Most Underrated Rock Bands

Now there's a lot of great rock bands that have so much more talent than others. A lot of bands are not getting the attention that they deserve. Many rock bands made great songs and awesome LP's but still were so underrated. This is a list of the most underrated rock bands.

The Top Ten

1 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.

It pisses me off that everyone knows Smoke on the water and that's it. Although Smoke on the water is a very good song, it's not the only song Deep Purple has and many people don't know deep purple outside from smoke on the water. I think everyone should have smoke on the water, child in time, highway star, soldier of fortune, burn, stormbringer, knockin on your back door, space truckin' and hush on their ipods. Come on Deep Purple is a legendary band...

Smoke On The Water anyone? That bass is lit

Everybody talks about meh meh page meh meh bonham meh meh plant!... Plant lost his voice in early 70's page can only goofin' around the theremin, his guitar skill isn't that good anyways, yes his writing is, Bonham is great but common Paice is the first one to use one hand roll in his work even before that Portnoy guy made it famous, and their live is much better than any other band, Zep is better in studio because of studio magic and yes that made them album in all the top charts in number 1 while Purple doesn't want to hassle bout in their studio, only RAW POWER in their live performance, yes that bout sums it up

I love that you voted for deep purple, but you don't need to diss led zeppelin, who is the greatest, deep purple is great, but they are not the same - Sultan_of_Swing

This band isn't underrated though and unlike dream theater they aren't praise either, I would just call them a band that is neither underrated or overrated - germshep24

2 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.

This band I would definitely say is underrated I could confidently say if you asked someone who dire straits ways most would recognize the name but none would be able to give you a song from them - germshep24

How this band does not get more recognition is beyond me... Lady writer, Love over gold and Expresso love are masterpieces that most people don't know about.

Almost every song they have is great, and that is not something all bands can say.

Considering most people only know Dire Straits for two or three songs at best ("Sultans of Swing", "Money for Nothing", and maybe "Brothers In Arms"), if even that many, they deserve to be more recognized. All of the Brothers In Arms album is really good. The self titled album and Making Movies are also pretty good, with "Sultans of Swing" and "Romeo and Juliet" being two of the coolest songs on each album, and in the entirety of their catalogue. Also, as far as musicianship goes, Mark Knopfler is one of the greatest guitarists of all time with the absolute weirdest/coolest fingerstyle picking techniques ever. That coupled with his unique singing style of talking casually more than really singing is pretty nice. Everything in the band just comes together to form a tight sound every second of every album. - Aweso

Mark Knofler is a great guitarist and I don't think a lot of people don't see that

3 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" more.

Its just so good

This band should be among other great bands of the 70s but most of the time it's just omitted. They are simply amazing, everything's on point: guitar playing, bass, vocals and drums work so well together. Love them :D

Awesome! Best twin guitars of all time.
Best live band ever, and box also

#1. Deep purple didn't have the influence that Thin Lizzy had. This is the most understated band ever!

4 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band has had numerous lineup changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (guitar). However, the most notable lineup is between 1972-75, consisting of Fripp, John Wetton (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), more.

Above them there are only the Beatles, possibly TVU.

The greatest band of all time and seeing how few people know them, makes me sad

They created a number of albums considered as the brilliant classics of rock music, such as Red, In the Court of the Crimson King, Larks' Tongues in Aspic and others. - Merkwurdigliebe

Listening to The Devil's Triangle from In the Wake of the Poseidon. Very clear that this was the influence for Genesis Watcher of the Skies. Agree with others who say that if this lineup had stayed together for ten years, King Crimson would have been better known. This music-and all prog rock-is so creative and layered that it's noteworthy that no American band successfully had a presence in this genre

5 Blue Oyster Cult Blue Oyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".

Wouldn't say their under rated most know their song don't fear the reaper and it only takes one song to make a person a fan of the band - germshep24

And most people have to know a band to vote it into the top 10 on this list - Alkadikce

One of the greats. Deserves to be there with Rush, Zeppelin, and Floyd.

One of the greatest bands ever, a massive influence, and they never seem to get the credit they deserve.

Very underrated, a big influence in the metal scene, very very distinct and big sound.

6 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.

