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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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Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Frankie Lymon Goody Goody / Creation of Love, Goody Goody, Goody Goody

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

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679 957
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Tom Waits Rain Dogs, Mule Variations, Blood Money

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602 767
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Traffic The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, John Barleycorn Must Die, On the Road

54
722 714
Little Anthony & The Imperials is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Little Anthony & The Imperials 25 Greatest Hits, The Best of Little Anthony & The Imperials, Shimmy^! Shimmy^! Ko-Ko-Bop

55
1,077 1,399
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

56
379 392
Albert King is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Albert King I'll Play the Blues for You, In Session, Thursday Night in San Francisco

57
855 1,040
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added James Taylor Sweet Baby James, A Christmas Album, James Taylor at Christmas

58
590 966
Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Bob Seger 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

59
409 461
Faces is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Faces Five Guys Walk Into a Bar..., Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners, Stay With Me: Faces Anthology

60
719 882
The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Lovin' Spoonful Daydream, Do You Believe in Magic, Everything Playing

61
486 619
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
muzziac added Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

62
210 174
Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Randy Newman Toy Story 2, The Natural, Land of Dreams

63
578 846
Earth, Wind & Fire is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Earth, Wind & Fire That's the Way of the World, Spirit, All 'n All

64
665 868
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Dusty Springfield Dusty In Memphis Plus, Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty, I Only Want to Be With You

65
376 445
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added The Small Faces Ultimate Collection, Small Faces, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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658 801
Bobby Darin is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Bobby Darin Beyond the Sea: The Very Best of Bobby Darin, You're the Reason I'm Living / I Wanna Be Around, Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Doolitle / Born Walden Robert Cassotto

67
728 1,017
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Ike & Tina Turner River Deep - Mountain High, The Soul Anthology, Bold Soul Sister: The Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings

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761 955
U2 is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
FrankLoesch added U2 The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

69
754 909
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ricky Nelson Rick Sings Nelson, Rudy the Fifth, The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Ricky Nelson: 1957-1972

70
546 659
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ringo Starr I Wanna Be Santa Claus, Concert for George, Sentimental Journey

71
518 838
The Band is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Band The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

72
546 811
Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Pretenders Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

73
693 924
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
ToddMorse added Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections from the Storyteller Anthology

74
630 751
The Coasters is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Coasters The Very Best of the Coasters, The Definitive Coasters (A Sides & B Sides), Greatest Hits

75
366 434
E Street Band is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
ryanjjjj8 added E Street Band Born to Run, The Rising, Tunnel of Love

76
693 1,086
Prince is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Prince Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

77
388 474
Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Buddy Guy Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, A Man & the Blues

78
173 157
Grandmaster Flash and The Furi... is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame

79
342 406
Bill Withers is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Bill Withers Menagerie, Still Bill, Just As I Am

The Best Rock Vocalists The Absolute Worst People at the Movies

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615 1,104
Rush is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
ToddMorse added Rush Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

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369 447
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
muzziac added Neil Diamond The Christmas Album Volume II, Hot August Night, The Christmas Album

82
615 928
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Grateful Dead American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

83
603 991
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
ToddMorse added Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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390 480
Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
muzziac added Hall & Oates H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

85
505 687
Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
ToddMorse added Ritchie Valens The Complete Ritchie Valens, The Very Best Of Richie Valens, Greatest Hits

86
155 187
Parlament is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Parliament-Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove, Motor Booty Affair

87
386 560
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Lou Reed Transformer, Berlin, New York

88
345 476
The Crickets is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
DebbyHood added The Crickets 20 Golden Greats, The "Chirping" Crickets, That'll Be The Day

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472 595
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts I Love Rock 'n' Roll, Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth, Fetish

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490 777
Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Bill Haley & His Comets Rock Around the Clock, Best of Bill Haley & His Comets, Bill Rocks

91
511 782
Elvis Costello & The Attractio... is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Elvis Costello & The Attractions This Year's Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!

92
181 260
Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
MikeLeebaw added Eddie Cochran C'Mon Everybody, Never to Be Forgotten, Legendary Masters Series

93
518 747
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
RichardBeecher added Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

The Best Female Rock Singers The Best CBS Shows of All Time

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373 569
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood

95
295 532
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
muzziac added Alice Cooper Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

96
503 733
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Buffalo Springfield Last Time Around, Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield Again

97
493 873
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
ToddMorse added Steely Dan Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

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108 120
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Joan Baez Speaking of Dreams, Gracias a la Vida, The Joan Baez Country Music Album

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83 43
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Guest_379cbb1d-9f97-4740-ad91-bb8a28788d3f added Twenty One Pilots Vessel, Twenty One Pilots, Regional At Best

100
97 55
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Newhere added Tupac Shakur All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory