Top Ten Most Underrated Bands and Singers of the 60s
The Top Ten
The kinks, one of my most favorite bands ever, is one of the best 60's bands alive. It's a shame that they didn't get as much fame as they should have.
Amazing Band! so many fun songs. My favorite band of all time, along with The Beatles.
The Kinks were around for about 30 years. They changed their music without sacrificing their sound. They never went disco.
My second favorite band of all time! I love the Kinks
Have you ever heard The Hollies version of Witchy Woman, an early attempt by the young unsigned Eagles to get their music heard / recorded? Even lead singer Allan Clarke took notice of a young unknown Bruce Springsteen in about 1974 as he and The Hollies recorded their version of "Born To Run" a YEAR before Springsteen's version. True fact : The Springsteen version follows The Hollies production version exactly...the Springsteen version got the airplay a year later (1975) as the folks at EMI/Epic -CBS didn't think The Hollies version warranted being a single. Listen to the various Hollies album tracks you've never heard, you may change your mind about this GREAT, underrated band. - Cheers!
What about The Hollies? they never get a mention when it comes to Best British Invasion acts as they always were labeled as a "Pop/Singles/Beatles-like" band. People keep thinking of The Beatles as major influencers of everything instead of turning around and give The Hollies' a listen to every 60s studio record they di. It is more evident that their Manchester sound helped in a way to develop those catchy, energic, even jazzy tunes that later become an inspiration to the leading sound of 90s Madchester, BritPop, etc. How many "Hollies Greatest Hits" compilations they have? Countless really, think of it! Several generations of new musician should have listened to them unconsciously and loved what they were listening instantly. That's why they are underrated. People need to know that The Hollies are more than "He Ain't Heavy, Long Cool Woman...". Just listen to their music. Fab lead singer. Fab musicians. They were ranked top of the live acts list while at their peak over other great ...more
The guy is a genius! Once he went solo, he was only about the music, he never tried to be a pop star. So underrated it's sickening.
Still the best today. Van is a Legend
A lot of people like the Doors but there some out there who don't think much of them and that's bull. One of the best ever
Sky Pilot how high can you fly? Most brilliantly worded song.
This band is so much more iconic than what people give them credit for. On the outside they seem very “Beatles- like” but if you ever have the chance to watch one of their performances you can see they are by definition the COMPLETE opposite. With a very cool and reserved persona, Eric Burdon has such an enlightening stage presence, without all the head shaking and dancing he manages to encapsulate any audience with his incredible raspy blues/ rock voice which is so disgustingly underrated. Every memeber of the band performed so confidently and with such a laid back attitude that just oozed coolness. John Steel the drummer would chew gum and just shred the drums like nothing was happening. Their music at the time was so different to the bands out there in the 60’s and each song had its own unique style and message. Their songs discussed important topics like war, rebellion and such and they were never ones to shy away from trying something new. I cannot begin to praise this gem ...more
Their voices were just magical!
Often called The American Beatles during their heyday, internal strife ruined it, mostly in the form of David Crosby being a total jerk towards the band's primary writer Gene Clark. When Clark finally quit in disgust, the band was still good, but never quite the same.
Funny, all these years later, and David Crosby is still a huge jerk.
A Canadian singer and songwriter, who liked a French song, bought the song's rights for only ONE dollar, wrote English lyrics, called the English version of the song "My Way" and gave it to Frank Sinatra!
Yes, who doesn't know Sinatra's signature song? Paul Anka did a cover of this song, too (Paul Anka - My Way). The original French song was "Comme d'habitude" by Claude François (available on YouTube).
But Paul Anka also had his own hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and "(You're) Having My Baby".
He also wrote such well-known music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones's biggest hits, "She's a Lady". - Metal_Treasure
Oh yes, I agree with that. He might be the best singer ever. - Metal_Treasure
Back in the headlines again as of April 2016, as courtroom proceedings indicate that Led Zeppelin stole substantial parts of the Spirit song "Taurus" to compose LZ's "Stairway to Heaven".
Scottish hard rock band. I like their version of Love Hurts, originally by The Everly Brothers. - Metal_Treasure
Not really a 60's artist.
Though formed in 1968 as a garage band, they did not release their first album until 1971.
One of the best bands that no one talks about. Arthur Lee & company put out a slew of catchy and compelling albums that are well worth a listen.
The Box Tops is an amazing band, and even though I know only some of their songs, like "Cry Like A Baby", but overall, this band is very excellent.
The Zombies are criminally underrated. Their album Odessey and Oracle is a brillant masterpiece. Why the band isn't in the top 5 on this list, is beyond my knowledge.
The Turtles produced many more amazing songs than just a few they have been credited for. Possibly 60's most underrated rock band. Can't believe that it hasn't been on the list all this time.
Was not a solo artist during the 60's.
Proto-Punk at its finest. - Brobusky
They had some really great songs including that really great catchy tune "Younger Girl"
Definitely under rated
Roy Orbison underrated?
He's one of the most well-known musicians of the 50s/60s!
I barely hear anyone talk about them these days, they really did bring up good vibrations!
Anyone remember some of their songs like "Indian Lake"? That was a hugely underrated song!
Criminally underrated. couldve been big as zeppelin
Overlooked, underappreciated and undeniably dope.
Blue Cheer is really awesome listen do them.
Criminally underrated, only known for a few songs like "The Weight" and that's about it, but they have many more great songs