Top Ten Most Underrated Singers


The Top Ten

1 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .

She has perhaps the most beautiful voice in the history of recorded music. But that's not even her biggest strength; it's not what she's good at.
What she's really good at is making people cry. There's never been another singer quite like her.

The most beautiful voice many have never heard. We really have to change that.

Doesn't get the airplay of other young singers but her thrilling voice is well worth the effort to catch her on YouTube, CD, DVD and in concert.

MAY be a BIT overrated on Top Tens? Gee, d’ya think? Yes, I would say if someone is most underrated on every single list it’s possible they’re not underrated.

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2 Nick Jonas Nick Jonas Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas is an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe.

Seriously, when people here the word "Jonas" people automatically associate the guys with Disney Channel and their younger music. Nick Jonas is eighteen years old now with his old band. His voice has matured and he is ready to take on the music industry. He has a great range and a tender voice with great lyrics. Give his band Nick Jonas & the Administration a try. He really is phenomenal. - dancergirl1800

Nick has written and produced his own music, music with his brothers, and for other artists. He plays guitar, drums, piano, bass guitar, and I've heard he also plays the cello! He can do it all, and his voice is now matured, making him sound even better. He has a very good falsetto, and can even transfer over into theater! He can sing pop, rock, R^^B, I mean, just because he's a Jonas doesn't mean he isn't talented! He always plays live, and so do his brothers! He wrote a 7 piece score, even. Give the guy a chance, people, that's all I ask.

Unlike other pop stars of his age, Nick strives to outperform himself every time. Please don't judge him because of his surname- I know it sounds awful but I had disliked the Jonas Brothers when they were the worldwide craze. I bought a DVD of Les Miz and well, I changed my opinions about him (fangirl moment right there! ). He is an artist who has matured before our very eyes. He deserves a lot, really.


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3 Art Garfunkel Art Garfunkel Arthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel is an American singer, poet and actor. He partnered in his earlier years with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.

As the only one of your top ten that truly does fit this category, I will vote for Garfunkel. Seriously though, the rest of your top ten is filled with people who have had maybe one or two hits at the most, yet are rated highly on a lot of these lists. That's overrated, folks, not underrated.

Really the only one of the top five I agree with, although overall this list looks better, it must have been shuffled. At least Underwood isn't listed as highly underrated, which was the biggest joke on any of these lists.

Watched their 1981 concert at Central Park on PBS last night, and it confirmed to me what an amazing voice Art Garfunkel has.

The only deserving artist to be on this list.

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4 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.

She has such a beautiful voice and a lot of talent. Not a lot of people talk about her. I think she deserves some honorable mention. The song she sings have really good lyrics too.

Amy Lee is one of the few female artists that can actually sing and write music.

One of the best vocalists in the music industry today. -

Actually, I find her kind of overrated. She has a good voice, but it isn't really that unique. - naFrovivuS

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5 K.S. Chithra K.S. Chithra Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

I just voted for a random singer that I don't know to say that Jay Sean is so underrated that he was not included in this entire list. Just listen to one of his songs and then you'll know why he deserves to be in this list. I'd recommend Down by Jay Sean ft Lil Wayne. Thank me later.

No one knows who this is! - olliv

One of the Greatest Singers in INDIA

She has a beautiful voice. As soon as I See her in the list, I voted for her, because I really believe she is underrated in the part of India where I live. I'm from Bengal. _Samya Roy

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6 Demi Lovato Demi Lovato

I get so frustrated that she is underrated. She's a powerhouse and her vocal range is beyond ordinary. I don't know why selena is so overrated when she can't even sing. Demi doesn't need any kind of auto tuning. She has the most empowering songs like warrior, skyscraper and stone cold etc. She is also working for mental health issues. Guys please for once listen to her music and you'll start loving her.

Why does the crappy singer selena get more attention for her music but not demi, its really sad to live on this world

People need to stop considering her to be a Disney star. She's insanely talented and she writes her own music unlike other pop artist.

Demi isn't so underrated. However, she doesn't get the attention she deserves - mariazobeidi

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7 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne

This is the first name I have seen on this list that I do feel may be underrated. I'm not familiar with KS Chithra, but the rest of your top five are all incredibly overrated. Jonas is the only one of your top five that plays an instrument, and just because he ditched his brothers doesn't mean he's all of a sudden a great artist. This is really a screwy list, and I think we need a definition of underrated here.

It seems like people are starting to forget her, but she was famous at the early 2000s

She's talented but not as publicized as the others, which is exactly why she is UNDERrated.

