rock The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame  

Adam Tyler
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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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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 51 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

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Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Frankie Lymon Goody Goody / Creation of Love, Goody Goody, Goody Goody

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804 1,078
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 53 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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816 805
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

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1,245 1,564
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

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475 479
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

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518 559
Faces is listed (or ranked) 57 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

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740 1,137
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

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982 1,188
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 59 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

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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

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Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Randy Newman Toy Story 2, The Natural, Land of Dreams

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
muzziac added Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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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

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467 535
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 64 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

Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 65 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

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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

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830 1,129
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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862 1,005
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 68 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

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918 1,149
U2 is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
FrankLoesch added U2 The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Pretenders Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

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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

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 72 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

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809 1,056
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

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488 557
Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 74 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

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714 835
The Coasters is listed (or ranked) 75 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

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472 547
E Street Band is listed (or ranked) 76 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

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277 253
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
EveryIdeaStolen added Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five The Message, The Message, The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash

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839 1,271
Prince is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Prince Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

The Nastiest Fights In Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame History

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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

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492 570
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 80 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

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452 544
The Crickets is listed (or ranked) 81 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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743 1,064
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

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Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 83 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

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745 1,273
Rush is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
ToddMorse added Rush Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

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272 324
Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 85 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

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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247 289
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

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505 609
Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
muzziac added Hall & Oates H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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710 1,150
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 88 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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496 675
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Lou Reed Transformer, Berlin, New York

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591 871
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

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 91 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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612 889
Elvis Costello & The Attractio... is listed (or ranked) 92 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!!

The Best Rock Vocalists

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 93 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

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214 205
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 94 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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243 187
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 95 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

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
RichardBeecher added Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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409 674
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 97 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

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594 832
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 98 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

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600 1,004
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 99 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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472 751
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
muzziac added Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation