Top 10 Most Underrated Classic Rock Bands

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1 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled ...read more.

Clueless people tend to know The Beatles, the Stones and Led Zeppelin but not The Who even though The Who are arguably as great as those other 3 bands so that's why I would say a little under-rated. - Garjen

Underrated? Are you kidding? You go to any record store and you will find records of " The Who ". That's not what I really call underrated.

Underrated? They were one of the most influential bands of the British invasion. - naFrovivuS

The Who is not underrated, in fact, they're one of the most recognizable bands ever! - isaaonrtdmtr

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2 Badfinger Badfinger Badfinger was a British rock band that, in their most prolific lineup, consisted of Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans, Joey Molland and Bob Jackson.

This band didn't find as much success as they deserved. Badfinger was a really solid group, and certainly on par with groups like The Who and Elton John's band. Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Joey Molland were extremely talented songwriters. Criminally underrated band, packed every bit as much punch (if not more) as other British bands at the time.

Day after day, Without you, Lonely you such beautiful songs, but alas, nobody knows about them

3 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".

Their guitarist lineup was pretty impressive; first Eric Clapton, then Jeff Beck, then Jimmy Page.

Brought to life the careers of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton. - naFrovivuS

4 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

One of the Greatest and Most underrated Bands of all time. Still has a dedicated audience. - AbhishekCCR

Greatest band of all time

5 The Replacements The Replacements

The absolute best!

6 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Not exactly under-rated, as they are very justifiably considered to be one of the greatest rock bands of all time, although for some reason their stock is not as high in the UK as it is in the US.

Yes, they are truly amazing. - gemcloben

7 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

Most critics will agree, as well as many musical artists, but many people take for granted Brian Wilson's contributions to music

8 The Band The Band The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in 1965 . Which originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson ...read more.
9 The Moody Blues The Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive ...read more.

A travesty that they are not in the RRHOF.

10 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band had numerous band member changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (Guitar). ...read more.

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11 The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.
12 Blue Cheer Blue Cheer Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, ...read more.
13 The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
14 E-Street Band

Best band ever. If you see them live you'll know what I mean. They are AWESOME!

15 Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music.
16 The Monkees

I had to give my vote to The Monkees, because most people don't give them credit for being artists. - PetSounds

I love the Monkees! Mike Nesmith was my favorite one in the band.

17 Booker T. & the M.G.'s
18 Moby Grape Moby Grape
19 Focus Focus
20 The Seeds The Seeds
21 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Their original lineup included Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay, and Neil Young.

Founding member Stephen Stills was rejected at the Monkees' auditions due to his bad teeth.

22 The Marshall Tucker Band

Totally underrated

23 The Animals The Animals The Animals were an English band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the early part of the decade.

Name an Animals song besides House of the Rising Sun. - naFrovivuS

24 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.
25 Mephistopheles
26 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

I'm a massive fan but I wouldn't say they are underrated. Well, compared to Led Zeppelin and the Beatles, Queen might be underrated though. - Metal_Treasure

27 The Pretty Things
28 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), ...read more.

They're probably my all time favorite band, but they're not really underrated. - Metarock

29 Sweet
30 Love
31 Dire Straits Dire Straits Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.
32 Kiss Kiss Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.
33 Yes Yes Yes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music.

I remember the local radio stations in the early seventies with the top ten list of rock bands at the time and YES always ending in the top five. Some of the most talented musicians ever assembled!

34 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

I'd call them more Overrated - RogerWatersfan1999

35 Oasis Oasis Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.
36 Cheap Trick Cheap Trick Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. As of 2010, the band currently consists of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Daxx Nielsen.

Surrender your vote to cheap trick

37 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.
38 The Babys
39 Death Death Death was an American Death Metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's ...read more.
40 The Sound

One of the best 80's post punk bands everyone should hear!

41 10CC
42 Lucifer's Friend
43 The Box Tops

Oops I meant to vote for Oasis not this. Crap

44 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
45 Giant Squid
46 The Clash The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.
47 Sublime Sublime Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh.
48 Spirit
49 The Archies The Archies
50 Eagles Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
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