Most Underrated Rock BandsNow 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.
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...
No way are the hard rock pioneers appreciated enough. Consistently good music with the exception of 2-3 records, mega-musicians have passed through their ranks. Real, no BS, good rock music. Inspiration for generations of musicians ever since. Some unnecessary drama and changes that may have actually affected their image negatively. The magnitude of genius even in their most "basic" song, smoke on the water, is in-conceivable by any other rock musician to-date.
Rolling Stone magazine don't put Machine Head or In Rock to the 500 greatest albums of all time...
Smoke on the Water is only the 434th rank on their 500 greatest songs of "all time"
Ian Gillan not in the top 100 singers
Ritchie Blackmore only the 50th best guitarist, behind Prince
Not even in the top 100 greatest artists...
But the worst at all, "top 100 greatets guitar songs" Smoke on the Water nowhere, but there's Tool...
However this is a very influental band, very underrated.
Deep purple is an awesome band. They have a very impressive body of work, but many people have never heard of them. This is unfortunate because they are true musicians; they don't use computerized drum beats or synthesizers. They do use keyboards but they are played well & suit their music perfectly. Their work is excellent. Try them and hear what you think.
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.
I love this band. Barely anybody knows any songs by them. In Your Library, just a start, I would make sure to have Walk Of Life, Money For Nothing, Sultans Of Swing, Brothers In Arms, Telegraph Road, Lady Writer, Why Worry, Tunnel Of Love, Your Latest Trick, Romeo and Juliet, So Far Away, and Ride Across The River. There are many other great ones but these ones stand out among everything.
These guys are my favorite band of the 70s and 80s. I have their first album and their Brothers in Arms album. Both very different sounding but still really good. After listening a while I actually like some of the tracks that aren't' hits better. I recommend giving them a listen.
So glad to see them on this list. Unknown by many, but more talented than most. Knopfler is the greatest Guitarist/Soloist since Hendrix. At minimal, you need the Brothers in Arms Album, Love Over Gold, Making Movies, Communique, and their opening Album, "Dire Straits".
U2 say they would not exist if wasn't for Thin Lizzy, yet they get all the adulation. A band that influenced so many others is ignored outside of rock circles. Brilliant story telling lyrics from the start, everything about them screams just how excellent they are. Look beyond "The Boys are back in Town", and you'll find endless rock classics such as vagabonds of the Western World, Still in Love With You, Johnny,. Miss Phil Lynott everyday.
Listen to them, they just draw you in with their awesome guitar play and catchy melody (not to say loads of attitude that just shines through in the true "rock" sense). They make rock seem cool & smooth unlike any other band. A pity that they are not as well known.
Best live band. Would have been huge if cracked the US market. 'Live and Dangerous is consistently regarded as one of, if not the best, live album ever. Melody, power, charisma and very tight musicianship. Real rock.
My favorite band. The best rock band I've ever heard. They had it all! Song writing, melodies, harmonies, vocals, bass, drums, and killer guitarists. Everything was top notch. Phil Lynott was a genius!
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
These guys are a brilliant band, their style has not been replicated since they first came out. Their rampant combination of jazz, classical, and rock is absolutely brilliant in my opinion. People who are into anything really should give them a listen, and then a second listen, their music can be very addictive after a while.
Certainly one of my favorite bands of all time.
It should definitely be at number 1. One of the best prog rock bands of all time (right after Pink Floyd), and it is alive for nearly 50 years. Weirdly catchy tunes and improvised instrumentation make this a great band (one of the best, if I may). Very underrated and unpopular for the public, maybe because it is not as usual as other prog rock bands like Rush. It may easily be at #1
Arguably the best prog band other than floyd, it is true that they never produced anything quite as good as their 69' debut album but frankly they did more than enough, if many of the key members had stayed for a few more years this band could have done much more however robert fripps' permanence kept the bands level high throughout.
Blue Oyster Cult's debut album, Tyranny and Mutation, Secret Treaties, and Agents of Fortune are all some of the best rock albums I've ever heard. They deserve just as much attention as the Rolling Stones. Their stuff is awesome. Some of my favorites include Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll, The Red and the Black, Hot Rails to Hell, Dominance and Submission, and ETI. Whoever is reading this should check those songs (and their albums) out. You're missing out.
Deep Purple does deserve to be high on this list, I'll admit. But many people have at least HEARD of Purple. If you talk about Blue Oyster Cult in front of someone, they will likely have no idea what you are talking about. People know them from the SNL skit, and it was funny and all, but I can't believe they don't have a much bigger fanbase.
Blue Oyster Cult. Great guitarists, fantastic live, best riff of all time in don't fear the reaper, another great song and solo with Godzilla. Kick out the Jams is also good, great harmonies, fantastic solos, one of the most underrated and misunderstood bands of all time.
When I first heard them I thought immediately that they are a mainstream band but I was very surprised to see that although their truly awesome music they have no fan-base like at all..
