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- Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, which had its most notable... more on Wikipedia4,7912,534
- Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist... more on Wikipedia5,2912,805
- Foreigner is an English–American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by... more on Wikipedia4,4412,414
voting closed at #4The Cars were an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s.... more on Wikipedia
Inducted in 2018.
- Jethro Tull are a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1967. Initially... more on Wikipedia4,0832,591
- Patricia Mae Giraldo (née Andrzejewski; born January 10, 1953), who goes by the stage name Pat... more on Wikipedia4,5341,976
- Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. They have sold... more on Wikipedia4,0672,331
- Bad Company are an English hard rock supergroup formed in Westminster, London, in 1973 by... more on Wikipedia3,5672,163
- Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the... more on Wikipedia3,1912,448
- Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC or BOC) is an American rock band formed on Long... more on Wikipedia3,1062,330
- Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its... more on Wikipedia4,2512,211
voting closed at #12Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of... more on Wikipedia
Inducted in 2019
voting closed at #13The Cure is an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976. The band members have... more on Wikipedia
Inducted in 2019
- Motörhead () were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter... more on Wikipedia3,0332,352
voting closed at #15Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. The band's... more on Wikipedia
Inducted in 2016
voting closed at #16Philip David Charles Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English drummer, singer,... more on Wikipedia
Inducted with Genesis in 2010.
voting closed at #17Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals... more on Wikipedia
Inducted in 2018.
- John Robert Cocker (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014), better known as Joe Cocker, was an... more on Wikipedia2,6381,814
- Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group... more on Wikipedia2,2561,853
- Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented... more on Wikipedia2,3571,814
- Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with founding members consisting... more on Wikipedia2,3571,788
- Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in... more on Wikipedia1,8911,771
- REO Speedwagon (originally styled as R.E.O. Speedwagon) is an American rock band from... more on Wikipedia2,7361,676
- Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969. Two of the founding... more on Wikipedia2,3001,944
- Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular... more on Wikipedia2,4191,560