Lavigne is a 90s singer. What do u expect! - mariazobeidi

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8 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records more.

He should be all above the singers above him because he is actually Underrated the rest above him are either Not Underrated or Overrated - christangrant

Greatest german metal singer and one of the best metal singers,very underrated,he is nowhere of best metal singers of top 20 or 30 - zxm

9 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

Considered the best metal singer, not that overrated. - SoldierOfFortune

He too came on top,he deserves more attention - zxm

I’m not telling a joke this is serious.
Dio was an incredible hummer as well as singer. His voice seemed almost magical. Children of the sea, heaven and hell, stargazer, Holy Diver, Man on the Silver Mountain. Are some great examples

10 Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality . She first rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop/r&b group The Pussycat Dolls. In fact, Nicole was pretty much the only girl in the group more.

She is so underrated yet so talented. She has got everything! She has great voice. She can sing anything from opera and broadway to rock and r&b. She is an amazing performer and she is incredible dancer. She is so likeable, hard working, down to earth, funny and goofy. She is also so so beautiful. Wish she would release more music. Don't understand why she has had to scrap so many albums in the past.

She can sing so much better than so many singers! Go YouTube and search Nicole scherzinger ave maria, or nicole scherzinger poison acoustic live, BEST IS PHANTOM OF OPERA NICOLE SCHERZINGER. you WONT REGRET

How is Nick Jonas more underrated than her! - DaWyteNight

Scherzinger is a legend. A real legend - mariazobeidi

The Contenders

11 Ian Gillan Ian Gillan Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

Finally he came on the top 10,thanks @Metal_Treasure for your remix and putting him on the top. - zxm

The only person in the 20 that is actually underrated - dlbk03

Three words: Child in Time.

12 Glenn Danzig Glenn Danzig
13 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. more.

This man had a booming vocal range that sent chills down your spine. Only a few people on this list come close.

This guy had a great voice, just look up "man in the box live" and you will see he also was a great songwriter. (I say was because he's not with us anymore) R.I. P Layne - superluke10000

14 Christina Perri Christina Perri

I've heard Christina and this is really a pretty reasonable choice. At least she's not someone like Evancho or Amy Lee who are voted in the top five on every list, then you turn around and call them underrated.

Her songs are so beautiful, emotional. Her voice is gentle when it comes to sing a sad or soft song, powerful in such songs like "Human". She's also beautiful with her nature looks, not showing off her body like other female celebrities, I'm not judging them.
She should be noticed more than she is now. - Randy-Nighell

Best on the list.

15 Adam Lambert Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.

Since Adam Lambert is considered underrated, I think the names John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, and Stevie Wonder should be added. The reason? They are all rated BELOW Lambert in the best male singer list. In fact, Lambert is rated ahead of everyone other than Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, and Elvis. Sorry, folks. Adam's not THAT good. Remove him from this list immediately.

Adam Lambert has so much talent, but after Idol so many people just forgot about him! He has such a powerful voice and an incredible range. Look up his performance of "Who Wants to Live Forever? " with Queen... It took my breath away!

No one has forgotten about him. Rated very high on virtually every Top Tens list. Not overrated, but certainly not underrated.

A great singer - growlbunny

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16 Skylar Grey Skylar Grey Holly Brook Hafermann, who goes by the stage name Skylar Grey, is an American singer and songwriter from Mazomanie, Wisconsin.

Her songwriting is exceptional, she also has the voice of an angel and an amazing range

Truly Underrated

17 Benjamin Orr Benjamin Orr Benjamin Orzechowski, known as Benjamin Orr, was an American musician best known as a singer, bassist and co-founder of the rock band the Cars.

He was so awesome! He was a great singer/guitarist, and very inspirational. He was beautiful inside and out. Just looking at his face makes you feel so happy. It makes me sad that he died. This man was an angel. The Cars are a great but underrated band that need more recognition. Benjamin Orr was amazing. He will definitely be missed.

The Midnight Special video of Just What I Needed made me fall in love with Benjamin Orr. He had the best voice, best moves, Best Look of all rockers. The Cars should have been part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a long time ago.

Benjamin Orr had a voice that immediately touched your heart. Like a chemical reaction. Once that happens his voice haunts you forever.

Totally underrated! I still listen to The Lace! !

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18 Eric Burdon Eric Burdon Eric Victor Burdon is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer for the Rock/R.n.B. group The Animals.

Best singer of the blues era in my opinion.

