The Bands

Groups or individuals are qualified for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Nominees should have demonstrable  influence and significance within the history of rock and roll.

Four categories are recognized (as of 2000):

  • Performers
  • Non-Performers
  • Early Influences
  • Sidemen

With that we propose the following list that absolutely, positively should be a part of the Rock Hall.

  1. The Moody BluesThe Moody Blues
    Probably the most overlooked band on the list.  Rock Hall voters seem to have a thing against progressive rock. There’s no doubting their credentials.  They are a huge influence of many already in the rock hall and on this list. A story to break on Sept. 11th 2001 was on why the Moodys have been overlooked but the story was scrapped due to a horrible day of news and history. Millions of fans have waited years to see them inducted. They have been inducted almost everywhere else and won numerous awards. Still touring to sold out shows all over the world and their songs are still played on radio, in TV shows and movies.
  2. The Raspberries
    Eric Carmen and the boys burned hot and bright in their short time together and left us some of the best  pop-rock music ever. Besides, Bruce Springsteen thinks they should be inducted into the Rock Hall, and who are we to argue with The Boss?  Wally Bryson is an influence to Slash from Nominated Guns and Roses .
  3. Duran Duran
    One of the most award winning and fashionable bands of the 80’s. I actually thought they were in already because they so deserve an induction that I left them off the top 40. This band can’t be overlooked and therefore added onto the bonus tracks. They also have a website for induction: http://www.ddttrh.info/
  4. Weird AlWeird Al Yankovic
    The leader of rock parody and always on the cutting edge of pop music this icon cannot be overlooked.  Since 1979, “Weird Al” Yankovic has carved a unique career as rock and roll’s premier satirist. Weird Al has created and solidified his own essential niche in rock music, and it’s high time he be honored.  He also has his own induction site here: http://www.allthingsyank.com/rockhall/
  5. Todd Rundgren
    He was a classic-rock superstar with hits like “Hello It’s Me,” “I Saw the Light” and “Bang the Drum All Day.” But he gets our vote for constantly re-inventing himself over the years as an artist and producer.
  6. The Runaways
    The Runaways are one of the first all female bands and has had a HUGE influence on most modern female (and male) bands to come along since. The members such as Joan Jett and Lita Ford have gone on to have long successful careers, along with the other members. Major motion pictures and documentaries have been made about them. They are still currently being played on radio.
  7. Judas Priest
    The head of the class of the NWOBHM and the originators of the 2 guitar attack. Every Metal Band has them to thank for the creating of the Heavy Metal wardrobe. 42 years of heavy hitting rock, selling over 40 million albums, these  Grammy winners should be in and without Priest there would be no Metallica.
  8. Iron Maiden
    For 35 years the leader in Heavy Metal outselling ALL metal bands including Hall of Famers Metallicca. They continue to sell out venues worldwide and have a huge fanbase.
  9. The Smiths
    Morrissey and Johnny Maher were smart, enigmatic and fun and the music they created helped lay the groundwork for independent music and alternative rock in the 1980s and ’90s.
  10. Jimmy BuffettJimmy Buffett
    No matter what the critics say, Buffett’s creative output over the past 40 years dwarfs many current Rock Hall inductees. He’s the real thing, but I suspect the Rock Hall induction panel just can’t get past the Parrothead thing.
  11. Warren Zevon
    Dark, demented and entertaining as hell. One of rock’s great musical storytellers.
  12. SugarHill Gang
    Founders of Hip Hop and Rap. This pioneering group inaugurated the recorded history of rap music with their single “Rapper’s Delight”, a multi-platinum seller in 1979. First Rap to appear on America Bandstand.
  13. ELO, Electric Light Orchestra
    From the mid 70-s to the mid 80’s this orchestrated rock fusion band had the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits of any band in US chart history, and influenced many artists.
  14. The Zombies
    This British invasion group had a string of top 40 hits and lead by Rod Argent who went on to form the band Argent and tour with Ringos Starrs all Starr band.
  15. ACCEPT
    German Heavy Metal Band that played an important role in the development of Speed Metal, directly influencing bands like Metallica. They have sold millions of albums worldwide and are still recording and touring to this day. A favorite of Guitar Hero and many of their songs are featured in movies and TV shows.
  16. Saxon
    Part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal they are one of Europes biggest acts, also having singles in the US, Japan and other countries in the world.
  17. ScorpionsScorpions
    German Heavy Metal Rockers have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They have performed all over the world including Soviet Russia. The songs are always well written and they have received many awards worldwide. A major player in Guitar hero their songs will live on well into the future. Lets Rock them like a Hurricane into the Rock Hall.
  18. SWEET
    British Glam Rockers had over a decade of hits all over the world and continually are played on radio today. Many hits are still being covered and used in many hit movies. The influence of this band is immeasurable and their induction is long overdue.
  19. Slade
    English Hard Rock / Glam band whose hits are still being copied and songs still played on the radio.
  20. Thin Lizzy
    Major international Rock Band whose hits still played regularly on hard rock and Classic Rock radio stations.
  21. Peter Frampton
    In Movies and on radio, Frampton came alive and never stopped. One of Rocks greatest writers/guitarists and producers. Shoulda been in long ago.
  22. Journey
    From Radio to Glee you can’t escape the sounds and influences of Journey. Their worldwide sales have reached over 80 million albums. A 2005 USA Today opinion poll named Journey the fifth best American rock band in history.
  23. Def LeppardDef Leppard
    One of the world’s best-selling music artists, Def Leppard have sold more than 65 million albums worldwide. They are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S.
  24. The Replacements
    Post-punk poets from Minneapolis blazed the trail for every alternative-rock band to come along since. Gets my vote on the strength of “Here Comes a Regular” alone.
  25. Toto
    Awarded several Grammy awards and in the Musicians hall of fame this band has always been around selling millions of albums.
  26. The B-52s
    New Wave innovators from Athens, Ga. “Love Shack” baby!
  27. Joan Baez
    Yes, yes, she’s the ultimate folkie. But she personifies protest music, and she was Bob Dylan’s muse.
  28. Pat Benatar
    A tiny ball of rock ‘n’ roll dynamite with one of the biggest voices ever. Her songs are still a mainstay on radio and shes a huge influence of many a female rocker.
  29. The CarsThe Cars
    Yeah, we got tired of hearing their songs on classic-rock radio, too. But that shouldn’t stop us from inducting this quirky, creative outfit.
  30. Joe Cocker
    Dude was at Woodstock. One of rock’s great interpreters. His gritty rendition of “With a Little Help From My Friends” is more memorable than the Beatles’ original. And his cover of Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On” is a bona fide classic.
  31. T. Rex
    Marc Bolan & Company were instrumental in the development of glam rock in the 1970s. Bowie got his Rock Hall due. Give T. Rex its props, too.
  32. Devo
    Are we not men worthy of Rock Hall fame? These guys were one-of-a-kind, and amongst the great innovators in rock history.
  33. The Guess Who
    “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” “No Sugar Tonight.” One of the great ’60s pop-rock outfits.
  34. J. Geils Band
    Who doesn’t know their song centerfold? Nominated once for the 2010 inductions, they were snubbed. The wooba gooba with the green teeth, needs to be let in.
  35. Los Lobos
    Their cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” put them on the commercial map. But these L.A. rockers are a creative force in their own right and one of the best live bands in rock.
  36. YES
    Highly regarded as one of the archetypal bands and pioneers of the progressive genre, and have survived multiple trends within popular music. Previously considered in 2001 they were snubbed and never nominated again.
  37. Bon Jovi
    Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi, named after its lead singer, has had 12 albums out since 1984. They have won 21 times in 15 award categories. Selling millions of albums around the world we are surprised they didn’t make it in the first year of eligibility!
  38. Twister SisterTwisted Sister
    I don’t know anyone who has not heard of their well-known hits Were Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock.
    Dee Snider should be in the Rock Hall because he testified against the PMRC alone! (Along with John Denver and Frank Zappa)
  39. THE TUBES
    Majorly Influential since 1975 this band is considered to be one Rocks most creative masters of lyrics for the  Rock/New Wave and hard rock genre.  Still touring the band has survived to this day.
  40. Uriah Heap
    One the most influential bands of the 4 cornerstones of Heavy Metal and an AOR radio favorite. They have been an influence to many progressive rock bands and vocalists. Their induction cannot be overlooked.

Bonus Tracks!!!

