Top 10 Most Underrated Classic Rock Bands

The Top Ten

1 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.

Everybody knows these guys, it's just that they don't get the credit they deserve in my humble opinion!

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.

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

2 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 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.

Everyone knows about songs such as "Fortunate Son" but not many have heard of the band itself

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

Greatest band of all time

4 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.

5 The Replacements The Replacements were an American rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979. Initially a punk rock band, they are considered one of the pioneers of alternative rock.

The absolute best!

6 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 more.
7 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 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

9 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 more.

A travesty that they are not in the RRHOF.

10 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.

The Contenders

11 E-Street Band

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

12 The Monkees The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971, with reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed.

They came into their own and 50 years produced one of their best albums

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.

13 Booker T. & the M.G.'s
14 The Marshall Tucker Band

Totally underrated

15 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 more.
16 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.

17 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.

18 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 more.

They're overrated and underrated at the same time. They're overrated in the way that people only really listen to some of their big hits and only consider them good cause of songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, and some more. Queen frequently rank within the top 10 or top 5 rock bands of all time, rightfully so, but not because of this. They're overrated in that sense; but they're also underrated, with Brian May as an underrated guitarist, Roger Taylor as an underrated drummer, and John Deacon as a SEVERELY underrated bassist. They have many amazing songs that aren't just hit singles, and some of the best albums made. In reality, they're not one of the best bands because Freddie Mercury is great and they made Bohemian Rhapsody and other great tunes; they're one of the best bands because Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor are all amazing, and they've made some of the best rock songs and albums ever.

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

19 Sweet
20 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.
21 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. 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 Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

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

22 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 more.
23 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.
24 Lucifer's Friend
25 Yes Yes is an English progressive 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. Their best known song is their 1971 hit "Roundabout" off of their album Fragile.

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!

26 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

27 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.
28 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.
29 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

30 The Babys
31 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 more.
32 The Sound

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

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34 King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band has had numerous lineup changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (guitar). However, the most notable lineup is between 1972-75, consisting of Fripp, John Wetton (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), more.
35 Love
36 The Box Tops

Oops I meant to vote for Oasis not this. Crap

37 ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
38 Giant Squid
39 The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.
40 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.
41 Spirit
42 The Archies The Archies is an American fictional garage band founded by Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle, Jughead Jones, Veronica Lodge, and Betty Cooper, a group of adolescent characters of the Archie universe, in the context of the animated TV series, The Archie Show.
43 Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
44 The Cyrkle
45 Chicago Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, calling themselves the Chicago Transit Authority in 1968 before shortening the name in 1969. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” began writing politically charged rock music, and later moved to a softer sound, generating more.

Classic rock with horns this band is so awesome!

46 Steppenwolf Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1961 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton.
47 Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.
48 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, more.
49 The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
50 Moby Grape Moby Grape is an American rock group from the 1960s, known for having all five members contribute to singing and songwriting, which collectively merged elements of folk music, blues, country, and jazz with rock and psychedelic music.
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