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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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April 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

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

Tom Mein
April 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Except shes not rock you twit

April 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm

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

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 ????

Mathew Nichols
April 12, 2014 at 4:49 am

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

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.

April 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm


April 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

warren zevon

April 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

most of those artists make really shitty music

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.