Rock The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame  

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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 Tull 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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1
2,919 1,517
Laura Nyro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, New York Tendaberry, More Than a New Discovery

2
2,495 1,601
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
DebbyHood added It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

3
4,137 3,025
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ashtro1969 added Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

4
2,595 1,718
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
RichardBeecher added Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

5
3,151 2,414
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Fernando, Arrival, Thank You for the Music

6
2,909 2,167
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Bad Girls, Christmas Spirit, The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits

7
1,473 992
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
NoahEvans added Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

8
2,256 1,366
Little Willie John is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Complete Hit Singles A's & B's, Fever: The Best Of, Soul Fever: Selected Singles 1955-56

9
1,806 1,123
The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Blue Velvet: The Ultimate Collection, Rock, Rock

10
1,641 1,099
Clyde McPhatter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Forgotten Angel, Deep Sea Ball: The Best of Clyde McPhatter, Welcome Home

11
1,787 1,152
The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Rock, Rock, Rock

12
2,315 1,351
Bobby Bland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Two Steps From the Blues, Two Steps From the Blues & Here's the Man, Ask Me 'Bout Nothing

13
1,566 1,071
Hank Ballard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Let 'Em Roll, You Can't Keep a Good Man Down

14
2,684 2,403
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
gamedemon24 added Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

15
1,391 1,139
Bobby Womack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Poet II, Back to My Roots, Understanding

16
1,460 1,147
Gene Pitney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Famous Country Duets, Gene Pitney Anthology 1961-1968, Ultimate Anthology

17
1,304 1,170
Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Gris-Gris, Locked Down, Dr. John's Gumbo

18
1,446 1,121
LaVern Baker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
It's So Fine: The Complete Singles A's & B's 1953 - 1959, Woke Up This Mornin', Lavern / Lavern Baker

19
1,468 1,549
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental

20
1,255 1,060
Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Born to Be With You, Rock 'n' Roll Christmas, Presenting Dion & The Belmonts

21
1,252 1,095
Lloyd Price is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Lawdy!, Volume 2: Heavy Dreams, Stagger Lee

22
1,080 967
The Dells is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ultimate Collection, The Mighty Mighty Dells, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dells

23
1,672 1,561
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

24
1,100 1,067
The O'Jays is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ship Ahoy, Love Songs, Emotionally Yours

25
1,681 1,785
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Christmas Album, 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of Jackson 5, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5

26
1,367 1,163
Darlene Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
British Rock Symphony, The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love, It's Christmas

27
1,114 906
Jerry Butler & The Impressions is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Anthology: 1961-1977, The Young Mod's Forgotten Story, This Is My Country / The Young Mods' Forgotten Story

28
1,151 1,079
Percy Sledge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
bojanthebest added When a Man Loves a Woman, When a Man Loves a Women, 3 for 3

29
1,058 1,072
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Tea for the Tillerman, The Very Best Of, Teaser and the Firecat

30
960 1,220
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Horses, Trampin', The Patti Smith Masters

31
935 929
Ruth Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Blues on Broadway, Miss Rhythm (Greatest Hits and More), Miss Rhythm: The Rest & More of the Best

32
829 779
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Together in Concert, American Favorite Ballads, Volume 1

33
1,141 1,126
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff, Many Rivers to Cross

34
887 882
Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology, All the Classic Hits 1938-1952

35
1,366 1,662
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Uh-huh, American Fool, Scarecrow

36
955 1,094
The Ventures is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Walk Don't Run, (The) Ventures in Space, The Ventures’ Christmas Album

37
962 937
Duane Eddy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel, Duane a Go Go / Duane Does Dylan, Guitar Man

38
981 880
Jimmy Reed is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Big Boss Man, The Vee-Jay Box: The Complete Singles and Other Rarities, Ain't That Loving You Baby: Singles As & Bs 1953-1961

39
794 640
The Paul Butterfield Blues Ban... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, In My Own Dream, The Original Lost Elektra Sessions

40
763 622
Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added The Party Ain't Over, Let's Go!, Nobody's Darlin

41
1,033 1,317
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate, Old Ideas

42
1,496 2,146
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
gamedemon24 added Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

43
1,141 1,056
Brenda Lee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Brenda Lee Christmas, Anthology

44
977 1,011
The Staple Singers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Staple Swingers, Be What You Are, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself

45
1,058 1,169
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
muzziac added Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

46
940 986
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Gene Vincent Rocks and the Blue Caps Roll, Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, Volume 2

47
859 932
Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Goody Goody / Creation of Love, Goody Goody, Goody Goody

48
1,200 1,699
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
AF1972 added Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle

49
1,400 1,703
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

50
948 1,125
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Definitive Collection, Fairytale, 25 Years in Concert: The Classics Live