People are gonna know three (Fortunate Son, Bad Moon Rising, Down On the Corner), maybe four (Have You Ever Seen the Rain, a very overrated song) of their songs but we fans, not even hardcore consider nearly all of their discography as classics, as any sensible person should. Usually don't even make the top 50 on best music bands/artists, or even rock bands, but I'd personally rank them #6 or #7. I believe they deserve a top 15 spot for anyone who considers themselves a rock fan, these guys are truly underrated to the general public. Now, are they the most underrated? No, I'd put Nickelback, Ashes Remain, Falconer, Dream Theater, Evans Blue, Third Day and Ashbury as more underrated, but this band is one where there's much to be said, but not too much to fit in a comment.Either way, if you haven't listened to much of these guys, then please do so. I was lucky enough to be raised listening to their songs, and they're among my favorite from that era of music.

Oh yes, and Alter Bridge is also more underrated

Is everyone just gonna ignore the fact they released hit songs like Have You Ever Seen The Rain? Bad Moon Rising, Fortunate Son, Wholl Stop the Rain, Down on The Corner and many more under 10 years of existence as a band. So underrated, right with legendary 60's bands like The Beatles, The Who, The Stones, Doors...

Underrated? their songs have millions of views on Youtube... much more underrated is Rush - juanjaramillom

7 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. more.

They deserve their place at number 1, that's for sure. Do they get any recognition, not much. They should do, because lot's of their music is among the finest I have ever heard. Under my vote for Tool, on another of these lists, I have ranted about how good they are. Please read this, maybe it will inspire you to begin to listen to them and become among the not many people who do. Maybe the fact that one of their songs is 42 minutes, put's them off. It shouldn't do though, it is one of the best pieces of music I have ever heard. If you like complex music and metal and you have not heard them before, please listen to them. If you are like me you will be in seventh heaven when listening to songs like "Endless Sacrifice", "Octavarium", "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" (42 minutes) and "The Count Of Tuscany".
Oh, and for all those who think they have the best taste in music and nobody else does etc, let me tell you something. Sure I am a huge ...more

Yes! So underrated!

How is a band that is in the top 50 greatest rock bands of all time be considered an underrated band, I would call them neither underrated or overrated, but by the way the fans worship the band I'd lean them more toward overrated if I had to put them into one of those classes - germshep24

Underrated? Pfff. - Stardum

8 The Moody Blues The Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive more.

I saw these guys back in 83. Their opening act was Stevie Ray Vaughn. I actually came to see Stevie. He was fantastic of course. Then the Moodies came on stage and completely stole the show. I have seen every possible rock act in their heyday. Including the Stones, Zepplin, The Dead, The Eagles, The Who, Yes, ELP Neil Young and Eric Clapton on a number of occasions. This band was a good as any of these acts. It baffles me to no end why this group is not in the Hall of fame.

Perfect band

The Moody Blues, with their beautiful and atmospheric music, are popular and appreciated by us, their fans... But never get accolades from anyone else. They're the kings of being ignored.

First heard them in '75 when I was 15. Loved them ever since. Everything you said is right on. Most talented bunch of muscians/artists in Rock.

9 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.

Yeah they are the most underrated... With line up made of Dio and ritchie Blackmore, Why are they so underrated.. I think their song Stargazer is a pure epic and it doesn't even come at any list as a great song - amitcornelius1

Criminally underrated by far

This, Deep Purple and CCR

Great band. - Userguy44

10 UFO UFO UFO are an English rock band that was formed in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal.

Most of the other bands on this list my 17 year old lead guitarist son has been listening to (and playing songs from) for years. How I forgot to include UFO on his listening list, I'll never know. That will be rectified today.

ZZ Top? Iron Maiden? Queen?! These are not underrated. UFO, Rainbow and Blue Oyster Cult come closest to most underrated rock bands- well rock bands that shockingly didn't get more attention than just for 1 album.

They are the best rock group ever to be formed by Britain. They widely prove how idiotic those music critics are, rating 5 stars all commercially sucessful albums... Damn it... Wish they were way more popular..

We don't hear much of UFO these days but they are simply awesome!


The Contenders

11 ZZ Top ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.

I really wish they we're more in people's conversations more instead of always talking about the same bands like The Beatles, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, etc. I mean, don't get me wrong, those bands are great, but they take all the space and attention other bands should have. - RogerMcBaloney

Just (the same) 3 guys playing a unique brand of bluesy rock and roll for over 40 years. Go see them live and try not to be impressed by what comes out of those 3 instruments. Still.

They're great, but not really underrated. They sold 50 million albums worldwide and always got much praise.

