Most Underrated Rock Bands of the 21st Century

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The Top Ten

1 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 five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, more.

Muse is an amazingly talented band, who have made 6 mind-blowing albums, each very original and awesome in its own way. Songs like Time Is Running Out and Sunburn show just how skilled the three piece is, and they should definitely get more recognition!

One of the most unique, diverse and talented bands I have ever encountered. Matt Bellamy is one of the greatest guitarists to ever live.

Whoever put Nickelback on this list is brain dead. They belong on the worst bands list.

No other band sounds like them

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2 Skillet Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

Just Because they are a "Christian" Rock Band Many people ignore them I am an Atheist still they are my favourite Band By far the most underrated band they just don't get the credit they deserve due to they related to a specific religion meanwhile bands like Nickelback get recognition for just a few good songs while other of their songs are talentless copies, Skillet tours so extensively and write to meaning full songs and based on the daily struggles mental or physical of working class people yet people fail to credit them

A great band that is overlooked because of Christian themes. Lyrics are extremely inspiring and their male/female vocals are awesome

Best band right now. They keep getting better, evolving and will certainly reach the top soon, very soon.

A great bad that is ignore because of Christian themes

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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.

They really are having some good songs I really like them but they are not above some band like paramore, Bullet For My Valentine, trivium, skillet I will give them no 5 in my list... There songs are awesome like blackBird, open your eyes, metalingus, isolation, broken wings and many more...

Nothing, but stacks and stacks of power and emotion perfectly intertwined in every song they make. The best band on this list. Not every singer gets chosen by members of Led Zeppelin to jam with.

They aren't exactly underrated. - ryanrimmel

Yes one day Alter will be kings!

4 Red Red Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002. The band's lineup consists of singer Michael Barnes, guitarist Anthony Armstrong, and bassist Randy Armstrong.

More underrated than Skillet. I definitely agree that in a world where secular music is the most popular, Skillet is definitely underrated, but even fewer people have heard of RED, and even those who have all seem to think that Skillet is better, to which I say, just because you're popular doesn't mean you're good. Put RED up at #1. - LarkwingFlight

Red are a fantastic band who can balance melody and screaming well. They have a great mix of fast and slow songs (including fast songs which have a slow version). They use strings a lot, which I admire.

From Start Again to Pieces, all the way up to Part That's Holding On, this band just comes up with brilliant songs. Songs with deep meaning, unlike some of today's garbage.

Awesome band, but totally underrated!

5 Cherry Choke Cherry Choke
6 The People's Temple The People's Temple The People's Temple is a rock and roll band that formed in 2007 in Perry, Michigan and currently is based out of Lansing, Michigan.

Retro-50s style psych rockers. Amazing band, worth a listen - ryanrimmel

7 Billy Talent Billy Talent Billy Talent is a Canadian rock band from Mississauga, Ontario. They formed in 1993 with Benjamin Kowalewicz as the lead vocalist, Ian D'Sa on guitar, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk.

Number 2? I'm so glad to know Billy Talent is high on at least ONE list. Billy Talent is the greatest band I know, and they deserve so much more credit. People really need to start thinking of this band as one of the greatest, right up there with Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, and Green Day. - YoshiDragon240

These guys are one of the greatest bands of the 21st century, and they hardly get the credit and attention they deserve. You have not lived until you have heard Viking Death March. If Billy Talent was as popular as Linkin Park, my life would be complete. BillyTalentRevolution - Meko750

A band who put on an entertaining live show and create catchy, fun pop punk records. Why these guys aren't as successful as Green Day, etc I'll never comprehend.

They are underrated cause their best album "Billy Talent II" didn't get into the top of the charts in US, dispite they went number 1 in Germany and Canada.

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8 Lansdowne
9 Graveyard Graveyard
10 Young the Giant

Great band

The Contenders

11 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.

This is literally my favorite band. Multiple great albums, lots of amazing songs, this band is just overall good.

I grew up on Shinedown, and I know that there not the greatest band of all time, but I do know they deserve more credit.

Hands down, the best singer in rock today. There sound and lyrics are just amazing and deep

" The first step is the one you believe in and the second step might be profound"

They are underrated

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12 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.

They are the most unique, talented bands ever, and I love their one of a kind style. They are so talented, and my favorite album of theirs is"A Fever You Can't Sweat Out". There is so much variety, and each song has great lyrics that tell a story. Also, I would like to give them credit for that being their very first album, and when it was released, they had never even performed a show before! They were straight out of high school as 18 and 19 year olds, and the album was still a work of art! Well done!

They aren't really underrated but not much radio play - TopTenListmaker

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13 Wolfmother Wolfmother more.
14 Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand Foot Krutch

Distinct hard rock as well as smooth catchy ballads. On top of it a very versatile voice of the lead singer, which represents the major difference to other rock bands.

I don't know why media focuses on bands like One Direction when there are so many talented bands that are so underrated. People seem to don't know what's Christian Rock... Bands like Thousand Foot Krutch and Skillet must get more recognizion... Also other rock band like Breaking Benjamin, Three days Grace or Red...

15 Fear Factory Fear Factory Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.

FF is the one of the best industrial-groove and industrial-death metal bands and one of the most underrated bands too.

16 Eagles of Death Metal Eagles of Death Metal Eagles of Death Metal is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, formed in 1998. Founded by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, the band also includes a wide range of other musicians that perform both on the band's studio albums and at live shows.
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18 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

They are not underrated they are overrated stupid fanboys compare them to Green Day just after 2 albums -___-

Underrated? smd

19 Stoned Jesus
20 Switchfoot Switchfoot
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1. The People's Temple
2. Lansdowne
3. Graveyard
1. Fear Factory
2. Cherry Choke
3. Stoned Jesus
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