Top Ten Bands the Average Listener Doesn't Know


The Top Ten

1 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.

Their music is much too complicated for average music listeners. It's the devoted fans of rock that get what these guys are all about. - BKAllmighty

2 Strawberry Alarm Clock

Incense and Peppermints is an incredible album. They really deserve much more recognition. - PetSounds

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3 Helloween Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

I love this band, I own both of their Keeper of the Seven Keys albums. They're awesome! - IronSabbathPriest

I recently (about a year ago) first discovered them and immediately enjoyed a good number of their songs. - BKAllmighty

4 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf. The band was fronted by both Hütter and Schneider until Schneider's departure in 2008.

A sad thing that these pioneers ahead of their time aren't recognised for who they are. - PositronWildhawk

5 Roxy Music Roxy Music
6 Big Star

People give them less credit then they deserve. - Pony

7 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

I've actually heard of 6 of them... - gemcloben

8 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.

I really hope more people know of these guys than this list suggests. A great band. - BKAllmighty

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10 The Cult The Cult The Cult are a British rock band formed in 1983. Before settling on their current moniker in January 1984, the band performed under the names Southern Death Cult and Death Cult.

The Contenders

11 Sparks Sparks
12 Tangerine Dream
13 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.
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15 Styx

Why is Styx always last? Lol. - Pony

16 Little River Band
17 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.
18 T. Rex T. Rex T. Rex were an English glam rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, released four folk albums under this banner.
19 Hawkwind
20 Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra The Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.
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