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 Bambaataa111
Alice In Chains10
The B-52's120
Bad Company170
Barry White180
Bauhaus120
Big Star190
Björk140
Black Flag130
Blur10
Bon Jovi81
The Buzzcocks140
Can230
Captain Beefheart250
The Carpenters220
The Cars131
Chic1410
Connie Francis330
The Cure131
De La Soul30
The Dead Kennedys120
Def Leppard120
Depeche Mode100
Devo140
Dick Dale290
Dire Straits130
The Doobie Brothers200
Duran Duran100
Electric Light Orchestra200
Emerson, Lake & Palmer210
Eric B. & Rakim51
Eurythmics100
Faith No More60
The Flaming Lips70
Fugazi30
Gram Parsons243
The Guess Who260
Harry Nilsson240
Hüsker Dü100
INXS110
Iron Maiden120
The Jam140
Jan & Dean310
Jane's Addiction40
Janet Jackson91
Jethro Tull230
Jim Croce250
Johnny Burnette and the Rock N Roll Trio350
Journey160
Joy Division130
Judas Priest170
Kate Bush130
King Crimson220
Kraftwerk213
Link Wray331
LL Cool J73
Love250
Mariah Carey10
The Marvelettes302
Mary Wells302
Massive Attack30
MC5251
Megadeth60
The Monkees250
The Moody Blues270
Mötley Crüe100
Motörhead140
My Bloody Valentine60
New Order100
New York Dolls181
Nick Cave70
Nick Drake220
Nine Inch Nails22
The Offspring30
Ozzy Osbourne110
Pantera80
Pat Benatar120
Pavement20
Peter, Paul & Mary290
Pixies40
Procol Harum241
The Replacements101
Roxy Music190
The Runaways150
Scott Walker250
Silver Apples230
Siouxsie & the Banshees130
Slayer80
Smashing Pumpkins10
The Smiths82
Sonic Youth90
Soundgarden50
Sparks200
The Specials120
The Spinners303
Steppenwolf230
Stone Roses60
Suicide140
T. Rex230
Television160
Thin Lizzy200
Three Dog Night220
Tommy James & the Shondells250
War203
Warren Zevon220
"Weird Al" Yankovic120
Whitney Houston70
X130
XTC140
Yes222
The Zombies271

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 CutsDizzy Gillespie
Django ReinhardtDolly Parton
Duke EllingtonEddie Lang
Ella FitzgeraldEmmylou Harris
Esther PhillipsFela Kuti
Frank SinatraGeorge Jones
Gil Scott-HeronHerbie Hancock
Jacques BrelJoan Baez
John CageJohn Coltrane
Johnny AceKarlheinz Stockhausen
Lightnin' HopkinsLonnie Donegan
Merle HaggardMississippi John Hurt
Nina SimonePatsy Cline
Ravi ShankarRoy Brown
Scott JoplinScreamin' Jay Hawkins
Sister Rosetta TharpeSonny 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
Willie NelsonWynonie Harris