40 Bands not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Los Angeles Trends | Examiner.com March 15th, 2011 5:33 pm PT Year after year a handful of musicians get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while dozens of equally-talented artists get snubbed. This year Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, and Neil Diamond were well-deserving choices, but it’s always hard for fans not to be upset about their favorite bands being left out -- and there are plenty of fans to be upset since the best bands not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include these legends: Rush Kids today think Justin Bieber is the best thing to come out of Canada, oblivious to the awesomeness of this nerd rock band with hits like “Tom Sawyer.” The Doobie Brothers This swamp rock band with down-home hits like “Black Water” also is deserving of a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- some of their biggest fans back in the day were the Hells Angels, and they’re named after reefer. What’s more rock and roll than that? Joe Cocker How is this legend that performed at Woodstock not in the Hall of Fame? His performance of “With a Little Help From My Friends” is still chill-inducing to this day (an no rocker convulsed quite the way he did onstage). Peter Frampton And here’s another of the biggest names not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Frampton ruled the world back in the 70’s with his talk box and songs like “Baby, I Love Your Way” (here’s a bit of trivia: Peter and Lois reveal that this is their song on “Family Guy”). Heart The ladies deserve some love, too, especially since it was quite a bit harder for them to make it in the world of rock. And no one rocked harder than the band behind “Barracuda.” Electric Light Orchestra This symphonic, supersonic band lives up to their psychedelic name with songs like “Strange Magic.” Foreigner The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is as “Cold as Ice” for neglecting this “Hot Blooded” band, and it’s “Urgent” that they get inducted ASAP. Journey Sure “Don’t Stop Believing” gets butchered a little too much at karaoke bars around the world, but there’s a reason it’s so beloved. Steppenwolf The band behind the song that will forever conjure images of the open road, freedom, and choppers is still being kept down by the man (that’s what happens when you’re “Born to be Wild”). Steve Miller Band Apparently “Joker,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Jungle Love,” and “Rock’n Me” just aren’t enough to get this Heartland rock band on the list. KISS Has a band ever marketed itself better? Cheap Trick They want the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to want them. Deep Purple These heavy metal innovators are responsible for one of every aspiring guitar player’s favorite riffs in “Smoke on the Water.” Bad Company The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn’t see the guys behind one of the most romantic rock songs ever, “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” as good company. The Cars You can thank The Cars for bringing to mind an image of a topless Phoebe Cates every time “Moving in Stereo” plays. Yes The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame keeps saying no to this progressive rock band behind “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” The Moody Blues This innovative band is responsible for the romantic song “Nights in White Satin” (maybe it’s a bit too romantic and moving for the Hall of Fame?). Chicago If one of the biggest hit makers in the world (“25 or 6 to 4,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Saturday in the Park”) can’t make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then who can? Joan Jett Another of the biggest women in rock has shown her love for rock and roll, but she’s getting none in return from the Hall of Fame. Jethro Tull When you can seamlessly blend a flute with hard rock music (as in “Aqualung”), you definitely belong in the Hall of Fame. The Cure Come on! Robert Smith defeated Mecha-Streisand! Warren Zevon For gals that don’t care for shirtless werewolves who fight over sickly-looking human girls with angsty vampires, check out a song about real werewolves -- the kind that from London that eat Chinese food and mutilate little old ladies. Beastie Boys You gotta love the way these boys rock their ‘staches and ‘80s sunglasses in the “Sabotage” video, as well as how the joke that was “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” went over every frat boy’s head. But they really deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame for combining rock and rap and being taken seriously. Thin Lizzy There would be no Metallica without Irish band Thin Lizzy and their “Whiskey in a Jar.” Iron Maiden Heavy metal bands with dark songs like “The Number of the Beast” aren’t getting much love from the Hall of Fame right now, but might in the future. Todd Rundgren Hello! Can’t this “Hello It’s Me” singer get a little love after inspiring so many to trade pencil pushing for banging on drums all day? The Pogues The band behind the best Christmas song ever definitely deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame. Johnny Ace It doesn’t get more rock and roll than killing yourself during a game of Russian roulette. But Ace’s “Pledging my Love” is also as beautiful and romantic as a song can get. George Thorogood and the Destroyers The man behind one of the best bar bands ever needs to buy each of the powers that be responsible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer each while they listen to his entertaining tale. Blue Oyster Cult “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” is one of the darkest, most romantic love songs of all time, but it’s also got a guitar solo that the reaper himself could rock out to (however, it could always use more cowbell). The Guess Who American women everywhere should be outraged that this Canadian band isn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins It's Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and he's a wild man, so bug off. Red Hot Chili Peppers This band recently became eligible, so it’s likely they’ll eventually get in. Depeche Mode How can you “Enjoy the Silence” with bands like this in the world? Supertramp It’s only logical that this band will get in the Hall of Fame some day. Pantera “Groove” metal deserves a little love in the Hall of Fame, and nobody shredded better than Dimebag Darrell (you gotta love that the Cowboys from Hell were guest musicians on “Spongebob Squarepants”). Stevie Ray Vaughn One of the best blues guitarists in the biz is another late, great musician from Texas deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame. Judas Priest Never has “Breaking the Law” sounded like so much fun. Three Dog Night When you think “Joy to the World,” you should be thinking of this band’s song (and you better be listening to your mama when she tells you not to go to that party). Hall and Oates Has there ever been a more cheerful love song than “You Make My Dreams?” And has there been a sweeter ‘stache than Oates’ lady tickler? Of course, just as the Hall of Fame has let so many musicians fall through the cracks, there are probably some missing on this list, but these forty bands are a good start.