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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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2,348 1,307
Laura Nyro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Laura Nyro Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, New York Tendaberry, More Than a New Discovery

2
3,762 2,413
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ashtro1969 added Madonna Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

3
1,923 1,325
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
DebbyHood added Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

4
2,027 1,454
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
RichardBeecher added Run–D.M.C. Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

5
2,605 2,137
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added ABBA Fernando, Arrival, Thank You for the Music

6
2,396 1,938
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Donna Summer Bad Girls, Christmas Spirit, The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits

7
1,814 1,163
Little Willie John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Little Willie John Complete Hit Singles A's & B's, Fever: The Best Of, Soul Fever: Selected Singles 1955-56

8
940 732
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
NoahEvans added N.W.A Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

9
1,919 1,179
Bobby Bland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Bobby Bland Two Steps From the Blues, Two Steps From the Blues & Here's the Man, Ask Me 'Bout Nothing

10
1,379 961
The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Moonglows Blue Velvet: The Ultimate Collection, Rock, Rock

11
1,257 949
Clyde McPhatter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Clyde McPhatter The Forgotten Angel, Deep Sea Ball: The Best of Clyde McPhatter, Welcome Home

12
1,411 1,012
The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Flamingos Rock, Rock, Rock

13
2,211 2,146
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
gamedemon24 added Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

14
1,241 925
Hank Ballard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Hank Ballard Let 'Em Roll, You Can't Keep a Good Man Down

Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

15
1,005 1,016
Dr. John is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Dr. John Gris-Gris, Locked Down, Dr. John's Gumbo

16
1,109 986
Bobby Womack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Bobby Womack The Poet II, Back to My Roots, Understanding

17
1,190 1,019
Gene Pitney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Gene Pitney Famous Country Duets, Gene Pitney Anthology 1961-1968, Ultimate Anthology

18
1,208 998
LaVern Baker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
LaVern Baker It's So Fine: The Complete Singles A's & B's 1953 - 1959, Woke Up This Mornin', Lavern / Lavern Baker

19
1,047 919
Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Dion DiMucci Born to Be With You, Rock 'n' Roll Christmas, Presenting Dion & The Belmonts

20
1,194 1,363
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental

21
1,366 1,317
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Green Day American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

22
1,449 1,587
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added The Jackson 5 Christmas Album, 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of Jackson 5, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5

23
862 896
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman, The Very Best Of, Teaser and the Firecat

24
991 952
Percy Sledge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
bojanthebest added Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman, When a Man Loves a Women, 3 for 3

25
1,117 973
Lloyd Price is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Lloyd Price Lawdy!, Volume 2: Heavy Dreams, Stagger Lee

26
962 941
The O'Jays is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The O'Jays Ship Ahoy, Love Songs, Emotionally Yours

27
1,011 998
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff, Many Rivers to Cross

28
796 1,055
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Patti Smith Horses, Trampin', The Patti Smith Masters

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

29
953 860
The Dells is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Dells Ultimate Collection, The Mighty Mighty Dells, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dells

30
683 664
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Pete Seeger Together in Concert, American Favorite Ballads, Volume 1

31
1,250 1,050
Darlene Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Darlene Love British Rock Symphony, The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love, It's Christmas

32
1,003 802
Jerry Butler & The Impressions is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Jerry Butler & The Impressions The Anthology: 1961-1977, The Young Mod's Forgotten Story, This Is My Country / The Young Mods' Forgotten Story

33
1,197 1,474
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added John Mellencamp Uh-huh, American Fool, Scarecrow

34
836 977
The Ventures is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Ventures Walk Don't Run, (The) Ventures in Space, The Ventures’ Christmas Album

35
681 543
The Paul Butterfield Blues Ban... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, In My Own Dream, The Original Lost Elektra Sessions

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

36
791 777
Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Big Joe Turner Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology, All the Classic Hits 1938-1952

37
832 828
Ruth Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ruth Brown Blues on Broadway, Miss Rhythm (Greatest Hits and More), Miss Rhythm: The Rest & More of the Best

38
852 828
Duane Eddy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Duane Eddy Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel, Duane a Go Go / Duane Does Dylan, Guitar Man

39
1,324 1,912
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
gamedemon24 added Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

40
882 782
Jimmy Reed is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man, The Vee-Jay Box: The Complete Singles and Other Rarities, Ain't That Loving You Baby: Singles As & Bs 1953-1961

41
912 1,173
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate, Old Ideas

42
668 521
Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Wanda Jackson The Party Ain't Over, Let's Go!, Nobody's Darlin

The Sexiest Women in Rock History, Ranked

43
1,024 961
Brenda Lee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Brenda Lee Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Brenda Lee Christmas, Anthology

44
817 1,021
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Donovan Definitive Collection, Fairytale, 25 Years in Concert: The Classics Live

45
906 982
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
muzziac added Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

46
534 473
Freddie King is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Freddie King I Love the Woman / Hide Away, Getting Ready..., Live at the Electric Ballroom

47
843 881
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Gene Vincent Gene Vincent Rocks and the Blue Caps Roll, Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, Volume 2

48
870 914
The Staple Singers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Staple Singers The Staple Swingers, Be What You Are, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself

49
1,174 1,589
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
gamedemon24 added Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

50
1,072 1,496
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
AF1972 added Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle