Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Snubs

Many of my most perennially popular posts are my lengthy series on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame snubs. There are, sadly, very many of these, ranging from undeservedly obscure acts to acts that would appear to be no brainers on account of their combination of influence, popular success, and critical appeal. In fact, one could make a very good Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame out of the snubs for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. I have therefore decided that this particular theme of mine deserves a page to collect all of the posts together as well as provide a place where people can suggest bands/artists for me to cover. As always, I appreciate your feedback, as long as it’s not trolling.

Note: Heart, Donna Summer, and Rush were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, class of 2013. Cat Stevens was inducted in 2014.  Chicago, Steve Miller, and NWA were inducted in 2016.  ELO, Journey, and Yes, Nile Rogers were inducted in 2017.

The current roster of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snubs (In Order Of Writing):

1. Chicago (Inducted 2016)

2. Kraftwerk

3. The Steve Miller Band (Inducted 2016)

4. Rush (Inducted 2013)

5. The Moody Blues

6. Heart (Inducted 2013)

7. Bryan Adams

8. Paul Carrack

9. Sweet

10. The Doobie Brothers

11. Donna Summer (Inducted 2013)

12. The Carpenters

13. Joy Division/New Order

14. Electric Light Orchestra (Inducted 2017)/Jeff Lynne/The Traveling Wilburys

15. Bon Jovi

16. Gerry Rafferty

17. The Cars

18. Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam (Inducted 2014)

19. Tears For Fears

20. Dire Straits

21. Badfinger

22. Gram Parsons / The International Submarine Band / The Flying Burrito Brothers

23. Talk Talk

24. “Weird Al” Yankovic

25. Gloria Estefan / Miami Sound Machine

26. Pat Boone

27. Frank Sinatra

28. Janet Jackson

29. Amy Grant

30. Kate Bush

31. Three Dog Night

32. The Alan Parsons Project

33. Chic/Nile Rogers (Inducted 2017)

34. Sting

35. Phil Collins

36. Toto

37. Michael Kamen

38. The Eurythmics

39. Tommy James And The Shondells

40. Journey (Inducted 2017)

41. Celine Dion

42. Connie Francis

43. Joe Cocker

44. Whitney Houston

45. Jim Croce

46. Helen Reddy

47. Cher/Sonny & Cher

48. The Kingston Trio

49. Yes (Inducted 2017)

50. Dan Fogelberg

51. Foreigner

52. Depeche Mode

53. NWA/Dr. Dre (NWA inducted 2016)

54. Luis Miguel

55. Sarah McLachlan

56. Mariah Carey

57. Pat Benatar

58. Huey Lewis & The News

59. Emerson, Lake, & Palmer

60. Robert Plant

61. Barbra Streisand

62. The Cure

63. Steve Winwood

64. Tony!  Toni!  Tonè!

65. Don Henley

66. 10,000 Maniacs

67. Indigo Girls

68. J. Geils Band

69. The Monkees

70.  Meat Loaf

71. Wham!/George Michael

72. Peter Cetera

73. Stevie Nicks

74. Luther Vandross

75. Bad Company

76. New Edition/Bobby Brown/Bell Biv Devoe

77. Boston

78. Kid Rock

What other bands do you think should be on this list?  Any other suggestions are welcome below.

75 Responses to Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Snubs

  1. And for you readers there, I have a lengthy list of snubs I’m considering writing about, including: Dire Straits, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Bon Jovi, Yes, Cheap Trick, Kiss, Journey, Foreigner, Badfinger, Big Star, Deep Purple, The Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Def Lepard, Depeche Mode, Donna Summer, Duran Duran, John Coultrane, Gram Parsons, Gerry Rafferty, Gloria Estefan / Miami Sound Machine, Electric Light Orchestra, Hall & Oates, Joy Division / New Order, Weird Al Yankovic, The B-52’s, The Eurythmics, INXS, Janet Jackson, The Cars, NWA, Three Dog Night, Judas Priest, King Crimson, Linda Rondstadt, The Monkees, and LL Cool J. If you want this list expanded upon, or have someone in mind and want to make it a priority (because I’ve got enough material to write one of these a month for a couple years or more), please comment. Thanks :).

  2. Most popular Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snubs Pages (5/21/2012):

    1. Chicago
    2. The Moody Blues
    3. The Steve Miller Band
    4. Rush
    5. Kraftwerk
    6. Bryan Adams
    7. The Doobie Brothers
    8. Sweet
    9. Heart

    Neither Paul Carrack nor Donna Summer have made it to the Top 500 posts, yet.

  3. Pingback: Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam | Edge Induced Cohesion

  4. Sea Slipper says:

    Brian Esptein, Beatles manager!!!!1

  5. Bill Neal says:

    Add to that list, Paul Revere And The Raiders, The Zombies, Golden Earring

  6. kenny condroiton says:

    donna summer? really? just call it an american music hall of fame, then.That’s not Rock n Roll.

  7. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is generally made of Americans and Brits. Canadians and other Europeans (other than Abba, much less anyone else) has had a really difficult time achieving credibility with those who make up the voters for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Donna Summer was worthy in account of what she did in the United States, especially during the disco era, given her undoubted influence.

