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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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2,358 1,313
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
3,776 2,425
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
1,934 1,335
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
2,037 1,464
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
2,618 2,145
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
2,405 1,947
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
1,823 1,168
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
951 740
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
1,926 1,182
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
1,386 965
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
1,262 953
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
1,415 1,017
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
2,221 2,153
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
1,246 929
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

Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

15
1,008 1,024
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
1,113 991
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
1,195 1,022
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
1,212 1,002
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
1,052 924
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
1,203 1,366
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
1,377 1,324
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 Sexiest Women in Rock History, Ranked

22
1,458 1,597
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
868 902
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
997 958
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
1,122 975
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
965 944
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
1,015 1,003
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
800 1,058
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

Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

29
690 665
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
956 862
The Dells is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
1,251 1,054
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
1,007 803
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
1,206 1,484
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
839 981
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
684 544
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 Most Important Life Goals

36
794 778
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
834 830
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
855 830
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
1,334 1,916
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
884 784
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
915 1,179
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
671 522
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

Shaky Knees Festival 2018 Ranked and Reviewed

43
1,027 965
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
821 1,023
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
915 988
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
537 474
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
847 883
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
873 916
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
1,085 1,500
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
1,181 1,598
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 50 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