  1. UFOUFO
    Heavy British Rock Band with many influential members, this band cannot be overlooked or its “lights out”.  The Band continues to this day to release critically acclaimed albums.
  2. Leslie Gore
    At just 17 she had iconic hits like It’s My Party and You Don’t Own Me.  Her songs have been trailblazing for women in Rock.  She’s way overdue for induction.
  3. Chubby Checker
    The “Godfather of the Twist”, Chubby Checker’s The Twist is the biggest chart hit of all time! He is still touring and recording. In June of 2014 Chubby said he would like to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame while he is still smiling.  Chubby Checker Wants To Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… Now
  4. Motley Crue
    Hard living band since 1981 that continues to influence Rock and Roll today with radio and reality shows. Everyone from babies to Grannies know this band.
  5. The Monkees
    Who can’t resist loving the TV band that made many top 40 songs from the late 60’s?  These guys still influence lids to this day.  Still alive, still touring, still major producers in the business.
  6. Kate Bush
    A major influence of many women singers in Rock and Roll.  Her HUGE voice first hit in 1978 topping the european charts and even tially making her way in the US.  Her songs have been endlessly covered from Pat Benetar to Placebo.
  7. Blue Oyster Cult
    This Rock band sold out stadiums, and still sells shows out to this day.  BOC started in 1967 and had chart toppers throughout the 70s and into the 80’s.  Induct them before Godzilla comes out of Lake Erie for you.
  8. MotorheadMotörhead
    Motörhead’s overwhelmingly loud and fast style of heavy metal was one of the most groundbreaking styles the genre had to offer in the late ’70s. Though the group’s leader, Lemmy Kilminster, had his roots in the hard-rocking space rock band Hawkwind, He left taking the Progressive Space rock and melting it in with Biker Punk rock to be the first metal band to harness that energy and, in the process, they created speed metal and thrash metal. Formed in June 1975 they have sold over 16 million albums worldwide.
  9. Sir Douglas Quintet
    The Sir Douglas Quintet was an American rock band, formed in San Antonio in 1964. Formed by Doug Sahm, They had their first hit in 1965 mixing R&B with Tex Mex and psychedelic rock. The Sir Douglas Quintet is considered a pioneering influence in the history of rock and roll for incorporating Tex-Mex and Cajun styles into rock music. Many of their hits are featured in movie soundtracks from 1967 easy rider to today.
  10. Tom Jones
    British Pop Star that sang hits for James Bond and many other movies. He has 36 top 40 hits, 19 in the top 10. Still a sex symbol and recording artist, he has sold more than 100 million records over the last 6 decades and was so popular he had his own TV show. Recognised by many Rock Stars and the influence of generations of Rock Stars he was knighted in 2006 for his contribution to music and now is Sir Tom Jones.
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221 Comments

  1. I am incredulous to this day at the enormity of the omissions and am curious as to just who it that is voting and choosing the inductee list!Dudes, whoever you are get an enema, Madonna over Deep Purple? and Jethro Tull not in the running? So I see you are indeed against progressive rockers but Steve Miller Band? I think it’s time for a change in the voting process, Get real, the list of omissions is like a true list of Rock Hall of Famers in itself! What a joke and what’s up with charging so much to visit that joke? The best thing you have going is that I.M. Pei designed the building. I know there must be intelligent folks around making the choices to induct artists but where are they???

    • I could not agree more. Look at a band like Iron Maiden. They’ve sold hundreds of millions of albums and are still selling out 100k seat arenas while a lot of these RR HOF inductees have been reduced to playing country fairs and casinos

    • It is absolutely a crime that Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull have never been inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame. I mean, come on, who are these Bozo’s who vote on this ? The all time greatest flute player in Rock history ? The songs they wrote with Martin Barre on guitar with a mix of Celtic, Irish, and folk rock influences was astonishing. Their live shows – even better !
      And the Moody Blues not being in ? Jeez, what DOES a band have to do to get in ? Both Jethro Tull & the Moody Blues spanned the 1960’s to the early 2000’s making great music selling millions and sold out concerts . I think there’s a lot of politics involved . If groups have independent thinkers like Ian Anderson or Justin Hayward who don’t kiss the butts of those who vote for these things- perhaps it’s why they aren’t inducted. Who the hell knows ? Peace out.

    • Hey Mike what the heck is up with the TULL snub. I agree with you . Who is doing the voting?

  2. tge list that you guys have us excellent, but your also for getting a couple ones like George thorogood, kiss, Cinderella dokken, warrent bon jovi, skid row, poison, ratt but thank you guys for creating this website so people can see what’s really going on with there favorite rock bands

  3. KISS is in. I don’t think the rest you listed are in though.

  4. No STARZ either.

  5. Whoever does the voting for the RRHOF, are a bunch of assholes. For instance they keep voting in people that are already in. Like how many times do we HAvE to keep kissing Eric Claptons ass, and Lou Reed twice now! Boy,, his countless hit , On The Wild Side . Gimme a break! There are mega bands not even mentioned in the snub list,,, Styx, ruled the airwaves in the late 70’s,, the Doobie bros, who doesn’t have a Doobies fav,, Journey,, the list goes on and on. Fuckin jerk off picky, Rollingstone mag drugged out snobs. What did THEY ever do for rock and roll, but criticized those who dared to be popular, and glorify drugged out freaks making loud noises. Kiss my ass.

  6. Lots of great bands missing. Peter Frampton has two Grammy nominations spanning 30 years, one of the first seven to receive Gibson lifetime achievement award and is in the musician’s HOF. He is still considered one of the top guitar players in the world.
    I think RRHOF inducts younger bands to reach a new demographic. Phish? You gotta be kidding me.
    Deep Purple is also a must and I would also think Thin Lizzy as well.

  7. How does the Guess Who (Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman, also of BTO) not get in considering their body of consistent good work? Same said of Moody Blues, Chicago, Styx, Journey, & Doobies. Its like a 300 hitter in baseball averaging. 30 homers in baseball over 15 years not getting in HOF!

  8. Don’t get me started; my blood pressure is already elevated. Great analogy, though: the .300 hitter who consistently delivers and delivers big, year after year. It seems the HOF can’t see the forest for the trees, or they choose to simply ignore it. I’m inclined to believe the latter.

  9. One of the all time great bands from the late 60s and 70s was Grand Funk Railroad. With 9 consecutive gold / Platinum records. rarely mentioned but should be in the Hall of fame.

  10. I think the HOF in Cleveland has absolutely NO CREDIBILITY at all! look at all the great bands and solo artists that have been left off! I would sure like to know who are these folks that decide who gets in and who gets left off…seriously now- Bill Withers and MADONNA???- they’re NOT ROCK, they’re POP!
    Why don’t they just change the name from the “Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame” to the “Top 40 Hall Of Shame”-cause, lets face it folks- it’s all about who’s popular
    and who’s selling the most records-leaving band off like Journey, Bad Company,Deep Purple, the Scorpions, and Pat Benatar,just to name a few)- is a COMPLETE DISGRACE to true rock fans! My suggestion is this-
    create a NEW HALL at the HARD ROCK HOTEL in VEGAS!-call it the HARD ROCK HALL! – It would be PERFECT!!!-Then- let the people decide online who should be in there!! – ROCK N’ ROLL ’til I die!!!

  11. Noboby even mentios some of the trash that’s already in.A ton of worthy snubs but none, absolutely none,worse than the Moody Blues. I’m 71 years old. It is the only group I ever purchased 7 albums in a row. Not the Beatles, not the Stones, but yes, the Moody Blues. TheRARHOF is a disgrace. And Rolling Stone and Mr. Evans eliminated from the globe. Yep, I said it.

    • YES & Moody Blues Should have been in a long time ago! Same with Deep Purple! Chicago Judas Priest and dont me get started with all the 80s bands!

    • I couldn’t agree more……The Moody Blues body of work, starting in the 60’s, and continues, should have been inducted long ago!!

  12. Every time I go to the Rock Hall, my anger just seethes, primarily over the Moody Blues snub. The Rock Hall DOES NOT capture the fun, adventure, and innovation of the development of Rock in the 1950s and 1960s and the impact it had on culture and history.

    Another glaring omission I just noticed, not on your list…FREDDIE CANNON. He defines early rock and its impact on teenagers in the early 1960s!

  13. I think it is just cruel not to nominate ERic Carmen and Raspberries into the Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Eric was brilliant w/getting together a great band, adding wonderful songwriting skills w/guys who were multitalented, and it also helped that they were very cute (ESPECIALLY ERI)!! Eric had such a great singing voice. The Raspberries truly talented!!

