This is perhaps the most jaw-dropping exclusion in the Hall. Gospel singer and blazing guitarist Rosetta Tharpe all but invented rock and roll; Chuck Berry, Elvis, the Rolling Stones, and every guitar rock band that followed are unimaginable without her. Check out that amazing dirty cock rock guitar solo on “Up Above My Head” and then put her in the damn Rock and Roll Hall of Fame already.

Sylvia Robinson (1936-2011)

Part of the guitar rock duo Mickey and Sylvia in the 1950s, Robinson went on to modest R&B success in the 1970s. She is best known, however, for her work as record executive and producer at Sugar Hill Records. As the mastermind behind both the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message,” she’s inarguably one of the single most important figures in early hip hop.

The Shangri-Las

A pioneer in girl group garage rock, the Shangri-Las’ bad girl melodramas like “Leader of the Pack” were a touchstone for punk, grunge, glam, and rock attitude in general.

Dionne Warwick (1940-)

Tin Pan Alley songwriting is a major component and tradition in rock, and no one better exemplifies this legacy than multi-million seller and Grammy award-winning artist Warwick. A Hall of Fame which includes Bill Joel and excludes Warwick is a Hall of Fame that should probably just shut down in shame.

Dolly Parton (1946-)

Technically a country artist, yes, but she had numerous crossover hits, and is a pop mega-icon at this point. Plus, come on, it’s Dolly Parton. She cannot be contained by your simply genre categories.

Björk (1965-)

Björk is usually considered an artist of the ’90s, but her first album was actually recorded when she was 12, all the way back in 1977. This means she’s been eligible for the Hall for quite some time. Since she’s one of the most universally acclaimed performer of the last couple decades, it’s time to vote her in.

Janet Jackson (1966-)

With over 160 million records sold, Jackson is one of the most successful performers of all time, as well as a central influence on megastars such as Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. And no offense to Steve Miller, but “Black Cat” rocks significantly harder than “The Joker.”

Sonic Youth

I had to check four times before I’d believe that Sonic Youth hasn’t been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (yet). But, nope, one of the handful of most influential guitar bands of the last 35 years somehow isn’t there—which means bassist and rock icon Kim Gordon (here paying tribute to drummer and rock icon Karen Carpenter) isn’t in the Hall either. Fix that.

You could easily make another list just as long: Marion Williams, Whitney Houston, the Pixies, Mariah Carey, Betty Davis, the Carpenters, Emmylou Harris, Salt-N-Pepa, Kate Bush. Women have rocked forever, and still do—even if the Hall of Fame is determined not to notice.

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