Who got snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
December 17th, 2013
04:10 PM ET

Who got snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

It happens every year.

Whenever the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are announced, inevitably someone will be passed over and the Internet will roar: "But what about...." "How could they not include..." etc, etc.

This year's Hall of Fame class includes Nirvana, Kiss, Hall and Oates, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens. But more than who was named, folks want to talk about who didn't make the cut.

Here are some of the suggestions from @CNNShowbiz followers on Twitter:

Cleveland.com writer Troy L. Smith questions why acts such as Bon Jovi, Cars and Cheap Trick have not yet found their way into the hallowed halls.

"Should the fact that bands such as Chicago, Bon Jovi and Journey weren't critical darlings mar their impact on rock music?" Smith writes. "Should more pop-oriented acts such as Duran Duran and Depeche Mode be considered alongside traditional rock bands? Should hip-hop acts even be mentioned?"

MTV notes that "Among the acts that didn't make it in this time around are hip-hop legends N.W.A. and LL Cool J, as well as shambolic indie rock godheads the Replacements."

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  1. jamesmbertram

    For those complaining about Jay Z being in the RRHOF. He isn't in the hall.

    Donna Summer? She is considered by most to be the face of disco. Love it or hate it, it is a large part of music history.

    Hall & Oates? Creators of "blue eyed soul". 6 #1 songs and 34 songs in the Hot 100.

    Why is Rush in and Yes isn't? Or the Moody Blues?

    Journey? Bon Jovi? Foreigner? While they were popular bands, they weren't really innovative. To me, they fall into the same vein as REO Speedwagon and Styx.

    NIrvana getting in on their first year of eligibility? But music artists like Yes, Moody Blues, the Cars, the Replacements are not.These were as innovative, if not possibly more so. But because Kurt Cobain killed himself, there is the overwhelming need to move it along more quickly.

    Although you may not appreciate one style of music or what you think of as rock may not be what someone else thinks is. It's all good.

    Personally, I look forward to Yes, Meatloaf, the Cars, Todd Rungren, Moody Blues, Joan Jett and Jim Croce being inducted.

    January 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David

    Blue Oyster Cult should also be in there by now. Very underrated as a band.

    January 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BobA

    Todd Rundgren

    January 2, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John W

    What are the qualifications of the selection committee? If you consider that, then you understand who gets selected. Basically, these people aren't qualified, so don't sweat the inductees. Also, Cleveland, this shows that this so-called Rock and Roll has no credibility. It is just a way of drawling people to the mistake by the lake.

    January 2, 2014 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe Morris

    In 10 – 20 years they'll be putting Gaga and Miley in.

    January 1, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jimmie

    Now, I know I may get flamed for these but here's who I think got snubbed:

    1. Rick James
    2. George Michael
    3. Janet Jackson
    4. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis

    January 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blade

      Janet Jackson & George Michael ? Are you serious ? You need to look at the criteria to get in and you will see they don't meet it. They may be popular, but they werent ground -breaking acts that influenced generations and genres of music. I don't hear JJ or GM's influence in music at all today or 10 years ago

      January 1, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. I love rock and roll!

    The beauty of rock and roll is that the people vote with our cash for music that we love. Who cares what the critics think. This hall of fame is definitely a joke.

    January 1, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ed

    The fact that Chicago is not even in the same breath as most bands NOW in the RRHOF is a disgrace.

    They revolutionized the brass sound, and when you have a guitar player like the late great Terry Kath, who Hendirx said a bad ass that was better than him, it boggles the mind.

    January 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. R U Serious

    Hall and Oates were/are the most successful duo of all time sales wise, more so then simon and Garfunkel or the Everly brothers who are both in

    January 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Roberta Z

    The Hall should induct those artists who have had long careers AND who have been major influences on subsequent artists. So...The Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Phil Spector, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, etc. are the ones who deserve to be in. Most of the names mentioned in the posts below do not.

