The Most Inexcusable Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Snubs: The 2018 Update

For as many incredible acts as there are currently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there are as many, if not more, still waiting their turn. Some artists have been waiting for a single nomination, while others can’t seem to get past the ballot; some have been waiting for decades. Thankfully, by the looks of this year’s lineup of nominees, we’re moving in  the right direction. Almost every single candidate has appears on the Snubs list in the past, which will most certainly make for a great induction ceremony. Congratulations to The Cure, Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Stevie Nicks, John Prine, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Roxy Music, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, and The Zombies! Here’s to freeing up some room on this year’s list!


Eric B. & Rakim

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NOMINATED

At the center of hip hop’s golden age sat the unparalleled DJ and MC, respectively, Eric B. & Rakim. Their output remains one of the most critical in the development and perpetuation of their genre’s impact, and yet they only had one fleeting consideration.


The B-52s

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It wouldn’t be a shock to see another cult-favorite like the B-52s on the ballot in the near future. Their resume speaks for itself, and there’s no doubt that they would turn their induction into a huge party. Unfortunately, they’ve already been a snub for quite some time now.


Bad Brains

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NOMINATED

No, Bad Brains are not a house hold name, but odds are you’ve heard their influence smattered across everything from hardcore punk, a genre they undeniably trail-blazed, to hip hop, reggae, and beyond. Their existence has been a huge catalyst for many different ideas and sounds, and they deserve to get beyond the ballot.


Afrika Bambaataa

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NOMINATED

There’s no doubt that Afrika Bambaataa has left his mark and deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, all of this proved by a lone nomination. Sadly, he’s been left out of the conversation ever since as they’ve rapidly moved through generations of hip hop.


Pat Benatar

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With her undeniable talent and hit-packed catalog, Pat Benatar seems like the absolute perfect candidate for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her induction would no-doubt attract immense fan-support and would be a big step in remedying the on-going lack of female presence.


Black Flag

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Black Flag’s legacy is monumental, and although they have been eligible for over 15 years, the band has yet to see a nomination. Certainly hardcore punk, by design, doesn’t have widespread appeal, but it’s hard to put up an argument against these legends. Hopefully with the likes of Bad Brains seeing a nod, these guys won’t be too far behind.


Blue Öyster Cult

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Without even a nomination to their name, Blue Öyster Cult is undoubtedly a proper snub. The band has never been classed alongside some of their iconic peers, but they’ve got the hits, the recognition, and the legacy to make them an easy inductee that would no doubt see a ton of fan support. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” would bring the house down at the ceremony.


Kate Bush

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NOMINATED

It didn’t seem like the legendary Kate Bush was ever going to be properly recognized, until she received her very first nomination last year. She didn’t find a crack to slip through to induction, but it’s important to have her name in the mix. This should be an absolute no-brainer.


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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These guys have long straddled the line of being a full-fledged snub. Nick Cave & his Bad Seeds are undeniably an important, influential, and critically acclaimed act, but their commercial appeal has always been tactfully limited. It’s been a critical element to their legacy, but it doesn’t make them as appealing to the Hall of Fame; it doesn’t make them any less deserving.


The Chantels

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NOMINATED

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has at very least acknowledged that The Chantels deserve to be a part of the conversation, albeit not a big part. This culturally significant early girl group had to wait almost a whopping 20 years for their first unsuccessful nomination, and close to another decade for their second.


Chic

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NOMINATED

17 years of eligibility, 11 nominations, and still not inducted. This insanely important act with hits still filling dance floors to this day has been caught in Hall of Fame purgatory for an excruciatingly long time; even Nile Rodgers felt a little uncomfortable receiving the shameful consolation Award for Musical Excellence by himself.


Patsy Cline

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She made country music, but Patsy Cline was a rock star. Her iconic hits, from the immortal “Crazy” to “Walkin’ After Midnight,” have more than found a comfortable place in the history books alongside some of rock’s earliest classics, and this would be a fitting recognition of her contributions.


Joe Cocker

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Joe Cocker is one of rock’s most influential interpreters of song, and hands-down one of its greatest vocalists. His lauded works have kept his iconic voice in our ears for decades, and yet, somehow, he has been completely ignored.


The Commodores

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One of the few major Motown acts yet to see their name thrown into the fold, the Commodores absolutely deserve this recognition. Not only do they have many memorable hits in their catalog, but Lionel Richie’s inclusion would be a big draw.


Dick Dale

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This pioneer of surf-rock hasn’t even been given the acknowledgement of a nomination in the 30-plus years he’s been eligible. Dick Dale may not be a household name, but that doesn’t make him any less deserving of having his legacy preserved in this way.


Depeche Mode

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NOMINATED

Seeing Depeche Mode on the ballot (not once, but twice,) is incredible progress, not only for the band themselves, but for their genre at large. These guys delivered one of the most profound balances of synthpop and rock and roll in history, and their induction is long overdue.


The Doobie Brothers

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One of the absolute biggest names not to find their way into the fold yet is undoubtedly the Doobie Brothers. Their catalog of hits alone should have solidified their induction some time ago, but for some reason they’ve been completely overlooked. The tides are turning for major snubs with mass appeal as of late, so I’d expect to see them on a ballot in the coming years.


Duran Duran

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Despite pop radio embracing their many, many hits, it’d be wrong not to consider Duran Duran and proper rock band. Their dazzling melodies have been lodged in our brains for almost 40 years, and their evolution speaks for itself. A little candy-coating here and there never hurt anybody, and it certainly doesn’t detract from their musicianship and songwriting prowess.


Nick Drake

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This late singer-songwriter never quite had the time to reach the peaks he was capable of, but that only adds to his legacy. There’s little doubt that Nick Drake will be an inductee at some point, but the fact that he has been completely overlooked for so long is an injustice.


Emerson Lake & Palmer

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One would have to figure that with progressive rock gaining the Hall’s acceptance little-by-little, ELP will be the next group up to bat. With massive sales, influence, and ingenuity, there’s no way this supergroup will be overlooked forever. That isn’t to say that their induction isn’t long overdue.


Eurythmics

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NOMINATED

Dave and Annie are two important figures that have long deserved the honor of being inducted by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their lone nomination just last year didn’t prove to be fruitful, but their name being in the mix is certainly a step in the right direction.


Roberta Flack

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Maybe Roberta Flack is not the first thought that pops into your hard when “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” comes to mind, but what was once considered a respectable handful of middle of the road hits has blossomed into an important legacy. She deserves this recognition.


Connie Francis

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Hands down, Connie Francis is one of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s most disturbing omissions. Most of rock’s forefathers were inducted in the inaugural year, yet it’s foremother has yet to even receive a nomination. Year after year, it seems less likely that she’ll ever get her due.


Whitney Houston

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You can no longer keep Whitney Houston out of the conversation. It’s more difficult to tie her to rock and roll than many of her peers, but at the end of the day, it’s all cut from the same cloth. She would undeniably be a highly publicized posthumous inductee, and that’s a testament to her monumental career.


Hüsker Dü

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With 90s alternative rock being welcomed into the Hall of Fame with open arms, it becomes that much more of a crime that Hüsker Dü, one of the era’s more profound forefathers, has not even been considered. Hopefully the many artists who owe them a debt of gratitude will step up to the plate and push for this very important induction.


INXS

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In their hey day, INXS was absolutely enormous the world over. The late Michael Hutchence remains one of the most lauded frontmen of his generation, and with countless hits and platinum records in their arsenal, it’s hard to imagine them being left out of the Hall of Fame forever.


Iron Maiden

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Iron Maiden are enormous, point blank. They aren’t any more or less polarizing than half the artists who pop up on the ballots, so the fact that they have yet to is that much more perplexing. Heavy metal is a critical part of rock’s evolution, as acknowledged by the Hall of Fame, much makes their inclusion that much more conspicuous.


J. Geils Band

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NOMINATED

The general populous has whittled their career down to a handful of pop hits, but the J. Geils Band have a long legacy of incredible musicianship cited by many as highly influential. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has put them up for induction a whopping 5 times, but they still haven’t found a way in just yet.


The Jam

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These British legends were one of the biggest, if not the biggest, of their generation. Their lukewarm success Stateside has undoubtedly (and shamefully) been the reason they’ve not been considered yet, but it’s hard to imagine they’ll be kept off the ballot forever. Nonetheless, it’s already overdue.


Rick James

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How has a prominent figure like Rick James not even been considered? From own his funky hits to his equally as electrifying collaborations, this is an artist with an enviable catalog that’s more than worthy of induction.


Tommy James & The Shondells

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Their hits have been famously covered by everyone from Joan Jett to Billy Idol (to Tiffany,) and yet Tommy James & The Shondells have yet to even be nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


Jane’s Addiction

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NOMINATED

One could put up an argument that Jane’s Addiction is the kind of band that could have, and should have, been an instant inductee. The cards didn’t quite play in their favor, but at least they were given the courtesy of a lone nomination. There’s little doubt that the band will see their way into the Hall of Fame in the near future, but it’s obvious that they’re not being considered a priority.


Jethro Tull

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Jethro Tull has always comfortably been positioned as the other white meat of rock and roll, but that hasn’t prevented them from amassing a huge fanbase and plenty of critical acclaim, at least in hindsight. There’s no doubt that once they inevitably end up on the ballot, as was the case with all previously overdue prog rock inductees, the fans will push them in.


Grace Jones

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Grace Jones has been a monumental figure for nearly 45 years. It’s never been about accumulating hits as much as it’s been about pushing boundaries and creating experiences, and it is impossible to deny her accomplishments. Her landmark career has been lauded by critics and fans, and she more than deserves this recognition.


Joy Division / New Order

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Two bands, one lineage. Both acts deserve induction in their own right, but combining them (a la The Faces and The Small Faces) is not only proper, it should make them a shoe in. Their generation of artists has been mostly bypassed in favor of hair metal, but the tides are starting to turn, and there’s little doubt their name(s) will be thrown out there.


Judas Priest

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NOMINATED

Seeing Judas Priest on the ballot in 2017 was an enormous victory for long-time snubs far and wide, but their failure to actually get inducted felt all too familiar. Even despite massive fan support, the Hall of Fame exposed just how out of touch they are when it comes to metal. I mean, does it get much bigger than them?


Kool & The Gang

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Having hit after hit after hit doesn’t immediately qualify an act for induction, but Kool & The Gang’s funky, groovy, and soulful catalog certainly adds to their case. This group really ticks all the boxes, but they haven’t been deemed worthy enough quite yet.


Cyndi Lauper

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It’s not an obvious thought, but is she really so unusual? Cyndi Lauper’s incredible voice, memorable hits, and general presence in pop music has set her aside from the pack almost instantaneously. You could argue she’s on the cusp of snubbery, but without any consideration to date, I think she’s there.


Little Feat

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They just don’t quite have the sales to beef up their resume, unfortunately. Nonetheless, Little Feat do have the critics in their corner, and that’s enough to call them a proper snub. It’s not out of the realm of possibility, but it’s hard to imagine them being nominated anytime soon.


The MarveletteS

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NOMINATED

Before the Supremes, there was the Marvelettes. These ladies were Motown’s major player of the Girl Group era that preceded the British Invasion. It took over 25 years to receive a nomination, and they are still not in. They should have been an early inductee.


Meat Loaf

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Meat Loaf is certainly a polarizing figure, but it’s hard to deny his popularity. On one hand, he has one of the biggest selling albums of all time, but on the other, sans a few big hits, most of his career has boiled down said album. Still, he is more or less a household name and he’d probably end up having more people in his corner than not.


Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

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With heavy-hitting names likes Teddy Pendergrass on the roster, these Philly Soul legends absolutely belong in the Hall of Fame. Their diverse array of hits are some of the era’s absolute finest, and for an era that has largely been overlooked, it makes their snub that much more frustrating.


The Meters

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NOMINATED

It isn’t as though the Hall of Fame hasn’t tried to induct The Meters, it seems as though they just haven’t found a window. The group is insanely important and one of those “threshold” acts that rightfully need to be inducted before a whole slew of others get to be. Their time has to come sooner or later.


George Michael

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Seeing as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has an appetite for superstars, you’ve got to admit that George Michael fits the bill. He is one of the most respected, acclaimed, and successful pop acts of the last four decades, and to say he didn’t have the same artistic integrity as one would expect of an inductee would be an outright lie.


Willie Nelson

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There aren’t many living legends bigger than Willie Nelson. He is absolutely an exception-to-the-rule country artist whose career, spanning 6 decades, has been of great importance to rock and roll. He has a rightful place in the Hall of Fame, and has for some time.


New York Dolls

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NOMINATED

The New York Dolls saw a lone nomination nearly 20 years ago and have been completely out of the equation ever since. Their influence is irrefutable, and so many bands who are either in the Hall of Fame or will soon be owe them a serious debt of gratitude.


Nine Inch Nails

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NOMINATED

It was looking like Nine Inch Nails were a major priority for the Hall of Fame, seeing back-to-back nominations their first two years of eligibility. Three years later, and they’re nowhere to be found. They had the right idea at first, though. It would be impossible to argue against their importance in creating an entirely new sect of rock.


Gram Parsons

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NOMINATED

This pioneer of country rock seems like a no-brainer, and even got some serious traction in the early 2000s. Sadly, he hasn’t been in the mix for almost 15 years and it’s doubtful that he will be again for some time. He is increasingly becoming a more obvious omission.


Dolly Parton

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There aren’t many living legends bigger than Dolly Parton. Her career remains unparalleled on many fronts, and it is impossible to say she exists on a different plane than the biggest icons in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There’s been plenty of exceptions far more drastic than Dolly would be.


Pet Shop Boys

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This iconic duo has had the intention of being the antithesis of rock from day, but what could be more rock and roll than that? With serious consideration for acts like Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, it’s impossible to avoid throwing Pet Shop Boys in the conversation. They have the hits, they have the acclaim, and they have the recognition.


Peter Paul & Mary

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These folk icons existed in tandem with rock and roll. Peter Paul & Mary’s catalog acts a time capsule, dazzling with Dylan covers and traditional compositions, yet holds relevancy to this day. They’re not an obvious inductee, but they’re definitely a deserving one.


Pixies

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They’re influence is undeniable, and their acclaim is profound, but Pixies haven’t been put up for consideration just yet. It seems unfathomable that they won’t ever, but it’s already overdue now, and their direct descendants are already starting to trickle in.


Procol Harum

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NOMINATED

To many, they’re a one-song wonder, but what a song it is, right? If they hadn’t already received a nomination, it would be easy to fall into that story, but it more than justifies their snub-status. Procol Harum were a one-of-a-kind fixture of their generation.


Cliff Richard & The Shadows

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Most Americans don’t know that Cliff Richard is one of the most successful acts in UK history; The Shadows aren’t far behind. Their time together is the most palatable for the US audience to seriously consider for induction, which they most definitely deserve.


Sade

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They exist on the softer, soulful side of rock, but Sade is a huge, well-respected act. Their namesake frontwoman undisputedly has one of the greatest voices of all time which continues to endear listeners to their trademark fusion of soul, jazz, and rock.


Gil Scott-Heron

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Gil Scott-Heron is an artist beyond conventional rock and roll music as we know, which should only solidify his induction. Had he been inducted some 20 years ago, the hip hop acts being inducted wouldn’t have felt like such a jagged injection to many.


The Shangri-Las

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Girl groups like the Shangri-Las held the fort down prior to the British Invasion, and most of them have been recognized by the Hall of Fame. A unique fixture of their era, the group delivered classic hits and have been citied as influences by many already inducted legends. It’s time they see some recognition.


Ravi Shankar

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To say that Ravi Shankar is directly rock and roll would be a stretch, but to say he didn’t have a profound influence on it would be an outright lie. In the same way that Miles Davis was the exception, not the rule, it would be a fitting induction to highlight a prominent figure like Ravi and his undeniable impact on the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and beyond.


The Smiths

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NOMINATED

Undoubtedly, it’s just a matter of time before the seminal Smiths will find their way into the Rock and Roll of Fame, but it is long overdue. They are one of the most important acts of their generation, if not the most, and their absence feels obvious. The question really remains, though, who would actually show up to the ceremony?


Sonic Youth

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Sonic Youth has an feigned obscurity about them that seems like an excuse to not induct them, although anyone would be perplexed as to why that would be. Their influence has been far-reaching, and critics have been declaring their importance for quite some time now. They are one of the absolute biggest snubs in existence.


The Specials

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Ska has largely alluded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (for some reason,) which makes the Specials that much more an enticing act to get on the ballot. They brought the genre to life, inspiring generations of artists, and continue to do so to this day.


The Spinners

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NOMINATED

With 3 long-overdue nominations this decade, the Spinners are so close to induction we can almost taste it. That is, assuming they don’t just completely fall of the map. With one foot in Motown and other in the criminally overlooked Philly Soul era, and an incredible amount of hits along the way, they should have been an easy induction decades ago.


Squeeze

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These new wave era icons have plenty of hits to their name, with the acclaim to back them up. Based on the Hall’s tepid embrace of the era, an act like this would be the perfect crowd pleaser to put on the ballot. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them on one in the near future.


Steppenwolf

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NOMINATED

In some ways, Steppenwolf is a bigger band than their catalog would leave you to believe. Still, they were a pivotal act that helped to define their generation, and inspire a new direction for rock to go. Their nomination a couple years ago felt like a nice little nod.


Styx

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It’s time to start seriously talking about Styx. They are absolutely beloved by many, but have routinely been met with skepticism from critics. The Hall of Fame has recently been on a hunt for artists of their kind, probably for ratings, and Styx should be a no-brainer for them.


T. Rex

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There isn’t nearly enough glam rock in the Hall of Fame, and T. Rex would be an easy fix. They are trailblazers, inspiring countless artists, some of whom have been inducted, but their success in the US was limited, and that’s undoubtedly why they haven’t seen even a nomination yet. It’s a crime.


Joe Tex

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NOMINATED

Joe Tex is the Hall of Fame dark horse. He is a beloved artist amongst musicians, despite his sparse commercial standing, and his 5 nominations certainly increase his odds of getting in eventually. Sadly, he’ll never be a contender with the public vote.


Thin Lizzy

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Thin Lizzy’s influence has been citied by countless bands, some of whom are inductees themselves, but they’ve never been given a ton of attention from critics. The’ve always kind of been musician’s musicians, but they absolutely deserve to be recognized.


Toots & The Maytals

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Toots & the Maytals are the biggest reggae act yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. They absolutely meet all of the criteria, and would undoubtedly be a welcomed inclusion by musicians, critics, and fans alike. Hopefully they won’t have to wait much longer.


War

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NOMINATED

War’s unique brand of funk gave way to an impressive run of influential hits still in heavy rotation today. It’s a shame they haven’t gotten in any of their three attempts to date, but it seems likely they’ll find their way in sooner or later.


Mary Wells

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NOMINATED

Motown’s original female star, Mary Wells was considered for induction into the Hall of Fame in its first two years of existence, and has been left out of the conversation ever since. Over 30 years later, it’s safe to say that she is one of the biggest snubs in existence.


Barry White

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Not only is Barry White one of the biggest selling artists of all time, but his classic hits are still a mainstay both on radio and the dance floor. He brought a level of soul and creativity to disco that no one was able to compete with. He’s one of the most conspicuous snubs.


Chuck Willis

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NOMINATED

His 6 nominations date back to the Hall of Fame’s inaugural year and come as recently as this decade. As a songwriter and performer, Chuck Willis is one of rock’s earliest forefathers, and undoubtedly should have been inducted within the first few years. Clearly, they don’t feel as there’s any rush.


Johnny Winter

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Johnny Winter is an acclaimed guitar; you’ll find him on any good list of greatest of all time. It’s completely counterintuitive that he hasn’t even been nominated by the Hall of Fame, an recognition that should be more about musical merit and influence than popularity.


Steve Winwood

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NOMINATED

Steve Winwood has a widespread, prolific career that is undeniably Hall of Fame-worthy. He’s currently inducted as a member of Traffic, but considering all of his many projects, a solo induction is the only way to properly recognize one of rock’s all time greats. Oddly enough, he’s only been nominated once.


Link Wray

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NOMINATED

Poor Link Wray. He should have been considered alongside the earliest inductees, but didn’t see an induction for almost 30 years. It feels like everyone knows how disrespectful this is, but no one’s willing to do anything about it. Induct him already; it’s the right thing to do.


Warren Zevon

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A beloved songwriter with a few hits to his name, Warren Zevon seems like the perfect candidate for consideration. He would be a welcomed candidate and would no doubt pull in some serious fan votes. Hopefully he won’t have to sit out too many more ballots.


THE CUSP:

ALICE IN CHAINS (ELIGIBLE IN 2016)

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There’s little doubt that Alice In Chains will be in the folder at some point, so it’s just a little too early to call them a snub. If they haven’t seen a nomination in the next four or five years, we’ll have to breach the subject.


TORI AMOS (ELIGIBLE IN 2017)

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It’s impossible to deny the presence Tori Amos had in a sea of exciting alternative artists the 1990s had to offer. Her exquisite piano-centered compositions are as challenging as they are beautiful, and she certainly should have a place in the Hall of Fame someday.


BECK (ELIGIBLE IN 2019)

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There is no doubt that Beck has a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It would have been perfectly acceptable to see him on the ballot this year, his first time eligible, but his absence isn’t exactly a snub.


BJÖRK (ELIGIBLE IN 2003)

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An early album released in the late ’70s has left her eligible for over 15 years, but Björk as we know her wouldn’t have been eligible until just last year. With that in mind, she’s not quite a snub yet. The Hall of Fame  is consistently criticized for their lack of female presence, so this should be an easy one.


BLINK-182 (ELIGIBLE IN 2019)

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It seems laughable at first, but then it makes sense. Newly eligible blink-182 are truly the sound of a generation, and with names like Travis Barker on the roster, you could easily put up an argument. It would be silly to rush them in before many of their forefathers, but when has that ever stopped the Hall of Fame before?


MARY J. BLIGE (ELIGIBLE IN 2018)

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Mary J. Blige certainly isn’t the first thought that’s going to pop into your heard when you think of rock & roll. If you trace back her musical roots, though, you’ll find many of her influences in the Hall of Fame. She’s the undisputed Queen of Hip Hop Soul; it sounds pretty induction-worthy to me.


BLUR (ELIGIBLE IN 2016)

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In another year or two, Blur is going to be a bonafide snub. Their presence in America has sadly been boiled down to a small handful of songs, but they are undisputed legends worldwide. Damon Albarn has built enough rapport with his other projects that his presence should be enough to solidify at least a nomination.


JEFF BUCKLEY (ELIGIBLE IN 2018)

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There may never be enough justification to induct a true one-album wonder like Jeff Buckley, but that would kind of be a shame in a way.  Was Grace a glimpse into a pending Hall of Fame-worthy career, or could it be considered one in itself? It may still be a little too early to tell.


PJ HARVEY (ELIGIBLE IN 2017)

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PJ Harvey is one of the most acclaimed artists of the last 25 years. She has consistently kept fans and critics on their toes, as if she gets off on presenting the listener with a challenge. It certainly hasn’t resulted in many hits, but she’s the kind of artist who doesn’t need them to get in.


HOLE (ELIGIBLE IN 2016)

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Maybe they just don’t want Courtney Love at another ceremony, but Hole are, fittingly, becoming a noticeable absence from the ballot. Only a few years into their window of consideration, it still feels hasty to call them an outright snub, but they’re getting there.


LENNY KRAVITZ (ELIGIBLE IN 2015)

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Lenny Kravitz, as a figure, is far bigger than his music itself ever was. His effortless cool harks back to Hall of Fame inductees Jimi Hendrix and Prince, so it seems natural that he would belong aside them. His talents are undeniable, but his catalog isn’t stacked enough to talk about an induction quite yet.


DAVE MATTHEWS BAND (ELIGIBLE IN 2019)

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With a devout following like they have, Dave Matthews Band will most certainly not be ignored for long. It wouldn’t have been a total shock if they ended up on the ballot this year, but they aren’t quite at “instant induct” level.


ALANIS MORISSETTE (ELIGIBLE IN 2017)

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Recently eligible Alanis Morissette may or may not be a serious consideration at some point, but it doesn’t have to be now. Her impact was mostly isolated to one album …but it was one hell of an album. Her songs are the soundtrack of a generation, and that should count for something.


OUTKAST (ELIGIBLE IN 2019)

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OutKast are most certainly Hall of Fame contenders, but seeing as this is their first year of eligibility, it would be hasty to call them a snub quite yet. Hip hop competition is getting bigger every year, but it would be criminal to leave them out of the conversation for too long.


MOBY (ELIGIBLE IN 2016)

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To think of any major electronic act getting in before Kraftwerk is sickening, but in all fairness, Moby is so much more than that. He has always floated in between commercial viability and experimental retreat, but with enough hits to his name and a critical backing, he deserves to be in the mix.


NO DOUBT (ELIGIBLE IN 2018)

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No Doubt should be an easy induction. From their ska punk roots through their shameless pop evolution, they have the perfect amount of credibility and commerciality to make them an attractive candidate. If in a couple of years they haven’t seen a nod, they’d be an easy snub.


SMASHING PUMPKINS (ELIGIBLE IN 2016)

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I’d say that if the Smashing Pumpkins don’t see a nomination in another year or two, they’re moving up (or down) to the reject list. It seems ridiculous that this incredibly important act won’t get their due in a timely manner, but it’s most definitely happened before.


THE STONE ROSES (ELIGIBLE IN 2011)

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It isn’t likely that The Stone Roses will see any acknowledgement from the Hall of Fame any time soon. Their time together may have been short-lived, but it was prolific and absolutely monumental. Sure, it makes sense, but it doesn’t make them any less deserving.


STONE TEMPLE PILOTS (ELIGIBLE IN 2018)

StoneTemplePilots

This is certainly an act that would be hard for the Hall of Fame to ignore for too long, but there’s no reasonable urgency for an induction. If too many of their peers get in before they’re even considered, we’ll talk about snub status.


TLC (ELIGIBLE IN 2018)

TLC

It’s not too early to start having the conversation about how an act like TLC can fit into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Their superbly unique blend of hip hop, soul, and pop resonated with the masses and critics alike. At their height, they were rock stars.


TOOL (ELIGIBLE IN 2018)

Tool

There’s no way the Hall of Fame is going to be able to ignore Tool for too long, but it’s still just a little too early to call them a snub.  If a few more years go by and they’re still not getting some traction, it would be a shame. They’re the kind of act that could see a ton of fan support.


A TRIBE CALLED QUEST (ELIGIBLE IN 2016)

TribeCalledQuest

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has embraced hip hop, but not to the point extent that the snubs aren’t racking up. A Tribe Called Quest is so newly eligible that it would be hasty to classify them as such, but I have a feeling it’s coming.


WU-TANG CLAN (ELIGIBLE IN 2018)

WuTang

This is another easy hip hop induction for the Hall of Fame, but hopefully the likes of LL Cool J and Eric B. and Rakim will finally get their due first. There are some major players coming up for eligibility soon, but it still wouldn’t be a shock to see Wu-Tang in the mix soon.


THE PLAYLIST

Check out The Most Inexcusable Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs Playlist for a quick catch up on these incredible overlooked acts!


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