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

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.
The Top Ten
1 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

Remember Old Town Road by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus sampled 34 Ghosts IV by Nine Inch Nails and became more popular than NIN’s original song.

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.

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'

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

2 Filter Filter is an American Alternative/Industrial rock band formed in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio by singer Richard Patrick and guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang.

Love this band, don't agree with the coment about filter being compared to sum 41 and punk, because it isn't punk... But yeah whtvr.

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!

3 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.
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.


What how, they were popular and they still are talked about today by their fans about their breakup.

What, literally everyone knows them.-.

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 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal/rock 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). more.


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

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

7 The Dreaming
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. more.

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.

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.

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.

After all this years, people still misinterpret metal. Some even said Metallica is satanic, makes me want to knock my head on the wall.

9 Anberlin 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

10 Chevelle Chevelle is an American Alternative Metal 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.

The Contenders
11 Bush 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

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. more.

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

15 Comadose

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 Why Don't We Why Don't We is an American pop boy band, that was assembled on September 27, 2016, consisting of Jonah Marais Roth Frantzich from Stillwater, Minnesota, Corbyn Matthew Besson from Fairfax, Virginia, Daniel James Seavey from Portland, Oregon, Jack Robert Avery from Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, and Zachary more.

Why Don't We is amazing and you should become a limelight. The're a american pop band so if you like that music go check out their album 8 Letters

One of my friends is obsessed with this group. Also I don’t know if they’re popular or not. - Soulstealer

Why don’t we is so amazing and the people in the band are amazing you should definitely vote for them.

18 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop-rock band from Sydney, Australia, 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 more.

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

No, more like the opposite. - Soulstealer

19 Nightwish 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, more.


20 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.

21 Disillusion

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

22 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.
23 Avantasia Avantasia is a German supergroup rock opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy.
24 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.
25 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.
8Load More
PSearch List