Hello, Gimme all your loving, sharp dressed man, legs, tush, viva las vegas, la grange and many many more. They are most underrated.

12 The Guess Who The Guess Who The Guess Who was a Canadian rock band formed in 1962. The band was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is mostly known for their hit "American Woman".

This band is extremely underrated, they are by far the best Canadian band and should be higher on this list.

Pretty underrated. One of their underrated songs even for an underrated band is "No Time," great classic high energy song.

Very very good band. Great vocals and so many memorable songs.

Hall of Fame is bogus, until The Guess Who is inducted.

13 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 more.

Not exactly underrated. They're regarded as one of the best rock bands of all time!

Most people know about this band, but outside their YouTube videos and such stuff, they don't seem to receive the attention and praise they deserve at all!

Iconic. Punk does not happen without The Who.

ACDC111 maybe not underrated at all, but overrated? Come on, are you on drugs?
Just watch their live performances, there's no live rock band like them!

14 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

Still Loving You is the biggest selling single of all time in London. Hurricane is a true rock anthem known throughout the world. The Zoo, Loving You Sunday Morning, Sails of Charon and MANY others were both hits and trendsetting in the 70's. The several 80's albums were all deep and rich. The ballads are classics and the hits are classics but the deep cuts are why Scorpions fans are so passionate about the music. Regardless of where they land on this or any other list, The Scorps are a band that rockers need to dig into. Crazy World is likely the best album that's never mentioned that epitomizes my point.


Certainly one of the most underrated rock bands; with the impressive combination of tremendously popular songs produced by this German European group, ranking should be at least "Top Ten;" but as time flies by, along with all of us, they will also fade into the wind of change...

23? That's crazy. These guys never seem to get mentioned when people spout off great rock bands. Honestly, other than their 2 biggest hits, I never hear anything else from them on the radio and they deserve so much more airplay. Songs like "The Zoo" and "China White" are just as deserving as "Someone Like You".

15 Spirit

Super underrated

Way underrated group. Some songs are ingenious.

The Creators of the song titled Taurus, an inspiration to Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. - malamJONES

The creator of Taurus, the best intro in the rock song ever

16 Love

I love love, their first three albums are fantastic and some of the latter work of Arthur Lee is fantastic, though not up to par with the others albums.

Love wielded serious influence during the most important years in the mid-1960s.

Musicianship and the charts. Should be no. 1.

I dunno if they're that underrated. They usually appear on "100 beställningar lbums lists" with Forever changes, but of course not at top 30, often like number 57... Great band and really beautiful songs. - ChatonNoir

17 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). more.

My first experience with Rush was thinking that they sang The Logical song by Supertramp. I then found out that The Logical song is not by Rush so I decided to see what songs ARE by Rush. I ended up liking basically everything I heard. I think Rush unpopular because their music is not very easy for the public to handle. That being said, if you're willing to keep an open mind, if you appreciate music, and if you know music theory (not required but Rush is so technically great its nice to appreciate their technical greatness), than you will like Rush.


I think if people were willing to keep an open mind and listen to the ...more

Bro. Were you like 20 in the first paragraph and 8 in the next? What happened there? - TheInsomniac

Out of all the bands listed on this list, rush is very underappreciated due to its ability to not appeal to the typical rock fan. Out of all the bands listed on this list rush, whether you like it or not is the most talented band on the list period. "The singer sounds like a girl", "The lyrics are so weird". Yeah this may be true but the lead singer "Geddy Lee" isn't a great singer but his voice is unique and up there with Axl Rose (Guns 'n' roses, Bonn Scott (AC/DC, and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard). There strange weird looking and weird sounding lead singer is also the GRATEST BASSIST of all time. When you hear and criticize Rush think about the lead singer. This guy plays bass better than anyone else, plays the bass pedals, and plays the keyboard all in the unison and order the song demands. They're Guitarist Alex Lifeson, also one of the most underrated guitar players of all time, SHREDS the electric guitar and should be on the list of top 20 guitar players of all time. Just like ...more

Rush, making their debut in 1974, were something different from the very beginning. Initially a bare-bones three piece progressive hard rock (almost metal) act, Rush solidified their sound in 1976 with "2112" and perfected it in 1981 with the classic album "Moving Pictures". Known for lyrics that included themes such as fantasy and mythology (written by drummer Neil Peart), Alex Lifeson's chaotically crafted melodic, lead, and even classical guitar work, Geddy Lee's unique ability to combine speed and power into staggering baselines and unmistakable high pitched voice, and Neil Peart's technically profound, incredibly complex, and seemingly incomprehensible kit work, Rush proved to beone of the most technically advanced acts of all time. Rush is truly a band for the musical intellectual, and never compromised their, at times considered uncool, brand of rock and roll. For this I am proud to call Rush my favorite band.

