Top Ten Most Underrated Bands

I've decided to create this list after I discover some great great stuff by the very unknown bands - so let's have "your" opinion to this.

The Top Ten

1 Porcupine Tree 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.

Yep, 1st.
They're in my opinion the 2nd best band of all time (behind Pink Floyd), lyrically, musically, composition-wise, technically, conceptually...
And only a certain type of music fan has heard of them.
If they were around in the 70s, during prog's heyday, they'd be household names

Most of the bands listed above are household names!

... Anyway Porcupine Tree are a band who are constantly reinventing themselves. Though they have been coined as a 'prog' band, their music owes just as much to psychedelic rock, metal, ambient and krautrock. They are also surprisingly accessible at times, to the point where I could safely say that anyone with an open musical palette (progressive or otherwise) could appreciate the majority of their albums.

This band is much larger outside its own country (UK) and while they are greatly admired within the progressive rock community they are largely unknown outside of it (at least in the UK). No band has had such a dramatic influence on my musical tastes than this one...

Love this band.

A lot of these bands are NOT UNDERRATED and are very highly regarded by many people. Porcupine Tree on the other hand is reasonably obscure outside of the Progressive Rock genre, yet they have released some of the best albums of modern times. 'In Absentia, ' 'Deadwing, ' and 'Fear of a Blank Planet' feature some of the best stuff I have ever heard.

2 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 more.

I don't understand why everybody thinks Queen is underrated "Bohemian Rhapsody" is on every Best Songs of All Time list and everyone knows "We Will Rock You"

Completely anything but underrated. - Soulstealer

More like overrated.

Items on the list that are not underrated:
#1 Queen
#8 Pink Floyd
#16 Death
#18 Modern Talking
#38 Tool
#39 Muse
#40 System of a Down
#43 Guns n Roses
#47 Europe
#52 Rush
#60 Dire Straits
#63 Journey
#67 Scorpions
#73 Dream Theater
#77 Nightwish
#88 Radiohead
#90 Blink-182
#92 The Police
#94 Panic! at the Disco
#97 Alice in Chains
#100 Megadeth

Everybody knows these bands, the ones who don't like them probably don't like them because it's their opinion, not because they haven't heard their songs. - Alkadikce

3 Alter Bridge Alter Bridge Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

These guys are pretty well-known these days, but couple years ago they were seriously underrated. If you still haven't heard any of their songs, you oughta give this rock band a try. You will enjoy it

Really talented bunch of guys!
Hope more people start listening to them.

These guys deserve so much more credit for the AWESOME stuff they do Myles Kennedy is a god Mark Tremonti is so underrated as a guitarist. Scott Phillips is a great drummer who not many people know about and Brian Marshell is brilliant on the bass.

Alter Bridge are an immortal rock band that was born in the wrong era. These guys are seriously right up there with Guns N' Roses and Metallica. And that is not simply a fan's opinion. That is a FACT.

4 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

ABBA is not really underrated. They just happen to be the band you love or the one you hate. There’s no middle ground.

Abba underrated? Are you kidding me? You should look up the definition of the word 'underrated'. Abba received all sort of recognitions throughout the years. They even made a musical and a movie because of the quality of their work. I am sorry, but Abba are FAR from being underrated. As for not being 'cool', that's not a justification. In the 60s, Rolling Stones fan considered The Beatles' fans "not cool"; would you call The Beatles underrated because of that? Come on.

Music way better before than now

They are the most underrated bands of all time and ironic.There songs provide entrainment,sadness and love songs.If you lsisten to one song of them then you will listen to more songs.

5 The Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation. They are also considered to be one of the most influential alternative more.

Best band ever

No surprise this is at #7. It should be number one thou. A band that pass now almost unidentified yet they represent an absolute symbol of the 90's vibes and way of thinking in that generation. The ending of an era (20th century), the coming of age and the certainty that good times wont last forever, only memories last and the most treasured carelessness of youth lives on in our hearts only. Depressive yet hopefull, rough yet so calm an heartwarming. Just the Pumpkins. The most underrated band that I have knowledge of.

"Queen, ABBA, Led Zeppelin and Smashing Pumpkins is underrated."
I should've known when I came to a publicly-voted underrated bands list that this might happen.
Queen and Led Zeppelin have the highest album sales of all time, you idiots.

The Smashing Pumpkins are really underrated. They are a very talented rock band and they deserve more credit.

6 Trapt Trapt Trapt is an American rock band that formed in Los Gatos, California in 1995, best known for their 2002 single "Headstrong".

My very favorite band. Criminally underrated.

7 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 more.

Only great songs

Oh the mighty force of German power metal. They are over the top with choirs and fantasy themes. Wagner's ghost is a metal head. - drkhouse1978

"Wagner's ghost is a metal head." Yes! Proof: Blind Guardian's song Valkyries - Metal_Treasure

8 Annihilator Annihilator Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.
9 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.

Most underrated band ever. That's it.
everybody talks about how Pink Floyd and Queen are great.
But they are not The Kinks.
The Kinks are truly the best.
Just listen to any of their songs,
They are addictive, catchy, clever, funny, sometimes they make you laugh and they are still relevant for today.

The Kinks have countless amazing rock and pop songs, from You Really Got Me and I Need You, to Waterloo Sunset, to Lola and Powerman. They, like the best bands of their time, changed their style through the years, from their fast, simple, catchy tunes, to softer rock, then hitting heavy. You just can't rate them lower than the Doors, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, and even the Rolling Stones. Once you hear Dave Davies's rough-edged guitar playing, you can't deny them as one of the greatest bands of all time. They're only underrated, because, like The Zombies, another British rock band at the time, the band just had bad connections (they didn't have George Martin).

How the hell is Pink Floyd and Queen underrated?

Easily the most underrated band ever. Had the Kinks gotten their music out before the Beatles, they would have ruled the world.

10 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 more.

They may be the greatest band of all time, but they're not underrated - JustAnotherUser_

One truth I know about 'em is: People who like 'em likes them so damn much but the people who don't like 'em just absolutely hate 'em: There's no need to hate 'em because they'r d very important part of the music history - but they don't have a big problem about none of other subject so that's why they're the 10th in the list... :-) - heaven

Pink Floyd where the Who of Progressive Rock. Ideas and songwriting made up the difference for not being quite as good musically as say Yes, Gabriel era Genesis, ELP or King Crimson. Pink Floyd never had the snob thing quite as bad as the others. Marijuana made them my favorite band in high school from 75 to 78. - drkhouse1978

Along with queen the equal best back in the world even though there music is worlds apart. It would be hard to imagine what type of concert it would be if it featured just then two especially if they came out together and done a duet at the end. Impossible now but I am sure it would have made history


The Newcomers

? Simply Red
? The Housemartins

The Contenders

11 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

Look at this graph - wheelers-

How are Queen, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles on here? They are much better than Nickelback but several people like them. Everyone seems to hate on Nickelback though. Most people just hate on Nickelback because of their bad songs (like Rockstar) which are played on the radio all the time. This band is better than people give them credit for. Being the greatest band ever isn't the point, being a good band very people like is the point.

I've seen 89 concerts, and I went to see Breaking Benjamin and Nickel just happened to be headlining, turned out to be the best live band I've ever seen. They get a bad rap because they are overplayed on the radio, and yes, I get it, however, I stand by my previous glowing endorsement.

This band sucks

12 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, more.

The mighty Deep Purple helped to creat both hard rock and heavy metal, most people think that it was soley down to Zeppelin and Sabbath, but the Album Deep Purple In Rock WAS being made at the same time as Black Sabbath was, listen to both of them and then tell me which one is heavier. Besides from that they effectively created many sub-genres of heavy metal that are widely used today; power metal, neo-classical metal, progressive metal and symphonic metal and they hugely influenced thrash metal and New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands such as Iron Maiden. Along with this, they made probably the greatest metal live album of all time: Made in Japan, and created many other great albums under Mark II and Mark III, such as In Rock, Machine Head, Fireball and Burn. They were probably the second biggest band in the early 70's after Led Zeppelin and have sold approximately 150 million records to date. They are most famous though for their classic Smoke on the Water, which is probably the ...more

I'm always shocked when I mention Deep Purple and no one has heard of them.. I've only met ONE PERSON who did! Yet they are such an incredible band. I feel very fortunate that I found some of their records in a seller's old collection... they've become one of my favorite rock bands since.

They were never liked by the press and never belonged to any 'scene'. They were too good as musicians to be taken seriously by the likes of rolling stone mag. To this day you gotta be part of some hip press inspired happening to be seen as great. Have you ever heard any body try to cover any of there tunes? Bloody hopeless. no-one gets close. Even the best musicians around today totally fail.

