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
Johnny Burnette and the Rock N Roll Trio360
Connie Francis340
Link Wray341
Carole King331
Jan & Dean320
The Marvelettes312
Mary Wells312
The Spinners313
Dick Dale300
Peter, Paul & Mary300
Toots & the Maytals300
The Moody Blues280
The Zombies282
The Guess Who270
Captain Beefheart260
Jim Croce260
Love260
MC5262
The Monkees260
Scott Walker260
Tommy James & the Shondells260
Gram Parsons253
Harry Nilsson250
Procol Harum251
Can240
Jethro Tull240
Silver Apples240
Steppenwolf241
T. Rex240
The Carpenters230
King Crimson230
Nick Drake230
Three Dog Night230
Warren Zevon230
Emerson, Lake & Palmer220
Kraftwerk224
The Doobie Brothers210
Sparks210
Thin Lizzy210
War213
Big Star200
Neu!200
Roxy Music200
Barry White190
New York Dolls191
Bad Company180
Judas Priest180
Television170
The Runaways160
Björk150
The Buzzcocks150
Chic1511
Devo150
The Jam150
Motörhead150
Suicide150
XTC150
Black Flag140
The Cars142
The Cure141
Dire Straits140
Joy Division140
Kate Bush140
Siouxsie & the Banshees140
X140
The B-52's130
Bauhaus130
The Dead Kennedys130
Def Leppard130
Iron Maiden130
Pat Benatar130
The Specials130
"Weird Al" Yankovic130
Afrika Bambaataa121
INXS120
Ozzy Osbourne120
Depeche Mode111
Duran Duran110
Eurythmics110
Hüsker Dü110
Mötley Crüe110
New Order110
The Replacements111
Bad Brains101
Janet Jackson102
Sonic Youth100
Bon Jovi91
Pantera90
Slayer90
The Smiths92
The Flaming Lips80
LL Cool J83
Nick Cave80
Whitney Houston80
Faith No More70
Megadeth70
My Bloody Valentine70
Stone Roses70
Eric B. & Rakim61
Soundgarden60
Jane's Addiction51
Pixies50
De La Soul40
Fugazi40
Massive Attack40
The Offspring40
Nine Inch Nails32
Pavement30
A Tribe Called Quest20
Alice In Chains20
Blur20
Mariah Carey20
Smashing Pumpkins20
PJ Harvey10

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 CallowayCharlie Parker
Chuck WillisCrew Cuts
Dizzy GillespieDjango Reinhardt
Dolly PartonDuke Ellington
Eddie LangElla Fitzgerald
Emmylou HarrisEsther Phillips
Fela KutiFrank Sinatra
George JonesGil Scott-Heron
Herbie HancockJacques Brel
John CageJohn Coltrane
Johnny AceKarlheinz Stockhausen
Lightnin' HopkinsLonnie Donegan
Merle HaggardMississippi John Hurt
Nina SimonePatsy Cline
Ravi ShankarRoy Brown
Scott JoplinScreamin' Jay Hawkins
Serge GainsbourgSister Rosetta Tharpe
Sonny Boy Williamson IIThe Carter Family
The CloversThe Dominoes
The Four FreshmenThe Kingston Trio
The Mills BrothersThe Ravens
The WeaversTom Lehrer
Townes Van ZandtW.C. Handy
Waylon JenningsWillie Nelson
Wynonie Harris