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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2,860 1,471
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
2,429 1,533
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
4,049 2,952
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ashtro1969 added Madonna Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

4
2,527 1,662
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
3,085 2,355
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
2,854 2,120
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
1,411 938
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
NoahEvans added N.W.A Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

8
2,216 1,318
Little Willie John is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
1,767 1,085
The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Moonglows Blue Velvet: The Ultimate Collection, Rock, Rock

10
1,605 1,061
Clyde McPhatter is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
1,752 1,118
The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Flamingos Rock, Rock, Rock

12
2,279 1,313
Bobby Bland is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
1,537 1,037
Hank Ballard is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
2,625 2,333
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
gamedemon24 added Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

15
1,358 1,100
Bobby Womack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Bobby Womack The Poet II, Back to My Roots, Understanding

16
1,274 1,132
Dr. John is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Dr. John Gris-Gris, Locked Down, Dr. John's Gumbo

17
1,430 1,113
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
1,417 1,088
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
1,426 1,499
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental

20
1,223 1,024
Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
1,229 1,058
Lloyd Price is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Lloyd Price Lawdy!, Volume 2: Heavy Dreams, Stagger Lee

22
1,055 933
The Dells is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
1,611 1,502
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Green Day American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

24
1,068 1,037
The O'Jays is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The O'Jays Ship Ahoy, Love Songs, Emotionally Yours

25
1,644 1,738
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
1,342 1,129
Darlene Love is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
1,091 878
Jerry Butler & The Impressions is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
1,017 1,029
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
1,115 1,053
Percy Sledge is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
931 1,168
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Patti Smith Horses, Trampin', The Patti Smith Masters

31
912 901
Ruth Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
1,114 1,093
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
797 748
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
866 854
Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
1,326 1,614
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added John Mellencamp Uh-huh, American Fool, Scarecrow

36
937 904
Duane Eddy is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
924 1,065
The Ventures is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
960 851
Jimmy Reed is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
769 614
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 The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, In My Own Dream, The Original Lost Elektra Sessions

40
743 592
Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
999 1,280
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
1,462 2,083
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
1,117 1,030
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
952 986
The Staple Singers is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
1,020 1,124
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
1,173 1,647
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 46 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

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918 956
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

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837 904
Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Frankie Lymon Goody Goody / Creation of Love, Goody Goody, Goody Goody

49
1,365 1,664
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
917 1,096
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 50 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