  14. I swear I thought I saw ELO listed at #2 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s possible inductee’s from the readers poll for 2016 !!! We need to put ELO in already !!! Let’s do this !!! Jeff Lynne NOT in the Hall of Fame ??? UNBELIEVABLE!!!

  15. no lynott no lizzy

    Priest did NOT create the twin guitar attack. It was THIN LIZZY who started using twin guitars in a hard rock setting. Of all the band’s listed here, thin lizzy is by far the most deserving. Next would be iron maiden (the true leaders of the NWOBHM) not priest. And most of the others on the list do not deserve to be in it. Two or three hits don’t qualify to be in with the big boys. Having said that, EVERYONE on the list deserves to be in more than Madonna……what the fuck is she doing in the rnr hof ??

    • Jacky Pittsburgh

      Thin Lizzy is great but not even close to being in same league with the greatest metal band of all time…. Iron Maiden!!!!

  16. Love all types of rockers. Pat Benatar was and still is absolutely bitchin !! Saw her perform a couple of times early on and was blow away by her powerful voice. Hubby can shred the strings too. Major player in the mixed bag we call the 80’s. Shame they’re not in like many others. She took female rock to another level.

  17. Hirschel Litzenbaum

    YES, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Adrian Belew, Peter Gabriel, Marillion, Todd Rundgren, Warren Zevon, ELP, Roxy Music, Kansas, Richard Thompson, and others. It’s ridiculous these artists are not in the Rock Hall. Especially YES. Of all the bands or artists to be snubbed, they have to snub YES? Something is not right here.

  18. The Moody Blues lead my list of those who should have been in the HOF 10 years ago. I rank them at number 2 on my all time best music acts list, just behind The Beatles.

    • TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!! One of the rare groups who put poetry to music and one can listen to their albums over and over, back to back to back, and it never becomes monotonous, like alot of inducted groups I see.

  19. What about Meatloaf? Bat out of Hell is one of the best selling albums of all time!

  20. Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” & II were great albums. However, I would to have liked to see more out of his career to get to HOF status. That said, he beats a bunch of artists that are in, so why not him?

  21. I love Bat out of Hell II but Meatloaf not worthy of HOF!

    • I love Meatloaf’s albums, he’s a great entertainer, but not HOF worthy. He’s a performer, and doesn’t really have that many great songs.

      • I have a lot to say but I don’t have time now. I don’t know about Meatloaf but the exclusion of the Guess Who/BTO, Chicago, Journey, the Moody Blues, the Dobbies, Styx, with a strong case for Foreigner and Todd Rundgren give the hall zero credibility. The prejudice against basic pop/rock, airplay, and sales is unfathomable.

        • I don’t get how Bill Withers gets in above the 9 groups mentioned above. He had 1 big hit and 1 mid sized hit. I’m sure the sales, popularity, and the current airplay of most if not all the above mentioned groups blows away Mr. Withers. Furthermore his music definitely was NOT rock & roll. Unfortunately that no longer seems to matter

  22. For some reason, one of the most popular bands of all time is always overlooked. I’ll list just some their accomplishments but I won’t name the band until AFTER you read through a partial list of what they’ve been able to achieve…

    1. 6 RIAA Certified Gold records, 3 RIAA Certified Platinum records and 1 RIAA Certified Double Platinum record
    2. 7 Grammy Award nominations
    3. A Golden Globe Award for Best Movie Sound Track which they wrote and performed all the songs
    4. 3 of their songs are listed in BMI’s Top 100 Songs of the 20th Century (actually the 3 songs are in the Top 61). Only John Lennon and Paul Simon top them with 4 each.
    5. Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame
    6. I’ll stop here and give it away by saying they were also the Opening Act at the Monterey Pop Festival

    With all these accomplishments and morem this band has been continually snubbed by the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. They often get overlooked by people commenting about bands that were snubbed!

    The band’s name…THE ASSOCIATION

  23. My mistake, Bill Withers had 4 hit songs according to wiki. Still his album sales were very average with only 2 reaching gold. How does that compare to Journey, Chicago, the Doobies,and the others that had great album sales as well as many singles? Didn’t Chicago have a top 20 song for almost 20 years in a row? The Hall must be all politics.

