Rock Hall: 100 More Crucial Omissions

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On Jan. 15, 2020, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its newest inductees, picking several nominees for the Class of 2020. That list included a few artists who’d been eligible for years, among them T. Rex, the Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode and Whitney Houston. The induction ceremony will take place on May 3 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.

In Fall 2016, we put together a list of artists that we feel deserve consideration for induction. Our original list of 100 omissions included a number of artists who have since been inducted. We update the list each year, deleting those that have made the cut and replacing them with other deserving names.

But, as many readers let us know—sometimes rather strongly!—even our list of 100 omissions barely scratched the surface. So we went back to work and compiled this followup list of 100 more omissions by the Hall!

We could probably put together a third list but we’re going to leave it at 200. If we’ve forgotten someone you feel is worthy of inclusion in the Rock Hall, we’d love to know about it! (But please check the first half of the list before you give us hell about leaving out your favorites!)

Our reasons for selecting the artists we did vary. One factor we considered in particular is whether they were important in their own time, not only how they are regarded today. Some of these artists will eventually make the Hall’s cut, others never will, and that’s just how it is.

In order to be eligible, an artist must have made their first recording 25 years prior to the current year (for the 2020 class, that meant 1995).

One other note: This list considers only artists who recorded primarily under their own names. This is the only category that is submitted to the voting body each year. Thus it does not include musicians who have served primarily as “sidemen” or “sidewomen.” Some of the greatest musicians in rock history have never received the recognition they deserve because they contribute mostly to others’ recordings. The Hall of Fame has a separate sideman category (which seems to be known now as the Award for Musical Excellence), to which it occasionally appoints names its executives deem worthy. As those artists are not submitted for consideration to voters, we are not concerning ourselves with them here.

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Names are listed alphabetically

—One of the most danceable of the American post-punk bands, their tunes like “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster” were a whole lot of fun.

Pat Benatar—Her string of early ’80s hits like “Love Is a Battlefield” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” made her one of the top female rockers of the era.

Brook Benton—One of the most popular R&B singers of the late ’50s and ’60s, he deserves to be remembered, especially for his ballads. And 1970’s “Rainy Night in Georgia” still sounds gorgeous.

Big Star—A classic example of a cult favorite, this ’70s Memphis band led by Alex Chilton (ex-Box Tops) had no real hits but has been enormously influential posthumously.

Blood, Sweat and Tears—Along with Chicago, they kick-started the horn-rock genre of the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Blue Cheer—Although known mainly for their cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues,” this San Francisco trio was one of the prototypes of heavy metal.

Roy Buchanan—The blues-rocker exerted enormous influence on many other guitarists but is sadly overlooked today.

Tim Buckley—With his ethereal voice and complex compositions and arrangements, the late singer-songwriter (father of Jeff Buckley) left behind a body of work that’s still being discovered by many.

Jimmy Buffett—Some listeners may only know his ubiquitous “Margaritaville” from 1977, but he has a huge, devoted following that savors his live performances.

Johnny Burnette—Before he had soft-pop hits like “You’re Sixteen” and “Dreamin’,” the late singer and his Rock & Roll Trio were a sizzling rockabilly outfit.

The Cadillacs—From uptempo R&B novelty hits like “Speedoo” and “Peek-A-Boo” to their exquisite ballad “Gloria,” this doo-wop group was one of the finest of the 1950s.

Freddy Cannon—Talk about rock ‘n’ roll, this wild singer did nothing but. His turbo-charged hits included “Palisades Park,” “Tallahassee Lassie” and “Action.”

The Chambers Brothers—They started out as a gospel group and then, as their signature tune “Time Has Come Today” put it, their souls became psychedelicized.

Related: When the Chambers Brothers’ “Time” had come

The Chantels—One of the first black girl groups, their hits of the ’50s, among them “Maybe” and “Look in My Eyes,” featured the soaring vocals of Arlene Smith.

Petula Clark—Although a bit older than the other British invasion chanteuses, she rode that wave to the Top 10 with “Downtown,” “My Love,” “I Know a Place” and others.

Albert Collins—Many of the great bluesmen of the past century have been inducted but this omission remains a glaring one.

Phil Collins—Already in as a member of Genesis, but he arguably had a bigger impact on his own.

Related: Many of these artists are still touring – Links for 100s of tours

The Cramps—Whatever it is that they did—minimalist rockabilly punk?—they were the first to do it, and they influenced many other bands.

John Denver—The Hall has been somewhat selective about the singer-songwriters it’s chosen, but the late “Rocky Mountain High” man was inarguably one of the most popular.

Devo—They injected a high-art, conceptualist spin into the new wave movement, and gave us at least one classic with “Whip It.”

