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
Afrika Bambaataa91
The B-52's100
Bad Company150
Barry White160
Big Star170
Björk120
Black Flag110
Bon Jovi61
The Buzzcocks120
Can210
Captain Beefheart230
The Carpenters200
The Cars110
Cheap Trick120
Chic129
Chicago200
Connie Francis310
The Cure111
De La Soul10
The Dead Kennedys100
Deep Purple212
Def Leppard100
Depeche Mode80
Devo120
Dick Dale270
Dire Straits110
The Doobie Brothers180
Duran Duran80
Electric Light Orchestra180
Emerson, Lake & Palmer190
Eric B. & Rakim31
Eurythmics80
Faith No More40
The Flaming Lips50
Fugazi10
Gram Parsons223
The Guess Who240
Harry Nilsson220
Hüsker Dü80
INXS90
Iron Maiden100
The Jam120
Jan & Dean290
Jane's Addiction20
Janet Jackson70
Jethro Tull210
Jim Croce230
Johnny Burnette and the Rock N Roll Trio330
Journey140
Joy Division110
Judas Priest150
Kate Bush110
King Crimson200
Kraftwerk193
Link Wray311
LL Cool J53
Love230
The Marvelettes282
Mary Wells282
Massive Attack10
MC5231
Megadeth40
The Monkees230
The Moody Blues250
Mötley Crüe80
Motörhead120
My Bloody Valentine40
N.W.A23
New Order80
New York Dolls161
Nick Cave50
Nick Drake200
Nine Inch Nails01
The Offspring10
Ozzy Osbourne90
Pantera60
Pavement00
Peter, Paul & Mary270
Pixies20
Procol Harum221
The Replacements81
Roxy Music170
The Runaways130
Scott Walker230
Silver Apples210
Siouxsie & the Banshees110
Slayer60
The Smiths61
Sonic Youth70
Soundgarden30
Sparks180
The Specials100
The Spinners282
Steppenwolf210
Steve Miller Band210
Stone Roses40
Suicide120
T. Rex210
Television140
Thin Lizzy180
Tommy James & the Shondells230
War183
Warren Zevon200
"Weird Al" Yankovic100
Whitney Houston50
X110
XTC120
Yes201
The Zombies251

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 CallowayChuck Willis
Crew CutsDjango Reinhardt
Dolly PartonDuke Ellington
Eddie LangElla Fitzgerald
Emmylou HarrisEsther Phillips
Fela KutiFrank Sinatra
George JonesGil Scott-Heron
Herbie HancockJacques Brel
Joan BaezJohn Cage
John ColtraneJohnny Ace
Karlheinz StockhausenLightnin' Hopkins
Lonnie DoneganMerle Haggard
Mississippi John HurtNina Simone
Patsy ClineRavi Shankar
Roy BrownScott Joplin
Screamin' Jay HawkinsSister Rosetta Tharpe
Sonny Boy Williamson IIThe Carter Family
The CloversThe Dominoes
The Four FreshmenThe Kingston Trio
The Mills BrothersThe Ravens
The WeaversTownes Van Zandt
W.C. HandyWaylon Jennings
Willie NelsonWynonie Harris