This is coming from a (currently) 16 year old girl who has no nostalgic connection to this band whatsoever. With that said, I feel this strange sort of warmth to The Moody Blues that, admittedly, I don't really feel really often with any other bands. It's such a shame that this band doesn't get the recognition they truly deserve, and tend to go on noticed by the average rock fan. Their music is truly beautiful, and I feel so many strong emotions towards many of their albums. It baffles me by how criminally underrated they are, and how I've only just heard about their existence recently (thanks to the wonderful Jojo's Bizarre Adventure). Please give them a listen if you have some free time! I HIGHLY recommend Days Of Future Passed (it's definitely my favorite album of all time).
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.
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.
I agree. They aren't even in the Rock Hall of Fame, when acts that have little to no rock influence like Run-D.M.C. and Miles Davis are. Truly underrated band.
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.
Almost every song they had was catchy, meaningful, and well-liked. They are quite popular, and everybody knows at least one of their songs, they are used in everything, yet most people just can't identify them as the band. Kmart/Walgreens commercials (I forgot which), to movies, they are widely known, yet the band itself doesn't get the recognition it deserves
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...
Classic southern rock, greatest band possibly ever. Just listen to there "greatest hits" album and you will believe. Green river is a true legend!
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 Evanescence fan. Does that mean I can't ...more
Very underrated band. And with a very underrated guitarist as well. John petrucci is one of the best guitarists around here. And also the keyboard player kicks ass. I think that they are not famous because of the long songs, but the variety in those long songs is incredible awesome. So underrated
Each musician in this band is gifted to the max, legendary band that will never be imitated or even possibly surpassed. This is the reason why I listen to metal.
Such a talented band, jaw dropping music, so beautiful at times. An absolute travesty at the lack of recognition they get, proof that talent does not equal success
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.
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.
Hello, Gimme all your loving, sharp dressed man, legs, tush, viva las vegas, la grange and many many more. They are most underrated.
They're great, but not really underrated. They sold 50 million albums worldwide and always got much praise.
The first three albums were amazing to say the least. If only ritchie blackmore was not such an arrogant prick, maybe dio would not have left. They seriously were at the level of led zepplin during the dio years, maybe they could have been even better if dio stayed, they would have been the most legendary band.
They are not popular man. I mean even among rock fans. Every rock listener knows something about deep Purple or iron maiden but rainbow is underrated even by those "rock fans"... Ah man, I really would like to see this group listened.
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
As a primer, Just listen to record and live, I surrender, man on a silver mountain, and deep purple songs knocking on your back door, perfect strangers. you will understand how underrated these bands
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 had amazing guitarists in the band like Michael Schenker, Vinnie Moore, Tommy McClendon. On most UFO songs the guitar solos were better than guitar solos from more famous bands like:
ACDC, Van Halen, Rolling Stones, Twisted Sisters...
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..
With their longevity, great rock songs and ballads, Burton Cummings voice and creativity, Randy Bachman's (also of BTO fame) guitar, it is a total disgrace they are NOT in the R&R HOF. Best Canadian band by far
Pretty underrated. One of their underrated songs even for an underrated band is "No Time," great classic high energy song.
This band is extremely underrated, they are by far the best Canadian band and should be higher on this list.
I feel like all Canadian bands have been forgotten. These guys, rush, bto, the band, steppenwolf, all are very overlooked
Yes they are frequently ranked as being amongst the greatest bands but the truth is they were the single greatest. Pete Townshend was possibly the greatest songwriter of the 20th century, he basically invented the rock opera. He was also one of the greatest guitarist and pretty much invented rock star stage antics like smashing guitars on stage. Roger Daltrey was a great singer. John Entwistle was probably the greatest bassist of all time, and Keith Moon was the greatest drummer of all time.
They released the two greatest rock operas of all time, one of the greatest concept albums of all time, the greatest live album of all time and seven of the greatest albums of all time.
They are completely underrated! Each member is so talented and they're aren't appreciated enough for their talent. Everyone forgets that Pete Townshend's lyric writing is out of this world, and that Keith Moon's drumming in "Cousin Kevin" happened to be ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE! Also, John Entwistle had an impressive vocal range for a bassist. (He sings all the high notes in A Quick One, While He's Away). And Roger Daltrey is such an amazing singer! His vocals are so passionate and clean! Also, they made 3 ROCK OPERAS! One being a song, and two being albums! How impressive is that?! Ugh. Overall, these guys are so amazing but they're so under appreciated.
The Who's music had everything. From great vocals to awesome guitar riff. But what really made the band was Keith Moons thundering drums and John Entwistle amazing Bass along with Pete's great writing. The Who are so underrated and The Who's Who's next album is one of the greatest albums ever made. So made great songs Like Baba o'riley, Wont Get Fooled again and Behind Blue eyes. Such a great band that more people need to know about.
These guys should be #1 or # 2 all time. Seriously, I'm saying over the beatles and LedZep. Beatles were the first super group so win by default and Zep sold more.. But just take another look.. they set almost every rock trend. smashing insturments, windmill, swinging mike, wild drummer, hotel destruction, rock operas and so on... AND had most orignal sound. To this day nobody can sound like them and lets not forget they had best bassist ever, best drummer, best songwriter and rock god power singer who plant copied.