The Dominoes—Also known as Billy Ward and the Dominoes, they cut the R&B classic “Sixty Minute Man” and gave us vocal greats Jackie Wilson and Clyde McPhatter.

Duran Duran—Of all the British New Romantic groups that emerged in the wake of punk, they made the most lasting music: “Hungry Like the Wolf” and their many other hits still sound great.

Brian Eno—After serving as a member of Roxy Music, Eno produced U2, Talking Heads, Coldplay and others, and his own ambient music albums were groundbreaking.

Eurythmics—Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart not only had some huge hits in the ’80s with their commercial, danceable synth-pop but helped set trends that would define the MTV era.

Related: Eurythmics were well-timed for MTV success

5th Dimension—Popularizing songs by Jimmy Webb, Laura Nyro and others, their mix of soul and R&B was extremely popular in the late ’60s/early ’70s.

Dan Fogelberg—The beloved singer-songwriter is best remembered for hits like “Longer,” “Same Old Lang Syne” and “Leader of the Band.”

Foghat—The British blues-rockers have been purveying the endless boogie for more than four decades, with several gold and platinum albums to their credit.

Connie Francis—By today’s standards, the pop singer may not be considered rock, but teens were buying up records like “Lipstick on Your Collar” and “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” in the ’50s/’60s.

Free—We listed Bad Company, the other band featuring the soulful frontman Paul Rodgers, in the first volume of our omissions. Free was just as great. You can’t not sing along with their “All Right Now.”

The Fugs—They never had a hit record, but their over-the-top irreverence inspired many who followed to experiment without fear.

Rory Gallagher—Not everyone knows his name, but ask fans of pure guitar mastery and this late Irish virtuoso is always near the top of the list.

The Go-Go’s—The new wave group was the first all-female band to hit the top of the Billboard charts with songs they wrote and played themselves. And those songs were great!

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Tim Hardin—The singer-songwriter’s tunes, including “Reason to Believe” (Rod Stewart cut a definitive version),were covered by numerous artists. And his own recordings were always honest and insightful.

Slim Harpo—A virtuoso on the blues harmonica, and a dynamic singer, he was a favorite of the Stones and many other blues-rock bands.

Emmylou Harris—Few singer-songwriters so successfully straddled the worlds of traditional Nashville country and the modern singer-songwriter genre of the ’70s and ’80s. And she still sounds amazing today.

Hawkwind—They found a sweet spot where edgy psychedelia, hard rock and space-rock met, plus they gave the world Lemmy. Truly adventurous musicians.

Hot Tuna—When Jefferson Airplane began to crash, guitarist/singer Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady explored their love for blues. More than a half-century later, they’re still at it.

Billy Idol—From his start with Brit punks Generation X and onward into his high-profile, MTV-era solo years, he delivered a string of high-energy rock tunes and a few memorable ballads.

INXS—Fronted by the now-deceased Michael Hutchence, this Australian band was both phenomenally successful and continually innovative.

Related: The Rock Hall opens in 1995 with a concert for the ages

The Jam—Often compared to the Who and the Kinks, the English trio—led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Paul Weller—incorporated a strong soul influence into their punk/Mod sound.

Rick James—The late funk great was one of the last stars to emerge from the Motown empire; his riffs were sampled by countless rappers.

James Gang—The Cleveland-based hard-rock band is best known for its early incarnation featuring future Eagle Joe Walsh, but continued to make solid music after he left.

Joy Division—Fronted by the charismatic Ian Curtis, who would commit suicide a few years into their run, the British band didn’t last long but influenced many with their two brilliant albums.

Chaka Khan—From her early days fronting the R&B/funk band Rufus she’s been a versatile, hugely popular singer for four decades.

Kingston Trio—The folkies sold millions of albums and influenced many singer-songwriters and folk-rock groups.

Al Kooper—Wrote the #1 “This Diamond Ring.” Played the organ on “Like a Rolling Stone.” Member of the Blues Project. Started Blood, Sweat and Tears. Cut great albums with guitar whiz Mike Bloomfield. Discovered and produced Lynyrd Skynyrd. And that’s just the start.

LaBelle—Originally a ’60s girl group called Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles, they reincarnated in the ’70s and tore up the charts with funky hits like “Lady Marmalade.”

Cyndi Lauper—One of the biggest stars of the ’80s and beyond, her hits like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “True Colors” and “Time After Time” are still radio staples today.

Taj Mahal—His top-notch output beginning in the late ’60s introduced many rock fans to the more organic acoustic blues, plus he could rock like crazy and he incorporated world music and other elements.

