Most Underrated Rock Songs

The Top Ten

1 Barracuda - Heart

Sorry I was very much around in the 70's and this is rock music. "Not really rock". Heavy metal is not the first genre of rock music to come along if you know anything about true rock. Anyway this song is far from overrated when everyone knows the song as soon as they hear it. In the 70's this was a staple on Rock stations before rock was even considered classic rock. Still remains a staple. Not underrated at all. It was played on all stations back then.

This song is by no means the "best song ever recorded" it's a simpler version of Achilles Last Stand. This song, and many of the others, have no reason being on this list.

This song is extremely overrated

This song is overrated not underrated! - SomePersonYouHate

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2 We Are the Champions - Queen

I was in high school when this song was very, very, did I say very popular. And it is still being played over and over did I say Over! Not Underrated! I've been around since the song was released and I'm still breathing today and still hear it on the radio. Why do you think young kids know the song. Yep, It's so underrated! Sports teams have used the song for decades at games guess cause it's so underrated! Get my point!

A pretty damn good song and Barracuda is the most OVERrated song.

This isn't an underrated song. It's so overrated that it's become underrated because it gets ignored. And just the fact that so many people say it's underrated means that it isn't. I'm not saying it's bad, but it's just not underrated.

This song isn't underrated... it's overrated and this is coming from a Queen fan. - SomePersonYouHate

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3 Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

Yep pretty underrated in the shadow of stairway to heaven but nevertheless a great song jimmy page is epic

Everybody knows this song. They just don't know it. - d3rrick95

Great song, and really underrated. - 23delusions

This isn't under-rated. - Feirceraven

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4 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

This song is absolutely brilliant. "We Are the Champions", "Iron Man", and "Stairway to Heaven" are ridiculously overrated. Barracuda simply isn't that great at all.

Who stated this is not a rock song. Heavy metal is not the only rock there is! Sorry rock was around before Heavy Metal became popular. Rock does not have to be heavy either. When this song came out it was very popular and embraced by most rock listeners. I remember the song. It maybe underrated by youngsters today. It was in heavy rotation back then where I was at the time.

Sultans of Swing is the best! Stairway to Heaven and We are the Champions are so overrated... Just listen to Sultans of Swing and you'll discover THE TRUTH of real music. Mark Knopfler, you just rock those guitar moments. I hope you'll never die

This song is a masterpiece!

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5 Second Heartbeat - Avenged Sevenfold

Just when you get to the end and are sad it's over, there's one of the most brutal, amazing solos ever to be played.

Amazing drums through the whole song *foREVer* no one will ever beat jimmy he is and always will be the best drummer ever
- hardrockboyguitar13

Like 95% of these songs aren't underrated! There ridiculously overrated. And avenged sevenfold is a underrated band! So lets change that and make them the best thing the world has ever seen!

Avenged Sevenfold is so overrated - Fakol

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6 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

This the best song ever but Why is this on here?

Its always in the top 3 of best songs ever and everybody knows this I don't know why this is on here.
Although for some reason you haven't heard it LISTEN.
And PEOPLE THIS LIST IS FOR UNDERRATED SONG NOT GREATEST ROCK SONGS

Stairway is overrated to the point of being underrated, so people generally overlook this song because everyone knows it (the same goes for We Will Rock You). So if you pretend you're listening to it for the first time, you'll be blown away.

This song is start as a slow rock ballad and then get louder and the solo ( live version) is one of the best solos of all time and then after the solo it's hard rock part very awesome part this song is a influence on iron maiden's songs.

This isn't about greatest songs ever. This is most underrated songs, and this song is the opposite of underrated. - mmarce445

Who is the idiot that added Stairway to Heaven to the list of underrated rock songs? - DericWilsonMahil

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7 Old Brown Shoe - The Beatles

Finally a song on this list that isn't super acclaimed - marmalade_skies

Surprised to see that on there, I think I'm tthe only one who knows that songs

8 Out in the Fields - Gary Moore & Phil Lynott
9 Nightswimming - R.E.M.
10 Right Where It Belongs - Nine Inch Nails

Now THIS is a really underrated song...NOT Stairway,Barracuda, Champions...THIS is!

