The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame Bands/Musicians
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The Most Undeserving Members of Rock Hall of Fame

List Criteria: 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 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 underserving, 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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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    + 755
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    added by RichardBeecher
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    added by DebbyHood
    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    + 325
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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    Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

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    Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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    Popular music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    + 765
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    Pop music

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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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    Rhythm and blues, Blues

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Easy listening, Rock and roll

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Doo-wop, Christian music, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rockabilly, Country

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    Rhythm and blues, Blues

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    Southern soul, Doo-wop, Soul blues

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    Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Philadelphia soul, Disco, Quiet storm

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    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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    New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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    Popular music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Instrumental rock, Rock and roll

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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    British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock

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    Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

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    Girl group, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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