Top Ten Bands That Should Be Popular, But Aren't

AngryByrd
Just to get everything out if the way, this is NOT an "underrated bands" list. These aren't necessarily my favorite bands. These are bands that have elements of popular music in their sound that I think would do well in the mainstream. By "popular" I mean that these bands should be among the most well known current bands. Also, I'm ranking these bands based in how popular they should be, not how actually good they are.

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1Nine Inch NailsNine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nine Inch Nails' mainstream industrial sound should appeal to everyone. It has plenty of elements of rock, but it is also easy to dance to and really catchy. How this band isn't popular, I don't know. - AngryByrd

I like them better underground. At least that's what the dude in the Imagine Dragons VS Nine Inch Nails post said.

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3Thousand Foot Krutch
4My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

MY CHEM! MY FAVORITE BAND OF ALL TIME! VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW OF THEM, BUT IF ANYONE, AND I MEAN ANYONE TELLS ME THEY LOVE THEIR MUSIC, YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY BECOME MY BEST FRIEND! - Eternal_Laughter

5Thirty Seconds To Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević.
6Breaking BenjaminBreaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.

THEY ARE AN AMAZING BAND WHOSE SONGS SPEAK TO ME, WHICH IS RARE! I STILL FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT AFTER FIVE ALBUMS, THEY STILL aren't AS POPULAR AS I WOULD EXPECT THEM TO BE... - Eternal_Laughter

One of the best I on the list I love this band - donovanthorn

Maybe it's because they have only 2 albums... - Turkeyasylum

7The Dreaming
8BushBush are a British rock band formed in London, England in 1992. The band found their immediate success with the release of their debut album Sixteen Stone in 1994, which is certified 6× multi-platinum by the RIAA.

Great band. Vocalist has a Kurt Cobain vibe. - LizardKing99

9AnberlinAnberlin was an American rock band formed in Winter Haven, Florida in 1998. Since the beginning of 2007, the band consisted of lead vocalist Stephen Christian, guitarists Joseph Milligan and Christian McAlhaney, bassist Deon Rexroat, and drummer Nathan Young.

Anberlin are a Christian post-grunge band who have been responsible for many heavy, but still radio-friendly songs. - AngryByrd

10Dream TheaterDream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

Too progressive. I guess they could shorten the songs on the radio, and some people might like it, but I just don't see it topping the charts. Also, they only had one song that was even close to popular, and it wasn't even that big. - AngryByrd

Actually, in the heavy metal world, they're pretty well known. Not on the outside world though. And Pull Me Under is overrated. Amazing band nonetheless. - IronSabbathPriest

Metal and metal bands are not allowed to become popular in the mainstream segment. Metal is the only music genre with a mission - it's like an opposition party forever. Metal should never be officially in power (mainstream) because it will start serving The Establishment and mass tastes.
Metal songs don't have to be radio-friendly, excessively catchy, schlocky or whatever else the mass taste would like. There's already enough of that in pop music.
Metal is underground and must stay there. If not, it's not real metal anymore - for example, bands like A7X, RATM, Disturbed, Slipknot, Korn, Three days grace, M. Manson, and all "metal" bands that get more than 10-20,000,000 views per song for no healthy metal reason. - Metal_Treasure

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?Seventh WonderSeventh Wonder is a progressive metal band from Stockholm, Sweden formed in 2000. They are currently working on their 5th studio album, which is planned for a 2017 release.

Listening to this band right now I just love it!

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The Contenders

11ChevelleChevelle is an American rock band that formed in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe Loeffler.
12Comadose

This band only had only album called re up but they were really good they never amounted to much after the band broke up and the singer died a year ago could have been a great rap metal band - donovanthorn

13NightwishNightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen.V1 Comment
14Disillusion

I'm gonna promote the hell out of this band. - IronSabbathPriest

15Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s.

He is fairly popular, but not for the reasons I mean. - AngryByrd

165 Seconds of Summer5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop-rock band from Sydney that formed in 2011. The group were originally YouTube celebrities, posting videos of themselves covering songs from various artists during 2011 and early 2012. They rose to international fame while touring with One Direction on the Take ...read more.

They are really popular if anything they over shadow people that are better - donovanthorn

17AWOLNATION
18Panic! At The DiscoPanic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

They are the best band that ever lived but no one even knows them. They deserve more credit for their 90+ songs that they rocked.
Check them out

19Porcupine TreePorcupine Tree were an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.
20Within TemptationWithin Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.
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