Rock 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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1
2,869 1,477
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
2,442 1,545
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
4,062 2,965
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
2,539 1,668
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
3,091 2,366
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
2,862 2,129
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
1,421 948
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
2,223 1,327
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
1,775 1,092
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
1,612 1,067
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
1,758 1,125
The Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Rock, Rock, Rock

12
2,285 1,319
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
1,541 1,044
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
2,630 2,343
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
1,367 1,106
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
1,279 1,142
Dr. John is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Gris-Gris, Locked Down, Dr. John's Gumbo

17
1,434 1,120
Gene Pitney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Famous Country Duets, Gene Pitney Anthology 1961-1968, Ultimate Anthology

18
1,421 1,094
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
1,434 1,509
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
1,229 1,032
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
1,232 1,066
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
1,059 942
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
1,617 1,515
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

24
1,072 1,044
The O'Jays is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Ship Ahoy, Love Songs, Emotionally Yours

25
1,647 1,749
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

26
1,347 1,137
Darlene Love is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
1,096 884
Jerry Butler & The Impressions is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
1,023 1,037
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Tea for the Tillerman, The Very Best Of, Teaser and the Firecat

29
1,121 1,059
Percy Sledge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
bojanthebest added When a Man Loves a Woman, When a Man Loves a Women, 3 for 3

30
936 1,176
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Horses, Trampin', The Patti Smith Masters

31
917 906
Ruth Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Blues on Broadway, Miss Rhythm (Greatest Hits and More), Miss Rhythm: The Rest & More of the Best

32
1,118 1,100
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff, Many Rivers to Cross

33
804 753
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added Together in Concert, American Favorite Ballads, Volume 1

34
868 862
Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology, All the Classic Hits 1938-1952

35
1,334 1,621
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Uh-huh, American Fool, Scarecrow

36
942 910
Duane Eddy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel, Duane a Go Go / Duane Does Dylan, Guitar Man

37
930 1,067
The Ventures is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Walk Don't Run, (The) Ventures in Space, The Ventures’ Christmas Album

38
962 855
Jimmy Reed is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
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
772 617
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, In My Own Dream, The Original Lost Elektra Sessions

40
746 595
Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
tom_thumb added The Party Ain't Over, Let's Go!, Nobody's Darlin

41
1,004 1,285
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate, Old Ideas

42
1,468 2,091
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
gamedemon24 added Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

43
1,120 1,034
Brenda Lee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Brenda Lee Christmas, Anthology

44
955 990
The Staple Singers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
The Staple Swingers, Be What You Are, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself

45
1,027 1,129
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
muzziac added Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

46
1,177 1,655
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
AF1972 added Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle

47
920 960
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Gene Vincent Rocks and the Blue Caps Roll, Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, Volume 2

48
840 909
Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
Goody Goody / Creation of Love, Goody Goody, Goody Goody

49
1,372 1,670
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

50
923 1,099
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Rock Hall of Fame
clash1977 added Definitive Collection, Fairytale, 25 Years in Concert: The Classics Live