The Contenders

11 The Cut Runs Deep - Deep Purple

Anything by Deep Purple, except Smoke On The Water, is underrated. - Metal_Treasure

12 My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down - The Ramones
13 Given to Fly - Pearl Jam

Amazing song

14 Alexander the Great - Iron Maiden

Some of Iron Maiden Most impressive Work and they Are Amazing, enough SAID

15 Duality - Slipknot

Duality is one of their most famous song, not underrated, really

This is only song I know from them ironic isn't it

16 Right Turn - Alice In Chains

It's so underrated it makes me sad. Nobody talks about the time Alice In Chains, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden collaborated to make this awesome track.

Kinda similar to RHCP's song "Punk Rock Classic" they make fun of Guns n Roses, yet nobody talks about it. - Gruunge

17 Art of Life - X Japan
18 Fortuneteller - Deep Purple

Anything by Deep Purple, really. - Brobusky

19 Speed Master - Gackt
20 She Sells Sancturary - The Cult

Underrated? This was a big hit in the 80's. Was very big also in New-wave clubs at the time. I know, I was there.

A true gem of the 80's

Brilliant

Great song - ChatonNoir

21 Crazy on You - Heart

How are We are the Champions and Stairway underrated? Led Zeppelin is my favorite band, but come on people, it's probably a little overrated. There are better Zeppelin songs. We are the Champions is appropriately rated. This song, however, is simply amazing. The guitar work is superb, and the vocal performance is a tie with Iron Maiden's Hallowed be thy Name for my favorite. Simply put, an amazing, underrated rock song. I would guess the reason is because of the female vocalist (that's why I didn't listen to Heart).

Being from the 70's this song, Barracuda, Magic Man, Little Queen and many of the singles by them during the 70's were far from underrated. Sorry they were just good songs that were played quite often and still are on rock stations today. Now some of the songs from early albums that were not singles might be underrated for sure since many are actually better than some of their overplayed singles. Heartless and Magazines might be singles one could say might be a little underrated.

Do people know what underrated means? As much as I love Led Zeppelins stairway. It should be in the top 10 best songs not underrated songs. Crazy on You is rarely heard on the radio and is truly an amazing song.

I do like the song, but this one does get frequent airplay on my radio station. This is one of only three songs by the band that they play. - matty925

This is WAY more underrated than Barracuda. Needs to be in the top ten.

22 Freak on a Leash - Korn

Good song, but seriously? This song is on the wrong list. this was very popular.

Everyone always says Blind is their best song yet this is far better and one of the top 10 metal songs ever

Underrated song from and underrated band. - Zahveed

Love this song! Love korn! And amy lee just makes it better

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23 Polyamorous - Breaking Benjamin

This song is absolutely unbelievable! One of the best songs ever produced! Such an underrated band...

24 Hell Is for Children - Pat Benatar

Provocative lyrics? Yes but the song is awesome. You can't deny that - PowerGirl

A good song however it seems like it's pro abortion and that's not good

25 A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater
26 Sympathy - Uriah Heep
27 Suite Sister Mary - Queensryche
28 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin

Awesome song that is in my opinion a lot better than stairway to heaven due mostly to that killer guitar riff and jimi's solo work in the middle of the song. Led Zeppelin's best song by far and yet most people only know them because of stairway to heaven.

Older folk are people and as far as we are concerned there are even more underrated songs by them than this. Quite a popular song for us back then.

29 Slow Ride - Foghat

Foghat's best song it also has a great bass line

How is there best song underrated

I love this one - ChatonNoir

30 Slaves and Bulldozers - Soundgarden

Killer song, Chris Cornell hits some extremely high notes. - zachmandude

31 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

I'm past 50 and sorry this song has never been underrated at any time in music history where I come from and anyone my age. Sorry put this on a list of great songs but it's never been underrated with older folks.

tony lommi's solo is crazy, fast, and has everything a solo needs. The main riff, everyone has herd it. ask anybody on the street if they had herd the song iron man. Of course they would say yes because this song ROCKSSSSSSSSSSS! m/

Oh ask anybody on the street and they know the song does not sound underrated to me. And yes most people have heard this song. This list is for underrated songs and as far as Black Sabbath songs goes it's a popular one.

