Top 10 Most Underrated Musical Instruments

The Top Ten

1 Accordion Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox.
2 Cello The cello or violoncello is a bowed or plucked string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths.

Cello needs to be as popular as guitar or piano, it's so beautiful and it's unbelievably versatile!

Honestly is a pain to play right next to someone (who uses too much bow.) You get stabbed in the thigh.

It might be big to lug around, but it makes a beautiful sound.

Cello is one of the best string instruments.

3 Bouzouki
4 Flute The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening.

Definitely underrated. There are some bands which use flutes. But those bands are very few. - zxm

I play the flute and I am a witness that the flute is one of the most underrated instrument

5 Saxophone The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.

The saxophone is a truly underrated instrument, at least in band and orchestra. The saxes are often muted out by the sheer size of the trumpets' sound. This instrument is the driving force of jazz music. It doesn't get nearly the credit it deserves.

6 Synthesizer

Must be one of best inventions since fire.

7 Dulcimer
8 Viola

Is Mayonnaise an Instrument? - burningninja06

No one knows but it's pretty cool

9 Bass Guitar

It's always overshadowed by the six string guitar, but it's more important than six string guitar. People say that because it has four strings it's easier than guitar when it's not, let's see the average douchebag guitarist play Victor Wooten or Marcus Miller. It can also have more strings than the basic four string, the six string bass tuned BEADGC is a perfect example. Give the bass the respect it deserves because when you dance to a good song the bass is making you dance whether you know it or not.

I like the guitar more, but the bass is a great instrument. It keeps the other band members from messing up (at least when playing live) and there are good bass lines like the following : For Whom the Bell Tolls, Peace Sells But Whose Buying, Under Pressure

Also, the bass normally has 4 strings, but that doesn't make it easy to play. I saw one at a music store yesterday and the size of the fretz made my come out of my head and land on the moon and turn around to see if the bass was gone yet. My eyes didn't return til I left the store - Skullkid755

10 Harpsichord

Clavichords are better though

The Contenders

11 Chapman Stick
12 Harmonium
13 Euphonium

I bet half of you don't know what a euphonium is. Trust me low brass needs more attention! - PianoQueen

I play this and it is awesome. It is really fun to play because you have to work for it. If you just hum to play it (kazoo) then what’s the point? It’s also cool because it has a beautiful sound when played correctly.

14 Ukulele The ukulele is a member of the lute family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings.

No one likes it but it rules

15 Tuba
16 Marimba
17 Double Bass
18 Bassoon

So underrated. Most 6-12 grade bands don't even have bassoons. That is just bullcrap.

19 French Horn

This is probably the most beautiful and versatile instrument that I know of. If you don't believe me, listen to pretty much any movie score.

20 Oboe Oboes belong to the classification of double reed woodwind instruments. Oboes are usually made of wood, but there are also oboes made of synthetic materials.
21 Keytar

Sounds like guitar.-. - malamJONES

22 Baritone

This is so underrated it so undrated that it's at the bottom of the list for this list because most people are not sure what it is or if it I an instrument even though it is better than all those instruments above this one. that is a disgrace that its at 23 when their are 23... just a disgrace to music

23 Celesta
24 Theremin

Well, I love the theremin!

25 Melodica

Very underrated wind instrument

26 Boomwhackers

School memories.

27 Washtub Bass
28 Piccolo
29 Banjo

The banjo is a truly American instrument. I wish it was less of a joke and more people took it Seriously.the banjo isn't only for bluegrass,it can be used for a variety of fact some old time and folk banjo can sound very beautiful.if more people took the banjo seriously and saw much more of the banjo then a hillbilly instrument, then would love it.

30 Harmonica
31 Bagpipes Bagpipes are a wind instrument using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag.

Most people think of it as a loud, annoying excuse for an instrument. I say go listen to someone who can actully play the bagpipes. NOT your primary school teacher. And trust me, you will find the awesomeness in this instrument.

It's not underrated.

32 Alto Horn

What’s an alto horn?

33 Trombone
34 Triangle

Very underrated

35 Sitar
36 Kokles
37 Angklung
38 Organ
39 Baglama Saz

Can also be heard in The Witcher 3.

40 Kazoo

Neat but it is not popular

41 Classical kemençe

It can be heard in The Witcher 3.

BAdd New Item