  8. Pingback: Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Talk Talk | Edge Induced Cohesion

  9. Rick says:

    Steve miller should of been in there years ago ,that just blows me away,maybe he doesn’t want his name on this fucked up list.

  10. Mike says:

    JANET JACKSON! Janet’s resume` is solid and she at least deserves a nomination.

    • I agree. Her resume is solid and I will address her case when I get back into looking at the 1980’s, as she is one of the many deserving cases from that decade, along with Whitney Houston (to give but one example). As I go through about only about one snub per month, I have a few years worth of material to write on the subject so far :B.

      • Mike says:

        Glad to hear that! Janet was virtually unstoppable from 1986-2001. Janet and Madonna basically ruled that timeframe. Madonna’s already in, yet Janet hasn’t even received a nomination. Seems very odd.

      • I agree wholeheartedly :). I really don’t understand that logic at all either.

      • Bill Grainger says:

        Whitney Houston had an amazing voice, but she didn’t write any of her lyrics. That’s where Janet Jackson has her beat, in my opinion. Janet wrote or co-wrote all of her material from Control (1986) through 20 Y.O. (2006).

      • That is certainly true, and that is one consideration one must account for as well. That said, there are plenty of singers/bands in the R&R HOF who did not write their own lyrics, especially for their most significant songs, including (ironically) the Patti Smith Group, whose biggest hit was written by Bruce Springsteen. If not writing one’s own songs does not hurt Motown groups of the 1960’s, it shouldn’t hurt Whitney Houston. However, being a great songwriter as well as a singer ought to help Janet Jackson (as well as other similar candidates, like Gerry Rafferty, who was a phenomenal songwriter as well).

  11. Mike says:

    The Super Bowl fallout is what seems to keeping Janet out of the conversations and that’s ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.

    • I agree; that incident sounds pretty rock & roll to me, I must admit. I would tend to think that daring behavior is generally what ought to give someone rock & roll credibility, not take it away, but that’s another conversation, I suppose.

  12. Dave says:

    Kansas is a huge snub to me, up there with the Moody Blues, Yes, and Deep Purple. I also think if Metallica is in, then how can Iron Maiden be overlooked. Finally, if Guns n Roses gets in on the strength of a great first album and solid follow uyp, but little else, then how do you snub Boston? There are so many others. I know when I did visit the hall a few years ago, I left more upset than impressed, which is too bad because there are many worthy inductees, but some not so much, and far too many of these snubs, and little attempt to rectify this problem. Just my thoughts on the subject.

    • Boston and Kansas are huge snubs; I do plan on writing about them, but since I only do this feature about once a month on my blog, there are a lot of worthy omissions. Yes and Deep Purple and Iron Maiden should be on the list as well, I agree.

  13. Dave Haines says:

    Steppenwolf, Procol Harum & Moby Grape should also be included on the list of snubs! Deep Purple should have been in there eons ago!

  14. River says:

    The Cure
    Siouxsie & the Banshees
    Depeche Mode
    Midnight Oil
    Husker Du
    The Pixies

    • Yes, these are all great bands to write about and all of them are on my list–some of them, like Depeche Mode and The Cure, have been ones I have wanted to write about for a long while, and other bands of these like Midnight Oil and Husker Du have managed to make it into other entries but will probably merit entries in this series before too long, along with bands like the Replacements.

  15. Pingback: I Demand A Shrubbery | Edge Induced Cohesion

  16. Jim Edens says:

    I definitely liked your blog about Gerry Rafferty, who in my opinion is one of the greatest singer/songwriters to ever grace this planet… but I am disappointed that another man that I think is every bit as talented and accomplished as Gerry hasn’t even been mentioned, and that would be Dan Fogelberg. Both men are pure poets who have the ability to put perfect musical notes behind their prose and sing it with such feeling and clarity. They should both be in the Hall of Fame.

  17. Roy says:


    The Cars
    Chaka Khan
    Cheap Trick
    Deep Purple
    The J.B.’s
    Janet Jackson
    Los Lobos
    Nine Inch Nails
    The Smiths
    The Spinners
    Steve Miller


  18. Pingback: The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: A Case Study In The Difficulty Of Signaling | Edge Induced Cohesion

  19. Pingback: Experience Hasn’t Set You Free | Edge Induced Cohesion

  20. John Rocheleau says:

    How about Pat Benatar???? One of the top selling female artists of the 80’s. She has definitely left her mark in Rock & Roll history plus has definitely influenced a legion of other female artists who come after her. In 2014 she celebrated 35 years in the business plus she is still touring today! She is definitely a rock icon and I can’t understand why she hasn’t yet been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame? She was the poster child of 80’s New Wave music and her music videos saw heavy rotation on MTV! I believe she had 19 top 40 hits between 1980 and 1988. I believe she co-write some of her songs as well. Amazing talent!

  21. Ken Amon says:

    I can’t believe the Replacements are not being mentioned

    • I have written about them elsewhere in passing, but their turn will come for an entire entry in this series. The RRHOF has not been quick to induct indy rock bands from the pre-grunge era.