  24. I really enjoyed this website. Just finished watching Justin Hayward on PBS and had to start fishing around for more info. I grew up with all these bands. I’m shocked by the bands left out of the RRHOF! These bands were huge in the 60’s and 70’s!!!
    Last season on AGT, Howard Stern called out the HOF for not having the Moody Blues in there. A contestant by the name of Emily West sang “Knights in White Satin” and killed it! It was awesome. Go Howard for calling them out! He’s right! Thanks. Great comments.

  25. Replace KISS with Ronnie James Dio. Definitely deserves to be in.

  26. Jimmy Buffett not being in is crazy. 40 year career, millions of records sold, everyone who knows rock and roll knows at least 10 of his songs by heart. No to mention he still sells out concerts and has created his own r&r culture. But like like he said in his song. They won’t play my songs on my hometown radio. He just won’t kiss their asses

  27. Seriously, why isn’t Carly Simon in the Hall yet? She’s made a significant contribution, musically….

  28. WHAT ABOUT THE DOOBIE BROTHERS. STILL TOUR TO THIS DAY LIKE ALOT OF OTHER GREAT BANDS…JUST A FEW THINGS THEY SUPPOSEDLY WANT FROM BANDS. DOOBIES PLAY BLUES,ROCK,COUNTRY,JAZZ,GOSPEL, POP. THEY ALSO HAVE HITS IN ALL GENERES. NOT TO NAME THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS IN THE BAND ALL THESE YEARS. NOT TO EVEN TO SAY HOW LONG THEY HAVE SURVIVED THROUGH ALL THESE CHANGES…I GUESS IF YA AIN,T KISSIN THE RIGHT ASSES YOUR NOT GUNNA GET IN…NIRVANA, COME ON….LOOK AT ALL THE GREAT BANDS ON THAT LIST ABOVE..PLEASE THEY CAN’T EXPLAIN THOSE BANDS NOT GETTING IN. AND TO EVEN LIST LOS LOBOS GIVE ME A BREAK….

  29. Deep purple should be the first of all rock bands

  30. I used to feel really bad that one of my favorites the j.geils band never got in but then I saw some of the other snubs the cars Chicago cheap trick I don’t hate her but joan jett got in give me a break

  31. I would never even consider going to the rock hall of fame. Not after reading all the “BIG” names they have snubbed. I read the list of people that are in and I never even heard of about 30% of them. I think that place in Cleveland is a big joke. They should have built it in Philadelphia like they wanted to. I think they must have all teenagers on the board.People that dont know anything about music at all.

  32. SUZI QUATRO!!!!!! First front woman in a rock and roll band, wearing leather and playing a Bass guitar, no less! Big influence and major success! Where is her nomination!

  33. There are a lot of overlooked bands (although glad to see Deep Purple and Yes nominated for 2016), but no one has been screwed over like the Moody Blues. Days of Future Passed (1967) was game changing – Mike Pinder’s use of the Mellotron, the album artwork, Justin Hayward’s songwriting. Their music is timeless – a song like Question written about the state of the world in 1970 – lyrics still very relevant today. I really hope they get in there in my lifetime – all versions of the group, from Denny Laine’s to the present

  34. Why doesn’t anyone mention Ted Nugent? Theses are my top 10 snubs. 1. The Scorpions 2. Moody Blues 3. Deep Purple 4. Styx 5. Peter Frampton 6. Bon Jovi 7. Jethro Tull 8. Sammy Hagar 9. Journey 10. The Monkees (don’t laugh). Actually I could list 50 more aka Chicago. I’m embarrassed for the HOF. Run DMC..really?

  35. When someone like Bill Withers and the terrorist Cat Stevens are inducted it makes perfect sense why The Moody Blues, Jethrotull and Yes are excluded

    • There is only one way to clean up the mess. That would be for someone to start a “Real Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” and define rock and roll before they inducted anyone. If R&R were properly defined, as music instead of a commercial enterprise, no way could the likes of Moody Blues and Jethro Tull be excluded. And no way could Madonna and other pop stars be included.

    • I totally agree that The Moody Blues and Jethro Tull should have been in long ago, and although Bill Withers is fine for what he died, he is not Rock-n-Roll. As to Cat Stevens, I think he belongs and he is not a terrorist. So many more that should be in as well.

  36. where are my comments

    • Hi Alan – first time commentors are moderated (you wouldn’t believe the amount of spam I deal with 😉 )

      That said… all of your comments have been approved and you should be good to go from here on out. And for the record, I 100% agree with you on Jethro Tull. They should on based on the strengh of Thick as a Brick alone!

  37. Little Feat and The Black Crowes….get em’ in!

  38. How could Tommy James and The Shondells not be in? Crimson & Clover, Draggin the Line, Mony Mony, I Think We’re Alone Now, and others, many of which covered other artists.

  39. With all the complaints about the many performers not included, I’m going to complain about the list on this website and every single comment because of one GIANT snub: THREE DOG NIGHT !!! How can they not be discussed here??? Only had THREE #1 hits and were the most popular band from about 1968 to 1972. Tons of great hits, sold lots of albums, sold out a zillion concerts, and always very popular — name me one other snub who has as much across the board like this? I think the Doobie Brothers and The Guess Who are the only ones that even come close.

    How about some long overdue but well deserved love for THREE DOG NIGHT !!!

    • I loved 3 Dog Night at the same time I loved the Guess Who. Yet I felt TGW sort of outgrew TDN. Today when I hear a TDN song, I enjoy it but it does sound somewhat dated. When I hear a Guess Who song, especially one of their less popular song classics, such as “Star Baby”: to me it sounds just as good as it did the day it was made some 40 plus years ago. I could say the same of ex Guess Who’s Randy Bachman’s BTO classics such as “Takin’ Care of Business” or “Let It Ride”

    • I’ve said much about The Guess Who. For me, they and The Moody Blues were at the top of the rock heap. But there’s no disputing what you’re saying; Three Dog Night made the adrenaline flow – over and over, for years.

      • Again the Hall is obviously prejudiced against pop rock. AirPlay, sales, and general lasting popularity do not seem to much sway their decision on who and who doesn’t get in

      • Again the Hall is obviously prejudiced against pop rock. AirPlay, sales, and general lasting popularity do not seem to much sway their decision on who and who doesn’t get in. I guess that is why no Guess Who, Doobie Brothers, TDN, etc.

  40. I’m glad that Deep Purple finally received their due. What I am not happy about are bands like Bad Company, Ted Nugent, Jethro Tull, etc., not being inducted. Paul Rodgers has the greatest rock voice of all time; he isn’t called The Voice for nothing. He and Bad Co haven’t even been nominated, let alone inducted. Their songs are still in regular rotation 35-40 years after they debuted. Yet, rap crap like NWA, pop crap like Madonna, and other unworthy acts that don’t even sing/play rock music get inducted. The museum ought to be called the CROCK and Roll Hall of Fame. I will never visit it until it inducts Bad Company, Nugent, Tull, Yes, etc. It is a joke.

  41. Good especially to see Chicago and Steve Miller get their deserving due. I would love to have high hopes for my favorite snubbed band, the Burton Cummings Randy Bachman version of the Guess Who. Both of who had great accomplishments outside TGW. Maybe they are just too Canadian to suit the Hall’s taste.

  42. Can above comment just go in as Mark A?

  43. They just let Rush in last year, so it must be some other bias against the guess Who.

    • Every year, the Rock Hall has a meeting for those who have annual passes. At the one the year Rush was inducted, a speaker pretty much acknowledged that Canadian visitors to the Rock Hall were pretty upset that Rush hadn’t been inducted early.

      It’s a big deal, because Cleveland is not that far from Canada. It was counter-productive to attendance goals for Canadians to feel shunned.

      (that was my take from the dialog that occurred)

  44. Happy 68th birthday, Burton Cummings! Someday you what you deserve for all the great music you have given us!

  45. I’d add Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths and Bauhaus! Snubbing Moody Blues, Jethro Tull and Yes is astonishing! Hey but at least ABBA is in! Huh?

  46. The list above didn’t mention Boston or REO Speedwagon nor did anyone in the comments so I am making a point to do so. They need to be recognized.

  47. Kansas not in? Really? Dust and Carry on the two most played combo singles in the history of rock. Their incredible journey as demonstrated on the new documentary, Miracles out of Nowhere. Early in, arguably the greatest vocalist ever if not just behind Freddie Mercury. Their music is timeless, layered, and they were/are 6 of the best musicians,ever with Kerry Livgren probably one of the top 5 song writers. A finger picking exercise turns into Dust in the Wind, cmon. Give the boys from Topeka their due.

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