The Scorpions truly one of rock's best and their signature song Still Loving You is the ultimate soundtrack for Scorpions fans worldwide.
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.
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".
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...
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus is one of my favorite albums. Their original stuff is great. They also did interesting and original covers. Check out their version of Hendrix' "Hey Joe" and Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" on their live Spirit of 76 album. Spirit (the core of which was Randy California and Ed Cassidy) is definitely one of the most underrated bands of all time.
The Creators of the song titled Taurus, an inspiration to Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.
Not many people know spirit. Listen to fresh garbage and get back to me.
Should have been at least 10 spots higher on this list.
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.
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.
Normally the only song I ever hear by them on the radio is "Give a Little Bit". Yeah, it's a great song, but they have so many other classics as well. They aren't normally recognized as having as much depth as they do.
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.
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.
Is there any album out there that's more beautifully crafted than Breakfast In America? I would say nay.
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
This band does not deserve all the hate they get. Rush is by far one of the most talented bands in rock, yet their talent is overlooked by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, etc. Now don't get me wrong, I love Led Zeppelin, but you kinda have to agree that they are extremely overrated. Rush is one of those great bands, yet they are just so terribly underrated.
Here's your to do list:
Start you off easy with albums like Moving Pictures, Signals, Permanent Waves, Grace Under Pressure, and Power Windows.
Then move on to 2112, Caress Of Steel, Hemispheres, A Farewell to Kings, and Fly By Night.
Finally you take on the rest.
Congrats! You are now a Rush fan!
I can't believe Rush is not is not Number 1. THIS BAND IS so GOOD! But seriously, they need more love ( due to the lack of radio AirPlay). But I like other bands too, though, like UFO, Rainbow, and a whole lot more. Listen to "2112", "Tom Saywer", "Red Barchetta", "Limelight", " Fly By Night", and "Subdivisions" and you will know what I mean.
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?
Alice in Chains are one of the greatest bands ever, Jerry Cantrell's guitar work and songwriting is second to none and Layne's voice in songs like Rain When I Die just takes you somewhere else. Even they're new material with William DuVall is fantastic. I think they are the most underrated ever!
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
Every song they ever made should've been a hit. The combination of performers they had were spectacular, but few people dig past Nirvana and Pearl Jam (In my opinion, the most overrated rock band). Masterpiece after masterpiece.
The Kinks is the most criminally underrated band ever. One of the most unknowingly influential band in the 60s. Each of their songs are unique and memorable, easily to get hooked with. Not only that, Ray Davies is a lyrical genius too. Dave Davies is a very great guitarist. Lola, You Really Got Me are just the top of a huge underwater mountain of awesome music to find out. Their album like The Kinks are the Village Green, Arthur, The Kink Kontroversy, Something Else by The Kinks and many more are masterpieces, I recommend hearing them and not missing out another band that are truly up there with the Stones, the who, or even the Beatles.
A very special band and one that seems to be overlooked. They were at the forefront of the British Invasion with The Beatles, The Stones and The Who, yet they seem so unique. The singer/songwriter (Ray Davies) is a great humored genius with an addicting voice. The drummer is always solid and well timed. The bass is (maybe a bit shy) soft when you want and strong when needed. Finally, the guitarist is very talented and is obvious in their more complex compositions. Just start with their first album, if you aren't into 60s Pop Rock n Roll then skip to Village Green Preservation Society (easily one of the best albums ever). You'll be hooked.
The fact that a band as great as The Kinks are so low on this list just proves how underrated they are. Despite Ray Davis being one of the best songwriters of the 60's and producing a bucket load of great songs, The Kinks had very little commercial success and recognition beyond music critics. The only songs their really remembered for are You Really Got Me and Lola, and the latter is only really known among the Rock crowd.
The kinks are truly underrated. On par with the stones and Beatles. Without these guys there propbaly wouldn" t have been any punk music because they had used a lot of hard rock riffs in their songs which no other band had. I remember seeing them live in 1964 and was simply amazed at how different they were. Great band which unfourtanately hasn't gotten the appraisal it should have.
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
In a class of its own as far as underrated goes. They were way ahead of their time when they released 3 albums in the 70s. Turbulence, drugs poor marketing and poor management all contributed significantly to this amazing band being so underrated
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.
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
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!
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!
Seriously, these band has done so many great songs and people still look after kim kardishan, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and one direction. Its too bad how people of this generation look for music done by untalented people and ignore the great ones.
Very underrated band. Please give them a listen if you can. Their album "Of Beauty and Rage" is a powerful and moving piece of art. It is beautiful yet a force to be reckoned with. I wish I had gotten into them earlier.
One of the best bands I've ever heard, they make good music and Benjamin's voice is HEAVENLY... I really don't understand why some new boy bands and stupid artist are respected and produced more than BB.. That really sucks.. Best song's are " dear agony, What Lies Beneath, Anthem Of The Angels, well all of their songs are good to be honest
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.
QUEEN!? WHAT get out of this list queen, you are huge. Breaking Benjamin has so many songs you can actually listen to without feeling weird.
Breaking Benjamin is one of my favourite bands, but I wouldn't say it's underrated compared to the other bands on this list.