The Biggest Rock Hall Snubs

There are many great artists who have been overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The vast majority of these artists have never been nominated for induction. Each year, the final ballot of performers is selected by the Rock Hall Nominating Committee, then sent to the larger Voting Committee for election.

Here are the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's biggest snubs:

ArtistYears Snubbed# of Years Nominated
A Tribe Called Quest20
Afrika Bambaataa121
Alice In Chains20
The B-52's130
Bad Brains101
Bad Company180
Barry White190
Bauhaus130
Big Star200
Björk150
Black Flag140
Blur20
Bon Jovi92
Brian Eno180
The Buzzcocks150
Can240
Captain Beefheart260
Carole King331
The Carpenters230
The Cars143
Chic1511
The Commodores180
Connie Francis340
The Cure141
De La Soul40
The Dead Kennedys130
Def Leppard130
Depeche Mode112
Devo150
Dick Dale300
Dire Straits141
The Doobie Brothers210
Duran Duran110
Emerson, Lake & Palmer220
Eric B. & Rakim61
Eurythmics111
Faith No More70
The Flaming Lips80
Fugazi40
George Michael50
Gram Parsons253
The Guess Who270
Harry Nilsson250
Hüsker Dü110
INXS120
Iron Maiden130
The Jam150
Jan & Dean320
Jane's Addiction51
Janet Jackson102
The Jesus and Mary Chain80
Jethro Tull240
Jim Croce260
Johnny Burnette and the Rock N Roll Trio360
Joy Division140
Judas Priest181
Kate Bush141
King Crimson230
Kraftwerk224
Link Wray342
LL Cool J84
Love260
Mariah Carey20
The Marvelettes312
Mary Wells312
Massive Attack40
MC5263
Megadeth70
The Monkees260
The Moody Blues281
Mötley Crüe110
Motörhead150
My Bloody Valentine70
Neu!200
New Order110
New York Dolls191
Nick Cave80
Nick Drake230
Nine Inch Nails32
The Offspring40
Ozzy Osbourne120
Pantera90
Pat Benatar130
Pavement30
Peter, Paul & Mary300
Pixies50
PJ Harvey10
Procol Harum251
The Replacements111
Roxy Music200
The Runaways160
Scott Walker260
Silver Apples240
Siouxsie & the Banshees140
Slayer90
Smashing Pumpkins20
The Smiths92
Sonic Youth100
Soundgarden60
Sparks210
The Specials130
The Spinners313
Steppenwolf241
Stone Roses70
Suicide150
T. Rex240
Television170
Thin Lizzy210
Three Dog Night230
Tommy James & the Shondells260
Toots & the Maytals300
Tori Amos10
War213
Warren Zevon230
"Weird Al" Yankovic130
Whitney Houston80
X140
XTC150
The Zombies283

The artists listed above are currently eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and were selected by Future Rock Legends commenters on the Rock Hall Revisited and the Rock Hall Projected pages.


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has inducted only the lead performer of certain notable groups, with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles being the most famous example. (Update: In 2012, the Rock Hall inducted The Blue Caps, The Comets, The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, and The Miracles, so they have been removed from the list below. The E Street Band was inducted in 2014.) Here are a list of Rock & Roll Hall of Famers with (arguably) snubbed backing groups. Rock Hall Monitors has a comprehensive look at this issue.

Bob Marley & The Wailers
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Dion & The Belmonts
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company
Patti Smith Group
Paul McCartney & Wings

Here are some additional notable candidates who deserve consideration for the Rock Hall because of their influence on the rock era.

Big Mama ThorntonBing Crosby
Blind Lemon JeffersonBuchanan & Goodman
Cab CallowayCharlie Parker
Chuck WillisCrew Cuts
Dizzy GillespieDjango Reinhardt
Dolly PartonDuke Ellington
Eddie LangElla Fitzgerald
Emmylou HarrisEsther Phillips
Fela KutiFrank Sinatra
George JonesGil Scott-Heron
Glenn MillerHerbie Hancock
Jacques BrelJohn Cage
John ColtraneJohnny Ace
Karlheinz StockhausenLightnin' Hopkins
Lonnie DoneganMerle Haggard
Mississippi John HurtNina Simone
Patsy ClineRavi Shankar
Roy BrownScott Joplin
Screamin' Jay HawkinsSerge Gainsbourg
Sister Rosetta TharpeSonny Boy Williamson II
The Carter FamilyThe Clovers
The DominoesThe Four Freshmen
The Kingston TrioThe Mills Brothers
The RavensThe Weavers
Tom LehrerTownes Van Zandt
W.C. HandyWaylon Jennings
Wendy CarlosWillie Nelson
Wynonie Harris