19 Frank Black Frank Black Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV (born April 6, 1965) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the influential alternative rock band Pixies, with whom he performs under the stage name Black Francis.
20 Ne-Yo Ne-Yo Shaffer Chimere Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor.

Yes. Listen to his cover of "I Want to Come Home for Christmas", I wish he sang more like that in his own music. - DaWyteNight

21 Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson

She is good but I really hate to put anyone who achieved their fame by way of a reality show on the underrated list. The show itself gives them fame and a real leg up on the competition. There are at least five in this top twenty alone (and I'm not familiar with everyone) who achieved because of a singing contest. Maybe someone else is just as talented but doesn't have wealthy parents to take them to all their singing contests or able to afford voice lessons. I just think anybody who was on American Idol, America's Got Talent, ot The Voice, for example, has had exposure others couldn't dream of and just by that notoriety, isn't underrated.

Sorry but I have to officially disqualify Kelly from the list since I saw her on the best country singers list. When you start showing up on lists you don't even belong on, you lose your underrated status. Should we put her on the best opera and reggae singers lists, too?

She has an amazing range, power, versatility, control, and tone that's shown much more in her live concerts, and on American Idol than in her recordings. - ilovekelly75

She can out sing almost everyone on this list, a truly underrated singer

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22 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. more.

Pure genius. His vocal range is amazing and writes amazing music. Can't believe I only started listening to him this year, wish I've listened to him sooner!

He is amazing he is already really famous but on many singers listes he is like in one hundredth when he should be in top 15 -

So sad that he is no longer with us. Always thought he got overshadowed by the Beatles and the Stones but he definitely has his place in music history, too.

He predicted the future of the internet. Genius.

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23 Tori Amos Tori Amos
24 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake

He is really popular. I don't know what is his name doing in here

It's really quite simple to explain how JT's name got on this list. In typical Top Ten fashion, the voters ignored the category and voted for their favorite singer. Most of the artists in this Top 20 are anything but underrated.

He's very versatile, and has an amazing falsetto. - ilovekelly75

He is an amazing singer!

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26 John Mayer John Mayer

John Mayer is a genius. He is an amazing guitarist and his songs are great. I don't know why he is so underrated. Also I don't understand why Ed Sheeran is in this list because he is one of the most listened artists today. I love both these artists, but I think, John Mayer should be given more attention than what he is. He has only 500K+ subscibers in his Vevo whereas Ed Sheeran has millions. So Ed Sheeran is no where near underrated. He shouldn't be in this list. But I personally think that John Mayer should be one of the top 5 people in this list because he is underrated as hell and people should realize it. He deserves better.

I will absolutely agree John Mayer is underrated, especially as a guitar player. I looked at Rolling Stone's list of 100 best guitarists, and was floored that Mayer wasn't on it, although they did have him talking about other guitarists. Best guitar player of this generation, and I don't think it's even close.

John Mayer should definitely be placed within the top 5 artists in the list. He is not just an amazing singer and a skillful guitarist. He is a profound lyricist as well. Yet many of his songs like 'slow dancing in a burning room' and 'in your atmosphere' remain under-appreciated. Such a shame!

We love you john!

I don't have words to describe how amazing his voice is, let alone his guitar playing. He is my favourite singer/guitarist of all time. The fact that he is underrated actually makes his songs more special to me.

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27 Ashlee Simpson Ashlee Simpson Ashley Nicolle Næss, known by the stage name Ashlee Simpson, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and media personality.
28 Tom Waits Tom Waits Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits, born December 7, 1949 is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. more.
29 Alex Gaskarth Alex Gaskarth
30 Johnny Gill Johnny Gill Johnny Gill started out as a solo artist in the 1980s, releasing two albums that didn't garner much attention. It was not until later, when Gill became a member of the r&b/pop group New Edition, that people started to take notice of his music and his talent. He went on to release his most successful more.

Johnny could out-sing all these little chris brown's! - DaWyteNight

31 Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.
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33 Scott Weiland Scott Weiland Scott Weiland is an American singer, musician, and composer for the American grunge band Stone Temple Pilots.
34 Shanice Shanice Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox, better known as Shanice, is a Grammy-nominated American R&B/pop-rock singer, songwriter, and actress.
35 Steven Wilson Steven Wilson Steven John Wilson is an English musician and record producer, most associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.
36 Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey is a California based singer, songwriter, and model who currently resides in Malibu, California. She was born under the name Elizabeth Woolridge Grant to entrepreneur Robert England Jr. and Patricia Ann Hill in rural Lake Placid, New York on June 21, 1985. She has two siblings, Chuck and more.