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Manfred Mann—From their initial run as an R&B-heavy British Invasion band (“Do Wah Diddy Diddy”) into their reconfiguration as Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (Springsteen’s “Blinded By the Light”), they created a solid string of quality singles and albums.

Marshall Tucker Band—One of the most creative and durable of the Southern Rock bands, their best known tunes include “Can’t You See” and “Heard It in a Love Song.”

The Marvelettes—One of the few major Motown groups yet to be inducted, they had more than 25 hits, including their #1 Billboard debut, “Please Mr. Postman.”

Meat Loaf—Larger than life in several ways, his Bat Out of Hell collaborations with Jim Steinman have persevered as classic rock staples.

Melanie—A star of the Woodstock festival, the singer-songwriter was a radio favorite with hits like “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and “Brand New Key.”

George Michael—The late British pop singer first enjoyed 1980s success in the duo Wham! He then established superstar status with his solo debut, Faith. His huge hits include “Careless Whisper,” “I Want Your Sex” and “Father Figure.”

Moby Grape—Some said that they were the greatest of the ’60s San Francisco bands, with a triple-guitar front line and well-crafted songs.

Motörhead—Fronted by the beloved singer-bassist Lemmy Kilmister, they were the quintessential British metal band, spawning subgenres like speed metal and thrash.

The Move—Before there was ELO, there was the Move, featuring Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne. They never caught on in America but their psychedelic sound influenced many.

Watch the Move live in 1967

Willie Nelson—While he is, of course, one of our top country artists, his impact on rock is measurable (he co-created Farm Aid with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, for example).

Related: Many of these artists are still touring – Links for 100s of tours

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New Order—The English post-punk/dance-pop band organized quickly from the ashes of Joy Division and has been a major creative force ever since.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band—They started out as a country-rock band in the mid-’60s, then became one of the first to introduce bluegrass and other core Americana to the rock audience.

Peter, Paul and Mary—Amidst the individual singer-songwriters, they were the most popular of the ’60s folk revival groups. Their #1 “Leaving on a Jet Plane” was one of several big hits.

Phish—Formed in 1983 in Vermont, the jam-band’s unpredictable concerts, based on improvisational segments and complex arrangements, are legendary. They still fill stadiums regularly.

The Pointer Sisters—Their versatility has been proven repeatedly over four-plus decades, resulting in a string of hits including a great cover of Springsteen’s “Fire.”

John Prine—This 2018 nominee finally received recognition for his decades of solid songcraft and heartfelt performances.

Suzi Quatro—One of the first female rock stars who wasn’t just a singer but also played an instrument, this glam heroine was an inspiration to Joan Jett and others.

The Raspberries—They were one of the bands that invented power pop, and although their only hit single was 1972’s “Go All the Way” they inspired many other bands to forego the excess and return to rock and roll basics.

REO Speedwagon—Although they were never a critics’ favorite, the Illinois-based rockers have sold tens of millions of records and retain a large fan base.

The Replacements—The Minneapolis quartet came out of the local punk scene and developed its own brand of lovably chaotic, sloppy but often brilliant rock.

Lionel Richie—After a successful run as the lead singer of Motown’s Commodores, he took off as a wildly popular solo artist, scoring five #1 singles.

Rockpile—The band itself released only one album but it served as temporary home base for guitarist-singer Dave Edmunds and bassist-singer Nick Lowe, two of England’s great no-nonsense rockers.

Otis Rush—The Chicago blues great, now 82, was a major influence on guitarists like Eric Clapton, Michael Bloomfield and Peter Green. How about honoring him while he’s still around?

Bobby Rydell—Among the many squeal-inducing ’50s/60s pretty-boy pinups, he made some of the best records, all for Philadelphia’s storied Cameo label.

The Searchers—You think there was only one great band to come out of Liverpool? This quartet’s harmony-rich tunes like “Needles and Pins” and “Love Potion Number Nine” were keepers too.

Neil Sedaka—After racking up a series of hits in the early ’60s, like “Calendar Girl,” he returned a decade later with more, this time with major support from Elton John.

The Smiths—Led by singer Morrissey, with fine guitar work by Johnny Marr, they were one of the most popular British bands of the early ’80s.

Sonny and Cher—Before Cher broke out on her own (and her ex, Sonny, became a U.S. congressman), they were a major success together on radio, television and the stage.

Sonic Youth—The New York post-punk band was relentlessly experimental, using noise and unorthodox tunings, inspiring other indie bands to take their music to the edge.

Joe South—Although mostly known for his biggest hit, 1969’s “Games People Play,” he was also a prolific songwriter (Deep Purple’s “Hush”) and session guitarist (Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde).