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32 37 Stitches - Drowning Pool
33 Can't Let You Go - Rainbow
34 Civil War - Guns N' Roses

Voting Civil War as it is the only underrated song here! Some people need to read the dictionary, how is Stairway to Heaven and We are the champions underrated?

What we've got here... Is failure... To communicate.

Or just failure to understand why this isn't higher on the list. Some of the songs here are also overrated. Perfect example: BARRACUDA.

How the heck are many of the songs above this underrated, Stairway to Heaven is one of the most known and liked songs of all time, My criteria for underrated, Not in top ten songs of all time period

For me their best song (>Estranged>Don't Cry>Live And Let Die), period.

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35 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

Not underrated but this is the best Green Day song. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams and 21 Guns are so overrated. - malamJONES

Masterpiece. No other words.

36 Highway Star - Deep Purple

This song isn't underrated. - zxm

37 Blue Jean - David Bowie
38 Crying in the Rain - Whitesnake
39 Don't Say It's Over - Gun
40 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

No way in hell this song is underrated. Go to the best songs of all time list and see how far you have to scroll down until you see this song. Oh wait you don't, it's #1 already. This song is insanely overrated, because it's very good, but very, very far from being the best song of all time. - Songsta41

When people ask me what song I am listening to and I say Bohemian Rhapsody, most of them say "What's a 'bohemian rhapsody'? " And that gets me so mad. People don't know the greatest song ever. Isn't that sad to you?!

It doesn't, because even fewer people know the ACTUAL greatest song ever, Fade to Black by Metallica. - Songsta41

This is a great song but far from underrated. Take it from someone past 50. Us older rockers know. I think it was also used in a very popular teen movie decades after the song was released in the 70's. I think most people even young people know the song and the movie which gave it even more exposure. Underrated, NOT!

What am I seeing here?!

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? - zxm

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41 Heaven's Drive - L'arc~en~ciel

this song is less popular than barracuda, we are the champions, stairway to heaven and bohemian rhapsody because a a japanese song can hardly compete with those american and other western very commercialized songs - ronluna

its guitar riffs and basslines are amazing with the fast beat of the drums and rocking vocals in alternative style. one of the most requested l'arc songs - ronluna

a GREAT song that isn't known for much pepole
i think is very underrated, if it were more known, im sure that a lot of people would like it!

if a japanese band can be more famous this song will become more known in the world - ronluna

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42 Modern Day Cowboy - Tesla
43 Ain't No Rest for the Wicked - Cage the Elephant
44 Bodies - The Sex Pistols
45 Go - Pearl Jam
46 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth

It is annoying that all of the songs listed above are in fact very overrated. Megadeth is a very underrated band and "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" is probably their best song.

Not a single one of these songs is underrated, and some, like Frantic, are just terrible. But this is the best on the list so it wins.

this is a masterpiece but it is so underrated. Its a pity

This is the worlds best song! It kills me that it is so underrated. - Deth4Life

47 Holiday - Green Day

I don't understand why people are mentioning greatest rock songs in this list in other categories those songs are already at the top positions I hope that people should mention those songs which are actually underrated because most of the songs above are actually good ones and definitely not underrated but loved by most of the people.

48 You Could Be Mine - Guns N' Roses

The Use Your Illusion albums, though reasonably popular at the time, were absolutely loaded with filler and a metric ton of power ballads. Luckily, this isn't one of those songs. Forget about depressing breakups and moping about war, this is Guns N' Roses, just like you knew them from 1987.

49 Election Day - Arcadia
50 Lying from You - Linkin Park

This song is absolutely amazing and I wish more people knew about it because the whole song is brilliant. The music is really good and the lyrics are quite deep and it is one of my favourite songs from Linkin Park, but only Linkin Park fans seem to know this song. I love LP so much but I think songs like this should be more famous than In The End and Numb

This is really an underrated song. ONLY Linkin Park fans know about this song, even though it's so good, the whole world should know about it

So this is 27 and under it is sultans of swing... Wow, the lack of appreciation would be overwhelming if it didn't happen for every great song out there!

This song is one of LP best

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