Up there on greatest rock bands of all time their depth and complexity was far unreachable their constant theme against conformity is single handedly superior to any other musical artist they are the most talented band ever

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19 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.

Underrated compared to Nirvana but not underrated other than that. - Soulstealer

Very dark yet nice music. - Userguy44

Why the heck is Queen, Rush, STP, and Boston up there? All of their albums pale in comparison with Dirt, and yet are more popular. AIC is synonymous with underrated band. Nirvana's shadow cast over them, and by the time the majority of the Seattle Scene dissolved, Layne slipped up (RIP Layne, greatest voice). So, how is the Riff God's band not up in the top ten? The one of the most dynamic voices in Rock history not up there? Sean Kinney's drumming is superb, as well as Mike Inez & the late great Mike Starr's bass guitar's skill. Not to mention amazing harmonies between Jerry and DuVall/Staley. WAY underrated. Heck, they're underrated on an underrated list, who's more underrated than that? - Laughitupfuzzball

Most underrated band in my opinion. The music is band created in the 90's is still the best in 2012. I only wish Layne would have stayed with us longer, the music they made with him is the best. I enjoy what they are doing now with a different singer, but my music heart belongs with Layne. RIP

20 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.

Breakfast In America is a true masterpiece of an album.

One of the most underrated bands of all time. - Userguy44

I always ask people what are your favorite rock bands and I've never heard anyone say Supertramp, which is crazy because The Logical Song is one of the best songs of all time. Definitely in my top 10. - NvGNick

No-one I know has heard of Supertramp and I can't understand why. I can't stop listening to them, love the use of saxophone, very rare in a lot of music. They are just overall awesome.

21 Big Star

More of a "power pop" band, but nonetheless very talented, very underrated, and very influential. My dad introduced me to their music about eight years ago. He, my mom, and some of their friends have had some great memories with this band and now they have passed on to me. I'm only 17 years old and I can tell you that this is a real quality band right here

Check them out - they're from the 70's. Never got famous because of poor management and decisions made. Big influence on groups like REM and Placebo

When I was living in Chicago, I polished up on the history of popular music. Guitarist Chris Bell is an honorable mention for the 27 club.

I love, love, love Big Star! If people knew about them, the song "Thirteen" and "Holocaust" would be just as popular as "Back In Black" - higgsboson2142

22 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.

Better Than Metallica,No One Cares Again.And Kreator,Destruction,Sadus The Real Big Four Thrash Bands.

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.

Best band ever!
They had so many brilliant, funny and clever songs. I could never understand why they are so underrated and ignored.
Just waterloo sunset alone make them the greatest
Their sound is incredible and unique.
There will never be a band like the kinks,
They're not like everybody else.

Have you even heard Waterloo Sunset? I know these guys are only really known for You Really Got Me (a good song itself), but they have quite a few really good songs on their belt. In my top 20 bands definitely - AlexZoraj

Brilliant band, their music is truly underrated

Hiding in the shadows of the Beatles, the Kinks should definitely be brought into the spotlight. The Davis brothers over the years wrote numerous amazing songs that go overlooked. "Waterloo Sunset" is listed on many top 100 songs of all time lists, but other than that, come dancing, lola, strangers, moneygoround, and many others are all fantastic

24 Red Red Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead vocalist Michael Barnes.

I cannot believe that most people don't know this band! All the media ever focuses on these days are people with no talent, but with pretty faces (If you call Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga and Nikki Minaj pretty, that is). A great band who writes more than meaningful lyrics... They're simply amazing!

red is a very underrated band

people with a tiny amount of talent like justin bieber get all the attention

but theres bands out there like red who can actualy write meaningful songs and actualy can make music!

One of the best bands. Not only in Christian rock, but overall. But dang these guys are so underrated. They REALLY deserve more recognition and appreciation. They have really deep and meaningful lyrics, awesome music and an amazing vocalist who can scream powerfully and sing so beautifully at the same time. I love RED!

It's really weird that this band doesn't get any attention. Unique music, meaningful lyrics, and very AMAZING vocals... So touching and emotional.

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Breaking Benjamin are not underrated. -_-

26 Breaking Benjamin 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). more.

They are practically the opposite of underrated. - Pagepage21

I'm not sure why queen and iron maiden are even on this list. But Breaking Benjamin is my favorite band and they're very underrated. I'm not saying they should be number one but they should be higher than this.

Not underrated at all.

Among the best 21 century's bands I wish I could see seether and three days grace on this list also.. To bad those bands are really underrated

The opposite is true, Benjamin, Grace, and Seether are overrated. Still good bands, bit not nearly as good as people claim - Alpha101

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28 Camel Camel Camel are an English progressive rock band formed in 1971. Led by founding member Andrew Latimer, they have produced fourteen original studio albums, fourteen singles plus numerous live albums and DVDs. Without achieving mass popularity, the band gained a cult following over the years with albums such more.

Simply the best

I went on here because I wanted to see if Sweet was on the list, but Camel is one of the best bands of all time in my opinion, and yet no one knows about wonders such as Lady Fantasy and Nimrodel.
There are so many good bands in here, but Camel had to be the one.

Such an amazing prog rock band. Creates a spiritual atmosphere through their music. - RalphSaad

Worldly Instrumentals. A band that is beloved for musical intricacies and composition.

29 Sonic Youth Sonic Youth Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.

Sonic Youth isn't for everyone, but they are without doubt extremely underrated - papervinnie

Underrated on an underrated list, how ironic - Mowberg

So underrated that I only found out about them by scrolling through the bottom half punk top ten lists when I'm board.

So underrated they're not even on the list

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30 King's X

Do yourself a favor and listen to these guys - honestly one of the biggest travesties in musical history that they didn't become huge in the 80's/90's. Gretchen goes to Nebraska is probably my all-time favorite album and they were without doubt the best live act I ever saw during the Faith, Hope, Love tour in the early 90's. Unbelievable songs, sound, muscianship and vocals.. just brilliant

"Faith Hope Love" is probably the greatest headphone album of all time!

This band is the most underrated band in history. Unique and innovative and absolutely outstanding. as Billy Sheehan Said, they should have been as big as or bigger than U2. Listen to this band and you will agree.

Hands down the most underrated band in the history of music.

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What kind of a name for a band is that? - TheInsomniac

Excellent band. I don't understand why nobody knows them!...

Very underrated!

33 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.

Their impact on music hasn't been highlighted enough - ellster2005

If I had to pick a favorite band of all time this would be at the top of my list. Not sure if number 1 but top 5 for sure - Jonerman

RATM Sucks what Happen To Deftones And Smashing Pumpkins,Helmet,Prong,Ministry? Jeez.

34 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.

They're a pop band but ok - LightningStrike

Great band. - Userguy44

They are pop not rock

They aren't rock. - hype

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35 Sparks Sparks Sparks are an American pop and rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael. The duo formed in 1968 under the name Halfnelson.

I heard about them in a book. - Pony

Just brilliant

36 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. In 1976, the band's original lineup was Tom Petty as the lead singer and guitar player, Mike Campbell as the lead guitarist, Ron Blair on bass, Stan Lynch on drums, and Benmont Tench on keyboards.

Probably not deserving of the number 1 spot, but at 75? Seriously? They have several great deep cuts that are just as good as, sometimes exceeding, their hits. They have been around for almost 4 decades and are very consistent, putting out new material every few years instead of cramming so much in 1 decade then going on a huge hiatus with few new material afterwards, and while their highs aren't quite as good as the likes of Pink Floyd or other artists, their lows aren't even remotely close to being as bad. If you're not convinced, check out Tom Petty's Buried Treasure on SiriusXM. It has everything from hits, to deep cuts, to cover songs, and other artists from Tom's personal record collection, both live and studio, old and new. Good stuff.

Tom Petty and the heartbreakers are my favorite band of all time. They are so underrated because their music is unique and just classic. His music is untimely and I will listen to him until the day I die.

No disrespect to anyone on this list but these guys are total stand out. Listen to them live, they can cover anything as well as playing variations of their own classics. As the man says " just a hard working rock and roll band.

Great band. But not underrated. - BrianScott01

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37 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

To me, Alice seems to be really underrated. He doesn't get all the recognition he deserves. If you type in top ten greatest rock bands, he's always over 50. Not Acceptable.

A living legend with a deep catalog!

Aw I love this guy but not wildly underrated

Surprisingly overlooked.

