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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1HeartHeart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

Absolutely love this band! The Wilson sisters prove time and again that they can still rock! They deserve to be inducted!

They are inducted too so please don't vote anymore. - Undistinguished

Seriously, Why are these ladies not in the ARE & ARE hall of fame.

I LOVE heart! Crazy on you is an amazing song

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2JourneyJourney is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

Journey is the greatest band ever. I don't understand why they are not in the Rock N Hall of Fame! Steve Perry has the most soulful voice and vocal range of any lead singer. I hope I'm lucky enough to meet him one day. Stefanie Nichols

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. - schwanie

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

My favorite band of all time!

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3Judas PriestJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.

They 100% deserved to be in the hall of fame.

4Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.

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!

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

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

5KissKiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

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. - ronluna

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.


They were inducted in 2014.Please don't vote. - Undistinguished

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6YesYes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music.

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.

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Great band. Very talented musicians. Brought the horns out as featured instruments.

The original group should inducted! Ground breaking sound.

Inexcusable they haven't been inducted.

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8The Moody BluesThe Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive more.

Their classic seven albums of the late 60s - early 70s, and to a lesser extent "Octave", "Long Distance Voyager" and "Strange Times" represent some of the best soft prog rock ever made. They are still touring and filling auditoria, which is surely worth recognition. Having said that, they would have done their cause some good and earned more respect by creating more new music (as a band, not solo efforts) of the sort of quality of those original albums, instead of apparently being content to keep touring and bashing out the oldies. They should also have got Mike Pinder back into the band long ago, as he was a vital contributor (in terms of songwriting, arranging, vocals, and keyboard/mellotron) to that unique, signature, often ethereal sound that won them so many admirers.

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.

For some reasons the powers that be wont elect a progressive Rock band like the deserving group The Moody Blues.

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9PanteraPantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power" . more.
10Dire StraitsDire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.

Many of these bands deserved it. Yet they add Madonna in the hall of fame. She isn't even rock. Shame.

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11Bon JoviBon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's more.

The UK has blessed the boys from Jersey, you'd think the US would catch up soon

They should definitely be in. They have great shows and great music.

Why doesn' this website register votes?

12Motley CrueMötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

Should be #1. HOF is a joke until they're voted in.

They were THE band of the 80s to go see live. Certainly not the best technicians, but is that really what rock and roll is about? It's also about the legendary exploits of excess. Drugs, women, trouble and arrogance. Few if any could match their rap sheet. That's why they are the best.

No wonder they're breaking up after this tour. Can't get into the hall of fame. This should be a no brainer.

13Bryan 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

No excuse is strong enough to put him out of the rock n roll hall of fame. Look at his career man and look what he did for rock music. he is one of the best songwriter and music composer of all time to me. he should be in as soon as possible. it's never too late you know..

My most favorite singer

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14MotorheadMotörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and more.

Influenced Metallica the most no question about that

15Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

They need to be in before all the other bands on this list.

At least 8 of these bands listed above them were influenced by them!

What's the first thing every kid learns on guitar. If that's not influencial and famous then I don't know what is

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16Def LeppardDef Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

Extremely talented and with very succesful albums

I don't care if these guys haven't been the same since Steve Clark died, they should be inducted!

17MegadethMegadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica.

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

18Meat LoafMichael Lee Aday is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor usually known by his stage name Meat Loaf.


This man deserves it more than most.

19GenesisGenesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

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. - Darrell

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.

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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20SlayerSlayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King.
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