Spirit—One of the most underrated California bands of the ’60s, led by guitar whiz Randy California, they created a series of fine albums like The Family That Plays Together.

Status Quo—Another great example of a band that was huge at home—England—but had only minimal impact in the U.S. They’re still boogieing after more than five decades.

The Sugarhill Gang—The Hall of Fame has been actively inducting rappers but has inexplicably ignored this seminal old-school group.

The 13th Floor Elevators—One of the first bona fide psychedelic bands of the ’60s, these Texans, led by the mercurial Roky Erickson, are revered by many for their unique, uncompromising approach.

Carla Thomas—Like her dad Rufus Thomas (also yet to be inducted), this Memphis soul great turned out hit after hit in the ’60s.

Irma Thomas—A true legend in New Orleans, this soulful vocalist sounds as great today as when she was turning out hit records like “Time Is on My Side,” covered by the Rolling Stones.

Toots and the Maytals—If Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff can be inducted, then why not this pioneering, dynamic reggae band that openly acknowledged its debt to American R&B?

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Peter Tosh—And as long as we’re talking reggae, this former Wailers-mate of Marley’s made a strong impact with his songs advocating Rastafarianism, equal rights and weed legalization.

Toto—This group of virtuoso musicians made a significant impact together but the band’s members have also been first-call sidemen for decades.

Tower of Power—The Bay Area funk organization has been going strong for more than 40 years and includes one of the most in-demand horn sections in all of recorded music.

Pete Townshend—Would this singer-songwriter-guitarist have become a force in rock even if he hadn’t been in a certain English band? His solo work suggests that he had the goods.

Luther Vandross—After serving as a backup vocalist for the likes of Bowie and Diana Ross, he went solo and racked up a long string of huge modern R&B hits, plus several Grammys.

Bobby Vee—The now-deceased singer started out as a Buddy Holly protégé and then found his own groove with AM radio classics like “Take Good Care of My Baby” and “Come Back When You Grow Up.”

Mary Wells—Another Motown star who’s been unjustly ignored by the Hall, her hits included “Two Lovers” and the #1 “My Guy.”

Tony Joe White—The late master of swamp-rock had a big hit with “Polk Salad Annie” in 1969 and wrote “Rainy Night in Georgia” for Brook Benton.

Larry Williams—Just ask the Beatles if you don’t know who this ’50s singer was: they covered his “Dizzy Miss Lizzy,” “Bad Boy” and “Slow Down.” His other hits included “Short Fat Fannie” and “Bony Moronie.”

Sonny Boy Williamson (II)—There were two blues greats with this name. The second—also known as Rice Miller—was a harmonica master and singer who had a huge influence on the Stones, Yardbirds, John Mayall, Animals, etc.

Chuck Willis—This long-gone R&B singer was nominated for five consecutive years by the Hall and then forgotten. He still deserves recognition for “C.C. Rider” and “What Am I Living For,” among other sides.

Edgar Winter—Like his late brother Johnny, Edgar Winter has been a favorite of dedicated rockers for 50 years, and his huge hit “Frankenstein” still receives airplay.

X—The U.S. produced dozens of great punk bands and X was one of the most important. Their debut album, Los Angeles, was a landmark of the genre.

The Youngbloods—Worth remembering for their big peace-and-love anthem “Get Together” but more than that too: singer-songwriter Jesse Colin Young was and remains a talented force.

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  1. Carole
    #1 Carole 24 December, 2016, 19:20

    I don’t see The Monkees on the list. That’s a MAJOR omission — and one I will leave for others to rake you over the coals.

    I will simply say shame on you and step out of the way….

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 25 December, 2016, 11:32

      Carole, we clearly stated in the story: “Please check the first half of the list before you give us hell about leaving out your favorites!”

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    • Linda
      Linda 14 December, 2017, 11:46

      They are on his first list

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    • PJ
      PJ 15 December, 2017, 13:40


      Two of the greatest songwriters of the last 40 years..but then, neither of them were part of ‘Jann’s Boys’
      This ‘Hall’ is a joke..and a bad one at that.

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      • Dragyn
        Dragyn 16 October, 2019, 13:16

        AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Monkees, Paul Revere and The Raiders, and Mark Lindsay, both with the group, and solo, hes still performing, and still pretty cute, The HELL with ‘JannsBoys’!!!

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      • Barb
        Barb 21 October, 2019, 00:15

        After all these years, still Don Henley has not been inducted as a solo artist. He was inducted along with his fellow Eagles in the ‘90’s, but Don had a fabulous solo career with hit songs—Boys of Summer, Dirty Laundry, All She Wants To Do Is Dance, just to name a few. With his wonderful songwriting and that unforgettable voice, it’s shameful that he’s been looked over. If Stevie Nicks could get in as a solo artist, surely Don Henley should be there!

