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 Quest30
Afrika Bambaataa131
Alice In Chains30
The B-52's140
Bad Brains111
Bad Company190
Barry White200
Bauhaus140
Big Star210
Björk160
Black Flag150
Blur30
Brian Eno190
The Buzzcocks160
Can250
Captain Beefheart270
Carole King341
The Carpenters240
Chic1611
The Commodores190
Connie Francis350
The Cure151
De La Soul50
The Dead Kennedys140
Def Leppard140
Depeche Mode122
Devo160
Dick Dale310
The Doobie Brothers220
Duran Duran120
Emerson, Lake & Palmer230
Eric B. & Rakim71
Eurythmics121
Faith No More80
The Flaming Lips90
Fugazi50
George Michael60
Gram Parsons263
The Guess Who280
Harry Nilsson260
Hüsker Dü120
INXS130
Iron Maiden140
The Jam160
Jan & Dean330
Jane's Addiction61
Janet Jackson112
The Jesus and Mary Chain90
Jethro Tull250
Jim Croce270
Johnny Burnette and the Rock N Roll Trio370
Joy Division150
Judas Priest191
Kate Bush151
King Crimson240
Kraftwerk234
Link Wray352
LL Cool J94
Love270
Mariah Carey30
The Marvelettes322
Mary Wells322
Massive Attack50
MC5273
Megadeth80
The Monkees270
Mötley Crüe120
Motörhead160
My Bloody Valentine80
Neu!210
New Order120
New York Dolls201
Nick Cave90
Nick Drake240
Nine Inch Nails42
The Offspring50
Ozzy Osbourne130
Pantera100
Pat Benatar140
Pavement40
Peter, Paul & Mary310
Pixies60
PJ Harvey20
Procol Harum261
Radiohead11
Rage Against the Machine11
The Replacements121
Roxy Music210
The Runaways170
Scott Walker270
Silver Apples250
Siouxsie & the Banshees150
Slayer100
Smashing Pumpkins30
The Smiths102
Sonic Youth110
Soundgarden70
Sparks220
The Specials140
The Spinners323
Steppenwolf251
Stone Roses80
Stone Temple Pilots10
Suicide160
T. Rex250
Television180
Thin Lizzy220
Three Dog Night240
Tommy James & the Shondells270
Tool10
Toots & the Maytals310
Tori Amos20
War223
Warren Zevon240
"Weird Al" Yankovic140
Whitney Houston90
Wu-Tang Clan10
X150
XTC160
The Zombies293

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 HurtPatsy Cline
Ravi ShankarRoy Brown
Scott JoplinScreamin' Jay Hawkins
Serge GainsbourgSonny 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

After the 2018 inductees were announced, the Cleveland Plain Dealer staff (led by Troy Smith), put together a list of their 100 biggest Rock Hall snubs:
  1. Kraftwerk
  2. Janet Jackson
  3. Radiohead
  4. The Smiths
  5. Carole King
  6. Judas Priest
  7. King Crimson
  8. Roxy Music
  9. Nine Inch Nails
  10. John Coltrane
  11. Iron Maiden
  12. The Cure
  13. Whitney Houston
  14. Sonic Youth
  15. The New York Dolls
  16. Big Mama Thornton
  17. Chic
  18. T. Rex
  19. Warren Zevon
  20. Soundgarden
  21. Tina Turner
  22. Gram Parsons
  23. Link Wray
  24. Jethro Tull
  25. Mariah Carey
  26. Joy Division
  27. The Shangri-Las
  28. Rage Against the Machine
  29. The Replacements
  30. LL Cool J
  31. Pixies
  32. MC5
  33. Mary Wells
  34. Joe Tex
  35. Dr. Dre
  36. Chuck Willis
  37. Joe Cocker
  38. The Spinners
  39. Dick Dale
  40. Black Flag
  41. Depeche Mode
  42. Eric B. & Rakim
  43. Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones
  44. Smashing Pumpkins
  45. Eurythmics
  46. Willie Nelson
  47. Def Leppard
  48. The Zombies
  49. Captain Beefheart
  50. Big Star
  1. Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  2. Connie Francis
  3. Peter Tosh
  4. Peter Frampton
  5. Wyonnie Harris
  6. Jane's Addiction
  7. The Marvelettes
  8. The Clovers
  9. Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  10. Procol Harum
  11. Motorhead
  12. New Order
  13. Jan and Dean
  14. Salt-N-Pepa
  15. Slayer
  16. The Runaways
  17. Ben E. King
  18. Pat Benatar
  19. Duran Duran
  20. De La Soul
  21. The B-52's
  22. Fugazi
  23. Lonnie Johnson
  24. Ozzy Osbourne
  25. A Tribe Called Quest
  26. Pavement
  27. Rufus with Chaka Khan
  28. Chubby Checker
  29. Sade
  30. The J.B.'s
  31. The Dominoes
  32. The J. Geils Band
  33. Afrika Bambaataa
  34. Devo
  35. Roy Brown
  36. Todd Rundgren
  37. Leroy Carr
  38. Peter Paul & Mary
  39. Pat Hare
  40. Ice Cube
  41. The Doobie Brothers
  42. Megadeth
  43. The Meters
  44. George Michael
  45. Rick James
  46. Alice In Chains
  47. Bad Company
  48. The Guess Who
  49. Billy Wright
  50. Phish