The Most Inexcusable Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Snubs: The 2015 Update

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for their 2016 induction, and what an eclectic and compelling group it is! (See my run down here.) I am happy to announce that 6 artists from last year’s list of snubs are on the ballot (Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Janet Jackson, Steve Miller, and Yes,) while The Smiths and The Spinners (featured on 2013’s list) have excitingly been shortlisted two consecutive years. Still, there are a lot of gaps to fill, and every year it becomes more and more obvious how this institution needs to up their game. Keeping in step with my annual updates, here is a list of over 100 acts (and growing!) that deserve to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in various capacities.

Thanks to everyone who has put in their 2 cents over the years! Keep it coming.


ERIC B & RAKIM

EricBRakimNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

This iconic DJ and MC has directly influenced the formation of hip hop as we know it. It was originally clear that the Hall of Fame was intent on inducting such acts in somewhat of a proper order, but it’s looking more and more like they’re jumping off that ship (again.)

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA

AfrikaBambaataaNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Afrika Bambaataa is a bonafide pioneer and has developed and influenced hip hop and electro funk in profound ways.  Here’s another act that seemingly was being nominated at the right time, in the right way, but has seemingly fallen out of existence.

THE B-52S

B-52sThis eccentric group is way more than just a silly party band. The B-52s had a truly unique sound, blending new wave with a 60s flair, and their iconic call-and-response vocal delivery is still exciting to this day. There really is no other band quite like them.

JOAN BAEZ

JoanBaezTalk about defining an era! From iconic performances, her socially conscious message, and her incredible voice, you would think that Joan Baez would have been a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame, but she’s yet to even see a nomination.

THE BELMONTS

BelmontsSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

It’s pretty strange that The Belmonts haven’t joined their iconic leader into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet. While Dion was one of the earliest inductees, his former bandmates have not yet received their supplemental induction yet.

BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY

BigBrotherHoldingCompanySUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

Janis Joplin was rightly inducted as a solo artist, but that doesn’t mean that Big Brother & The Holding Company, the group with whom she released some of her most well known and important material, should be left out entirely.

BLACK FLAG

BlackFlagBlack Flag is easily one of the most important and influential acts of hardcore punk. While the Hall of Fame is notorious for not really opening up to rock’s variety of genres in a timely manner, it’s still a bit puzzling that they guys are still being ignored.

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

BlueOysterCultHere’s another group that’s yet to even see a nomination without good reason. They have all of the critical acclaim, commercial success, and cited influence that more qualifies them, but they seemingly aren’t even on the Hall’s radar.

KATE BUSH

KateBushIt’s no secret that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is severely lacking a female presence, which makes it even more frustrating that Kate Bush is still not in. Her influence is vast and strong, and she’s almost unanimously considered a legend.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART

CaptainBeefheartI’m not totally surprised that Captain Beefheart isn’t in the Hall of Fame. He’s certainly got a career that isn’t for everyone, but the way he managed to remain so experimental, yet generally palatable certainly earns him this honor in the long run.

THE CARPENTERS

CarpentersI still stand by The Carpenters deserving an induction into the Hall of Fame. Their catalog is jam-packed with some of the most well-written, well-sung pop tunes of the ’70s, and while it all might seem a bit cheesy, you can’t deny their value.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

NickCaveBadSeedsNick Cave & The Bad Seeds are undeniably important. Their unique breed of alt rock has been lauded by critics and picked up more than enough commercial steam along the way. They should be more of a priority than most would even think.

THE CHANTELS

ChantelsNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

The Chantels’ should never have gotten this lost in the shuffle to begin with. As one of the earliest, most barrier breaking girl groups, these ladies have long deserved this honor, and they’ve only received two sporadic nominations to date.

CHUBBY CHECKER

ChubbyChecker“The Twist” alone earns Chubby Check an induction. Nevermind his other hits and his incredible, landmark influence on pop music and pop culture. He’s one of these no-brainer type acts that somehow looked more like a brain fart to the Hall of Fame.

