For as long as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has existed, there have been people complaining about tearing the whole thing down. The music business is not always about competition, and you should just be looking to make the best songs that you can during the time you have, not waiting for the eventual day that you can thank a bunch of suits in the audience. There have been more than a few times where people wonder who they have allowed through the door, but there’s always the lingering problem of who they consistently ignore as well.
Even though all of these musicians are more than eligible to join those hallowed halls in Cleveland, the Hall of Fame has either cast them as not good enough year after year or just decided to ignore them entirely. When you see all of the accolades add up for these bands though, it would be a crime to say that they don’t deserve at least a little bit of consideration.
Throughout the history of any of these acts, rock and roll seemed to shift whenever you heard them, adopting new techniques that no one had heard before or toying with the concept of what a rock band is supposed to do. We’re still going to be sticking to the Hall of Fame’s rules of 25 years since the act’s first release, but even when you’re playing their game, the fact that these guys are still outliers doesn’t make any sense at all.
10. Weird Al Yankovic
Starting this list with someone like Weird Al Yankovic almost feels a little bit silly. There may have been some questionable people that have gone into the Hall of Fame over the years, but does it really count to give it to someone who specializes in comedy over anything else? The Hall is about your contribution to rock and roll though, and it's impossible to think of a music scene that exists without Weird Al in it.
Compared to the kind of flash in the pan artists that come and go throughout history, Al's trademark goofy sense of humor is pretty much evergreen going through every single era of rock and roll, either riding the trends and making something extremely funny on Smells Like Nirvana or sprinkling in different pieces of polka into the mix like his different medleys of popular songs. Al was always more than just a copy and paste guy though, and some of his best songs are his style parodies of different acts, like Germs sounding like a real Nine Inch Nails song and Dare to Be Stupid even making Mark Mothersbaugh jealous because of just how much it resembled Devo.
Then again, the appeal of Weird Al getting into the Hall of Fame goes a lot further than just having a joke band among the greatest of all time. This was a man that went against the grain and made music on his own terms with humor, and that's about as rock and roll as it gets.