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

Awesome music.. Creativity.. Lyrics... This band should b in the top 10...

They are terrible rock band on history other then morn and slipknot

There music makes you think out side the box. Shows how. ignorant people are in the present and past.

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40 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.

I really like both Tool and System of a Down but I don't think that they are actually underrated - Ljubo1950

toxicity, question, chop suey, byob, sugar, aerials, spiders, hypnotize, holy mountains, radio/video, lonely day, kill rock n roll, this is the greatest rock band of all time and yet very few people appreiciate them - CaptainComedy17

How the hell did the get on the overrated list!? no one knows them - SoldierSide1224

Definitely not underrated! - Huntern

41 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

Anthrax is awesome. Megadeth is very over rated and if they sold near as much as Metallica then they would be the most over rated band of all time. Megadeth fans are idiots that are easily amused by a average band. Anthrax had then beat - Sabbath

Anthrax is awesome. Megadeth is over rated

Shame that metal heads mostly look at Slayer and Metallica and forget about this more talented group from the Thrash Era

I like it, it's original

42 Thousand Foot Krutch 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.

They really should get more recognition. - LarkwingFlight

They are quite good, better than even some of old linkin park.

Such a great band.

TFK is amazing! Very underrated

43 Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra The Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.

A lot of people are closer ELO fans, but I happen to be an open ELO fan.

Criminally Underrated band Jeff Lynne is a genius

No other underrated band of the 70s has had a cult following like ELO.

I didn't know about this band until Guardians of the Galaxy. That is how criminally underrated this band is. I saw the movie, watched a few movies, and now I own five of their albums, saw Jeff Lynne live in Chicago, and watched Xanadu. ' Xanadu. Elo rules.

44 Cold Cold Cold is an American rock band, formed in 1996 in Jacksonville, Florida. With two gold-albums, Cold has sold over one million records in the US alone.

I often wonder why we don't hear about them more - Slimshelly

This should be in the top 100 See...There so Overrated That Nobody Knows them to vote for them...Isn't that ironic

Almost no one knows them
Listen to their songs Remedy, Don't Belong, A Different Kind Of Pain,and Stupid Girl. You might like 'em - spiderskull98

45 Mudhoney Mudhoney Mudhoney is an American alternative rock band. Formed in Seattle, Washington in 1988 following the demise of Green River, Mudhoney's members are singer and rhythm guitarist Mark Arm, lead guitarist Steve Turner, bassist Guy Maddison and drummer Dan Peters.

The Godfathers of Grunge, even before Nirvana. - Pony

46 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.

One of the best bands for an entire decade. They are the sound of the 1970's.

Very underrated band. Love the earlier stuff. Saw them is Australia 2011 fantastic.

Rivals any band in terms of pure musical talent. David Byron is the most underrated singer ever as well.

One of my favorite top 5 bands

47 Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

I agree they are underrated and deserve attention

I think people get caught up in whether they're metal or not (they're not) so that they overlook just how damn good they are (or were in their best years). - truckturner

Never get discussed. Great guitarists and one of the top 20 voices in rock of all time in Joe Elliot.

The Best. The sound undeniably unique.

48 Styx Styx Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s.


It is a shame that the world refuses to hear Styx for what they are. They would be knighted if they were British. They are the most original band ever. They would be a tough act for anyone to follow even today. It wasn't about the sex appeal of rock and roll for them, it was about the music. Better than every British band, hands down.

Everyone seems to hate this band. That's partly because, mostly, only their later, not-so-great songs got popular. Their really phenomenal songs (almost all from the 70s), like "Castle Walls", "Clair de Lune/Ballerina", "A Day" and "Boat on the River" are mostly unknown. - Raa396

They should be at he number one position suite madame blue is one of the greatest songs of all time!

49 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. more.

My username is dedicated to these guys! The Stone Temple Pilots totally rock! They are very underrated. Just listen to their song Plush. It's EPIC! - StoneTemplePilots87

I was scrolling past all these and wondered were they were. I really like the Stone Temple Pilots and I think they are very underrated.

everyone thinks of them and pearl jam wannabes but are really just as good. - thefrozenlemon

Completely agree they underrated! - Juniorxtrm

50 Melvins Melvins The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

Influenced so many famous bands yet most people can't name one song by them.The Melvins and Faith No More are criminally underrated!

Should be in the top 5 at least! they helped start grunge and were extremely influential too nirvana

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