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List Rules Rock Hall of Fame members who are inducted, but shouldn't be. Only include people or bands currently in the Rock Hall. Vote up if you agree they don't belong, vote down if you think they do belong.

The most undeserving members of the Rock Hall of Fame are all respectable and successful musicians and bands but quite simply, not at the level of other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. These bands and singers are far from the level of legends like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Queen and Elvis Presley but somehow found their way into the Rock Hall regardless.

While all of these least deserving Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members were kind of a big deal back in their day, it's highly likely that most normal people would have never heard of these folks. Ask any 25-year-old if they've ever heard of Darlene Love, Bobby Bland or Jimmy Cliff. See if they can tell you who Gene Vincent, Jimmy Reed or The Moonglows are. Challenge them to name one song from Little Willie John, LaVern Baker or The Flamingos. That person might not be able to recognize any of those names but they all are musicians and bands inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Puzzling isn't it?

No one is doubting any of the talent or success of these musicians (or saying that they are the worst people to ever make music) but when other (better) singers and bands have been snubbed for induction, it's valid to examine the interesting selections. For instance, among the musicians who deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Deep Purple, Rush, KISS, Journey, Cheap Trick, Jethro Hull and numerous others. Yet these big names were overlooked in place of ancient musicians like Dion, Frankie Lymon and Traffic.

Which Rock Hall inductees do you think are the most undeserving? Think an overrated and already inducted singer or band shouldn't be in the hall while another should? Add those musicians who you think are the most undeserving, vote up for those you think are the least deserving and even re-rank this list your way all below on this list of the most undeserving members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Laura Nyro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Laura Nyro Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, New York Tendaberry, More Than a New Discovery

Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Madonna Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

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Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Run–D.M.C. Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
ABBA Fernando, Arrival, Thank You for the Music

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Donna Summer Bad Girls, Christmas Spirit, The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits

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Little Willie John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Little Willie John Complete Hit Singles A's & B's, Fever: The Best Of, Soul Fever: Selected Singles 1955-56

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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
N.W.A Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

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Bobby Bland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Bobby Bland Two Steps From the Blues, Two Steps From the Blues & Here's the Man, Ask Me 'Bout Nothing

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The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Moonglows Blue Velvet: The Ultimate Collection, Rock, Rock

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Clyde McPhatter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Clyde McPhatter The Forgotten Angel, Deep Sea Ball: The Best of Clyde McPhatter, Welcome Home

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The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Flamingos Rock, Rock, Rock

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Hank Ballard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Hank Ballard Let 'Em Roll, You Can't Keep a Good Man Down

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Dr. John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Dr. John Gris-Gris, Locked Down, Dr. John's Gumbo

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Bobby Womack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Bobby Womack The Poet II, Back to My Roots, Understanding

The Sexiest Women in Rock The 36 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

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LaVern Baker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
LaVern Baker It's So Fine: The Complete Singles A's & B's 1953 - 1959, Woke Up This Mornin', Lavern / Lavern Baker

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Gene Pitney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Gene Pitney Famous Country Duets, Gene Pitney Anthology 1961-1968, Ultimate Anthology

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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Green Day American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

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Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Dion DiMucci Born to Be With You, Rock 'n' Roll Christmas, Presenting Dion & The Belmonts^! Runaround Sue

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The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Jackson 5 Christmas Album, 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of Jackson 5, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5

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Yusuf Islam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Yusuf Islam Tea for the Tillerman, The Very Best Of, Teaser and the Firecat

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Lloyd Price is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Lloyd Price Lawdy!, Volume 2: Heavy Dreams, Stagger Lee

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Percy Sledge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman, When a Man Loves a Women, 3 for 3

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The O'Jays is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The O'Jays Ship Ahoy, Love Songs, Emotionally Yours

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Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff, Many Rivers to Cross

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Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Pete Seeger Together in Concert, American Favorite Ballads, Volume 1

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Darlene Love is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Darlene Love British Rock Symphony, The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love, It's Christmas^! of Course

The Best Rock Vocalists The Greatest Shower Thoughts Ever Thought

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The Dells is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Dells Ultimate Collection, The Mighty Mighty Dells, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dells

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Jerry Butler & The Impressions is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Jerry Butler & The Impressions The Anthology: 1961-1977, The Young Mod's Forgotten Story, This Is My Country / The Young Mods' Forgotten Story

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John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
John Mellencamp Uh-huh, American Fool, Scarecrow

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The Ventures is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Ventures Walk Don't Run, (The) Ventures in Space, The Ventures’ Christmas Album

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Patti Smith Horses, Trampin', The Patti Smith Masters

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Ruth Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ruth Brown Blues on Broadway, Miss Rhythm (Greatest Hits and More), Miss Rhythm: The Rest & More of the Best

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Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Big Joe Turner Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology, All the Classic Hits 1938-1952

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Ban... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, In My Own Dream, The Original Lost Elektra Sessions

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

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Jimmy Reed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man, The Vee-Jay Box: The Complete Singles and Other Rarities, Ain't That Loving You Baby: Singles As & Bs 1953-1961

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate, Old Ideas

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Duane Eddy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Duane Eddy Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel, Duane a Go Go / Duane Does Dylan, Guitar Man

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Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Wanda Jackson The Party Ain't Over, Let's Go!, Nobody's Darlin

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

The Best Female Rock Singers The Best Trucks of All Time

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Brenda Lee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Brenda Lee Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Brenda Lee Christmas, Anthology

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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Donovan Definitive Collection, Fairytale, 25 Years in Concert: The Classics Live

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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

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Freddie King is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Freddie King I Love the Woman / Hide Away, Getting Ready..., Live at the Electric Ballroom

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The Staple Singers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Staple Singers The Staple Swingers, Be What You Are, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself

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Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Gene Vincent Gene Vincent Rocks and the Blue Caps Roll, Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, Volume 2