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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.

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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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2,979 1,553
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
2,560 1,651
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
4,236 3,082
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
2,663 1,772
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
3,212 2,479
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
2,958 2,210
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
1,535 1,037
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
2,288 1,400
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
1,836 1,145
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
1,673 1,116
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
1,819 1,173
The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Rock, Rock, Rock

12
2,345 1,375
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
1,591 1,090
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
2,739 2,468
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
1,412 1,164
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
1,491 1,157
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
1,334 1,191
Dr. John 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
1,467 1,137
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
1,503 1,581
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
1,280 1,083
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
1,273 1,108
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
1,105 981
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
1,132 1,082
The O'Jays is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ship Ahoy, Love Songs, Emotionally Yours

24
1,729 1,617
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

25
1,720 1,821
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