10 Artists Snubbed By The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 2017 class of honorees, which includes Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur - the first inducted artists whose careers began in the 1990s. Joining them are prog rockers Electric Light Orchestra, symphonic rockers Yes, folk songstress Joan Baez and America's own Journey, who never stopped believing that they'd make it into the hall of fame.

But other artists might not be so optimistic about their chances. Here are 10 that have been snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, ranked by their years of eligibility.

1. Patsy Cline

Eligible since 1982

First off, let's address the whole genre thing. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has honored rappers, pop singers, folk singers and artists of many other musical genres, so there's no reason to exclude Patsy Cline for being a country singer. But there's every reason to include her since she revolutionized her genre by popularizing the Nashville sound in the 1950s.

Then again, her songs were known for being sad and soulful, so perhaps it's only fitting that she's been snubbed for so long.

2. The Wailers

Eligible since 1990

Bob Marley was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994, but the backing band that got him there has been left in the cold for over 25 years. That includes reggae legend - and Wailers' guitarist - Peter Tosh, who broke new ground for the cannabis movement with his 1976 album Legalize It.

3. Kool & the Gang

Eligible since 1994

The funk rock ensemble has been overlooked by the HOF for decades even though they dominated the R&B charts in the 80s. That's a huge shame since they have the perfect song for the induction ceremony. Imagine someone like Bruno Mars covering this hit. 

4. Wings

Eligible since 1996

Right now, Eric Clapton is the only artist inducted into the HOF three times - as a solo artist as well as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. But that could change if the 70s rock band Wings - headed by two-time inductee Paul McCartney - ever gets honored for their slew of hits. They never produced anything as great as The Beatles, but every one of their studio recordings went gold or platinum. 

And we know the perfect band to headline the induction ceremony.

5. Roxy Music

Eligible since 1997

The DNA of these early glam rockers has been all over pop culture for decades - from Twisted Sister to Marilyn Manson to Lady Gaga and more. Just imagine getting all those names together to cover Roxy Music hits like...


6. Joy Division

Eligible since 2004

The British post-punk band achieved huge critical acclaim but never broke out beyond cult-star status during their brief career. Maybe it's time the HOF helped them break into the mainstream by giving them credit for pioneering both new wave and alternative rock.


Eligible since 2005

The Australian rockers put the groove back in rock in the 80s by setting dance floors on fire with hits like with platinum hits like New Sensation and Need You Tonight. But they haven't boogied their way into the HOF yet.

8. Black Flag

Eligible since 2006

The hardcore punk pioneers have been eligible for the HOF for a decade now, but they've had to stand on the sidelines and watch as colleagues like The Sex Pistols, The Stooges and Joan Jett have been inducted instead. But getting snubbed just adds to their anti-establishment cred.

9. Sonic Youth

Eligible since 2008

The prolific pioneers released 16 albums over their 30 year career, including critically acclaimed records like Daydream Nation, Goo and Dirty. But their sound never caught on with mainstream music fans or the HOF.

10. The Smiths

Eligible since 2009

In 1986, legendary rock critic Nick Kent described The Smiths as "the one truly vital voice of the Eighties." And some music critics have even ranked the group as the most influential artists pop artists ever. But the HOF Foundation isn't a fan apparently.

Or maybe they're worried that lead singer Morrissey will derail the ceremony with some of his famously inflammatory quotes.

h/t Rolling Stone, NME.

Banner image: Jimmy McCulloch (left) and Paul McCartney during the 1976 Wings Over the World tour (wikipedia.org)


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