  22. Pingback: You Never Once Talked Turkey To Me | Edge Induced Cohesion

  23. Pingback: Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Emerson, Lake, And Palmer | Edge Induced Cohesion

  24. Jim Kelsey says:

    I find it interesting that only two artists that I have a collection of albums are included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Chicago & Rush. Many of the artists that you have listed are some of my favorites: the Alan Parsons Project, Journey, Dan Fogelberg, The Moody Blues, and my second all-time favorite band, Toto. Three artists that are also favorites of mine that are not included in the Hall of Fame are Barry Manilow, Asia, and Styx. I would agree with you that all of these artists are phenomenal musicians and bring a level of creativity, refinement, and artistry not readily seen in the pop/rock industry. As a person who studied classical piano in high school, I gravitated towards artists who aimed for excellence. Having earned a graduate degree in music composition, I still hold these artists in high regard some thirty years later. It is my unproven belief that those who make the decisions as to who do and don’t make it in have never studied music seriously nor do they have an appreciation for technical skill. They seem to desire a certain image that they want to promote – an image that you so poignantly described as raw and undefined. They criticize these bands as being over-produced, a slap in the face for those bands who want a polished sound. I hope your voice gets heard and appreciate your posts!

    • Thanks muchly. I appreciate your comments; I happen to be a classically trained violist myself, so from that experience springs my own fondness for classical music as well as professional musicianship. I have not written about Barry Manilow, Asia, and Styx, but they will undoubtedly be written about eventually as I write this series roughly monthly.

  25. Steve says:

    You forgot Tina Turner and Stevie Nicks as solo artists, Cyndi Lauper, Cher, Carly Simon, Carole King (although she’s in as a writer), Barbra Streisand, and Weird Al.

    • I have written about Cher and Weird Al, but all the rest are worthy of induction and are definitely on my list to write about.

    • Alright, Steve, I looked it up and I couldn’t believe that Barbra Streisand hadn’t yet been inducted. I’ve got her scheduled for June 1st. The others I haven’t written about: Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper, Carly Simon, and Carole King as an artist, are on the list and I will get to them eventually. I have a rather large backlog but none of those are on them yet.

  26. Gale says:

    Barry Manilow. His decades of work and reach are undeniable. Went to rrhof recently and was really surprised he wasn’t there.

    • You know, I agree with you, but I have about half a dozen other acts already written, so I will definitely get to him, as he belongs as part of the “easy listening” and adult contemporary acts snubbed.

  27. well we all agree on many who should be in the hof but what about who shouldnt be .i’ll start first ,ice cube

  28. Adrian says:

    The Neal Morse Band. This guy Neal Morse is so overlooked. So talented and he is a Christian guy too. His most recent album “The Grand Experiment” is a fantastic album from start to finish both lyrically and especially musically. He has hands in other bands , supergroups like Flying Colors that feature other people like Steve Morse from Deep Purple ,Transatlantic and has amazing solo albums. The influence and leadership in prog rock is undeniable. Total snub!

  29. Pingback: Under The Milky Way Tonight | Edge Induced Cohesion

  30. Dennis Holiday says:

    You people left out a big one. Grand Funk Railroad should be on this list. IN they day nobody could beat there live concerts.And they had some good albums to.

    • You know, that’s one I’ve had in mind for a while. Their career, after all, is a lot like that of inductee the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The omission is only a temporary one, and I will get to it, eventually :p. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

  31. Evelyn says:

    The Monkees need to be in. I know they were in television, but they became a real band soon after.
    They even outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in 1967!

  32. Wayne Trznadel says:

    Two others not mentioned that I think SHOULD ABSOLUTELY BE IN THE HALL OF FAME. Roxy Music and Warren Zevon.

  33. Pingback: If You Need To Crash, Then Crash And Burn; You’re Not Alone | Edge Induced Cohesion

  34. Pingback: Mysteries Of The Bible: What Is The Connection Between Love And Respect? | Edge Induced Cohesion

  35. Alright, I wanted to keep my readers here aware of the posts that are currently scheduled in this series: January 2017: George Michael, Peter Cetera, February 2017: Stevie Nicks, March 2017: Bad Company, April 2017: Boston, May 2017: Duran Duran, June 2017: Kansas, July 2017: Captain Beefheart, August 2017: Neil Sedaka, September 2017: Johann Pachelbel (early influence), October 2017: Allison Krauss & Union Station, November 2017: Carly Simon, December 2017: Paul Anka, January 2018: Paul Revere & The Raiders, February 2018: Golden Earring. Obviously, there are a lot left to write :p.

  36. Pingback: Unwritten | Edge Induced Cohesion

  37. michael says:

    The one band that everyone seems to agree on as one of the biggest snubs ever is the Moody Blues, and one wonders if someone associated with the RRHOF has some sort of vendetta against them. There has to be a reason why one of most successful bands in R&R history, selling millions of records and still selling out arena to this day, has been ignored. I, for one, will never take the RRHOF seriously until the Moodies are in.

    • One wonders why that would be the case. I’ve never heard anything have hostility against them, and they managed to make great music in a variety of genres over the span of several decades. This is one of the more obvious no-brainers in terms of induction.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s