Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: 7 so-called snubs that shouldn't be inducted (2023)

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Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Look around the Internet long enough and you'll find enough Rock & Roll Hall of Fame "snubs" lists to total about 500 acts that supposedly should have been inducted already.

The truth is, not everyone is worthy. You could certainly make a case for the following seven artists. But I'm here to tell you not only are they not in the Rock Hall, they (probably) shouldn't be:

Yes

They're a popular band with a loyal fan base, but that doesn't necessarily earn you induction into the Rock Hall (Just ask Bon Jovi or Journey). But you could also make the case that Yes is essentially a one-hit wonder that doesn't have the greatest argument to one day make it into the museum. In terms of significance, the band's song "Owner of a Lonely Heart" is more well known than the group members are. And when it comes to influence in the progressive rock realm, the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, Jethro Tull and King Crimson may have better cases.

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Electric Light Orchestra

I'm not surprised that ELO hasn't been nominated during its 20 years of eligibility. The band certainly isn't the lame Beatles knockoff some detractors claimed upon their arrival. But Jeff Lynne and company have to take a backseat in terms of Rock Hall induction to other progressive pop acts with wider influence such as Kraftwerk, Roxy Music or even Supertramp.

Alice in Chains

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This was the hardest one to put on this list. It's a shame that Alice in Chains gets lumped in with grunge, because the band is one of the more substantial hard rock acts of its time, influencing future bands like Hoobastank, Godsmack and Staind. In case you're wondering, that list of bands doesn't help Alice in Chains' candidacy. Nor does the fact that the band's time with frontman Layne Stayley was cut short.

LL Cool J

LL Cool J was one of the first great solo stars in hip-hop. But his acting work and stint hosting the Grammys has made his legacy seem more Rock Hall worthy than it actually is. His longevity is impressive, but LL's debut album "Radio" remains his lone masterpiece. He didn't make quite the monumental statement as acts like N.W.A. or Public Enemy, and evolve as much as an artist like the Beastie Boys.

The Doobie Brothers

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Highly successful during the 1970s and worthy of their induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Doobie Brothers fall short of being a Rock Hall snub. The band has a pretty solid collection of singles, but none of the Doobie Brothers' albums altered the history of rock in any way whatsoever.

Three Dog Night

I wouldn't call Three Dog Night a glorified cover band, but some people might. The band simply didn't write most of the huge hits its known for which, much like a handful of legendary crooners, should keep the "Joy to the World" boys out of the Rock Hall.

Tommy and the Shondells

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Tommy James performing "Crimson and Clover" with Joan Jett during her recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction had some people thinking it's about time for James and the Shondells to work their way into the museum. But that performance is probably as close as they'll ever get. Singles like "Hanky Panky," "I think We're Alone" and the aforementioned "Crimson and Clover" are certainly noteworthy. Still, James doesn't have an essential album to write home about.

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Who got snubbed for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees has officially been revealed, with Rage Against the Machine, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson among the nominees who have earned the nod. Meanwhile, artists such as Iron Maiden, Soundgarden and The White Stripes were again snubbed on the hard rock and metal end.

Who will be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2023? ›

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Why isn't Iron Maiden in the Hall of Fame? ›

This year, the Hall considered for a second time to include Iron Maiden, who have been eligible for induction since 2005. And once again, the institution's voters snubbed them — possibly because of Maiden's antipathy, possibly because they just don't like metal.

Why isn t Bad Company in the rock n Roll Hall of Fame? ›

1 albums on the Billboard charts. Why they won't: It's not surprising Bad Company hasn't been nominated for the Rock Hall, considering the members' previous bands have also received minimal consideration. Like Journey, Bad Company's music, while popular, has been unfairly thrown into the bar-band sing-a-long heap.

Has anyone been kicked out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

But the Great Rock Hall Purge is focused on being as particular and elitist as possible. To give you a sense of how elitist, artists like Billy Joel and Green Day barely made the cut. In total, we kicked 100 artists out of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Who boycotted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

In perhaps the most infamous Rock Hall diss of all time, all surviving members of the Sex Pistols — Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, and John Lydon — published a handwritten letter to condemn the institution and everything it stands for.

Who is the only musician inducted to the rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his harmonica playing? ›

Musically, Marion Walter Jacobs was a giant. The blues, of the electric Chicago variety, were his area of expertise. The harmonica, blown through a bullet-shaped microphone, was his instrument of choice.

Who was the first person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

In 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its first group of inductees: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and the Everly Brothers.

How much does it cost to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Terms & Conditions for General Admission
Your priceQty
Adult (ages 13+)$35.000 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Child (ages 6-12)$25.000 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Who is the only woman in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Introduction. Lady Soul. The first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music.

Who is the only woman inducted Rock Hall of Fame? ›

The first woman inducted into the Rock Hall was Aretha Franklin in 1987. The Supremes followed the next year, and LaVern Baker and Tina Turner appeared in 1991. Female inductees are few and far between, reflecting the music industry's rampant misogyny.

Who was the most people for an Iron Maiden concert? ›

Somewhere Back in Time World Tour

On top of this, Iron Maiden's first ever stadium show in the UK took place at Twickenham Stadium on 5 July 2008, while their largest ever solo show took place in São Paulo on 15 March 2009, with an estimated audience of 63,000.

Why is Ted Nugent not in the rock n Roll hall of fame? ›

When Keith noted that Ted's "politics" are the main reason he hasn't been inducted into the Rock Hall, Nugent said: "Let's examine the foundation of that observation, very accurate observation. I'm not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame because of my politics. My politics are the U.S. Constitution. Thank you very much."

Why is Motley Crue banned from Rock Hall of Fame? ›

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Why did Alanis Morissette not go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Alanis Morissette says she dropped out of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame appearance due to sexist environment. The singer explained to fans that 'there is no need for me to spend time in an environment that reduces women. '

Why did Dolly Parton ask to be removed from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Dolly said in her statement posted on Instagram that she felt that she had not earned the right to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and thought it would be in the best interest of fans and other nominees to bow out due to the potential split vote.

Did Dolly Parton drop out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

“Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don't feel that I have earned that right. I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.

Why didn t jerry garcia go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

In 1994, Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Possibly owing to his countercultural sensibilities, he declined to attend the ceremony as he was not a fan of the Hall of Fame concept.

Who has declined their nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year? ›

Dolly Parton has announced she is pulling out of this year's nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, saying she hasn't “earned that right.”

Who is the youngest artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

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Who was the man sitting with Dolly Parton at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

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Who is the best harmonica player of all time? ›

Top 10 Best Harmonica Players of All Time
RankHarmonica PlayerAssociated Acts
1Toots ThielemansQuincy Jones, Charlie Parker'S All-Stars
2Phil WigginsCephas & Wiggins
3Big Mama ThorntonMuddy Waters Blues Band
4Indiara SfairMilk'n Blues
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How many females are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Why are women so marginalised by the Rock Hall? Of the 31 people on the nominating board, just nine are women. According to the music historian Evelyn McDonnell, the Rock Hall voters, among them musicians and industry elites, are 90% male.

Is anyone in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice? ›

The Beatles and Crosby, Stills and Nash are the only two bands where every member is a multiple inductee. Stephen Stills is the only person to be inducted twice in the same year (1997). John Lennon and Dave Grohl are the only two-time first ballot inductees.

Is Elvis in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

He performed constantly until his death at age 42. Elvis Presley was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

How long do people stay at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Plan on giving yourself at least two and a half to three hours for your Rock Hall experience. You can check our online exhibit guide for the most up-to-date exhibits, films and more available in the museum.

How long will the Beatles exhibit be at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

The Rock Hall has extended a popular Beatles exhibition that opened March 18, 2022, through at least the end of 2023.

Can you take pictures at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Personal photography and filming at the Rock Hall is permitted with the use of hand-held still and video cameras only, no tripods or flash.

Who is the only 2 time female in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Stevie Nicks' life and career have always had a touch of magical enchantment. Tonight represents a crowning validation of her spellbinding gifts as a rock & roll icon, as she becomes the first woman to be twice inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – with Fleetwood Mac in 1998, and now as a solo artist.

Who is the black woman in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

In honor of Black History Month, Billboard is highlighting some of music's biggest achievements by Black artists, including on Jan. 3, 1987 when Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Is Barbra Streisand in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Unlike Aretha (and Tina, for that matter), she's never been considered the queen of anything, nor has she gotten anything near the level of musical R-E-S-P-E-C-T she deserves. She's never even been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an organization that counts both Aretha and Tina among its inductees.

Who was the first female singer Hall of Fame? ›

The inaugural Hall of Fame election results were announced in the media on Feb. 2, 1936, and featured Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner as the Class of 1936.

Is Stevie Nicks in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame previously inducted Nicks in 1998 for her work in Fleetwood Mac.

What was the most crowded concert ever? ›

With an audience of over 184,000 people on April 21, 1990, McCartney's record was broken by a Japanese rock band, Glay, which held a concert with an audience of 200,000 people on July 31, 1999, in Chiba, Japan (Makuhari Parking Lot).

Who gave the biggest concert ever? ›

Music legend Rod Stewart holds the current world record for the biggest gig of all time — in 1994, he also performed on Copacabana Beach to to a staggering 3.5 million people celebrating New Year's Eve.

Who is the best Iron Maiden vocalist? ›

Dickinson is obviously Maiden's greatest vocalist, but if you wanted to hear what Di'Anno brought to the band, then Wrathchild – the saga of a man searching for his absent father – would be perfect evidence.

Why didn t Steve Perry sing at Hall of Fame? ›

Schon says that swirling emotion likely kept Perry from joining his old band during the musical portion of their induction. "Knowing everything else and how he was feeling – he was very emotional too – it's understandable to me that he wouldn't want to sing. It was just highly emotional," Schon said.

Who is snubbed from the rock n Roll Hall of Fame? ›

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees has officially been revealed, with Rage Against the Machine, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson among the nominees who have earned the nod. Meanwhile, artists such as Iron Maiden, Soundgarden and The White Stripes were again snubbed on the hard rock and metal end.

Who owns Rock Hall of Fame? ›

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records. After a long search for the right city, Cleveland was chosen in 1986 as the Hall of Fame's permanent home.

Why did Axl Rose refuse the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Axl Rose, frontman for Guns N' Roses, earlier this week refused to be honoured by the Cleveland-based Rock Hall after years of bitter feuding with his former “Appetite for Destruction” bandmates, and his name earned catcalls from the crowd when it was mentioned.

Why isn t Bad Company in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame? ›

1 albums on the Billboard charts. Why they won't: It's not surprising Bad Company hasn't been nominated for the Rock Hall, considering the members' previous bands have also received minimal consideration. Like Journey, Bad Company's music, while popular, has been unfairly thrown into the bar-band sing-a-long heap.

Who was the guitarist kicked out of Mötley Crüe? ›

In response to Mars' decision to step back from touring, the Crüe called "an emergency shareholders' meeting for the band's main corporate entity in order to throw Mars out of the band, to fire him as a director of the corporation, to fire him as an officer of the corporation, and to take away his shares of the ...

Who is the only musician to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times? ›

Three inductions, three words: "Clapton is God." Eric Clapton is a consistent hitmaker and one of the greatest guitarists of all time—perhaps that's why he is the only person to be inducted into the Rock Hall three times.

Why did Alanis Morissette quit? ›

Alanis Morissette Says She Dropped Out of Rock Hall of Fame Performance Because of Sexism and Disrespect Among Production Team. One night earlier, the singer had rehearsed a duet of 'You're So Vain' with Olivia Rodrigo, who ultimately performed the Carly Simon classic as a solo number.

Why didn t paul McCartney show up to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

George had filed another lawsuit against Paul a few days before the ceremony. He wanted a bigger cut from the Lennon/McCartney credits stating he helped write those songs. Paul was deeply upset by it and felt that a Beatles reunion would be a farce under those circumstances. Therefore, he didn't attend.

Why is the Guess Who not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

According to a pair of Canada-based Rock & Roll Hall of Fame voters, however, the Winnipeg-born band's chart success may work against them. As a Top 40 singles band, the Guess Who lacked FM gravitas and the approval of taste-making rock critics of the era.

Why isn t reo speedwagon in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

The primary reason is a lack of influence. Very few artists who populated the album-oriented rock format on the radio in the 1970s and early 1980s are listed on lists like All Music's 100 most influential artists, which measures how many other music acts an artist has influenced.

Are the B 52's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

The B-52's

Despite being innovators of the new wave genre, The B-52s have never been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Why did Paul sue the Beatles? ›

Why did Paul McCartney sue the other Beatles? The Beatles' contract with Allen Klein meant that all earnings made from each member's solo works were to go into the Apple "pot". In August 1970, McCartney began steps to dissolve the Beatles' partnership, arguing his financial and artistic freedom was infringed.

Who is singing Nobody Does It Better at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

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Should Boston be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Their self-titled record sold 17 million copies, second only to Rock Hall inductees' Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction, which sold 18 million units. With hits like "More Than A Feeling" and "Rock And Roll Band," and a unique sound that filled arenas, Boston should be recognized by the Hall.

Who just went into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

The ceremony, which takes place Saturday, November 5th, at 7 p.m. PST at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, will honor this year's inductees: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon; along with Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for ...

Is REO Speedwagon a member of the rock and roll hall of fame? ›

In 2021, REO Speedwagon was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Rt. 66 located in Joliet, Illinois. The group spent summer 2022 touring with Styx, on the Live and Unzoomed Tour, with Loverboy serving as the opening act.

Is Janis Joplin in the rock n Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Joplin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and given a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Did Pat Benatar get in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Despite being eligible for Rock Hall induction for more than two decades (she released her first non-album single in 1974), Benatar held out until she could be inducted with Giraldo, her husband, guitarist and songwriting partner.

Are any punk bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

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Several punk and New Wave bands have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, including the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Clash, Green Day, Blondie and Talking Heads.

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