipedia
  • Thin Lizzy24
    Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969. Two of the founding... more on Wikipedia
  • Grand Funk Railroad25
    Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular... more on Wikipedia