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    • Jeff
      Jeff 10 October, 2018, 02:46

      I am very interested in your thoughts of the incomparable Dan Fogelberg not be in the HOF yet and especially your reasons please of why is left off of your list – as your list gets more respect from me than the Hall’s. Thank you and I really thank you for this unbelievable website and off-the-chart emails! Jeff – Tulsa, OK (1st real rock concert Bob Welch opening for Heart approx 1977?)

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  2. Liquidmuse
    #2 Liquidmuse 25 December, 2016, 05:23

    Depeche Mode? So being the biggest electronic band with 100 million sales and an upcoming stadium tour doesn’t rate? Having catchy, intricate, and powerful (& pioneering) songs with smart lyrics and great vocals means nothing? Cool.

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  3. Nick
    #3 Nick 25 December, 2016, 13:04

    Little Anthony and the Imperials were inducted as part of the Rock Hall’s class of 2009 (in the performer category). So technically you still have 1 more snub in their place.

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  4. Chris
    #4 Chris 26 December, 2016, 09:52

    Depeche Mode off both lists. 100 million sales, pioneer of the dominant kind of modern music, stadium tour next year, plus catchy intricate songs and good vocals. But no?

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  5. Becky
    #5 Becky 15 January, 2017, 00:19

    OK….nobody gives credit to Toto and their wonderful music!!! Not happy that they are so overlooked.

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  6. graham4anything
    #6 graham4anything 31 January, 2017, 19:05

    Harry Chapin. Worthy for his music, and I would say more influencial than Jim Croce, who is on your list,(and is also deserving)
    but Harry should have been in a decade ago for his work for charities and humanitarianism work, and basically being the person who got scores of other artists, including Bruce to do charity work.
    Bruce should be championing him
    John Denver (who is on your list)
    Pet Shop Boys
    Art Garfunkel, solo
    Brian Wilson, solo
    Nina Simone
    and its never too early to remind people in 10 to 15 years that Lana Del Rey should be inducted as early as possible.

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    • graham4anything
      graham4anything 26 December, 2017, 10:14

      Well, from my list above, at least Nina got in this year.
      There is hope for the others on my list especially Harry Chapin and in a few years Lana Del Rey. (Who now has 2 debut #1 albums and was one of 4 cover artists of 2017 Billboard Magazine’s year end issue.

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  7. RadioDon
    #7 RadioDon 25 February, 2017, 23:23

    Dont forget a few Canucks– The Guess Who, Loverboy, Bachman Turner Overdrive, April Wine , Triumph ( ya that other Canadian trio)

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    • Mike L
      Mike L 10 March, 2017, 22:43

      As great as Rush was..I.think Triumph were better in concert and put on a massive stage show that rivaled the best of them. Always surprised they faded away.

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  8. Chris
    #8 Chris 4 March, 2017, 23:52

    How about Squeeze, the had a slough of hits in the 80’s. Also Harry Chapin?

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  9. keith
    #9 keith 5 March, 2017, 07:30


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    #10 TODD TAMANEND CLARK 5 April, 2017, 14:23


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    • Jeff Tamarkin
      Jeff Tamarkin Author 6 April, 2017, 08:17

      Hi Todd,
      A lot of good music there but with all due respect it’s the Rock and Roll Hall of FAME, and very few of those artists are the least bit famous. Why would Diamanda Galas or Mind Garage (never heard of that one) be inducted into this Hall?

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  11. Bugs
    #11 Bugs 5 April, 2017, 18:02

    Dr. Hook!!!!!! They deserve to be there……

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  12. chessman
    #12 chessman 9 April, 2017, 15:53

    if the Heartbreakers(johnny not tom’s band) isn’t on this add it

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  13. bela
    #13 bela 3 October, 2017, 17:49


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  14. Bettie
    #14 Bettie 4 October, 2017, 19:36

    What about Styx. Unless I missed it they should definitely be in!!!

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  15. Jeff
    #15 Jeff 5 October, 2017, 08:33

    Do you guys and/or gals have any insight as to why Dan Fogelberg not only keeps getting left out of HoF but he doesn’t even get mentioned? I am just very curious. Thanks – Jeff in Tulsa

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    • Jeff Tamarkin
      Jeff Tamarkin Author 5 October, 2017, 09:03

      It’s never a good idea trying to second guess how the nominating committee comes up with its picks, but our guess is that they just don’t consider Fogelberg to be important enough.

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    • TomNJ
      TomNJ 15 December, 2017, 14:29

      RnR hall of fame is a joke. It is a “good ol boys” club and they pick and choose who “they” think deserves to get in. It’s not a hall of fame, its a “insiders club”, nothing more.

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      • Billy K.
        Billy K. 20 April, 2018, 05:03

        Howard Stern was saying the same thing that I was thinking……’s all about Jann Wenner,
        who is the supposed “authority” on rock and roll.

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  16. Charlie
    #16 Charlie 9 October, 2017, 14:05

    The truly sad thing to me is that a lot of these artists will never be in.

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  17. MikeAB
    #17 MikeAB 14 December, 2017, 04:44

    Maybe I missed his name, but I did not see Joe Jackson on either list! With out doubt. J Geils, and Los Lobos deserve to be in. Nick Lowe not only as a performer, but as a producer himself. Elvis Costello himself said if it want for Nick, he wouldn’t be in the Hall.

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  18. Bobsjazz
    #18 Bobsjazz 14 December, 2017, 08:14

    Add The Neville Brothers, Ravi Shankar (influence on Beatles et al, only one to play Monterey, Woodstock, and Concert for Bangladesh),

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  19. Gus
    #19 Gus 15 December, 2017, 09:06

    Doobie Bros., Jethro Tull, ELP, Boston, Grand Funk, BTO, J. Geils

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  20. TomNJ
    #20 TomNJ 15 December, 2017, 14:23

    First of all, it’s the Rock n Roll hall of fame! Not the Pop, Country, Folk, or Top 40 hall of fame so people like Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Peter, Paul and Mary, Charlie rich should not even be anywhere near this list! And no mention of The Pixies or Link Wray???

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  21. Poetry Man
    #21 Poetry Man 15 December, 2017, 15:32

    I’m Still F*cked Off Seals & Crofts Off the first list !!!!!

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  22. Briano
    #22 Briano 16 December, 2017, 00:34


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  23. Rankbadge
    #23 Rankbadge 16 December, 2017, 03:40

    Radio Birdman, without a doubt.

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  24. Charles
    #24 Charles 27 December, 2017, 23:50

    Weird Al!

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  25. Burt
    #25 Burt 7 January, 2018, 13:36

    Come on guys–no mention of the Raiders! Shame.

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  26. Barf Rockskin
    #26 Barf Rockskin 20 March, 2018, 15:39

    For the 1980’s. Two glaring omissions not mentioned. What about Dan Fogelberg? And Richard Marx? Both had HUGE influences!

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  27. limee57
    #27 limee57 14 April, 2018, 10:54

    What about “Eddie Money”?

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  28. Rudy
    #28 Rudy 17 April, 2018, 09:56

    Looked on BOTH lists. No mention of WISHBONE ASH! Are you kidding me? Twin lead pioneers, and founder Any Powell (Flying V) is still touring Europe and the USA. Got to do something about that!!!

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  29. Billy K.
    #29 Billy K. 18 April, 2018, 15:07

    Dare I say “Atomic Rooster”? This British band barely made a dent in the US market, but was influential.

    They were able to come up danceable prog rock(“Tomorrow Night”) some really dark sounding stuff(“Death Walks Behind You”), and even new wave-like material(“Where’s the Show”).

    They had a number of personnel changes, but somehow, leader Vincent Crane was able to make the best out of what the musicians had to offer, in each edition of Rooster.

    This was also Carl Palmer’s band before ELP got started… a sense of “historical
    significance” much like Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie, or the Move….which shaped things to come…..

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  30. Afternoon Dreamer
    #30 Afternoon Dreamer 2 July, 2018, 17:49

    REO Speedwagon – Number 1 album of 1981. While they are often credited for the power ballad, they had some great rock songs, especially in the 1970’s. Have basically toured every year since they started.

    Bread …just because

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  31. Shrek
    #31 Shrek 5 September, 2018, 12:30

    The B-52s

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  32. Kerry
    #32 Kerry 9 October, 2018, 13:19

    Still no love for INXS

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  33. Bluzrider
    #33 Bluzrider 10 October, 2018, 07:45

    Since many of the acts listed here are people or groups that I never have heard before, I would like to add a group from Detroit called the Rockets, Pulled together by some of Mitch Ryders group the Detroit Wheels, Johnny “Bee” Bandajek and Jimmy MacCarty, they had what some have called the best version of Peter Greens hit with Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well” with a blistering solo by Mac Carty, but also had some hits of their own that never really got the recognition they deserved, Hits like “Desire”, “Turn Up the Radio” “Takin It Back” and they were also a killer live band, that rocked the house.