No one notices how incredible deep purple is. I ask everyone what their favorite deep purple song is and they don't even know who they are. I'm lucky to be 14 and realize they amazing sound of Deep Purple

13 Skid Row Skid Row Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.

Most underrated band on this list, do yourself a favor give a chance to "Slave to the grind" or his first album "Skid Row" :v

Such underrated band pretty good too

14 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

Nobody heard about Rainbow in my little country :( post communist capitalism grinded radio mainstream

I loved the Dio years. - drkhouse1978

15 Talk Talk
16 Satchel

Just what I thought would happen...I see this list that says "Most Underrated Bands", and I see possible the most famous band ever, Queen, and right below that, the most famous hard rock band ever, Guns and Roses.
What's more, Nirvana, Deep Purple, ABBA, Pink Floyd, Poison and even Motley Crue is on this list.
Are you people frigging retarded? Or do you just act like it? Do you not know the damn meaning of underrated!
Bands like Alter Bridge, Rush, Exodus, Testament, Sepultura, The Mayfield Four, Citizen Swing, Philm, Tremonti and Venom are underrated. Go buy a damn dictionary!

17 Transplants
18 Shinedown Shinedown Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch.

Devour, devour! It's your final hour!

Those guys should be first

19 Downfall
20 Years and Years
21 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

So underrated that even my parents say they've never heard of them!
Maybe not everybody knows about the band, but everyone has heard at least one song by them, but still, they're one of the most underrated rock bands.

Are you kidding me. The really deserving bands are the ones with few votes

The most underrated ever.

22 Death Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's more.
23 Cinderella Cinderella Cinderella is an American glam metal and hard rock band from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose music videos received heavy MTV rotation.

I hate hair metal and one of the number one reasons is great talent became music posers in my book. Yes it was a noble effort getting chicks to like metal but metal does not need pretty boy, crotch grabbing hankie on your head nimrods. This is uploaded to be about Satan or horror movie themes. - drkhouse1978

Unjustly labeled as pop metal because of their looks (well, and music) in their early days. Their second and third albums are true classics. I read that Tom Keifer bust his voice in the early 90's. Nevertheless, they didn't get the attention they deserved before that either.

Hiding awesome musical talent behind the pretty faces and great hair.

These guys should be treated better than this!

24 Modern Talking Modern Talking Modern Talking were a German synth-pop duo formed in 1983 by singer/pianist Thomas Anders and chorus singer/producer/composer/guitarist Dieter Bohlen best known for their hits "You're My Heart, You're My Soul", "Cheri Cheri Lady" and "Brother Louie", that broke up in 1987 before rejoining in 1998 with more.
25 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Good Prog Metal and the foundation of TSO. Rest in peace Paul O'Niel. - drkhouse1978

26 No Secrets No Secrets No Secrets was an American-British girl group with five members: Angel Faith, Carly Lewis, Erin Tanner, Jessica Fried and Jade Ryusaki.
27 Blind Melon Blind Melon
28 Ultravox
29 Giant
30 Siouxsie and The Banshees Siouxsie and The Banshees Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English rock band, formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. They have been widely influential, both over their contemporaries and with later acts.
31 Seether Seether Seether are a South African hard rock band founded in May 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band originally performed under the name Saron Gas until 2002, when they adopted the Seether name.
32 Play Play

The redhead is so hot! - Singer4Freedom

33 Warrior Soul

Criminally underrated band! Songs like "Love Destruction" or "The Wasteland" are overflowing with power, energy and raw attitude. Brilliant couple of albums between "Drugs, God and the New Republic" and "Salutations from the Ghetto Nation" should have put this band on Top Ten best lists instead of Top Ten underrated. Do yourself a favor and check them out!

This is truly an Underrated rock band
Just listen to: "The Losers" "Lullaby" "The Wasteland" "Children Of The Winter" "The Party" "The Golden Shore", and judge for yourself

Awsame band whit epic ballads, asskicking rock songs and great lyrics

34 Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985. The band consists of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney.

Just listen to Three Days.

35 Erasure Erasure Erasure are an English synthpop duo, consisting of singer and songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke.

