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A complete list of bands and artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ranked in order of preference by music fans. For a list of artists who deserve to be inducted but haven't been yet, check out this guide to Artists Who Belong in the Rock Hall of Fame. And be sure to vote down all the artists you don't think belong in the Hall of Fame!

The Rock Hall of Fame - located in Cleveland, Ohio - was established in 1986 and is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage and memorabilia associated with rock music. Each year, a list of bands and artists is nominated to join the pantheon of all-time greatest musical acts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Out of these nominees, only a handful are then chosen as actual Hall of Fame inductees. To be eligible, a musician or band must have released their debut album at least 25 years previously. (This eliminates flash-in-the-pan or "fad" artists from getting through, leaving the honor of joining the Hall of Fame open only to those artists who have made a lasting impact on rock music.)

2012's inductees are Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Laura Nyro, Donovan and The Small Faces. Nominated acts that were not selected this year include Eric B. & Rakim, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Spinners, Donna Summer and War. The Rock Hall of Fame decision-making process has been criticized frequently, for collecting all the power in the hands of a few individuals, and for ignoring genres that are not considered "purely" rock (such as hip-hop.) As well, some critics cite the numerous classic, iconic artists who are eligible but have not been inducted. These include Hall & Oates, Yes, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Rush, KISS, Sonic Youth, and other members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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2,148 1,963
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock - Inducted in 1988. Inducted Members: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

2
1,926 1,706
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal - Inducted in 2001. Inducted Members: John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor.

3
1,981 1,784
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music - Inducted in 1995. Inducted Members: John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

4
1,062 870
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

5
1,621 1,483
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock - Inducted in 1996. Inducted Members: Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright.

6
1,354 1,157
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
ryanjjjj8 added Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock - Inducted in 2001.

7
1,686 1,631
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1986.

8
1,611 1,543
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - Inducted in 1989. Inducted Members: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Ian Stewart, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman.

9
1,191 1,119
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music - Inducted in 1992. Inducted Members: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding.

10
1,349 1,322
The Who is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1990. Inducted Members: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend.

11
1,185 1,183
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock - Inducted in 1998. Inducted Members: Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh.

12
1,227 1,227
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - Inducted in 1986.

13
1,263 1,262
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - Inducted in 1993. Inducted Members: John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison.

14
993 992
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1998. Inducted Members: Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and Jeremy Spencer.

15
1,134 1,134
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - Inducted in 1988.

16
1,097 1,097
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop - Inducted in 1988. Inducted Members: Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson.

17
917 917
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock - Inducted in 1994.

18
1,040 1,040
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly - Inducted in 1986.

19
1,109 1,097
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1994.

20
1,016 1,016
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1986.

21
1,038 1,037
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - Inducted in 1999.

22
833 833
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock - Inducted in 1999.

23
998 995
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae - Inducted in 2000.

24
1,409 1,393
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music - Inducted in 1996.

25
790 790
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1987.

26
794 794
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1999.

27
957 957
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Music hall, Pop music, Rock music - Inducted in 1990. Inducted Members: Mick Avory, Dave Davies, Ray Davies and Peter Quaife.

28
980 980
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop - Inducted in 1993. Inducted Members: Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, John Fogerty and Tom Fogerty.

29
758 757
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - Inducted in 2007. Inducted Members: Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen.

30
832 831
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music - Inducted in 2001.

31
900 899
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music - Inducted in 2001. Inducted Members: Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford.

32
734 734
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock - Inducted in 2002. Inducted Members: Tom Petty, Ron Blair, Mike Campbell, Howie Epstein, Stan Lynch and Benmont Tench.

33
600 600
Heart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock - Inducted in 2013

34
704 703
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock - Inducted in 2011. Inducted Members: Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith.

35
726 725
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - Inducted in 2004.

36
969 969
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana - Inducted in 1992.

37
797 796
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock - Inducted in 2006. Inducted Members: Bob Burns, Allen Collins, Steve Gaines, Ed King, Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, Ronnie Van Zant and Leon Wilkeson.

38
687 687
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge - Inducted in 1995.

39
1,114 1,110
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music - Inducted in 2003. Inducted Members: Phil Rudd, Brian Johnson, Bon Scott, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Malcolm Young.

40
856 855
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - Inducted in 1995.

41
694 693
Cream is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music - Inducted in 1993. Inducted Members: Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton.

42
612 611
Santana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music - Inducted in 1998. Inducted Members: Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, David Brown, Mike Carabello, Gregg Rolie and Michael Shrieve.

43
667 666
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music - Inducted in 1989.

44
667 666
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues - Inducted in 1987.

45
604 604
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music - Inducted in 1986.

46
779 778
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal - Inducted in 2006. Inducted Members: Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward.

47
709 708
Prince is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
skypir876 added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave - 2004 inductee
 
 

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570 569
The Police is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk - Inducted in 2003. Inducted Members: Stewart Copeland, Sting and Andy Summers.

49
554 553
U2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock - Inducted in 2005. Inducted Members: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen.

50
669 669
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music - Inducted in 1987.