Top Ten Most Underrated Bands

I've decided to create this list after I discover some great great stuff by the very unknown bands - so let's have "your" opinion to this.

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1QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

honestly a band only famous for a few of many unbeliveable songs really "don't stop me now", "bohemian rhapsody", "we will rock you", "we are the champions", "radio ga ga", "under pressure", and "another one bites the dust" aren't they're only good songs come on "princes of the universe", "breakthru", "innuendo", "headlong", "invisible man", and "i want it all" are just some of the many underrated songs by them.

People forgetting one truth:
Except Beatles, they're the only band who tried very very different styles of music with their combo of great lyrics (especially Freddie) - so why not? I'm sure there're lots of people who like them so much but I'm sure there're so many people who don't know their very best songs (there are way better songs than Bohemian Rhapsody) - the real artists of the music; let's keep their "miracle(music)" alive to keep "us" alive, we won't lose anything :-) - heaven

I don't understand why everybody thinks Queen is underrated "Bohemian Rhapsody" is on every Best Songs of All Time list and everyone knows "We Will Rock You"

Please, they are overrated. - jack2244

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2ABBAABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Abba underrated? Are you kidding me? You should look up the definition of the word 'underrated'. Abba received all sort of recognitions throughout the years. They even made a musical and a movie because of the quality of their work. I am sorry, but Abba are FAR from being underrated. As for not being 'cool', that's not a justification. In the 60s, Rolling Stones fan considered The Beatles' fans "not cool"; would you call The Beatles underrated because of that? Come on.

ABBA doesn't get much credit due mainly to the fact that it's not considered "cool" to like their music (especially if your a dude). But since no one knows who I am I can safely say they are one of the most important recording artists in the history of pop music. - queen11

Absolutely. This decade of music gets zero airplay cause it's not cool to play on the air. As we get further from the decade, the bands get their respect and ABBA must be #1.

One of the best groups of the 70's not at all underrated..

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3Porcupine 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.

Most of the bands listed above are household names!

... Anyway Porcupine Tree are a band who are constantly reinventing themselves. Though they have been coined as a 'prog' band, their music owes just as much to psychedelic rock, metal, ambient and krautrock. They are also surprisingly accessible at times, to the point where I could safely say that anyone with an open musical palette (progressive or otherwise) could appreciate the majority of their albums.

This band is much larger outside its own country (UK) and while they are greatly admired within the progressive rock community they are largely unknown outside of it (at least in the UK). No band has had such a dramatic influence on my musical tastes than this one...

A lot of these bands are NOT UNDERRATED and are very highly regarded by many people. Porcupine Tree on the other hand is reasonably obscure outside of the Progressive Rock genre, yet they have released some of the best albums of modern times. 'In Absentia, ' 'Deadwing, ' and 'Fear of a Blank Planet' feature some of the best stuff I have ever heard.

Most of the bands on this list are MASSIVE (who actually read the title? ) - Porcupine tree have gained huge respect for their consistently great albums, production skills, attitude towards music, live shows etc etc. They will be remembered long after the rubbish in todays charts is forgotten.

Porcupine Tree is the most underrated band of all-time by far!

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4Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard more.

One truth I know about 'em is: People who like 'em likes them so damn much but the people who don't like 'em just absolutely hate 'em: There's no need to hate 'em because they'r d very important part of the music history - but they don't have a big problem about none of other subject so that's why they're the 10th in the list... :-) - heaven

Along with queen the equal best back in the world even though there music is worlds apart. It would be hard to imagine what type of concert it would be if it featured just then two especially if they came out together and done a duet at the end. Impossible now but I am sure it would have made history

I think people always like what rolling stones (magazine) tells them.They never understood the extreme talent pink floyd "THE BAND" possessed.

They are my all time favorite band... But they aren't underrated

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5The Smashing PumpkinsThe Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation. They are also considered to be one of the most influential alternative more.

"Queen, ABBA, Led Zeppelin and Smashing Pumpkins is underrated."
I should've known when I came to a publicly-voted underrated bands list that this might happen.
Queen and Led Zeppelin have the highest album sales of all time, you idiots.

I have three of their albums that I have hardly listened to since they been a disappointment.

