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.
1 Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
I like them better underground. At least that's what the dude in the Imagine Dragons VS Nine Inch Nails post said.
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 can't explain why but I feel really great when I hear their music and I relate to the lyrics and just go listen to them now. I recommend their songs 'Discipline' and 'Capital G'
2 Thousand Foot Krutch
Thousand Foot Krutch is a Canadian Christian rock band formed in 1995. They have released eight albums. They have also released two live albums and three remix albums.
Filter is an American rock band formed in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio by singer Richard Patrick and guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang.
LOVE THIS BAND! If you love any punk rock such as Blink 182, Sum 41, Third Eye Blind, Green Day etc.. you'll LOVE Filter!
4 My 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
What, literally everyone knows them.-. - Gruunge
5 Thirty 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 currently consists of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.
6 The Dreaming
7 Breaking Benjamin
Breaking 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
8 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. ...read more.
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
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
After all this years, people still misinterpret metal. Some even said Metallica is satanic, makes me want to knock my head on the wall.
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.
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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
Anberlin 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
Bush 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
Chevelle 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.
Have comforted me through done tough and disappointing times.
12 Panic! At The Disco
Panic! 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.
Very happy songs with an upbeat, just make sure you have a dictionary ready!
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
13 Porcupine Tree
Porcupine 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.
14 Marilyn Manson
Marilyn 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. ...read more.
He is fairly popular, but not for the reasons I mean. - AngryByrd
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
17 5 Seconds of Summer
5 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
Nightwish 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. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, ...read more.
HELL YEAH THEIR LIKE THE GREATEST SYMPHONIC METAL BANDS
19 Within Temptation
Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.
They aren't popular in The Netherlands. - Userguy44
I'm gonna promote the hell out of this band. - IronSabbathPriest
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.
Avantasia is a German supergroup rock opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy.
23 Gamma Ray
Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.
24 Iced Earth
Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.
26 Pain of Salvation
Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band's main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist.
27 Seventh Wonder
Seventh 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!
Talk about throwback! This band, I assure everyone, is one of the very few bands that you simply cannot dislike. I shared this band to all my friends and family and they liked them a lot! Your first reaction to Deluka won't be the same as your second time hearing them; they continue to only grow on you and you don't know when that "growing on you" will stop. Almost as if want more and more of them until you can finally decide to take a break. Hear their album: "You Are The Night" in order. Nothing is filler and yes, you might find a couple of "meh..." songs, but those are still good songs. Tell me what you think about them.
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30 Symphony X
Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.
It's just odd that they are not as popular as they deserve to be. The reason might be that they don't tour around the world almost at all.
Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . ...read more.
They are decently popular. - Userguy44
32 Die Ärzte
Die Ärzte (German for "The Doctors"), is a German rock band currently consisting of Farin Urlaub (vocals, guitar, bass), Bela B (vocals, drums, guitar) and Rodrigo González (vocals, bass, guitar, piano), that formed in 1982 in Berlin. ...read more.
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34 Mr. Bungle
Mr. Bungle was an American experimental rock band from Northern California. Known for a highly eclectic style, the band often cycled through several musical genres within the course of a single song, including heavy metal, avant-garde jazz, ska, disco as well as funk.
35 Wolfie's Just Fine
Jon lajoie is mainly known for all of his comedy music and the league but he made an album with serious music and I thought it was amazing
36 Devin Townsend Project
Devin Townsend Project was a Canadian progressive metal band founded in 2008 and another venture of Devin Townsend, considered separate from the material released as Devin Townsend.