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Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees 

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

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

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Inducted in 1989. Inducted Members: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Ian Stewart, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman.

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Inducted in 1998. Inducted Members: Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh.

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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Creedence Clearwater Rev... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Inducted in 1996. Inducted Members: Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright.

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Inducted in 1988. Inducted Members: Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson.

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Inducted in 2003. Inducted Members: Phil Rudd, Brian Johnson, Bon Scott, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Malcolm Young.

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Inducted in 2001. Inducted Members: Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford.

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Inducted in 1990. Inducted Members: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend.

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Inducted in 1993. Inducted Members: John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison.

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The Jimi Hendrix Experie... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Inducted in 1992. Inducted Members: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding.

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees