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The 20 Worst Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

on October 16, 2013, 4:45pm
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 The 20 Worst Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs


Another class has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but with it also comes ten times as many snubs. Here’s a list of 20 surprising artists who have yet to receive enshrinement, accompanied with rankings and our semi-formal arguments. Enjoy and let us know who else you’d like to see get inducted next year.

20. Phish

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Number of Years Snubbed: 1

Number of Albums: 11

Chart Performance: “Free”, the first single to their 1996 album, Billy Breathes, peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 11 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Accolades: The band received the Jammys Lifetime Achievement Award on May 7, 2008.

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July 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Also, how is Donna Summer and some of these other R&B acts in the hall yet George Michael is not? How the hell does THAT happen? George Michael is way more accomplished than 95% of the inducted members, yet they leave him off? I hate that the hall gets attention every year and they play their show on my TV set….they don’t deserve to be scene ever.
If I was ever in Cleveland I would not go visit. Although they did put the Grateful Dead in, that was one of their smarter moves, but I can’t believe they didn’t dick that up.

July 18, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Phish should 100% be in and if you don’t agree you just do not understand music. I feel bad for people that do not listen to good music because their lives must be so boring and miserable. Pearl Jam, The Black Crowes, Smashing Pumpkins, Silverhchair, Blind Melon, and Widespread Panic should all be first ballot inductees, but we see they have missed the boat on Panic and Phish already. I am sure they will continue to cater to shitty bands and leave out the good ones. Phish still sells out 100 shows a year meanwhile Public Enemy could not sell out a small pub in their hometown of Filthadelphia. How sad is that.

July 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Whitney at the top? Hmmmmm….I’d say Janet Jackson deserves it before Whitney. Janet wrote or co-wrote on all of this hit records. Whitney didn’t much, if at all.

Was great to see Bjork, Depeche Mode and New Order included.

April 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I’m sorry to say, but quite a few of these artists don’t really have much place in something as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Whitney Houston is mostly a cover-artist. Hardly anything she’s ever written (if she’s done that at all) has ever received accolades or maintained a quality that’s run parallel with the songs she’s covered. A lot of people seem to forget that the songs she’s famous for were not written by her – only covered. In my opinion, that makes quite a bit of the Billboard 100 accolades she’s received rather hollow.
A lot of these artists are either one-hit wonders or have made consistently mediocre music with a few exceptions; Devo being the strongest example of this.

April 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

most of those artists make really shitty music

April 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

warren zevon

April 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm


April 12, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Considering that Journey and Phish both suck, I wouldn’t call it a snub so much as quality control.

July 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

You are a moron. Phish deserves it over everyone else. Silverchair deserves it over these others as well. How do you leave out great bands and put in bullshit like Public Enemy? RRHOF is garbage. Where are the Black Crowes and Pearl Jam……. I don’t get it.

Mathew Nichols
April 12, 2014 at 4:49 am

Weird Al should be number 1 enough said. Weird Al for life.

Brian Brady
April 12, 2014 at 2:14 am

#1 – RORY GALLAGHER – no ifs, ands or buts, I’m ashamed CoS even forgot him at #1 ! How many Rock n Roll songs has Whitney recorded ????

April 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Uhmmm….Deep Purple, Yes, King Crimson, Judas Priest, Cheap Trick. There’s your Top 5.

Tom Mein
April 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Except shes not rock you twit

April 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

You (and the rock hall) forgot to mention the Moody Blues.