The Most Inexcusable Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Snubs: The 2014 Update

The nominees for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have recently been announced (See Here,) and, once again, the debate begins over who should get inducted. However, the main focus here should be on who isn’t even being considered! This year, I’m happy to say that 7 of the 15 on last years update (Here) are on the ballot, in addition to some repeats and first timers. However, there is an ever-growing list of straight up snubs, some have been previously nominated, some were left out of previous inductions, and some haven’t even been acknowledged for their contributions. Here is a comprehensive list (over 100 acts) of all such artists who deserve to be recognized by and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but sadly are not. Naturally, seeing as we don’t know who will make in into the Hall from this year’s ballot yet, this year’s nominees are not included.

ERIC B & RAKIM

EricBRakimNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Hip hop wouldn’t be what it is today without this DJ and MC. While the genre has been openly embraced by the Hall of Fame, they are beginning to overlook some of its most important formative acts, specifically Eric B & Rakim. They need to be back on the ballot ASAP.

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA

NOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTEDAfrikaBambaataa

He’s one of the most vital figures in the development of hip hop culture and electro music, particularly electro funk. His pioneer status should have landed him a spot in the Hall long before many of his predecessors. Unfortunately, he’s still stuck in the backseat.

THE B-52S

B-52sTheir blend of modern new wave with 60s rock and roll paired with their iconic call-and-response of charismatically spoken and sung vocals has set them aside a truly unique facet to rock’s history. They’re so much more than the ultimate party band.

JOAN BAEZ

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Joan Baez was the defining voice of an era. From her legendary performance at Woodstock to her countless socially conscious tunes, she’s an artist that should have been a shoe in for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

THE BELMONTS

BelmontsSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

It’s kind of unfair that Dion got all of the attention from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was certainly justified that he was welcomed as an all-encompsaing solo act, but his time with the Belmonts was crucial, and his bandmates shouldn’t be left to sit on the sidelines.

BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY

BigBrotherHoldingCompanySUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

Janis Joplin clearly earned her own induction, but it’s important that the group she so famously fronted and cranked out some of her most memorable tunes with is given the same due. They should be included as a supplemental addition, not as a brand new act.

BLACK BLAG

BlackFlagThese hardcore punk pioneers are so definitive of their genre that it’s almost incomprehensible that they haven’t at least seen a nomination to date. Their influence has been cited by so many, and their place in pop culture is far bigger than most will give them credit for.

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

BlueOysterCultOne would think that a group that held together the integrity of hard rock while succumbing to public appeal would be a shoe in for at least a nomination, but Blue Öyster Cult is still barely a blip on the radar. They really do meet all of the qualifications.

KATE BUSH

KateBushKate Bush is an irrefutable legend in every aspect, and there seemingly isn’t anyone arguing otherwise. While the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame severely lacks in female inductees, this particular artist is a glaring void in their decreasingly prestigious roster.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART

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Very few artists are able to sustain a career this experimental and avant-garde and actually be taken seriously. His efforts have absolutely earned him a slot in the Hall of Fame, even despite being a “musician’s musician,” but he’s nowhere to be found.

THE CARPENTERS

CarpentersIt’s certainly easy to write The Carpenters off as “pop fodder,” but this sibling duo cranked out some of the most beautiful, poignant, and noteworthy hits of the ’70s. There are plenty of “cheesy” artists already inducted, and none of them can sing like Karen Carpenter.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

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Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds aren’t the kind of band that everyone knows, but they are truly one of the most important groups in the history of alt rock. Their dark, poetic approach, led by the unparalleled Cave have influenced many and have kept critics excited for decades.

THE CHANTELS

ChantelsNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

This is another highly influential and barrier-breaking group that has gotten lost in the shuffle as the years have gone by. The Chantels broke down gender and racial barriers as one of the earliest girl groups of the era. They should have been in long ago.

CHEAP TRICK

CheapTrick

Can anyone really come up with a reason why Cheap Trick hasn’t been inducted yet? They have the commercial and critical backing, a huge fanbase, and plenty of public recognition, and, somehow, they haven’t ever appeared on the ballot.