She has problems live, but when she's good she's the best, she can go from a high pitched barbie voice to a dark alluring seductive voice, she's also pretty good emoting with her voice only, Shades Of Cool is strikingly sad because of the emotion on her voice. - LukeTargaryen

Lana is such an amazing singer, and such a power songstress. She writes her own music, and puts all she has in to her. Her music is so pushed aside as is she, but she really deserves some recognition.

Her songs are just gorgeous and her voice has a lot or ranges it can go from angelic high pitched to low pitched.

I love this one but barely anyone's heard her

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37 Natasha Bedingfield Natasha Bedingfield Natasha Anne Bedingfield is an English singer and songwriter. Bedingfield released her debut album, Unwritten, in 2004, which contained primarily up-tempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music.

She is a fabulous song writer and you find yourself listening to every word she sings and believing them.

I like her song "Pocketful of Sunshine". she is amazing

she is a great singer no doubt - thecharmedone1

She has a very soulful and unique voice. - ilovekelly75

38 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

When I saw Iron Maiden Live on their book of souls tour his High notes made my eardrums ring as if someone had lit a Firecracker right next to them, he's Deffinently the most Underrated Singer of all Time

Most underrated singer of all time he should be on 1

Way too underrated if you ask me

Oh no! what this list has he really underrated - zxm

39 Mike Patton Mike Patton Michael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.

All I have to say is, you won't find a vocalist as diverse, as bizarre in style and dynamic vocally as Mike Patton. Excellent vocal chops combined with an off-the-walls weirdness. No album this guy is on is the same from a vocal standpoint. Something completely different each time. Best work is definitely on Faith No More's Angel Dust and Mr. Bungle's California.

The guy's got a six-octave vocal range. But it's a shame that Faith No More only had one big hit.

40 Michael Kiske Michael Kiske Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.
41 Brian McKnight Brian McKnight Brian McKnight, born June 5, 1969, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. He is one of the very few leggiero tenors in more.

Brian McKnight is a genius! - DaWyteNight

42 Jon Anderson Jon Anderson John Roy Anderson, known professionally as Jon Anderson, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the former lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes, which he co-founded in 1968 with bassist Chris Squire.
43 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.

Very talented, very great, and very acknowledged. Huge fan, and he deserves all the acclaim he gets, but I think even Ed himself would tell you he's not underrated.

Ed sheeran is insanely talented, such a great singer, and a totally down-to-earth, kind human being. I don't think he's underrated though. Not overrated either. I think he's in a really good place right now.

He is such a talented singer, better than beiber, sam smith and nick jonas... His new album X is a great achievement, he deserves more fame!

He's very talented, but I don't know if I'd consider him underrated. Just look at how well his latest album did.

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44 Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists.

It almost sounds weird to say that the lead singer of Pearl Jam and someone as acclaimed as Vedder is underrated, but on these Top Ten lists, he seems to be. I know he is behind Bieber in the top male singers list. So, yeah, I guess he is and should probably even be moved up.

Seriously, he's just as good as Roger Daltrey, Kurt Cobain, and other great singers. There haven't been many in the rock world that can top him. And if you don't believe me, try singing "Black". Harder than it sounds.

45 Haley Reinhart Haley Reinhart Haley Elizabeth Reinhart is an American singer, songwriter, and voice actress from Wheeling, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
46 Tim Ripper Owens Tim Ripper Owens
47 James LaBrie James LaBrie Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.
48 Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette

Her vice is unique, and her acapella version of "Your House" is great. - ilovekelly75

49 Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for songs such as "Beautiful", "Genie In A Bottle", "Fighter", "Hurt", "Dirrty", "Your Body", "Lady Marmalade", "Reflection", "I Turn To You", "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" "What A Girl Wants" and more.

She is so low because she shouldn't be on the list at all. I'm not saying she's not good, but she's overexposed if anything and certainly not underrated.

Why is Legendtina so low? She has perhaps the best voice in the history of singers, yet not many people truly appreciate and understand how vastly talented she is. She should be number one!

Voice of the generation. PERIOD.

I want her to sucessfully comeback! - PugsfromMoon

50 Jaheim Jaheim Jaheim Hoagland, born May 26, 1978, is an American R&B singer and former rapper. He was signed by Naughty by Nature's Kaygee to Divine Mill Records in 2000, and released his debut album Ghetto Love in 2001. His second effort, Still Ghetto (2002), contains the hit "Put That Woman First" (2003), both more.
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