    January 1, 2014 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Patricia Truty

    ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) and/or Jeff Lynne

    January 1, 2014 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joe Morris

    Foreigner isn't in. MADONNA is. That's how legit it is. Why get worked up, folks? It's a farce.

    December 31, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Valkyrie

    I voted again & again for Deep Purple, Yes, The Zombies. Moody Blues need to be nominated too. I get KISS & am glad they will be entered How did Hall & Oats get in there? I like the idea of Jim Croce & Meatloaf. Still... how did Cleveland get this. Should have been here in New Orleans.

    December 31, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoz

      The R&R HOF doesn't seem to be into Progressive rock from the '70's, YES is not in, along with the Moody Blues. I don't believe Jethro Tull or King Crimson are in either. These great bands are pretty much a thing of the past, but in in thier day were selling out huge stadiums with awesome music & special effects. I still don't get why YES is not in, Steve Howe was Gutiar Player Magazines player of the year more than once, plus Jon Anderson & Chris Squire are among the best.

      December 31, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shoz

    I can't believe YES is not in!

    December 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Shoz you are right on target. Jethro Tull and Yes are still around in some form and deserve to be recognized, and KC really was there at the beginning 1969. And, ELP were both pioneers and hugely popular in their day. Some people are hostile to what they can't understand.

      January 15, 2014 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  16. Robyn

    Jim Steinman, Yes
    Meatloaf, not so much, (maybe someday).

    Warren Zevon?
    – Hasten Down the Wind
    – Searching for a Heart
    – Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
    – Mohammad's Radio
    – The Envoy
    – Desperados Under the Eaves
    – Boom Boom Mancini
    – Porcelain Monkey
    – Splendid Isolation
    – I Was in the House When the House Burned Down
    – Life'll Kill Ya
    – Ourselves to Know

    To name only a dozen,
    Absolutely and Unquestionably.

    December 31, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  17. bob

    I hate meatloaf...

    December 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reef R.

      Got a lot of time on your hands, huh, bob? And not much imagination.

      December 31, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  18. Che Lopez

    Tony Orlando and Dawn- Tie a Yellow Ribbon – one of the most popular songs bringing home our service men should be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame! His dedication to the service men is every bit as d
    edicated as Bob Hope was! He never has a show where they are not presented, from The Korean War to Desert Storm! He gives one hell of a show and everyone goes home happy!

    December 30, 2013 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  19. marin

    Have to agree about Meat Loaf... glaring omission.

    December 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Cait

    About half of those inductees don't deserve the credit. Peter Gabriel I can kind of see, but Hall and Oates? Linda Ronstadt? Cat Stevens? Dont get me wrong, I like their music, but they are not what I'd call Rock and Roll. They are definitely not more influential in the genre than some of the nominees that weren't chosen- The Zombies, Yes or Deep Purple! I mean, any kid learning to play guitar starts with the riff from Smoke on the Water. The Hall of Fame has been stretching the idea of what Rock and Roll is for a while now, and It's sad.

    December 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Chuck

    Grand Funk Railroad should have been in years ago.

    December 22, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  22. Rock Kixbutt

    Marianne Faithfull should be in for her album Broken English alone, plus everything she did before and after. And we get pop fluff like Madonna & Donna Summers who never broke a sweat of effort cranking out pre-produced interchangeable "product".

    December 21, 2013 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  23. Sharon

    Hip Hop is NOT rock 'n' roll and never will be!

    December 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. dee russell

    I hope i live long enough to see The Moody Blues make it into the hall..There is many more who need to be in and i understand that not many spots are open each year. Just look hard at the Moodies all of you voters.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Kanye West

    My baby's momma, Kim should be in the Hall of Fame!

    December 20, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  26. ABBA

    The winner takes it all

    December 20, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  27. Russ

    I agree all of 2014 inducties belong in the the HOF and yes there are many groups and artists that belong in and will one day. A few i would like to see would be ELP, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Foreigner and Head East.

    December 20, 2013 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  28. JPO

    The single biggest snub is Connie Francis, one of the two top female R&R stars in the late '50s and '60s (Brenda Lee is the other, and she has been in the Hall for years). You can't have one without the other, but most of those clowns probably weren't alive at the time to realize how immensely popular Connie was. Note also that Connie and Brenda were BOTH charter inductees in the Hit Parade Hall of Fame ... where the voting up to the general public, and they got it right!

    December 20, 2013 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  29. Benzuda

    Yes was even snubbed on the piece on who got snubbed. Deep Purple not making it makes me cry as well.

    December 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Joe

    Bon Jovi should clearly be in. I get that the critics don't love them, but so what? Music is for the people, not the critics, and over the last 30 years the people have spoken. Bon Jovi is still a top concert draw in the U.S. and worldwide. From "Living on a Prayer" to "Its My Life," their songs form the soundtrack of multiple generations, and their albums still sell. The band clearly stood the test of time and left an indelible mark in the music industry. Their music is still relevant as evidence that their tours in 2008, 2010 and 2013 were the top grossing tours worldwide. By definition this group has had a significant impact in the perpetuation of rock and roll and deserves a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    December 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Sydluckman

    Besides many of the acts already mentioned, deep purple, ELP, Chicago, how about Jethro Tull, Pocol Harem, Robin Trower. These guys rocked the 70's like nobody's bidness. Jay z, Madonna...............pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!

    December 19, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  32. Bananarama

    Nlpples...that is all

    December 19, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  33. Oingo Boingo

    Haircut100 f'ers

    December 19, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  34. arch

    This 'Hall' is nothing but a joke. They have selected people/groups that didn't do snot to deserve this award while leaving out people/groups that have been the founders of many different types of music over the years. It's a total disgrace and if the ones that are in it now don't have the guts to stand up for those that truly belong in and many should have been in long before all of these other groups. I guess those that aren't in didn't make the rounds of brown nosing or going down here and there! Never watch the crap. They are like Hollywood. Have all these award programs so they can pat each other on the back for nothing doing much of anything.. Have at it..

    December 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Randall

    Why not Peabo Bryson? Or CeCe Winans? Those two are rock legends!

    December 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  36. The Heartbreaker

    uh, 2 words..... PAT BENATAR

    December 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Stockader73

    ....Warren Zevon????

    December 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  38. surf quitar

    DICK DALE? they guy helped leo fender develop on board reverb, higher watt amps and created a unique sound and style of playing and an early test pilot sound stretcher of the fender stratocaster........
    he was huge in his day.........NOT A MENTION of him............RRHOF is for corp suites and favored money producers

    December 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • westcoaster

      You have got to be kidding me
      that's just sad.Who runs this scam museum

      December 23, 2013 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  39. wosges


    December 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Bôôbtastic Video Bimbô

    Robin Thicke is a big dîck.

    December 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  41. anna

    Can anyone tell me if Robin Thicke has an eye problem?

    Why wear sunglasses while performing on stage? He looks a bit of an idiot or Is he just thick ?????

    December 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Mickey Dolenz

    Here we come, walkin' down the street...

    December 18, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  43. metalhead65

    just change the name of the place already! how about the rolling stone magazine pretentious critics music hall of fame? rock and roll has always been guitar,drums bass and lead singer. I don't care that rap where or how rap evilved it is not rock and roll. how you can leave out bands like Deep Purple,Yes, Iron Maiden, Emerson Lake and Palmer because critics did not like them but include People like madonna and rappers who lip sync.dance,scratch and talk fast and still call it the rock and roll hall of fame is beyond me. I can guarantee you if they had a rap hall of fame you would not find AC/DC or Led Zeppelin or pretty muc any rock act in there. and if you are incucting non rock acts then there sure ass hell is no excuse not to have Foreigner or Journey in there. the critics hate them but their music still sounds great today and that is what it is about. great songs make great music both of them have them.

    December 18, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  44. Chase Sweeter than the Catch

    Guess Ritchie Blackmore being a butt to so many people for all those years is coming back to haunt him – heh heh. But I feel bad for Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, and the late, great Jon Lord. They deserve better.