CHUBBY CHECKER

ChubbyCheckerHello… Earth to the Hall of Fame! “The Twist” is only one of the most important songs in the history of pop music, and yet Chubby Checker (who had plenty of other hits, mind you,) has never even been given a nomination?! That’s messed up.

CHICAGO

Chicago

There are actually groups have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame that don’t hold the same legendary status as Chicago. It’s particularly incomprehensible that they haven’t even received a nomination after all these years of eligibility. Total snub.

PATSY CLINE

PatsyCline

Patsy Cline is so much more than just a country icon, she was a bonafide rock star of her time. Not to mention, she always textured her songs with elements of blues and soul. Whether she’s in as an early influence or performer, she needs to be in, period.

JOE COCKER

JoeCockerNot only does he have one of the most recognizable voices of all time, but Joe Cocker’s ability to bring songs to life is second-to-none, most notably with his iconic covers. This is one artist who is being overlooked on all accounts, and it’s certainly a head-scratcher.

THE COMMODORES

CommodoresThese Motown legends have the hits, the acclaim, and influence, and pretty much any other qualification you think of, but they have been completely overlooked. The Commodores have deserved at least a nomination for quite some time now.

JIM CROCE

JimCroce

He’s a definitive singer-songwriter of a highly prolific generation. Jim Croce has plenty of hits and memorable tracks under his belt, and with critics and fans fondly keeping his catalog on a pedestal of sorts, it’s a bit of a head scratcher that he’s not been inducted.

THE CURE

CureNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

You can file them under “goth rock” or “new wave” or whatever makes you happy (or melancholy, realistically,) but you’re always going to file The Cure under “legends.” Their influence alone should have been enough to push them through on their first nomination.

DICK DALE

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The creator of surf rock has yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, let alone even nominated. If that doesn’t strike you as particuarly preposterous, then it might be a good idea to reevaluate a few things. Dick Dale is a vital influence.

THE DEAD KENNEDYS

DeadKennedys

It’s about time the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame grew a pair and started acknowledging hardcore punk as a driving force in the development of the genre. The Dead Kennedys are undeniable icons, and have long since deserved this recognition.

DEEP PURPLE

DeepPurpleNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

The fact that Deep Purple, cited as being one of the most influential groups of their time, has only ever received one nomination isn’t the astounding part. What’s astounding is that it came so far after they were eligible and that it didn’t even result in an induction.

DEF LEPPARD

DefLeppard

These guys are the kings of stadium rock/hair metal/80s rock/whatever you want to call it. Love them or hate them, they are the epitome of what rock had become at the time, and it didn’t get much bigger than them. They totally deserve to be inducted.

THE DELFONICS

DelfonicsPhilly soul in general has been disgustingly barred from the Hall of Fame without any particular rhyme or reason. The Delfonics are one of the original founders of this genre that is collectively being snubbed, and with plenty of classic hits to their name, it’s hard to see why.

DEPECHE MODE

DepecheMode

No one has ever made synth-led rock formatted for both radio and stadium like Depeche Mode, but they are so much more than that. They are literally one of the biggest bands of all time, worldwide, and have the success, acclaim, and fandom to warrant an induction.

DEVO

Devo

They might the biggest cult band of all time. It’s difficult to consider Devo a “One Hit Wonder,” despite only having one actual hit in their catalog, simply because of how loyal and inspired their fanbase is. Besides, commercial success isn’t a lone qualification.

THE DICTATORS

Dictators

It makes sense that The Dictators haven’t been given the light of day by the Hall of Fame simply because they’re not particularly that well-known. However, their influence is cited by many, and they’ve been considered pioneers (if not the inventors) of punk, and that’s enough.

DIRE STRAITS

DireStraits

With plenty of hits to their name, one of the biggest selling albums of all time, and one of the greatest guitarists of all time (Mark Knopfler) as assets, you’d think Dire Straits would have landed themselves a coveted spot in the Hall of Fame by now.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS

DoobieBrothers

From soul to folk to rock and beyond, The Doobie Brothers have cranked out countless hits and radio staples that have truly defined their era. It’s hard to picture the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without them at this point, but they haven’t even been nominated.

NICK DRAKE

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Nick Drake didn’t have a long career, but he certainly left an impact and a legacy that deserves to be noted by the Hall of Fame. He remains a strong influence on songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists to this day, and his proper due has been a long time coming.