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  34. AVK
    #34 AVK 11 October, 2018, 19:02

    Still missing the great Jack Scott and The Pretty Things

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  35. giuseppec
    #35 giuseppec 17 October, 2018, 14:44


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  36. Bam
    #36 Bam 5 November, 2018, 21:40

    The Beastie boys suck, rage against the machine has no real hits and Foghat was a great band with ,handy hits like Bad Company. Are you letting 4th graders vote? I will never visit.

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  37. exo
    #37 exo 13 December, 2018, 18:10

    why arent the 5th dimension , tommy james and the shondells , the turtles in the rock and roll hall of fame do you know how many hits those 3 groups have ,

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    #38 BASEMENT TAPES 14 December, 2018, 04:27

    2) CHRIS REA
    4) GENE CLARK (solo)

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  39. Sunset
    #39 Sunset 14 December, 2018, 12:24

    Elliott Murphy have written and released as many great songs as the real big ones like Beatles, Stones, Neil Young and Springsteen. Still activ and a superb live artist. Springsteen has said that “Elliott Murphy” have never made a bad song. That’s true!

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  40. lou h
    #40 lou h 14 December, 2018, 19:33

    Weird Al Yankovic .Insanely great musician, superlative lyricist, unique in rock music with a 40 year career and many Grammy’s

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  41. Dave m
    #41 Dave m 17 December, 2018, 09:31

    no j geils,little feat.ten years after,tull,ELP,Bad co,what a shame

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  42. JJK
    #42 JJK 19 December, 2018, 15:06

    Grand Funk Railroad was omitted. These guys sold out Shea Stadium, and were one of the biggest bands of the 70’s. The HOF is real joke!

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  43. Dusty
    #43 Dusty 23 January, 2019, 15:46

    I hope that eventually the Cranberries will get mentioned

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  44. Doug
    #44 Doug 28 January, 2019, 16:03

    Harry Chapin! …not only for his music (Cat’s in the Cradle, TAXI, W*O*L*D*, Mr. Tanner, etc.) but for his charity work and approach that preceded Live Aid and others by many years. Even Springsteen recognized and affirmed it.

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  45. Tom Leonard
    #45 Tom Leonard 30 March, 2019, 22:29

    A lot of support for Harry Chapin in these comments, not that I’m against it. He was a prolific performer (over 2,000 concerts between 1972-81), touring all over the US, Canada, England, Germany, and Holland, plus recording 11 albums during that span. He was the master of long form, narrative “Story Songs” and bore influence on both Billy Joel & Bruce Springsteen, who have employed his storytelling narrative composing style on more than a few occasions. His humanatarian work as an added plus, when James Taylor & Neil Diamond are in he should get consideration (he should already be in The Songwriters HOF).

    As for Tom Jones, forget the “Vegas” years in the mid 70s-early 80s, that’s a relatively small sample of his 6 decade long career. From 1965-72 he was a phenomenal singer, one of the best blues singers in popular music, a legit rocker with the voice to carry power ballads & Broadway Show Tunes. His TV show showcased as such, Jones having no trouble fitting in with The Moody Blues, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, while switching gears and sounding just as great with Johnny Cash or Dusty Springfield. His duet with Janis Joplin has become a cult favorite of the era. Since the 1980s, he’s collaborated with Trevor Horn, Bono & Edge, Lenny Kravitz, Sting, and successfully covered roots music & gospel on a trilogy of highly acclaimed albums, performed for two US Presidents & The Queen of England, the quality of his work post 1990 combined with his 65-72 commercial heyday and the fact he still fills concert halls touring annually World Wide, there are a LOT of acts in the R&R HOF with a lot less quality work, versatility, & most of all credibility than Tom Jones.

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  46. DJChas
    #46 DJChas 7 April, 2019, 01:26

    Wish List- Induct- BOSTON, Grass Roots. America. The Carpenters, Seals and Crofts. Firefall, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Chubby Checker, Helen Reddy and The Doobie Brothers

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    • Jeff Tamarkin
      Jeff Tamarkin Author 8 April, 2019, 13:26

      With all due respect, England Dan and John Ford Coley will not be getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nor will Helen Reddy.

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  47. tommy
    #47 tommy 10 May, 2019, 21:51

    I can’t get over Cher not being in the Hall, surely that must be some sort of oversight somewhere.

    One person definitely missing who should be in there as an Early Influencer must be Ella Fitzgerald.

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  48. Barb
    #48 Barb 19 October, 2019, 11:11

    I have never understood why Meatloaf has not been inducted. One of the greatest rockers ever. Thanks for including him on your list!

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  49. Tom T
    #49 Tom T 20 October, 2019, 14:38

    One not found on either list is Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO).

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  50. john runion
    #50 john runion 21 October, 2019, 05:52

    brian wilson as producer, songwriter, music arranger, vocal arranger.