6Guns N' Roses

Seriously they just sang music they thought people would like rather than go out on a limb and write something from the heart. I don't think they had the depth to do that anyway

Guns N' Roses are one the best rock bands of all time, but it's sad how life's people know them

Not only are Guns n Roses not underrated, they aren't a good band either.

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Just what I thought would happen...I see this list that says "Most Underrated Bands", and I see possible the most famous band ever, Queen, and right below that, the most famous hard rock band ever, Guns and Roses.
What's more, Nirvana, Deep Purple, ABBA, Pink Floyd, Poison and even Motley Crue is on this list.
Are you people frigging retarded? Or do you just act like it? Do you not know the damn meaning of underrated!
Bands like Alter Bridge, Rush, Exodus, Testament, Sepultura, The Mayfield Four, Citizen Swing, Philm, Tremonti and Venom are underrated. Go buy a damn dictionary!

8*NSYNCNSYNC was an American boy band formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995 and launched in Germany by BMG Ariola Munich.
9Skid RowSkid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.

Such underrated band pretty good too

10No SecretsNo Secrets was an American-British girl group with five members: Angel Faith, Carly Lewis, Erin Tanner, Jessica Fried and Jade Ryusaki.

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11Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

The mighty Deep Purple helped to creat both hard rock and heavy metal, most people think that it was soley down to Zeppelin and Sabbath, but the Album Deep Purple In Rock WAS being made at the same time as Black Sabbath was, listen to both of them and then tell me which one is heavier. Besides from that they effectively created many sub-genres of heavy metal that are widely used today; power metal, neo-classical metal, progressive metal and symphonic metal and they hugely influenced thrash metal and New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands such as Iron Maiden. Along with this, they made probably the greatest metal live album of all time: Made in Japan, and created many other great albums under Mark II and Mark III, such as In Rock, Machine Head, Fireball and Burn. They were probably the second biggest band in the early 70's after Led Zeppelin and have sold approximately 150 million records to date. They are most famous though for their classic Smoke on the Water, which is probably the ...more

I'm always shocked when I mention Deep Purple and no one has heard of them.. I've only met ONE PERSON who did! Yet they are such an incredible band. I feel very fortunate that I found some of their records in a seller's old collection... they've become one of my favorite rock bands since.

They were never liked by the press and never belonged to any 'scene'. They were too good as musicians to be taken seriously by the likes of rolling stone mag. To this day you gotta be part of some hip press inspired happening to be seen as great. Have you ever heard any body try to cover any of there tunes? Bloody hopeless. no-one gets close. Even the best musicians around today totally fail.

No one notices how incredible deep purple is. I ask everyone what their favorite deep purple song is and they don't even know who they are. I'm lucky to be 14 and realize they amazing sound of Deep Purple

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12CinderellaCinderella is an American glam metal and hard rock band from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose music videos received heavy MTV rotation.

Hiding awesome musical talent behind the pretty faces and great hair.

These guys should be treated better than this!

13The KinksThe Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies.

How the hell is Pink Floyd and Queen underrated?

One thing I discovered 'em about their style are just like the shades of the "Rolling Stones" - very creative band who never got the respect that much - heaven

The Kinks pretty much invented heavy metal. They deserve so much more fame.

Easily the most underrated band ever. Had the Kinks gotten their music out before the Beatles, they would have ruled the world.

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16Alter BridgeAlter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

These guys are pretty well-known these days, but couple years ago they were seriously underrated. If you still haven't heard any of their songs, you oughta give this rock band a try. You will enjoy it

Really talented bunch of guys!
Hope more people start listening to them.

These guys deserve so much more credit for the AWESOME stuff they do Myles Kennedy is a god Mark Tremonti is so underrated as a guitarist. Scott Phillips is a great drummer who not many people know about and Brian Marshell is brilliant on the bass.

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17Warrior Soul

This is truly an Underrated rock band
Just listen to: "The Losers" "Lullaby" "The Wasteland" "Children Of The Winter" "The Party" "The Golden Shore", and judge for yourself

Awsame band whit epic ballads, asskicking rock songs and great lyrics

18PoisonPoison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.
19RattRatt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA.

Awesome band that always gets overshadowed by the other big bands at the time.

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