    December 18, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  45. Mojo Funkadelic

    You can't take the R&R HoF snubs personally. Its all a PR game. Personally, I would have liked Joan Jett to get inducted. She's been one of the hardest working, hardest rocking inspirations for 30+ years now. Maybe next year. Remember, the ox is slow but the earth is patient.

    December 18, 2013 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
    • sonny

      it took years for lynyrd skynyrd to get in because they were a ' southern band' as the critics called them.some of the early rockers like ' Jerry jay dickie lee are always being over looked the RRHOF needs to do a better job of picking out who goes in.

      December 18, 2013 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Blade

      You will see more popular rock acts getting in-in the near future. Why? Because they need to make money at the hall and putting in obscure acts will not make them money. They cant put everyone in at one time. The RRHOF president was on Eddie Trunk's show 2 years ago and said they need to make money and they realize the importance of putting in important rock acts to draw crowds

      January 1, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Brian

    First of NWA and LL Cool J have NOTHING to do with Rock and Roll. Why they are even mentioned is ridiculous! The biggest omission is Cheap Trick.

    December 18, 2013 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      can you believe the moody blues aren't even nominated

      December 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Totally agree with your first sentence. But, while they are pleasant, what is so special about Cheap Trick that merits inclusion? They are middle of the pack types imo.

      January 15, 2014 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  47. Dawn

    Foreigner created the soundtrack for those of us coming of age in the late 70s early 80s.Mick Jones and Lou Gramm songwriting duo created memorable rock ballads that were unique and still resonate with a variety of age groups. There will never be another voice as exquisite as Lou Gramm's.

    December 17, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Dawn

    How many years will they ignore Foreigner. They had a huge impact spanning 2 decades ( not to mention one of the best lead rock vocalists of all time, Lou Gramm!)

    December 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ferdinand

    I still want to know why Jim Croce isn't in there. His career was brief but there are others who had even briefer careers with lesser impact. 40 years on, his music holds up and is still on the radio. His lyrics still mean something, his playing is top-notch, his composing is deceptively clever. Much like many Lennon-McCartney songs are initially thought of as simplistic, upon deeper listening you learn they are not simple so much as not overdone or overproduced but evocative and moving without gimmickry. Croce's music is the same. He should have been inducted long ago.

    Chicago is another act that should be in. They changed music forever and are still relevant.

    December 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Dave

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lost all credibility when it inducted Jay Z and Donna Summers. This sent a clear message that the Hall was just a politically correct pop chart

    December 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  51. No Name

    Dude, it's the ROCK AND ROLL hall of fame. Depeche Mode? No. Any Hip-Hop? No. Let them build their own hall. Left out Deep Purple AGAIN?

    December 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • vinny gerace

      its a disgrace that deep purple was not inducted when garbage like rap which is not even music are in along with many others who could not shine deep purples shoes sorry but the people who vote are totally incompetent deep purple is up there with led zepplin, cream and the other rock godsget it right

      December 27, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • vinny gerace

      its a disgrace that deep purple was not inducted when garbage like rap which is not even music are in along with many others who could not shine deep purples shoes sorry but the people who vote are totally incompetent deep purple is up there with led zepplin, cream and the other rock gods get it right

      December 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deja Vu

      I feel like I've read your comment before, Vinny.

      December 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blade

      I love DM and they have been ground-breaking and have influenced many genres, including hard rock and metal, but they should not be in there just like Madonna and other non rock acts. Until they change the name to Music Hall of Fame, just put in rock acts.

      January 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Punjab the Pirate

    Avast, mateys – here there be trolls. Arrrrrrrrr!

    December 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Stank

    Banana Splits, snubbed again. 🙁

    December 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blade

      Tra la la, la la la la, tra la la...1 banana 2 banana 3 banana 4...

      January 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  54. KevinD

    Just couldn't resist leaving Kiss off your list of 2014 inductees, could you?

    December 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |

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