They sure are very underrated indeed. It appears that a lot of people notice their most famous songs ("Always", "A Little Respect", "Sometimes") but they (especially critics as well) do not notice the extreme talent and chemistry this pop duo has. They have hardly won any major music awards (Grammy's etc. ) or just awards at all (just one award in their entire career for nearly 30 years), their songs hardly got to No. 1 in the charts, their debut album "Wonderland" flopped and did not get the attention that it deserved, hardly any of their albums and songs get a brief mention on the best albums/songs of all time lists (even though I believe they should since a majority of them have stood the test of time in my opinion), hardly any famous and well-respected musicians in the entire music industry cite them as influences and some casual listeners can be homophobic towards this band. But most of their music is among the most beautiful I have ever ...more

36 For Today For Today For Today is an American Christian metalcore band from Sioux City, Iowa, formed in 2005. They are currently signed to Nuclear Blast Records.
37 Poison Poison Poison is an American glam and hard rock band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.
38 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.
39 CHVRCHES CHVRCHES CHVRCHES is a Scottish synthpop band from Glasgow, formed in 2011. The band consists of Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. The band, before formation, practiced playing with demo songs written mostly by Doherty.
40 Ratt Ratt Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA.

Awesome band that always gets overshadowed by the other big bands at the time.

41 3LW
42 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Now before people call me a "cyber bully" or whatever, I am just stating MY OPINION. If you don't like it, then that's too bad isn't it! It has to be Tool! They should be number 1, although all but one of the rest (I am not keen on Journey) are extremely underrated and more than brilliant, Tool is definitely even more so. Out of the top ten, the next most underrated is... Supertramp. Their music is awesome too, especially "Rudy". Their are a LOT of underrated metal bands actually, and they are mainly progressive. When people say "What is the best metal band? " you always know what the answer will be - Metallica. NO! Yes "Ride The Lightning" is great, but after that they went pretty average. Ever listened to "Master Of Puppets"? Well to my ears, the majority of it is terrible! 80& of the people who enjoy listening to metal will say that not only is this THEIR best, but the best metal album ever! I don't know if I'm weird or anything, ...more

I find it absolutely ridiculous that tool is as underrated as they are. They are my favorite band ever. I know this because when I can't listen to any other band due to boredom, I can put in any tool cd and they always take me on a ride. This is a band that sells out MSG in 15 minutes, but isn't considered as good as Korn ( if you watch those BS VH1 100 greatest lists. I mean seriously is freak on a leash better than sober. I think not. By the way I am a fan of korn too, but they are not better than tool) So that's my two cents.

This talented group of musicians do not get enough credit for the music they create. Each one of them are considered to be some of the best of today in their respected instrument. It's sad that pop artists that create songs with a computer are favored over original artists like these. Plus their songs are technical, the sounds are unlike any other, and their lyrics make you think to find an underlying meaning

One of the best singers ever. MJK's power is incredible. Danny's drumming is progressively brilliant. Lyrically and psychologically genius. One of few bands that keep my interests.

43 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.

v're tokin about the band wich composed such awesome songs such as chop suey! BYOB, toxicity, lonely day, aerials
and they are so low... come on they are the most underrated band eva

One of the most underrated bands of all time! - moose4life19

They are not so underrated where I'm from but when it comes to the media ya the are. oh and they are my fav band ever next to the doors. - thegreatone

They aren't the most underrated band ever, but they are easily my favorite! Highway Song is my favorite song ever. - Meko750

44 Tesla Tesla
45 Alphaville Alphaville Alphaville is a German synthpop/new wave band which gained popularity in the 1980s. The founding members were lead singer Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, and Frank Mertens.
46 Florence and the Machine Florence and the Machine Florence and the Machine are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other artists.

Such a good band, I don't know why they aren't at the top of this

47 Dream Dream
48 Alien Ant Farm Alien Ant Farm Alien Ant Farm is an American rock band that formed in Riverside, California, United States, in 1996. Their name comes from an idea original guitarist Terry Corso had about aliens and the Earth: "it was just my daydream about our planet being seeded by entities from other dimensions." They have released more.
49 Supertramp Supertramp Supertramp are an English rock band formed in London in 1969. Though their music was initially categorised as progressive rock, they later incorporated a combination of traditional rock, pop and art rock into their music.

Did anyone actually read the title? I mean, Abba, Queen, System, Tool, Pink Floyd= underrated? Lolwut?

Anyway, supertramp is a great band and deserves more credit than they get.

they're just awesome :D the music is melodic, but is funky and rocking when it has to be, and the lyrics are really great. just a really great band altogether

I often hear piano parts and rythyms in today's song that make me think, that sounds a lot like Supertramp. If there's any knock on them, it's that they often put two or three solid-to-great songs on an album with eight others that weren't so great. If you compiled their "greatest hits, " that cd would be up there with the greatest hits of any other artist on this list

Very underrated band, but one of the best...!

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50 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 more.
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