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  51. Paul
    #51 Paul 21 October, 2019, 13:24

    Rare Earth

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  52. Jer
    #52 Jer 21 October, 2019, 15:55

    What about Olivia Newton John?!

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  53. Richard Michael
    #53 Richard Michael 21 October, 2019, 21:46

    How could Tull have detractors? Is it because they won the metal grammy? Just for the back to back albums Aqualung and Thick as a Brick they should be in. All their albums are great, performed for 50 years to sell outs constantly, melded rock, metal, fold, quirkiness, somehow the flute, old English tunes, irony, great guitar and Anderson’s theatrics, etc. No one has mentioned this group and if you know their music you would vote them in before Yankovic, They Might Be Giants, biting lyrics, memorable melodies and nobody is similar. Another person who doesn’t get mentioned is Al Stewart, such haunting songs in a good way.

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  54. Richard
    #54 Richard 21 October, 2019, 21:50

    Jethro Tull, America, They Might Be Giants, Al Stewart

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  55. Bubbaphatt
    #55 Bubbaphatt 23 December, 2019, 01:43

    I’m glad to see Suzi Quatro on the list, she was such a major influence to acts like Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, etc. that her not being inducted is ridiculous. Slade is another glaring omission, and somehow they are not on the list, even though they were very influential, and often covered by metal bands in the ’80s.

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  56. Jay
    #56 Jay 29 December, 2019, 22:03

    Buzzcocks, XTC, Stranglers, Ultravox, Gang of Four, Echo and the Nunnymen, PFM, Focus, Wishbone Ash, Caravan , Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Jellyfish, The Specials, English Beat, Split Enz, Squeeze, Gentle Giant, Supertramp

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  57. theABE
    #57 theABE 3 January, 2020, 10:44

    What about Gary Puckett and the Union Gap? number one hits, bunch of top 10 hits. Young GIrl, Woman Woman, Lady Willpower

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  58. ArielE
    #58 ArielE 15 January, 2020, 10:11

    I didn’t see 70’s glam/hard rock band, Sweet, on either list.
    The band that gave us Ballroom Blitz, Fox on the Run, No You Don’t, Action, A.C.D.C., Set Me Free, Love is Like Oxygen, and many other catchy, yet edgy, rock tunes is forgotten by almost everyone it seems and that’s a damn shame.

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  59. MikeAB
    #59 MikeAB 18 January, 2020, 10:00

    What about Joe Jackson. Here is an artist, like his contemporary Elvis Costello(who is already in) that can move from genre to genre( Rock, pop, classical, etc) and put out brilliant work each time! He did not even make your list. The Jam, or even just Paul Weller deserve to be in as well as Los Lobos from your previous list. I can go on and on but I agree with most you have on both list.

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  60. Tom Years
    #60 Tom Years 18 January, 2020, 11:32

    I just scanned through both lists. I saw many acts that deserve to be inducted. A few that are pretty iffy. But did you really overlook Kansas?

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  61. Douglas Trapasso
    #61 Douglas Trapasso 21 January, 2020, 20:45

    Any love for Teena Marie? Maybe her resume makes her borderline; she didn’t cross over to pop as often as she probably deserved. But taking a stand like she did, to escape her Motown contract in one of the most important entertainment law cases of the seventies, should tip her into the Hall. She paved a path in music just as important as Curt Flood did in baseball.

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  62. Dougie
    #62 Dougie 1 March, 2020, 20:44

    Status quo,,,always seemed to robbed,,,best band in the world by a longshot,,been going nonstop since 1962,,its the music that keeps us fans from loving them for so long,,Matchstick men was their only hot in America,,but the rest was all over the world,,long Quo

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  63. TeddyJames
    #63 TeddyJames 27 March, 2020, 10:24

    I must have missed something. Little Feat isn’t in, nor one of your 200 omissions? Wow, just wow!!

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  64. Stevo
    #64 Stevo 8 April, 2020, 18:20

    Savoy Brown. The knock on them is always too many personnel changes but still they recorded over 20 albums and sold millions. Great blues rock, still going today.

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  65. ReallyBigShow
    #65 ReallyBigShow 17 April, 2020, 00:42

    Still some glaring omissions: Bir Brother and the Holding Company and .38 Special. Why not throw in Night Ranger and Michigan bands–SRC and The Frost?

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  66. Tim Adams
    #66 Tim Adams 22 June, 2020, 16:43

    Am I missing something? The Scorpions should already be in or at least at the top of the list. Also fellow Eurorockers Golden Earring who gave us the greatest song ever in “Radar Love”, but also have amassed 35 albums, still tour with their core lineup intact, and were founded in 1961. By far Holland’s greatest act ever.

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