The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

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List Criteria: 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 Rock Hall of Fame

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    Laura Nyro Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, New York Tendaberry, More Than a New ...

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    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

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    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 Rock Hall of Fame

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    Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, ...

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    ABBA is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

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    ABBA Fernando, Arrival, Thank You for the Music

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    Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

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    Run–D.M.C. Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

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    Two Steps From the Blues, Two Steps From the Blues & Here's the Man, ...

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    Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

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    Bad Girls, Christmas Spirit, The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits

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    Complete Hit Singles A's & B's, Fever: The Best Of, Soul Fever: ...

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    Blue Velvet: The Ultimate Collection, Rock, Rock

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    Rock, Rock, Rock

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    Kiss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

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    Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

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    Let 'Em Roll, You Can't Keep a Good Man Down

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    The Forgotten Angel, Deep Sea Ball: The Best of Clyde McPhatter, Welcome ...

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    American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

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    It's So Fine: The Complete Singles A's & B's 1953 - 1959, Woke Up This ...

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    British Rock Symphony, The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love, ...

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    The Poet II, Back to My Roots, Understanding

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    Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

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    Gene Pitney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame


    Gene Pitney Famous Country Duets, Gene Pitney Anthology 1961-1968, Ultimate Anthology ...

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    Lawdy!, Volume 2: Heavy Dreams, Stagger Lee

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    The Anthology: 1961-1977, The Young Mod's Forgotten Story, This Is My ...

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    Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame


    Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. Gris-Gris, Locked Down, Dr. John's Gumbo

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    The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, In My Own Dream, The Original Lost ...

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    Percy Sledge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

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    Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman, When a Man Loves a Women, 3 for 3

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    Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame


    Dion DiMucci Born to Be With You, Rock 'n' Roll Christmas, Presenting Dion & The ...

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    Ultimate Collection, The Mighty Mighty Dells, 20th Century Masters: The ...

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    Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental

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    Christmas Album, 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best ...

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    The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff, Many Rivers to Cross

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    Ship Ahoy, Love Songs, Emotionally Yours

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    The Party Ain't Over, Let's Go!, Nobody's Darlin

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    Big Boss Man, The Vee-Jay Box: The Complete Singles and Other Rarities, ...

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    Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Brenda Lee Christmas, Anthology

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


    Ruth Brown Blues on Broadway, Miss Rhythm (Greatest Hits and More), Miss Rhythm: The ...

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    Big^! Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology, All the Classic Hits ...

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    Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

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    Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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    John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

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    John Mellencamp Uh-huh, American Fool, Scarecrow

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    Walk Don't Run, (The) Ventures in Space, The Ventures’ Christmas Album

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    Duane Eddy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame


    Duane Eddy Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel, Duane a Go Go / Duane Does Dylan, Guitar ...

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    Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

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    Pete Seeger Together in Concert, American Favorite Ballads, Volume 1

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    Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

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    Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

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    Tea for the Tillerman, The Very Best Of, Teaser and the Firecat

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    Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

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    Rain Dogs, Mule Variations, Blood Money

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    Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame


    Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate, Old Ideas

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    25 Greatest Hits, The Best of Little Anthony & The Imperials, Shimmy ...

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    Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll ...

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    The Staple Swingers, Be What You Are, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself

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    Gene Vincent Rocks and the Blue Caps Roll, Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, ...

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