DURAN DURAN

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Duran Duran were so much more than just another 80s pop sensation, they were proper musicians making deliriously catchy and memorable pop rock. Just because they existed in the 1980s and ’90s doesn’t make them worthless; they’re legends.

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA / JEFF LYNNE

ELO

Jeff Lynne is exactly the kind of figure the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame usually wets themselves over, but he hasn’t even been nominated in any incarnation. Ideally, ELO would be inducted as a whole, but even an all-encompasing welcome for Jeff would make sense.

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER

ELP

ELP have seemingly fallen victim to the Hall’s biased distaste for progressive rock. The trio has all the makings of a worthy inductee, but it’s clear they’re intentionally being overlooked. It seems the tides are turning for prog rock, which will hopefully land them on the ballot.

EURYTHMICS

Eurythmics

Annie Lennox has one of the greatest voices of all time and Dave Stewart is one of the most well-rounded musicians to ever exist. From pop to dance to rock to soul, this duo has truly done it all. Somehow, though, Eurythmics have been left out of the Hall altogether.

THE FIVE SATINS

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From doo wop to soul to girl groups, vocal groups are a very important facet of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Five Satins are one of the earliest, most important, and most successful of such groups, and they have yet to be even nominated for induction.

CONNIE FRANCIS

ConnieFrancis

This is a snub that is absolutely shameful. Connie Francis was the queen of her time, racking up hit after hit after hit while her all-male peers did their best to fend her off. She should have been the first or second woman inducted, and she hasn’t even been nominated.

THE GAP BAND

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This funky trio always seems to get lost in the shuffle, but they absolutely deserve recognition for their incredible body of work. When it comes to funk music, they are important figures, and their catalog really speaks for itself. It’s sadly unlikely they’ll ever get their due.

J. GEILS BAND

JGeilsBandNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

The J. Geils Band is a seriously diverse group with a long history. From blues to rock to soul to new wave, this group really has hit enough major bullet points to warrant a well-deserved induction into the Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, they have only had one nod.

INXS

INXS

These Aussie rockers truly had their own brand of new wave that set them apart from all of their peers, which naturally led to international superstardom. Their distinctive catalog is jam packed with 80s and early-90s classics that more than qualifies them.

IRON MAIDEN

IronMaiden

These metal gods invented their own entire subculture that has been joined by millions and millions of the most loyal fans any act has even had. At this point, it’s just a matter of time before Iron Maiden is rallied into the Hall of Fame by referendum or full on mutiny.

JANET JACKSON

JanetJacksonJanet was not only openly intent on taking full control over her career outside of the “Jackson umbrella,” but she was intent on changing hip hop and R&B as we knew it. Her career is so important and legendary that it shouldn’t need to be as debated as it is.

THE JAM

Jam

As far as post-punk and new wave go, The Jam are as important as it gets. The only reason they have been overlooked probably has something to do with the Hall of Fame’s bias against British groups that weren’t enormous in America past the 1960s.

RICK JAMES

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Rick James was one of Motown’s most diverse artists ever. From funk to rock to straight up soul, this incredible artist did it all. He wrote the songs, he produced the songs, and he performed the songs, and they are still heavily played and referenced today.

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS

TommyJamesShondellsHere is a group that has been highly referenced, covered, and cited as an influence for bridging rock into its wildly important psychedelic era, and yet they are no where to be found on any ballot in the Hall of Fame’s history. This is truly one of the most shocking snubs ever.

JETHRO TULL

JethroTullAny rock act that figured out a way to make the flute cool deserves some serious kudos. Jethro Tull, however, unfortunately falls under the prog rock umbrella, and therefore is set aside in the “intentionally overlooked” pile. Their influence and appeal must not matter.

GRACE JONES

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One of the most art-driven artists in the history of pop and rock, Grace Jones was never about monopolizing the top of the charts. However, her diverse hybrid sound, unique vocal delivery, and her iconic image has made her as a major, often-cited influence and a bonafide legend.

JOY DIVISION / NEW ORDER

REPORTERS Belgium - Joy Division live at Plan KNewOrderTwo bands, one seamless lineage. New Order, one of the most important and iconic new wave era acts on the planet, rose out of the ashes of the short-lived, but highly influential Joy Division, one of post-punk’s heaviest hitters. They deserve to be induced together, and soon.

JR. WALKER & THE ALL STARS

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Here we have another classic Motown act that deserves their due. Jr. Walker & The All Stars didn’t have the longevity or intense popularity of some of the label’s more noted artists, but they left an important imprint on the most explosive era of soul music to date.

KING CRIMSON

KingCrimsonThe fact that this group are the forefathers of progressive rock seems to be the biggest reason they deserve to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the biggest reason they’re being kept out. The importance of King Crimson is truly vast.

CAROLE KING

CaroleKingYes, Carole King is already in the Hall of Fame… as a non-performer. Her career as a songwriter boldly carried her into a career as an actual performer, which alone is enough to warrant induction. It’s feels less like an oversight and more of a snub to not let her in as a performer.

KOOL & THE GANG

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From funk to soul to jazz to rock, Kool & The Gang has crafted an impressive cannon of hits that are still making an impact this day. They have the acclaim, the success, and the influence, but the one thing they’ve yet to see is a single nomination, and that’s messed up.

LABELLE

LabelleAnother Philadelphia-based soul group that has been entirely overlooked also so happens to be an another girl group that has been entirely overlooked. LaBelle has plenty of hits ranging from gospel to rock and plenty of stops in between, and this is an honor they deserve.

LITTLE FEAT

LittleFeatThis funky, Southern infused jam band is generally overlooked, but they are truly one of the most interesting groups of their time. Little Feat isn’t a household name, but they’ve built up a loyal fanbase and enough acknowledgment to earn at least a nomination by now.

LL COOL J

LLCoolJNOMINATED, BUST STILL NOT INDUCTED

LL Cool J’s career can be broken up into many eras (including his current “television actor/host” one,) but when it comes to hip hop’s formative years in the 80s, and the creative explosion it experienced in the 90s, there are few figures more important and legendary.

THE MANHATTANS

Manhattans

Surprise, surprise, here’s yet another Philly soul group that hasn’t been acknowledged by the Hall of Fame. The Manhattans actually racked up some the era’s biggest hits, including the immortal “Kiss and Say Goodbye,” and they totally deserve this prestigious honor.

MC5

MC5NOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

The influence of this group is truly astonishing. MC5’s audacious fusion of garage and psychedelic rock was so far ahead of its time, that it actual still holds up strikingly well to this day. They’ve made it onto the ballot before, but hopefully they’ll not be totally forgotten.

MEAT LOAF

MeatloafYou can love him or hate him, but you cannot deny how incredibly compelling Meat Loaf is. Between his outstanding vocal chops and his epic, albeit sometimes a tad over the top, opera rock opuses, there is a pretty outstanding case in his favor.

 

HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES

HaroldMelvinBlueNotesYet another major Philadelphia soul act that has been heinously snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes are one of the best vocal groups pretty much ever. Especially when you add the name “Teddy” to the argument, it really stings.

THE METERS

MetersNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

It was a miracle at all that The Meters found their way onto the nomination ballot in 2013, and while it’s no surprise that they weren’t inducted, it’s still a major injustice that it’s taking this long to get in. These funk legends have enviable credentials, but no support here.

STEVE MILLER BAND

SteveMillerBandWith some of rock’s most classic moments, acclaimed albums, and commercial backing, you’d think that the Steve Miller Band would have been inducted into the Hall of Fame years ago. Instead, they haven’t even seen a nomination yet. It’s beyond shocking.

THE MONKEES

Monkees

If you want to open the can of worms that is the argument about manufactured groups, pop superstardom, or anything else that’s been held against The Monkees, then I’d recommend glancing over the list of previous inductees. For better or worse, they’ve earned this honor.

THE MOODY BLUES

MoodyBluesOf all the British Invasion acts, the Moody Blues were kind of the oddballs. They were progressive rock before progressive rock even officially existed, and managed to stage a pretty noteworthy career as the genre developed. These guys were catalysts.

THE NEVILLE BROTHERS

NevilleBrothers

This New Orleans-grown band of brothers created a truly unique brand of funk, rock, and soul that may not have resulted in unparalleled commercial success, but the recognition they’ve received from critics and fans is more than enough to justify an induction.

THE NEW YORK DOLLS

NewYorkDollsNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Their influence and legacy is absolutely immense. The New York Dolls have been consistently cited as trailblazers, turning glam rock into a full blown movement, let alone a genre. Many of their successors are already in the Hall of Fame, yet they’ve only received one nod.

STEVIE NICKS

StevieNicksThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seems consistently intent on highlighting important solo careers from acts who have already been inducted. Now that’s totally justified, but you have to fold Stevie Nicks into that mix. She is one of the most important women to ever hold a microphone.

HARRY NILSSON

HarryNilssonThis singer-songwriter has an enviable catalog of hits to his name, a respectable fan base, and plenty of critical backing to boot. Harry Nilsson, however, has never even been nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame, but a good chunk of his peers are already in.

THE OHIO PLAYERS

OhioPlayersThese funk gods are as important to the genre as you could imagine; they were one of the major players during this highly prolific time for funk and soul. The Hall of Fame has been blatantly selective on who gets in, The Ohio Players are wrongfully hanging out in the waiting room.

GRAM PARSONS

GramParsonsNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Outside of his influential Gram Parsons Project, he was also a member of several important groups, including The Flying Burrito Brothers and The International Submarine Band. He’s appeared on a ballot or two, but seems to have been forgotten.

DOLLY PARTON

DollyPartonIt doesn’t get any bigger than Dolly Parton in country music, but her contributions have trickled so far into rock and roll that it’s practically indistinguishable. She’s a songwriter, a musician, and one of the greatest voices to ever grace a song, and she truly deserves this honor.

PATTI SMITH GROUP

PattiSmithGroupSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

Much like Jimi Hendrix and Alice Cooper, Patti Smith had an important backing band that was far more than just a bunch of musicians that played her tracks. The rest of the Patti Smith Group was overlooked for her solo induction, and they need to be given the proper credit.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS

TeddyPendergrassThis is an artist that isn’t being snubbed once, he’s being snubbed twice! Not only are Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes not in the Hall of Fame, but Teddy Pendergrass, one of the greatest voices ever, has yet to be acknowledged for her legendary solo contributions.

PETER PAUL & MARY

PeterPaulMaryFolk music is a major backbone of rock and roll, but it has been largely put in the backseat by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Peter Paul & Mary are the quintessential act when it comes to this genre’s importance as a cultural and political force in the ’60s.

PIXIES

PixiesIt’s really no surprise that the Pixies have yet to appear on a ballot; they haven’t been eligible all that long. However, considering their influence and importance, there should be a sense of urgency in at least their nomination. Still, it doesn’t even look like they’re on the radar.

BILLY PRESTON

BillyPrestonEven setting aside his collaborations with The Beatles, Billy Preston is a pretty legendary figure. His soulful, bluesy, funky (you name it) tracks have been widely noted by critics and fans alike, and his incredible organ skills truly warrant an induction.

PROCOL HARUM

ProcolHarumNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

This group’s bluesy, soulful take on rock has made them heroes of sorts. Even with a full, well-rounded career, the fact that Procol Harum was the band that gifted the world “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” is more than enough reason to let them into the Hall of Fame.

THE REPLACEMENTS

ReplacementsNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

The fact that these guys actually received a nomination last year was somewhat of a miracle. These alternative rock gods are a one of a kind, legendary group that absolutely deserves this honor. Here’s hoping that they find themselves back on the ballot soon.

THE REVOLUTION

RevolutionSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

There is no doubt that Prince should have been inducted as a solo act; that’s not even up for debate. It just seems a little incomplete that his iconic backing band, The Revolution, isn’t getting their due in any way. They should be inducted supplementally in some manner.

CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS

CliffRichardShadowsCliff Richard is one of the most enduring figures in the history of rock and roll. His backing band/a band in their own right, The Shadows, is one of the most important instrumental acts ever. They should have been inducted within the first few years of the Hall’s inception.

ROXY MUSIC

RoxyMusicRoxy Music is one of glam’s most iconic acts. Their unique approach ended up having a massive impact on new wave, and with members like Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry, you’d think these guys would be a shoe in, but they still waiting on their first nomination.

RUFUS AND CHAKA KHAN

RufusChakaNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Funk and soul wouldn’t be what it is without Rufus and their frontwoman, Chaka Khan, one of the greatest voices you’ll ever hear. With countless hits and wide recognition for their incredible musicianship, there’s no good excuse why they’ve only received one nod to date.

TODD RUNDGREN

ToddRundgrenVery few artists are as accomplished and versatile as Todd Rundgren. While he never quite had the commercial backing he deserved, critics have always been in his corner. With a dynamic catalog, ranging from pop to soul to prog rock, he’s worked hard for this honor.

SADE

Huty1602410Sade, actually a band, is one of the coolest, smoothest acts to ever find their way into the mainstream. With Sade Adu’s legendary, silky voice driving their soulful, jazzy classics, they have crafted a career that’s been lauded by critics and has earned them hoards of fans.

NEIL SEDAKA

NeilSedakaNeil Sedaka is one of the most well-rounded figures in the history of pop music. Not only has he racked up countless hits for himself, but his songwriting skills has resulted in hits for countless other artists. His noteworthy career has sadly been nothing but overlooked.

THE SHANGRI-LAS

Shangri-Las

Another iconic girl group of the era that has been strangely overlooked is undoubtedly the Shangri-Las. They meet all of the qualifications for induction, and seeing as many of their peers have already found their way in to the Hall of Fame, you’d have to call this a complete snub.

RAVI SHANKAR

RaviShankar

Sometimes rock stars manifest themselves in different ways. Ravi Shankar, although unconventional, is a rock star through and through. He played both Monterrey Pop and Woodstock, and directly influenced and educated The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

SONIC YOUTH

SonicYouthDespite not having been eligible for particularly long, Sonic Youth’s absence from the Hall of Fame is becoming more and more apparent as their peers and predecessors are finding their way onto ballots. These trailblazers truly deserve a recognition of this magnitude.

THE SPECIALS

SpecialsSitting brilliantly in the exact intersect of ska and punk, The Specials became renowned for their masterpieces that were masterfully nuanced with authoritative horns, laid back keys, and walls of group vocals. Their contributions are undeniable.

SQUEEZE

SqueezeNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Squeeze is the kind of band that is suffering because they were far more successful in the UK than they ever were in the US. Despite meeting all of the qualifications for induction, these incredibly talented musicians have only been nominated once.

STEPPENWOLF

Steppenwolf

This is a band whose influence stemmed from psychedelic rock, but trickled into everything from metal to mainstream pop. If you take a musical snapshot of this time, Steppenwolf is what you’re going to see. Unforunately, they have been guiltlessly overlooked for years.

THE STYLISTICS

Stylistics

The list of Philadelphia soul acts being completely ignored is stacked. One of the biggest would easily have to be The Stylistics. With some of the greatest classic soul ballads of all time to their name, it really is a particularly disappointment that they’ve been snubbed.

SUGARHILL GANG

Sugarhill Gang

If there is one central hip hop track that will be referenced as the true catalyst forever, it’s “Rapper’s Delight.” The Sugarhill Gang should have been inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside or immediately after Grandmaster Flash, but their successors have been given priority.

T. REX

T. Rex

When it comes to glam rock, it doesn’t get any more important than T. Rex. These guys have had a direct influence on everyone from David Bowie to Britpop acts like Oasis, and with critical backing and tons of commercial success, you’d think they would be in already.

TELEVISION

Televison

This seminal act was a leader in the New York post-punk movement alongside the already induced likes of Blondie, Talking Heads, and the Ramones. Sadly, these guys have been wrongfully deemed unworthy to join the ranks of their peers, and that is the epitome of a snub.

TAMMI TERRELL

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SUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

While Tammi Terrell didn’t have much of a noteworthy career on her own, she performed on some of Motown’s most iconic and classic tracks alongside the incomparable Marvin Gaye. What her place is in the Hall is unclear, but she deserves to be induced in some way.

JOE TEX

JoeTexNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

This legend has thankfully seen a nomination, even despite it being a long time coming. However, it’s unnerving that he wasn’t induced or included on any subsequent ballots. Joe Tex is a funk icon with a catalog that folds in everything from soul to blues, and he’s earned this.

THIN LIZZY

ThinLizzyThese Irish rockers have long been considered some of the most talented, innovative, and influential acts in rock history. Thin Lizzy revolutionized the two-guitar technique and trail-blazed a path for metal as we know it, so it’s hard to fathom why they continue to be snubbed.

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS

TootsMaytalsToots & The Maytals had their own brand of music that was driven by intricate vocal arrangements any soul group would envy. Reggae hasn’t been completely ignored by the Hall of Fame, but one of it’s most important players has been strangely, and blatantly overlooked.

THE WAILERS

WailersSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

Bob Marley is about as iconic a figure as rock and roll has ever seen, but he was strangely inducted as a solo act. His legendary backing group, The Wailers, was with him the whole way, and their contributions to his work was vital. They deserved to be added to the ranks.

DIONNE WARWICK

DIONNE WARWICK

Very few female artists are as successful as Dionne Warwick. This iconic soul vocalist has more hits to her name than any singer could hope. With a catalog jam packed with classics crafted by some of the greatest songwriters ever, there’s no reason she’s been this ignored.

BOB WELCH

BobWelchSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

Fleetwood Mac has had many classic incarnations, but Bob Welch was strikingly absent from the group’s induction. Welch was a crucial part of the group’s lineage, bridging the gap between the original Peter Green-led group and the legendary Buckingham-Nicks era.

MARY WELLS

MaryWells

NOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Mary Wells is an important figure int he history of Motown and soul music. She was the label’s original female superstar, and despite having all the credentials to join her peers in the Hall, she hasn’t been on the ballot since for almost 30 years.

THE WHISPERS

Whispers

The Whispers are one of absolute greatest vocal groups in the history of R&B. Between their countless hits, critical acclaim, and direct influence, there are plenty of reasons these guys deserve this honor, but just like many of their peers, they have been overlooked entirely.

BARRY WHITE

BarryWhite

With his rumbling bass vocals, intricate arrangements, and infectious melodies, Barry White made the fusion of R&B and disco as inspired and incredible as it has ever been. All of the babies made to his tracks need to rally to get this genius a long-overdue welcome into the Hall of Fame.

CHUCK WILLIS

ChuckWillis

NOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Rightfully, the Hall of Fame began their inductions with rock and roll’s formative acts, but Chuck Willis, who has at least appeared on the ballot, he has been left out of the picture. His noticeable contributions are being severely overlooked, and it feels like it’s almost too late.

WINGS

Wings

SUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

If you’re going to go as far as induction Paul McCartney into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act, it’s only right that Wings are included in the mix. The backing band that helped move his career along clearly deserve this acknowledgement for their contributions.

JOHNNY WINTER

JohnnyWinterTruly one of the greatest, most iconic blues guitarists to ever hold the instrument, Johnny Winter is an easy snub to call. Between his classic albums and his collaborations and guest spots there are countless reasons he should be inducted and none why he shouldn’t.

STEVE WINWOOD

SteveWinwood

NOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Despite being inducted as a member of Traffic, Steve Winwood had a diverse, chameleon-like career that undeniably is worthy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Between his tenure with the Spencer Davis Group and Blind Faith, not to mention his solo work, this is a no-brainer.

LINK WRAY

LinkWray

NOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

This guitar legend was so far ahead of his time that it actually makes it that much more unreasonable that his first and only nomination came just last year in 2013. His unique electric style has influenced every genre from heavy metal to punk to even modern blues.

YES

Yes

NOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Of all the progressive rock bands not in the Hall of Fame, Yes is the biggest snub. With commercial hits, dedicated legions of fans, and all of the influence you could hope for, it’s almost insulting that this group has only been nominated once…after almost 20 years of eligibility.

WARREN ZEVON

WarrenZevon

Not only does he have plenty of popular recordings in his cannon, but this singer-songwriter has long been lauded by fellow musicians. Warren Zevon is a unique artist that truly built career worthy of induction, but he’s been shamefully overlooked for years.

THE ZOMBIES

Zombies

NOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

The Zombies were a truly unique fixture of the British Invasion. Maybe they didn’t have the kind of staying power that many of their peers had, but they actually cranked out some of the best tracks of the era. It took forever for them to land a nod, and hopefully it won’t be their last.

