Most Underrated Rock Bands

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41 Pixies Pixies The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering.

They're even underrated on this list. Without Pixies, acts like Radiohead and Nirvana would have never been what they are/were, and without them, we probably would have never heard of Green Day, Coldplay, Muse, etc.

One of the best bands of all times, They have been inspired and loved by so many musicians.

"Where is My Mind" is a song that will never cease to amaze

42 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.

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.

43 Styx

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!

Come Sail Away is a masterpiece. Mr. Roboto is a masterpiece. Lady is a masterpiece. Just about every one of their songs is a masterpiece. Styx deserves way more credit than they get. - NvGNick

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44 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.

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

Alice in Chains took me by surprise when I first heard their music.. ALways thought of them as a heavy metal band but honestly they are nothing but perfect melodies and groovy solos.. some of the purest rock out there in my opinion. If you wanna consider them grunge then consider them the best

Pearl Jam and Nirvana get a lot of the pub. but AIC may be the best of the Seattle Sound. They are often dark but oh so cool. So many great songs.

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45 Adema Adema Adema is a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California. The band formed in 2000 with members lead vocalist Mark Chavez, vocalist/guitarist Tim Fluckey, guitarist Mike Ransom, bassist Dave DeRoo, and drummer Kris Kohls.
46 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. ...read 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

Along with AIC the best of the Grunge movement. Most diverse of them all. One of best bands live of all time

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47 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

48 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.
49 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.

Cinderella is one of the greatest bands of all-time. Tom Keifer's vocals were unique, few could emulate it. This band will always be labeled as a "hair-glam band" but in reality these guys were so versatile, playing bluesy tunes mixed with rock and a touch of western. They flat out ROCK! With songs like Bad Seamstress to Dead Man's Road to Night Songs, etc. The Heartbreak Station album really shows off Cinderella's versatility. I've seen them live twice and they are the best live band I've ever heard. Front man Tom Keifer still tours with a solo band today. He's still worth going to see if you have the chance.

This band is so underrated. I don't understand what happened, they opened important shows, they had grate music and yet they are not very known, unless you really like glam. Rock

A great band that is not to well known, deserves much more recognition. Songs like Coming Home, Don't Know What You Got, Gypsey Road, etc. Are great!

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51 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 ...read more.

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

One of my favorite top 5 bands

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

Most underrated band of all time, no doubt at all in my mind. Salisbury, backed by a philharmonic orchestra, is a masterpiece.

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52 Barclay James Harvest

Perhaps THE most under-rated prog rock band - at least in the UK. Much appreciated however in most of Europe, particularly in Germany, where they are revered, have played massive concerts and hold the number 3 spot for best album of all time.

Why am I having to add this immensely successful, though under-rated in their home country (the UK), band to a list that includes so many unheard-of bands? At the height of their success, they played a free concert in front of the Reichstag in West Berlin, with an estimated attendance of 250,000 people (30 August 1980). They were also the first Western rock band to play an open-air concert in pre-Glasnost East Germany, playing in Treptower Park, East Berlin on 14 July 1987 to a 170,000+ audience. In 2011 official German chart company Media Control has named BJH's Gone To Earth the third most successful chart album ever in Germany - the largest music market in Europe! Their chart is based on points given for the number of weeks spent on the official chart and the positions reached. Number one is Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here (the new remastered edition of which recently re-entered the German album chart at No. 4), and second was German schlager singer Andrea Berg's Best Of. "

Thank goodness that the rest of Europe latched on to this insanely under-rated Lancashire prog band and took them to their hearts, otherwise they might not have created all those wonderful albums for their many devoted fans to play over and over again. I never tire of listening to their exquisite music.

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

Every mid school teen that has grown in the 00s must have listened at least once to their best single song ''Headstrong''.

This band bring me back so much nice memories from the High school.They are one of the best.

54 The Cars The Cars The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer ...read more.

One of the early pioneers of the new wave scene, even before it became mainstream in the 80's. A great live act in their times, they have been forgotten and constantly overlooked by fans, peers and critics alike though their songs have stood the test of times.

The Cars are no doubt one of the most underrated bands of all time! Although they weren't together for that many years, they created some of the best music the world will ever hear. A shame that so many hits of theirs will go unrecognized by many!

I love these guys. They are so great and so underrated. It makes me sad that Ben Orr died. He was so great, not to mention an angel. These guys have so much talent and not enough credit. My favorite songs:
1.) Hello Again
2.) Cruiser
3.) Moving in Stereo
The Cars really are one of the best bands that ever lived. They deserve more credit and recognition than they get. Cars forever!

When I think of underrated bands, The Cars is the first one to come to mind. - Knucklewood

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55 The Yardbirds The Yardbirds The Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down".
56 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.

Myles Kennedy easily has one of my favorite voices in rock in my opinion. Just listen to the intro to Calm the Fire and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Or just listen to the entirety of Fortress. Truly a fantastic album that really demonstrates what Mark Tremonti is capable of writing as a guitarist, supported by Myles' great use of texture on rhythm guitar.

In my opinion, the best rock band in the last 10 years, and sadly, one of the most underrated. They have so much variety and a lot of their songs are just beautiful and badass. Myles Kennedy's great voice and Mark Tremonti's awesome guitar solos worth it.

One of the most underrated rock bands with extremely good music

In my opinion there the most underrated band ever great vocalist Myles Kennedy and awesome songwriter wrote one of the most powerful lyrics ever [Watch over You] and plays with one of the best guatarists ever [Slash] and features another one of the most underrated rock bands [Halestorm] lead singer Lzzy Hale in Watch over You.

57 Heart Heart Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

Looking at the ratings some bands shouldn't be in the list because everyone rates them. Some bands are down here and underrated as they are barely heard of and others are just underrated. Heart can really rock and put on a good show. People have heard of them and they get overlooked because of line up changes and being forced by the record label to accept hitmaker songs in their albums in the mid 80s. But look at what they play, it does rock and when you look at recent stuff they have done themselves without hitmakers they still rock as much as they did in the 70s. Underrated writing and performing tallent.

58 Gentle Giant Gentle Giant Gentle Giant were a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band was known for the complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members.

Underrated even on the underrated list ;-;... It's a crime

Gentle Giant at 99? They're among one of the most overlooked prog bands ever. - naFrovivuS

59 Ween Ween

One of the greatest, most original bands of all time. Severely underrated

Most talented songwriters in modern rock history.

Ween is so underrated that it isn't even on the list!

60 Moby Grape

They are pretty underrated. - Pony

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