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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 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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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
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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
Run–DMC is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
RichardBeecher added Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock
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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
NoahEvans added Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits
5
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ashtro1969 added Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music
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The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Blue Velvet: The Ultimate Collection, Rock, Rock
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The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Rock, Rock, Rock
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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Bad Girls, Christmas Spirit, The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits
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Little Willie John is listed (or ranked) 9 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
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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
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Bobby Bland is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Fernando, Arrival, Thank You for the Music
13
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
Gene Pitney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Famous Country Duets, Gene Pitney Anthology 1961-1968, Ultimate Anthology
15
LaVern Baker is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Chaka Khan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
byronbriscoe added Ask Rufus, Come 2 My House, Rufus
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Bobby Womack is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Poet II, Back to My Roots, Understanding
18
Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Toy Story 2, The Natural, Land of Dreams
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Johnny rivers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
horseplayer added Johnny rivers
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Dr. John is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Gris-Gris, Locked Down, Dr. John's Gumbo
21
The Dells is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
The Paul Butterfield Blues Ban... is listed (or ranked) 22 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
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Jerry Butler & The Impressions is listed (or ranked) 23 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
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Darlene Love is listed (or ranked) 24 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
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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
gamedemon24 added Destroyer, Icon, Revenge