THE PLAYLIST

Feel like really getting to know these shamefully snubbed acts? Here’s just the playlist you need!
The Most Inexcuseable Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Snubs

24 thoughts on “The Most Inexcusable Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Snubs: The 2014 Update

  1. Husker Du….bridged the gap between early 80’s American punk and grunge. Insanely prolific… releasing six high quality albums (including two doubles) in a four year period

    • Thank you, Flip. I can’t believe Husker Du was left off a list of 100 ! Husker Du INVENTED the sound of 1990s “modern rock” ten years early.

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  3. When I think “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”; I think of guitar, rhythm section, recognizable songs on fm stations, albums, album sales, multiple critically acclaimed albums, stage performance, distinct and unique rock signature, and longevity. Using this criteria, I would have to say Jethro Tull, Yes, ELO, J. Geils Band, Chicago, Moody Blues, and The Doobie Brothers; are all way overdue and the most obvious snubs.

  4. Can’t say enough good things about your list. The Rock Hall has a tough job– so many great artists, but you can’t ultimately induct everyone– but I have a good feeling this may be the year for The Cure, Janet, and PP&M.

  5. This is a very comprehensive list of snubs – nicely done! This certainly could be Janet’s year, and deservedly so. Others on the list I support are Eric B & Rakim, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, The Cure and Sonic Youth (to name a few).

    Good stuff!

  6. You know what’s an even Bigger snub? Leaving Husker Du off a list of 100 artists that have been snubbed by the Rock Hall of Fame. (??!?#*@) I’m beside myself. Husker Du are one of the 10 greatest rock bands of all time. Right up there with The Who, Cream and other great rock power trios.
    If you don’t believe me, listen to their damned music! The songwriting, the musicianship, the passion, Albums like Flip Your Wig, Zen Arcade, Warehouse: Songs and Stories, and the mini-album Metal Circus, one of the heaviest rock records ever made.
    Husker Du INVENTED the sound of 1990’s “modern rock” ten years early.
    No band has been as influential on the sound of the last 20 years of popular rock music as Husker Du.

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  8. What about Motorhead? They have been a huge influence to many bands. If it wasn’t for Lemmy, we would have no Metallica who is in the Hall of Fame.

  9. In terms of influential hard rock/metal acts, I absolutely believe Judas Priest (along with Motorhead) should be in ahead of Maiden. (Although all 3 deserve it.) Their ’70s stuff did more than anyone else to streamline and modernize heavy metal, and it basically created the template for Maiden and the whole NWOBHM. Plus, their early-’80s stuff helped break the genre to a more mainstream audience. AND…where would metal be as a subculture without Rob Halford getting a generation of guys to don gay S&M gear as a fashion statement?

  10. The “MOMENTS” one of the best R&B Groups of the 1970’s with 28 Charted Billboard Singles. Then in the 1980’s became “RAY, GOODMAN & BROWN” should receive consideration.

  11. the rock and roll hall of fame is another White Power Party to pick who they see fit and want,its not about the actual requirements to be acknowledged and respected. its a joke. it really doesn’t matter because people will remember what you meant to them and so many acts get blackballed left and right for all sorts of reasons.

  12. I agree with many on the list. 80s hard rock is extremely dissed!
    Motley Crue invented a genre of Music Hair Metal.
    People can laugh but they we the 80s
    Def Leppard as well. Journey even the sell outs Bon Jovi should be considered
    You had to be on Mars to not realize these bands ruled the 80s!

  13. Thanks for validating my rage over so many artists being snubbed – especially Bob Welch, who brought mysticism to Fleetwood Mac. So many others are inexcusable lapses of honor: Patsy Cline, Carol King, Jeff Lynne/ELO, Todd Rundgren…so little integrity and respect for amazing artists.

  14. There isn’t a name on the list that compares to Glen Campbell’s contribution to rock and roll. He played on virtually every American recorded hit in the sixties, recorded some of the greatest hits ever in Wichita Lineman, Galveston, By the Time I get to Phoenix, and was one of the greates session guitarists ever. Ask Eric Clapton if Glen belongs in the Hall. What a joke that thing is.

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