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The Top 10 Bands NOT In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame But Should Be [VIDEOS]

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‘Tis the season for me to go on my yearly rant about the travesty that is otherwise known as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and how there are a laundry list of great bands we grew up listening to that somehow haven’t yet made it into the Hall.

There has been way too many years of acts such as Madonna, ABBA and a whole host of other ‘pop’ acts have made it into the RRHOF before legitimate rock acts. 2013 offered a glimmer of hope as one of my favorite bands of all time, Rush made it in, as did one of the greatest females acts of all time, in Heart. But Donna Summer? Public Enemy?

Until the HOF changes their nomination and voting policies, it is nothing more than an absolutely joke. The following is a list of 10 bands that aren’t currently in the Hall of Fame but have earned their right over the course of their careers to be among the elite in the rock and roll world.

One glaring omission from this list is the late great Ronnie James Dio. Being part of legendary bands such a Black Sabbath, Rainbow and a successful career as a solo artist, Dio should 100% be inducted into the RRHOF. Although he should’ve been inducted while he was still alive in order to enjoy the accolades. Placing him in the hall now just seems extremely insincere.

Here’s a list of the top hard rock/heavy metal acts not in the Hall of Fame but absolutely should be.


Bon Jovi


Say what you want about the boys from Jersey, but they've had one of the all-time top selling albums with "Slippery When Wet" and more staying power than a majority of the bands already inducted. Bon Jovi will probably still be relevant to Rock and Roll another 20 years from now.


Cheap Trick


An essential part of any band being in the Hall of Fame is their ability to put on a good show. One of the band's that has always been a better live act was Cheap Trick. Their live album 'Cheap Trick at Budokan' may be one of the all-time greatest lie albums you'll ever listen to.


Def Leppard


Def Leppard may always have a hard time shedding the fact that they got thrown into the 'hair band' genre but based on albums such as 'Pyromania' and ''Hysteria' alone, they should be inducted.


Thin Lizzy


Although the longevity may not have been there for Thin Lizzy because of the tragic death of singer Phil Lynott, the band was a benchmark for so many bands that developed in the 80's. Songs like 'The Boys are Back in Town,' 'Jailbreak,' 'Whiskey in the Jar,' and 'Chinatown' are all timeless rock classics.


Motley Crue


If you look up the definition of 'Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll' there should be a picture of "The Crue" in the dictionary. Vince, Tommy, Nikki & Mick were the shining stars from LA's Sunset Strip days. Motley did the 'Rock & Roll lifestyle' bigger, badder and better than anyone.




It's Lemmy... he's rock royalty. Enough said.


Iron Maiden


If Black Sabbath were the pioneers of heavy metal, Iron Maiden were an integral part of its progression. Iron Maiden has some of the most passionate metal fans out there and still sell out stadiums world wide.


Judas Priest


Judas Priest, along with Iron Maiden not only helped the heavy metal movement move onward but Judas Priest arguably created "the look" of heavy metal. Metal spikes, studs, denim and leather jackets, were all inspired by Priest's lead singer Rob Halford.




Part of what makes any band great, is their ability to captivate a live audience. Kiss exemplifies that as they were never noted  for their albums up until their album 'Alive' captured the essence of their live show and their careers just skyrocketed from there.  'Alive' is arguably one of the best live recordings of all time. Paul and Gene have been rocking for almost 40 years and don't look like their slowing down anytime soon.


Deep Purple


No band's success should be based solely on one specific song but you'd be hard pressed to find a song like 'Smoke on the Water' that was as influential to so many budding musicians. Deep Purple's members may have changed a few times over the years (14 members to be exact) but the band was at one time dubbed 'the loudest band of all time' by the Guinness Book of World Records. What's more rock and roll than that?


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