9. Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon didn't get nearly the respect he deserved during his all-too-brief life. For a hot minute around the time of "Werewolves of London" in 1978, he was a genuine pop star. When the world learned he was dying of cancer in 2002, there was a massive outpouring of adulation. For most of his career, however, he was playing tiny club shows to his devoted cult while society at large mostly forgot he existed. That might explain why he's never even made the ballot, even though he's been eligible for 20 years. Anyone that doubts his genius, pick up Excitable Boy and the live album Stand in the Fire. They prove he was one of the great songwriters and performers of his time. It's probably a safe bet the Hall of Fame will honor him at some point down the line, or at the very least, put him on the ballot.