Top 10 Things That Can Make a Song Underrated

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1Artist Is Unknown, Unnoticed, Underrated

Kansas is a well known band, but the only songs that people even listened to were Carry on Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind. Without those two songs, the band would be very underrated. Because of that, songs such as Lamplight Symphony, The Pinnacle, Miracles out of Nowhere, and A Glimpse of Home are unnoticed. - DarkenedBrutality

Minerals and American Football are perfect example - CerealGuy

Songs from popular musicians tend to be overrated while songs from less known musicians are usually underrated.
Example - Savatage (a metal band). They are very unknown but several of their songs are masterpieces, such as: Hall Of The Mountain King, Morphine Child, Sirens, Chance. - Metal_Treasure

2Released Before the Band's Peak

There are lots of good songs that were released too early nobody noticed.
Example: One For The Road - Judas Priest - From their first album, Rocka Rolla, which some people haven't even heard of because it was so underrated. The song was good, and even if it was released during the Band's peak, it still would be underrated because nobody likes the song. - AggressiveBlaze

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3On Wrong Album

Highway Star by Deep Purple is a great song, and even one of their best, but was overshadowed by Smoke on the Water. Dread and the Fugitive Mind by Megadeth is also another great song, but nobody cares about it because it was on one of their worst albums. - DarkenedBrutality

1. On a good album - overshadowed by another great song
Example: The Four Horsemen by Metallica - a great song overshadowed by other great songs.

2. On a bad album - even though a song is great, nobody notices
Example: Cathedral Spires - Judas Priest (Jugulator album, vox - Tim Ripper Owens)
This album wasn't actually that bad, just not good enough for Judas Priest but the result was the same. - Metal_Treasure

4Too Complex for the Masses

Complexity is one thing that can make a song good, but people care about popularity and radio play more than imagination and creativity, which is why many great progressive rock bands such as Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, and Jethro Tull never got too popular. - DarkenedBrutality

Songs aren't only about words with inspirational lyrics (mainstream pop and rap). Sometimes a piece of music and brilliant instrumental solos can be much more inspirational and emotionally moving than what words can get you. Combining the two and you get a gem. For some that's complex, for some that's what makes music for them. - Kiteretsunu

It only goes to show how the mainstream music scene destroys imagination. Listen to some underground stuff and it will be more surprising. - PositronWildhawk

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5Released After the Band's Peak

Example: Deep Purple's songs - Perfect Strangers (1985), The Cut Runs Deep (1990).
In my opinion these songs are way better than Smoke On The Water.
Deep Purple peaked in the early 70s and disbanded in 1974. They re-united after 10 and 15 years to record these albums. - Metal_Treasure

This is probably why Dragonaut (Judas Priest) was underrated. Because it was released in 2014, after their 80s success. - AggressiveBlaze

6Ahead of Its Time

Example: Stone Cold Crazy by Queen - it wasn't among their 70s big hits but got some attention in the 80s-90s, when thrash became popular and somebody noticed this song sounded like a thrash song. This was actually the first thrash song in music history. Metallica did a cover. - Metal_Treasure

7Released After a Long Pause (Over 7 Years)

People just forgot this artist ever existed, unless it's The Beatles or something like that. - Metal_Treasure

8Wrong Place

I hate it that hardly anybody who claims to be a thrash metal fan knows Coroner. You've made an amazing list by the way! - winner333

Example: Coroner - a thrash band from Switzerland in the mid 80s. The epicenter of thrash was too far from Switzerland. Besides, this country wasn't a metal power. - Metal_Treasure

9Style or Genre Differs from the Usual Songs by the Band

Example: Judas Priest with Tim Ripper.

These albums included some groove metal elements and although most of the metal fans love groove metal, Judas Priest fans didn't like this change. It was too different.

Well, these albums can't be called great but they were perceived as bad albums partly because the songs were different from the usual Judas Priest songs. - Metal_Treasure

Mama Said by Metallica wasn't even a Metal song, but a Country song, and it's considered one of the worst Metallica songs. It's actually a pretty good song. - DarkenedBrutality

10Released When the Genre Is In Decline

I think every music genre follows certain cycles, very similar to economic/business cycles (waves). There are fluctuations - downward and upward movements, booms, peaks, stagnation, decline. - Metal_Treasure

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