Top 10 Bands People Call Underrated, but Really They are Not

This is by no means me saying these bands are bad, I in fact like/maybe love a lot of these bands but I just find them far from underrated

The Top Ten

1 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.

Yes I agree with this they have a bunch of hits if you look at the billboard charts. Happy Jack (24), I Can See for Miles (9), Magic Bus (25), Pinball Wizard (19), Summertime Blues (27), See Me Feel Me (12), Won't Get Fooled Again (15), Join Together (17), Squeeze Box (16), Who Are You (14), You Better You Bet (18) and Athena (28) so I would say they are extremely successful. I admit that you if you asked a random person on the street they probably would not be able to think of a dozen songs from them but that applies to basically any rock band that is not the Beatles.

Even The beatles you would be hard pressed to find someone who could name a dozen of their songs too - germshep24

Who?

Definitely not overrated. I think they get the right amount of praise. - Gg2000

They really are, but deep purple, rush and pink Floyd are not

2 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

No one calls them underrated - Joeljohns249

3 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. ...read more.

Dream Theater is one of the most technically skilled bands ever. Yet their following barely stems out of the fanbase of progressive metal: that's why they are underrated. They are the most popular progressive metal band but in the larger context of all music, not enough people are aware of the band's existence, even by people who listen to metal. - Gamefreak23788

I was generally surprised by how much people think this band is underrated, their the biggest Prog metal band over all time and I don't mean that in the same way I say it for Blind Guardian - germshep24

4 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. 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 Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.

Who the hell calls Pink Floyd underrated? - Userguy44

What the hell? Nobody calls them underrated - venomouskillingmachine

Well they made a few underrated stuff but I agree - LightningStrike

Wasn't this list created before? It seems familiar. - Alkadikce

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5 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

This band is just downright boring. There is nothing extremely awful about their music, but they kinda tire me out.

Very overrated. - JUSTSOMEONE

6 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

Not joking, Stairway to Heaven is (was) #7 on most underrated rock songs. - Alkadikce

No one calls them underrated - Joeljohns249

After I have seen people calling The Beatles and Eminem underrated, I wouldn't be surprised. But I agree that they should be lower or not on the list at all. - Alkadikce

7 Rush Rush Rush was 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). ...read more.

Rush is an amazing Prog rock band, but honestly any band that isn't considered overrated people automatically assume are underrated, with the exception of Queen for some reason - germshep24

8 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

I have honestly never seen comment about Nirvana being underrated. - Userguy44

No one calls them underrated - Joeljohns249

9 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.
10 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

The Contenders

11 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep 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, ...read more.

I strongly disagree. They are severely underrated - they invented the most elements of metal music but almost all credits go to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Ritchie Blackmore is a better and more innovative guitarist than Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page but he's always lower then them. Ian Gillan is a better singer than Ozzy and Robert Plant but he's always lower then them. Most of the metal fans don't even know Deep Purple had metal songs, and so on. Most people know only Smoke on the Water but Deep Purple have better songs. - Metal_Treasure

Ritchie Blackmore and Tony Iommi are tied- if they combined they would make the dream guitarist. Tony for riffs, Ritchie for solos. - SoldierOfFortune

LOL, you think that Ritchie riffs aren't good? Man, you are completely misguided. Ritchie wrote the most legendary riff of all time - Smoke on the Water there is. His riffs are faster, more metal and more intricate (except Smoke on the Water) than Tony's. - Metal_Treasure

12 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band 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 ...read more.

Queen are among the, let's say five best known bands in the world, their numerous hit songs get played on radio several times a year and that for decades, and their reputation is just as great as their success. In all honesty, their couldn't be any more beloved. And rightfully so. - Martin_Canine

What the actual hell? Nobody calls them underrated, they're the most mainstream, famous, and overrated, BAND IN THE WORLD, right now. - venomouskillingmachine

"nobody calls them underrated" They are number one on most underrated bands right now. - Alkadikce

Their biopic made them even more popular. Their song of the same name is so overrated that I like it less. - PhoenixAura81

In their album, "Jazz", the song called Bicycle Race is amazing but underrated - MrGuyDudeMan

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13 Testament Testament Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.

I am surprised that nobody has added them to the list most overrated metal bands (don't add them! ).

Some people tend to call every thrash band that is not in the big 4 underrated, most notably Exodus, Overkill, Testament and Kreator, that are probably the 4 most famous after the big 4. - Alkadikce

14 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

No one calls them underrated - Joeljohns249

15 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

Considering that they're often hailed as the best that power metal has to offer, I'd say that they definitely aren't underrated. The only reason they aren't more well known is because a lot of people simply don't care in the slightest about power metal, given how cheesy all of it is, with the overdramatic vocals and generally ridiculous, repetitive nature of the music, even from Blind Guardian, who is easily the best of the genre. - kempokid

To be honest, they are pretty overrated nowadays. They were great back in the 90s though.

Sorry their definitely not Overrated, while their not underrated, there are still plenty of people that don't know Blind Guardian and though their the most popular Power Metal Band their no one near as praised as other big metal bands - germshep24

Don't think he will, I mean they are the most popular power metal band of all time, if not the most at least the second or third most - germshep24

Nightwish is Symphonic metal though I agree with them being a more popular metal band, Blind Guardian is number 1 on the best Power metal band list and number three on the power/symphonic metal list only beaten by two symphonic metal bands Nightwish and Rhapsody.
The only power metal band that I would say is more popular is Helloween but Blind guardian dominates the best power metal songs and best Power metal album lists (Helloween does give them good competition on the list) - germshep24

How dare you all criticise the integrity of a supreme band like Blind Guardian? If Metal_Treasure says that they are underrated, then they are underrated. Blind Guardian's worth is equal to the aggregated greatness of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and Metallica. Y'all think that you're more knowledgeable than him. The only occasion where I did not agree with him was when he remarked that "Bon Jovi is not a metal band".

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16 Black Flag Black Flag Black Flag was an American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California. Initially called Panic, the band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes in the band. They are widely considered to be one of ...read more.

I agree on this one - LightningStrike

17 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Yeah, in the context of the grunge explosion they were probably considered underrated to Nirvana, Soundgarden, PJ, etc., but as a band with no labels, they are superior to every other band in that period, in songwriting, musicianship, and such great consistency in producing so many phenomenal songs. - AllFleshIsEqualWhenBurnt

The band is actually at the moment #1 on the "Best Grunge Bands" list even above Nirvana - Joeljohns249

I always thought that they were underrated compared to Nirvana? - Userguy44

Again, similarly to Soundgarden, they are very underrated compared to Nirvana. But they tend to be overrated compared to many metal bands, for example. - Metal_Treasure

18 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).
19 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

They are underrated compared to Nirvana. But they are overrated compared to many metal bands. - Metal_Treasure

20 The Animals The Animals The Animals were an English band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the early part of the decade.
21 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.

I am surprised they are considered underrated to be honest - Metal_Treasure

22 Exodus Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.
23 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.

I only somewhat disagree here. I think they get a fair amount of praise in Britain, but in America, they are known for three songs. Most people know them as the progenitors of hard rock and punk rock (with which I somewhat disagree). I think they should be more known for making mature music (Something Else, Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, Lola vs Powerman); these albums don't get much recognition in America. So no, I think they're truly underrated. - Gg2000

24 Joy Division Joy Division Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.
25 Possessed Possessed Possessed is an American thrash/death metal band, originally formed in 1983 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra's guttural vocals, they are routinely called the first band in the death metal genre. Possessed is the sometimes credited with being the first ...read more.

Which idiot added them on this list? They are underrated compared to every other death metal band that came after them. Barely anyone talks about them these days. People only talk about Seven Churches rather than the band themselves.

26 Dire Straits Dire Straits Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.

I left out brothers in arms because it did not chart in the US but yeah it is the title track of their most popular album. I was not intending to claim them as overrated by the way just that they were pretty popular thus not really underrated.

I agree with this one they have some very popular songs that did well on the billboard charts like Sultans of Swing (4), So Far Away (19), Money For Nothing (1) and Walk Of Life (7).

27 Bee Gees Bee Gees The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.
28 Blood on the Dance Floor Blood on the Dance Floor Blood on the Dance Floor is an American scene duo currently consisting of Dahvie Vanity and Fallon Vendetta that formed in 2006. Former members include Jayy von Monroe (2009-2016) and Garrett Ecstasy (2009). All of them provided vocals to the project. ...read more.

Sucks - RobertWisdom

29 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.
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31 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.
32 Panic! at the Disco 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.

Where the hell is Black Veil Brides? - Moronic

Yes. - Moronic

33 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative ...read more.

I would say this band is called overrated more than underrated - germshep24

No one calls them underrated - Joeljohns249

34 Mezarkabul Mezarkabul Mezarkabul (formerly known as Pentagram) is a Turkish metal band formed by Hakan Utangaç and Cenk Ünnü.
35 Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg formed in 1989. They are one of the longest-standing bands from the original Gothenburg metal scene.

They have like just one good album i.e.The Gallery yet, they are touted as the best Melodic Death metal band of all time. Just because they appeared earlier in the melo-death scene doesn't automatically mean that they are great. Carcass and At the Gates were far more influential and better than them.

36 Napalm Death Napalm Death Napalm Death are a British grindcore/death metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent ...read more.

They made a 3 seconds song with deliberate intention to attract mainstream attention - these guys knew exactly what they were doing.

37 Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "forget not") are an extreme progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia, formed in 2003.
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