Most Shafted by the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame


This is a list of bands that should be in the rock & roll hall of fame, but haven't been inducted for some reason or another.

Note: a band is eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first album. See for a list of eligible bands
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Absolutely love this band! The Wilson sisters prove time and again that they can still rock! They deserve to be inducted!
Seriously, Why are these ladies not in the ARE & ARE hall of fame.
what? they're not in there?! wow... they're AWESOME!


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they have so many great songs. they deserve to be there as much as many who are in.


They have to be there in the next few years. My fear is that steve perry and steve smith and greg rolli wont be there.


very talented lead singer and there songs are very popular all over the world
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Best Band in Canada with ease maybe thats whats holding them back :( I always felt that Having the Hall of Fame in Cleveland instead of Detroit would also affect voting Must be retards in Cleveland How do bands like Beastie boys, Parliament Funkadelic, John mellencamp, Blondie Run Dmc and even Jackson 5 get in before Rush Kiss Journey Heart Moody Blues yes and Tommy James and many more Its A ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME not a Rap or Soft Pop or even Country and Blues Hall of Fame and there are many inductees already in from those types of Music as Well;( Yes Rock and Roll has many Influences from days before Rock so Jazz and some rockabilly I could see but no Rap or soft music come on get them their own museums or at least wait till you get the REAL ROCK AND ROLL BANDS I in before them!

canadas biggest progressive rock band and with the best rock drummer ever

I think Rush is the most talented band not in the RRHOF, not that any of these other bands don't deserve it because they do as well. The RROHF is a joke... political and corrupt. Madonna and Run DMC got into the RROHF but all of these bands on this list aren't considered. I'm ashamed that this institution is in this country.


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annoying guys said this band is not a great band, for me, they are a great band but those dreamers who said that to this band and other great bands should die. they should not be born because they are deaf and close minded to dif. kinds of beautiful music in the world and their masks and make-ups makes them cooler.


These guys played a huge role in the glam metal scene and definitely should be in the rock and roll of fame right now.

by the way, a7x can't be in the hall of fame because their fist record isn't 25 years old yet.
KISS not being in the rock n roll hall of fame is an even bigger disappointment than this new music... it's called (c)rap...


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Dave wasn't invited in with metallica when he wrote some songs!

6Iron Maiden

Can't believe they aren't already there. Haven't heard metal poetry hear maiden

Even metallica were affected by Iron Maiden, Iron Maiden is heavy metal, without them, heavy metal wouldn't exist, simple, they should be in rock n' roll hall of fame because they are the best!

Why there are not in this list and moreover why they are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is beyond me...

7Joe Satriani

8Bon Jovi
They should definitely be in. They have great shows and great music.
The UK has blessed the boys from Jersey, you'd think the US would catch up soon

Genesis and Heart are the only 2 bands on this list that I would care to see go to the RRHOF. Maybe Tommy James and the Shondells. The rest are just OK. One is a joke! (KISS)... And One is really nerve racking! (Rush). There are a lot of other bands that deserve to go more like The Guess Who, Bon Jovi, Black Sabbath, The Cure... Just to name a few.
How can they not be in yet? All of their hits, and creating The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway... not to mention three of their members having successful solo careers in their own right.


Genesis ain't in yet? I cannot believe what I am seeing! Me and m dad both share a love for Genesis. They deserve it!
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10Dream Theater
Easily one if the greatest bands ever. Not only did Drem Theater change the face of progressive music and heavy metal, but each member of the band is a master of their craft. How can a band that has the greatest guitarist, bassist, vocalist, keyboardist, and drummer not get into the hall if fame? Oh yeah, because it's the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, where only 'special' people get in and artists that Rolling Stone doesn't like get snubbed.

The Contenders


Yes was one of the most adventerous and inspirational bands who at the height of their popularity took substantial musical risks. They were musical pioneers influencing countless bands and individuals.
One of the most influential, genre-defining Symphonic Progressive rock bands.


14Michael Angelo Batio

15Eric Johnson

16The Moody Blues
Their 'classic seven' albums of the 60s and 70s are some of the best, sophisticated prog rock ever made in my humble opinion. More to the point they were undeniably up there amongst the best of British rock bands, achieved world-wide success and recognition and sold millions of records all over the world.
One of the best bands ever. Still touring with their nucleus intact, and still rock the house. The nominating committee is a joke.
I can't believe this band is still not in! I have no faith in this stupid club. No reason to leave this GREAT band out! I see no reason to ever go there or to the baseball HOF without the best player ever, "pete Rose!
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17Motley Crue
No wonder they're breaking up after this tour. Can't get into the hall of fame. This should be a no brainer.

18Steve Vai

19Def Leppard

extremely talented and with very succesful albums

20Tommy James & The Shondells

Their songs have been covered by almost everyone (including Crystal Blue Persuasion, I Think We're Alone Now, and Mony Mony)

21X Japan

22Electric Light Orchestra
A truly great band, with a genius as their leader... Jeff Lynne. Way overlooked by most!


Has there been a more unique-sounded band in the history of rock?

ELO should be in, but only after Madonna is thrown out.

23John Denver
Not so much a rocker, but there are precedents of country musicians in the rock hall. John Denver had a significant contribution to rock with his inspiring speech against banning profanity in music

John Denver is one of the artists, if not the artist, that can write songs that anybody can appreciate, and for the most part, put a smile on someone's face. He wrote true love songs.
John was an amazing artist. He paved the way for artists like Mumford & Sons and Frank Turner to name a few.


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24Bryan Adams
Should definitely be in. At the time he sang by himself on MTV it was the highest rating ever even more than mariah Carey. Plus tons of wedding songs and movie songs
It is a sin for Bryan Adams not to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame no excuse whatsoever Bryan Adams Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year
One of the Greatest rock singer-songwriters of all time.
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25Hall & Oates

Inspired countless bands and really created a unique genre of music

Great band. Very talented musicians. Brought the horns out as featured instruments.
Inexcusable they haven't been inducted.

27Todd Rundgren

One of the most talented singer/songwriters of our time


29The Guess Who

one of canadas first big rock bands with very good and well known songs

I've heard many bands over the years and these guys have been just tremendous for about 40 years. What a disservice to true rock and roll fans and to the members of this incredibly talented band.
How are they not in?

31Black Sabbath
Sabbath WAS hard rock in the 70s.

32Linkin Park

33Social Distortion

34The Hollies

35The Meat Puppets

Too High to Die is one of the best albums ever.

36Meat Loaf
This man deserves it more than most.

37Avenged Sevenfold

38Bad Company

39The Sweet
The Sweet are so underrated! They have great hits like Ballroom Blitz.

40New York Dolls

41Cheap Trick

42Deep Purple
They need to be in before all the other bands on this list.
Am I going blind? I thought DP would be number 1.


44The Cars

45Black Flag

46Bad Brains



49Circle Jerks


51The Adicts

52The Damned

53U.K. Subs

54Minor Threat

55Dead Kennedys

56Bad Religion
Definitely them; they did a lot.


58The Trashmen

59Operation Ivy

60Stiff Little Fingers

61Sonic Youth

62Randy Rhoads



65Reagan Youth

66Judas Priest


68Dir En Grey


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