PATSY CLINE

PatsyClineIt’s really unacceptable that Patsy Cline is nowhere to be found in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While I maintain that she meets all of the qualifications of full-fledge induction as a Performer, even an Early Influence inclusion would be something.

JOE COCKER

JoeCockerI really thought that with his passing late last year that Joe Cocker would have been a shoe-in nomination this year… no dice. The Hall of Fame has historically loved “In Memoriam Inductions,” but clearly this legendary vocalist is not on their radar.

JOHN COLTRANE

JohnColtraneJohn Coltrane deserves the Miles Davis treatment. He, understandably, may intuitively be filed under “Early Influences,” but we can really all agree that Coltrane is an important figure to a generation and captivated an audience he otherwise shouldn’t have.

THE COMMODORES

CommodoresThis post-hey day Motown act has long deserved an induction. From their delirious funk jams to their gorgeous soul ballads, The Commodores are legendary. It’s sad to actually think that Lionel Ritchie will possibly get in before they do.

JIM CROCE

JimCroceDuring the era where singer-songwriters were abundant, Jim Croce was a true stand out. With his fantastic catalog and plenty of hits to stand on, it’s certainly puzzling why so many of his peers have been inducted, but he’s yet to be nominated.

THE CURE

CureNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

The Cure has massive amounts of influence attached to them. From goth rock to new wave to just rock and roll in general, the group is completely iconic and still highly sought after to this day. One nomination just isn’t going to get it done for them.

DICK DALE

DickDaleSurf rock is a sub-genre that has been ridden like wave through many, many already inducted acts in the Hall of Fame. However, it’s creator and pioneer, Dick Dale, hasn’t even been featured on the ballot. I find it hard to make sense out of that.

THE DEAD KENNEDYS

DeadKennedysHardcore punk isn’t even a blip on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s radar, despite its passionate allegiance of fans and the critical attention it earned in the early days. The Dead Kennedys are icons through and through, but they’re being overlooked.

DEF LEPPARD

DefLeppardLove them or hate them, Def Leppard are the kings of a generation of rock that was largely over-the-top and somewhat ridiculous. They really are definitive of an era and they still managed to crank out some pretty great tunes in the process.

THE DELFONICS

DelfonicsThe over-arching issue here is that Philly Soul has almost completely been snubbed from the Hall of Fame, and with no good reason. The Delfonics may just be one victim of this exclusion, but they are one of the most deserving acts to be inducted.

DEPECHE MODE

DepecheModeSometimes a band comes along that simply just “get its right.” Depeche Mode is that kind of band. Their fusion of synthpop and electro rock is astounding and still has them selling out the world’s biggest venues to this day. They deserve this.

DEVO

DevoI’m not sure if there’s a bigger cult band than Devo that actually deserves Hall of Fame attention. They may only have one hit to their name, but they’ve kept critics excited for years and their legion of fans are enduringly passionate even today.

THE DICTATORS

DictatorsThese guys are often cited as the pioneers of punk, the Big Bang, if you will. Sure, they’re not exactly a household name, which makes it understandable why they’ve been overlooked. But for a bunch of rock historians who make these calls, it’s unacceptable.

DIRE STRAITS

DireStraitsDire Straits has a lot going for them. Massive hits, a irrefutable guitar god, widespread acclaim, and one of the biggest selling albums of all time. By this point, you’d think they’d at least have seen a nomination or two, but they haven’t even been considered, it seems.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS

DoobieBrothersThis is really one of those no-brainer acts that somehow has totally slipped the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s collective mind. The Doobie Brothers are an era-defining group with countless classic hits to their name, but not even a nomination to show for it.

NICK DRAKE

NickDrakeHis career may have been short-lived, but his influence is still being felt to this day. Singer-songwriter Nick Drake is somewhat of a mystique, but his incredible, yet compact, catalog is really powerful and pretty much speaks for itself and his impact is undeniable.

DURAN DURAN

DuranDuranThis is continuously a point of contention, but Duran Duran absolutely deserves this honor. They may have bedazzled the radio with countless hits, but these guys are proper musicians that have a diverse catalog and have had an incredible impact on pop and rock.

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA / JEFF LYNNE

ELOI still maintain that the Hall of Fame could go either way on this way, at least potentially. Clearly a figure like Jeff Lynne should have been inducted some time ago, but both he and the equally-as-deserving ELO have been completely, and confusingly, snubbed.

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER

ELPProgressive rock and anything it touches still has somewhat of a stigma with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While the tide is slowly starting to turn, it doesn’t look like the incredible and deserving ELP are going to be seeing a nod anytime soon.

EURYTHMICS

EurythmicsYou’ve got one of the greatest voices ever, one of the most well-rounded musicians ever, countless hits, collaborations with already inducted artists, a wildly diverse catalog, and tons of acclaim. Why the Eurythmics haven’t been considered is pretty baffling.

THE FIVE SATINS

FiveSatinsHe’s a vocal group that should have been considered for induction as an Early Influence a long, long time ago. They’re really a steady fixture when it comes to doo wop, yet they’ve clearly been over-looked. Even a full-fledged induction wouldn’t be unrealistic here.

ROBERTA FLACK

RobertaFlackNow here’s an artist who has long deserved her due. Roberta Flack is an incredible singer-songwriter who has all of the acclaim, success, and recognition to deserve this honor, but she’s seemingly not even in the back of anyone’s mind yet.

CONNIE FRANCIS

ConnieFrancisOf all the snubs, this one is almost unanimous considered one of the most egregious. She should have been one of the first women inducted, let alone nominated, but despite her legendary contributions, Connie Francis has yet to even receive a nomination.

THE GAP BAND

GapBandIt’s not surprising that The Gap Band isn’t really on the Hall of Fame’s radar, but they absolutely deserve this recognition. These funk masters have an incredible catalog and the importance to their genre is palpable, but it’s unlikely they’ll ever be acknowledged.

J GEILS BAND

JGeilsBandNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

It was shocking in itself that the J. Geils Band even received a nomination to begin with. This act has a long history and quite a diverse catalog, and clearly they’ve been considered worthy enough for this honor, even if it was only once.

THE GUESS WHO

TheGuessWhoHere’s a group that has all of the makings for at least a consideration. The Guess Who may not always be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, but it’s undeniable that they have the catalog and the personnel to merit an induction into the Hall of Fame.

HERBIE HANCOCK

HerbieHancockHerbie Hancock deserves to be inducted as a full-fledged performer for his amazing contributions, successes, and influences. His name has popped up countless times in various circles over the years and he’s long-deserved this recognition.

HÜSKER DÜ

HuskerDuHüsker Dü was an band ahead of its time. Linearly speaking, their sound is sort of like a “big bang” when it comes to indie and alternative rock, putting them amongst the elite in their genre. Their influence is still often cited today, and they truly deserve this.

INXS

INXSThis is more about INXS deserving to be inducted into the Hall of Fame than them actually being a ridiculous snub. The Aussie group really had a unique sound that resulted in catalog of enduring classics, and they’ve certainly earned this honor in the long run.

IRON MAIDEN

IronMaidenAs far as fan bases go, Iron Maiden has one of the most passionate and dedicated legions in the history of rock and roll. They’re responsible for a whole subculture of metal that has certainly made them into both legends and heroes.

THE JAM

JamThe Jam are really at the forefront of new wave and post-punk snubs. There isn’t reason why this very important band is being so obviously overlooked, other than intentionally. Hopefully the Hall of Fame embraces a full shift in thinking when it comes this era.

JAMES

JamesNow James isn’t the most recognized band State-side, but this legendary group were major, major players of the important Madchester scene in their native UK. The Hall seems to be so American-centric that it’s likely they don’t even know what that is.

RICK JAMES

RickJamesRick James was one of Motown’s most complete acts. He wrote, he sang, he played, he produced, and he performed the hell out of his work. The music itself is the perfect blend of funk, rock, and soul, and he’s got plenty of hits to warrant an overdue induction.

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS

TommyJamesShondellsRight at the top of the list of Most Shocking Snubs sits Tommy James & The Shondells. This group has been covered, referenced, and acknowledged by a good number of already inducted acts, and yet they’ve never even been nominated once. It’s a shame.

JETHRO TULL

JethroTullYou don’t really have to dig too deep to figure out why Jethro Tull has been excluded from the Hall of Fame; they’re prog rock. The extreme bias against the genre has been long-debated, and this is one of the biggest, most obvious casualties.

GRACE JONES

GraceJonesMaybe she hasn’t racked up an enviable amount of chart-toppers, but her influence and acclaim is immense. From her unique vocals, to her lush arrangements, all the way down to her image, Grace Jones is a massive legend that deserves this recognition.

JOY DIVISION / NEW ORDER

REPORTERS Belgium - Joy Division live at Plan KNewOrderTwo bands, one lineage. Putting them in together is a no-brainer. New Order’s incredible brand of electro-rock has been highly referenced and lauded, while their former incarnation, Joy Division, is just one of the down right most important acts of their time.

JR. WALKER & THE ALL STARS

JrWalkerWhile there is no shortage of Motown in the Hall of Fame, there are a select few acts that maybe weren’t as enormous, but definitely still deserve recognition. Jr. Walker & The All Stars certainly left a unique mark on the era and should definitely be considered.

KING CRIMSON

KingCrimsonThe forefathers of progressive rock deserve to be inducted more than most acts on the list, but that fact is sadly the biggest reason they’re being kept out. Another victim of the Hall’s exclusion, King Crimson is very obviously intentionally being left out.

CAROLE KING

CaroleKingWhile she has been inducted as a non-performer for her incredible songwriting contributions, Carole King has a performance career that completely deserves this additional recognition. Maybe it’s just not as big of a priority as some other acts, though.

KOOL & THE GANG

KoolGangIt’s ridiculous how many incredible hits Kool & The Gang have to their name. From funk to soul to rock, from infectious grooves to party anthems, these guys have certainly earned themselves this recognition, yet they have been completely snubbed.

KRAFTWERK

KraftwerkNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

It’s great that the group keeps rebounding back onto the ballot, but before we all know it, acts who wouldn’t have careers without Kraftwerk’s existence will be seeing nominations and possibly inductions. That definitely cannot happen.

LABELLE

LabelleLaBelle is another Philly Soul-era act that has been obviously left out of the mix, not to mention, another girl group. With Patti’s incredible voice that has bedazzled everything from rock to soul to gospel, these ladies have long deserved this honor.

LITTLE FEAT

LittleFeatIn one aspect, it makes sense that Little Feat hasn’t risen to the top of the priority list, but it doesn’t excuse their absence. This jam-band-with-a-twist is one of the most interesting groups in rock history, and with a loyal fan base, they certainly have earned this.

LL COOL J

LLCoolJNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

LL Cool J is caught in a bit of cat-and-mouse with the Hall of Fame. When it comes to formative hip hop acts, he’s a major player, however, he’s consistently been passed over and has recently been left off the ballot. Hopefully he’s not a total lost cause.

THE MANHATTANS

ManhattansYet another Philly Soul snub, The Manhattans have been completely left out of the equation. They have some of the era’s biggest hits to their name, and considering how kind the Hall of Fame has been to vocal groups, this is no doubt an unfair exclusion.

THE MARVELETTES

TheMarvellettesNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

One of Motown’s earliest major players, The Marvelettes have actually gotten pretty close to induction over the years, but they seemingly keep falling to the bottom of the bin. It should only be a matter of time, but their induction is long overdue.

MC5

MC5NOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

MC5’s unique sound was truly ahead of its time and their influence is immense. Their fusion of garage and psychedelic rock has really stood the test of time, and while they have been previously nominated, they have seemingly slipped out of existence.

MEAT LOAF

MeatloafHe may be a bit polarizing, but Meat Loaf is as compelling of a performer as it gets. His lush, over-the-top rock opera epics are brought to life by his outstanding voice, and he’s certainly left a noticeable imprint on music. It’s surprising that he’s been overlooked.

HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES

HaroldMelvinBlueNotesSurprise, surprise, another Philly Soul group that hasn’t even seen a nomination to their name. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes are right at the top of that priority list considering they’re one of the greatest vocal groups ever.

THE METERS

MetersNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

It still feels like a miracle that The Meters received a nomination at all, which provides a little comfort that they’re not being totally overlooked. These funk legends honestly should have been inducted years ago, but hopefully the momentum is still in their favor.

THE MONKEES

MonkeesThe Monkees are being excluded for the same reason that so many other acts have been inducted, which is really what makes them a proper snub. At the end of the day, they still played their own music, and the music was actually damn good.

THE MOODY BLUES

MoodyBluesIn more ways than one, the Moody Blues were an anomaly of the British Invasion. These guys were undeniably precursors to progressive rock, but their creative catalog certainly seems palatable enough for the Hall of Fame to consider them.

WILLIE NELSON

WillieNelsonWhile Willie Nelson is always going to fall under the country umbrella, his direct influence and involvement in rock and roll is undeniable. He is a figure so important and so legendary that he absolutely deserves to sit amongst the elite in the Hall of Fame.

THE NEVILLE BROTHERS

NevilleBrothersThis Neville Brothers’ unique sound, folding in rock, funk, and soul, has been highly acclaimed and often cited, despite their lack of commercial appeal. Their output is so important, though, that the latter doesn’t stand in the way at all.

THE NEW YORK DOLLS

NewYorkDollsNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

This is a group with an unbelievable amount of importance. When it comes to glam rock, The New York Dolls are trailblazers, and while many of their successors or peers are actually already inducted, they’ve only received a singular, fleeting nomination.

STEVIE NICKS

StevieNicksIt takes a lot to be able to step out from a massive group and have a solo career important and noteworthy enough to be considered for Hall of Fame induction. Stevie Nicks has undeniably done that, and while she may not be a priority, she does deserve it.

HARRY NILSSON

HarryNilssonThis singer-songwriter definitely meets all of the criteria for induction. His prolific catalog in the late sixties and seventies certainly sits up there with many of his already-inducted peers, yet he hasn’t even found himself on a ballot yet.

THE OHIO PLAYERS

OhioPlayersWhen funk and soul was at the peak of creativity and output, The Ohio Players were right there with it. When it comes to this very important faction of rock, the Hall of Fame has been far too selective, and these guys definitely shouldn’t be left on the bench.

GRAM PARSONS

GramParsonsNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

As a member of several important acts, including The Flying Burrito Brothers and The International Submarine Band, Gram Parsons has left an impressive imprint on rock and roll. With only a couple of nominations, it doesn’t seem like that matters much.

DOLLY PARTON

DollyPartonSome artists just seem to bypass genre pigeonholes altogether, and Dolly Parton is one such artist. Yes, she makes country music, but her catalog is saturated with such important records that even the purest of rock fans can get behind her.

PATTI SMITH GROUP

PattiSmithGroupSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

Patti Smith undeniably belongs in the Hall of Fame, but her backup Group shouldn’t be swept under the rug entirely. Much like several other backing bands that have seen supplemental inductions, the full Patti Smith Group needs to be amended.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS

TeddyPendergrassA solo induction for Teddy Pendergrass would make a Blue Notes induction seem somewhat bleak, but with the way the Hall treats Philly Soul, both seem unlikely. Here’s a well-rounded artist that certainly deserves a proper recognition not once, but twice.

PETER PAUL & MARY

PeterPaulMaryThis trio’s complete absence from the Hall of Fame is another massive head-scratcher. Peter Paul & Mary were at the forefront of folk’s political movement, and with immense amount of talent to back it all up, these guys have long deserved an induction.

PIXIES

PixiesMaybe the Pixies haven’t been eligible for all that long, but their direct decedents are soon to be eligible, and many will be quickly inducted (one major act is already in!) Linearly speaking, this band deserves an induction first, but mostly just at all.

BILLY PRESTON

BillyPrestonIf you’re the frontrunner for title of “The Fifth Beatle,” you probably deserve to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Outside of his collaborations with the Fab Four, Billy Preston has an amazing, diverse catalog of his own.

PROCOL HARUM

ProcolHarumNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

To be honest, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” should seal the deal on its own, but considering Procol Harum has an impressive, full career should make them a shoe-in. Still, with only a single nomination to their name, this group is frustratingly being left out.

PULP

PulpPulp is hardly an obvious induction. While their hey-day was certainly in the mid-90s at the peak of the Britpop movement (one that is sure to be generally snubbed,) their career actually dates back to the early 80s and has been consistently gobsmacking.

THE REPLACEMENTS

ReplacementsNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Alternative rock gods The Replacements received a single, miraculous nomination and then disappeared from view almost instantly. Whereas, for a fleeting moment, the Hall of Fame seemed in touch with reality, this very important act is still sitting on this list.

THE REVOLUTION

RevolutionSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

It may not be an urgent supplementation, but Prince’s ridiculously amazing backing group The Revolution deserves to be recognized. With assets like Wendy & Lisa and eventually Sheila E., this is a collective only Prince could truly compile.

CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS

CliffRichardShadowsCliff Richard is an undeniable legend in his own right, and paired with The Shadows, one of the greatest instrumental groups ever, you have an act that has long since earned the right to sit alongside the legends in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

DIANA ROSS

DianaRossThis is a direct effect of the new “Chaka Khan Rule.” The Supremes have long been inducted, and, generally speaking, that would be enough. However, seeing where their intent is with Chaka, that immediately files Diana Ross under “Undeniable Snub.”

ROXY MUSIC

RoxyMusicWhen it comes to glam rocks, few acts are truly as iconic as Roxy Music. Their unique sound has a catalyst for new wave as we know it, and with major players (Eno, Ferry) in their line up, it’s particularly surprising that they’ve been completely snubbed.

RUFUS AND CHAKA KHAN

RufusChakaNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

This year, Chaka Khan received a nomination for her solo career. It would be crime that Rufus wasn’t inducted first. I hate to say it, but if she gets in, I would expect that the incredibly important group that launched her career would be forever cast aside.

TODD RUNDGREN

ToddRundgrenTodd Rundgren is more of a critical darling than a massive rock star, but that often makes for a career worthwhile. His catalog is so incredibly diverse and masterful that it’s actually a wonder that he wasn’t more successful on the pop charts.

SADE

Huty1602410Here’s another non-inductee that it’s hard to wrap your head around. Sade’s dazzling fusion of soul, jazz, and rock has positioned them as one of the most sought after groups ever, and their namesake frontwoman truly has one of the best voices ever.

GIL SCOTT-HERON

GilScottHeronGil Scott-Heron was so much more than a musician, and while his placement here might always feel a bit on the “alternative” side, his contributions are undeniable, and just downright important. His induction would definitely be met with open arms.

NEIL SEDAKA

NeilSedakaPop music as we know it would be nothing without Neil Sedaka. From his own countless classic hits, to the countless classic hits he wrote for others, he is an artist that has long deserved a recognition as big as a Hall of Fame induction.

THE SHANGRI-LAS

Shangri-LasConsidering they’re one of the bigger girl groups of the era, The Shangri-Las are a major snub. While many of their peers have been inducted (even if they had to claw their way in,) these ladies have somehow been completely left out of the conversation.

RAVI SHANKAR

RaviShankarRavi Shankar’s influence on rock and roll is as obvious at it gets (take a look through The Beatles’ and The Rolling Stones’ catalogs.) Throw on top of that the fact that he played both Woodstock and Monterey Pop, and you have to call him a rock star.

THE SILVER BULLET BAND

SilverBulletBandSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

Leaving The Silver Bullet Band out of Bob Seger’s induction was just downright wrong. With the Hall of Fame’s clear intention around supplementally adding in the backing groups that were hung out to dry, hopefully it’s only a matter of time for them.

SONIC YOUTH

SonicYouthIt might not seem like such a snub now, but with more and more of their peers and successors becoming eligible and subsequently inducted, Sonic Youth’s absence from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is going to seem very, very apparent.

THE SPECIALS

SpecialsThe Specials truly have a perfected sound. Sitting right in between ska and reggae, their perfect blend of instrumentation (can’t forget those horns!) really comes together to form one hell of a catalog that has influenced countless acts the world over.

SQUEEZE

SqueezeNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Squeeze certainly meets all of the qualifications for induction, but their lack of success in America compared to their native UK is seemingly holding them back. It’s sad that they couldn’t survive past their long nomination because they deserve this.

STEPPENWOLF

SteppenwolfSteppenwolf’s influence has trickled into everything from psychedelic to metal to top 40 pop, and it’s really difficult to deny just how definitive of an era they were. Sure, they didn’t need to be rushed in, but a nomination has been long overdue at this point.

THE STONE ROSES

StoneRosesThis is maybe a bit of a pre-emptive snub, as The Stone Roses were never the kind of act that was going to be pushed right in. However, it’s fair to assume that the group probably isn’t even on the Hall of Fame’s radar and potentially won’t ever be.

THE STYLISTICS

StylisticsAnother major absent Philly Soul act is undeniably The Stylistics. Much like all of their simultaneously snubbed peers, this group had their own unique sound within one of soul’s most powerful movements, and yet they haven’t gotten their due.

SUGARHILL GANG

Sugarhill GangWhen it comes to hip hop’s formative years, the Sugarhill Gang is a major, major fixture. Granted, they didn’t have all that many hits or much longevity, but their output had such a profound impact that they did more than enough to deserve this honor.

T. REX

T. RexAgain, glam rock’s lack of presence in the Hall of Fame is felt here. T. Rex has been cited as direct influence on everyone from David Bowie to Oasis, and with commercial and critical backing to add to the mix, it makes very little sense that they’ve been snubbed.

TELEVISION

TelevisonMany of the major players in New York’s post-punk movement have long since been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Television, despite their importance, has seemingly been deemed unworthy of joining their peers.

TAMMI TERRELL

TammyTerrellSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

I’m still not exactly sure where Tammi Terrell belongs within the Hall of Fame, but she certainly belongs there. Her collaborations with Marvin Gaye are amongst Motown’s finest moments, so even if it’s an alternate induction of sorts, she still deserves her due.

JOE TEX

JoeTexNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Joe Tex would otherwise be a complete casualty had he not at least appeared on a ballot. This funk icon had so much more to offer, folding in everything from soul to rock to blues, and the fact that he’s only received a singular nomination doesn’t look good.

THIN LIZZY

ThinLizzyIf these guys ever land themselves on a ballot, people are going to go nuts. Widely considered one of the most underrated acts in rock history, Thin Lizzy are bonafide trailblazers and helped lay the groundwork for metal as we know it.

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS

TootsMaytalsWhile reggae hasn’t been completely snubbed by the Hall of Fame, it’s hardly well-represented. Toots & The Maytals have such a unique brand that has long deserved this kind of recognition, but they are blatantly being overlooked.

TINA TURNER

TinaTurnerThe second effect of “The Chaka Khan Rule” is easily Tina Turner. Having been inducted with Ike decades ago, by default her solo career needs to be recognized. Not only did she stage a comeback for the ages, but her influence is truly massive.

THE WAILERS

WailersSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

Here’s another backing group that desperately needs a supplemental induction. The Wailers were with Bob Marley throughout his career, and quite frankly should have been inducted along side him originally. They’re one of the most famous backing groups ever.

WAR

RHOFWarNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

War has one of the most unique brands of funk ever. Folding in elements of latin, jazz, and reggae, this group has build an incredible catalog of laid-back jams that are still being highly referenced today. Hopefully their wait will be over sooner than later.

DIONNE WARWICK

DIONNE WARWICKOne of the most successful female vocalists ever, Dionne Warwick has built a stacked catalog of classic hits that any artist would be envious of. There’s really no reason why she should continuously be ignored after all of these years.

BOB WELCH

BobWelchSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

Fleetwood Mac is an act with a long, complicated history, and despite their revolving door of players, Bob Welch was certainly of one of their most notable. Sadly, he was left out of the group’s induction entirely, and that’s something that needs remedying.

MARY WELLS

MaryWellsNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Again, here’s one of Motown’s crowning jewels that just so happened not to have the same legacy as some of her peers. Mary Wells was the original, though, and although she’s been considered for induction, her last nomination was some 30 years ago.

THE WHISPERS

WhispersThe Whispers are truly one of R&B’s greatest vocal groups. They have the acclaim, the influence, and the catalog to deserve a recognition by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they are just another group that has fallen by the wayside.

BARRY WHITE

BarryWhiteBarry White has one of the most iconic voices in history, but what really earns him this induction is his masterful arrangements, infectious melodies, and his rebranding of disco to make it far more palatable for rock fans. He is a major, major snub.

CHUCK WILLIS

ChuckWillisNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Chuck Willis is one of those acts that should have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame very early on alongside the other “formative” acts. Instead, he’s never been able to make it off the ballot, a ballot he’s sparsely appeared on.

WINGS

WingsSUPPLEMENTAL INDUCTION

To be fair, Paul McCartney’s solo induction into the Hall of Fame is largely due to his Wings-era. His second, much less famous band certainly deserves their credit for sustaining an already legendary career into something even more elaborate.

JOHNNY WINTER

JohnnyWinterJonny Winter is one of the most iconic blues guitarists to ever pick up the instrument. He’s really an undeniable snub, considering his countless contributions, and he’s kind of been a long-term critical wet-dream. Hopefully his wait isn’t going to be much longer.

STEVE WINWOOD

SteveWinwoodNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

Winwood’s career has many, many distinct facets, and considering he started when he was a mere teenager, it’s quite vast. While he’s been inducted as a member of Traffic, Steve has long-deserved an over-arching recognition for his astounding career.

LINK WRAY

LinkWrayNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

It’s kind of crazy to think that Link Wray has only ever appeared on a ballot once, and it came within the last 5 years. This iconic guitarist was decades ahead of his time and has profoundly influenced artist of every rock genre imaginable.

WARREN ZEVON

WarrenZevonWarren Zevon is kind of a musician’s musician, but with plenty of popular tracks in his cannon, he more than qualifies for induction. This singer-songwriter is such a unique figure in rock and roll, and it’s rather disappointing that he hasn’t been recognized.

THE ZOMBIES

ZombiesNOMINATED, BUT STILL NOT INDUCTED

One of the major players of the British Invasion, The Zombies may not have had a well-sustained career, but their brief impact was profound, to say the least. They’re responsible for some of the era’s greatest tunes, and they’ve yet to make it off the ballot.


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

3 thoughts on “The Most Inexcusable Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Snubs: The 2015 Update

  1. Pingback: The Most Inexcusable Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Snubs: The 2016 Update | HIDDEN UNDER HEADPHONES

  2. Dick Dale – Just considering that Dick was INSTRUMENTAL in helping Les Paul developed one of the most sought after musical instruments with which a very large part of rock & roll history was made should be, among way many more reasons, why Dick should have been the very first inductee in the R&R Hall’s rolls.

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