Top 10 Most Underrated Musicians


The Top Ten

1 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.

In retrospective, Mozart is not overrated because he influenced the popularity of classical music, as well as being an influence for several artists coming after him. - Swellow

Well, this guy was much better than Beethoven.

2 Antonio Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi

The red priest is first. Bob Page

3 Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor.

He HAD to go and write the Fancy-dancy songs of torture. (AKA the Minuets) - Merilille

4 Passenger Passenger Michael David Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger, is an English singer-songwriter and musician.

Passenger be like
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5 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

A very underrated solo career. - MontyPython

This guy was just as talented as Lennon or McCartney by the end of the Beatles. His solo career is undderated.

For sure.

He’s great

6 Richard Wagner Richard Wagner Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas.

He's one of those musicians whom are in the shadows of Beethoven and Bach. - MontyPython

7 Georg Solti
8 Carlos Santana Carlos Santana Carlos Santana is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American jazz.
9 Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, more.

Beethoven is NOT underrated. He is perfect!

He's a genius, all people care about nowadays is pop and rap ( worst music )

10 Tech N9ne Tech N9ne Aaron Dontez Yates, born November 8, 1971, better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. In 1999, Yates and business partner Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. more.

Do people even know what underrated means? The most famous classical composers of all time are not underrated. I'm pretty sure at least 90% of the world population has heard at least a few of Beethoven's songs, whether they know it or not. Tech N9ne, on the other hand, is great, but not a lot of people know about him. - Zach808

Why is Beethoven at #1? Where's Marianas Trench? Madvillain? Run the Jewels? The only person deserving of the top 10 that is there is Tech N9ne. - WonkeyDude98

Nope, Beethoven deserves the first position. There's no classical music in the famous radios. - malamJONES

A favorite of all the Eedjits, who seem to like him a lot better than Beethoven. Yeah, and "Madvillan", he is a lot better than that Mozart guy, everybody knows that.

The Contenders

11 Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

He wasn't a musician, he was an opera singer. He didn't write songs, and didn't play any music instrument. So he wasn't a "musician", doesn't belong in this list.

Why is he on this list? He was not a musician!

12 Mark Knopfler Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known for being the frontman of the British band Dire Straits.

Mark is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. How's that "underrated"? - 12cc

13 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. more.

Who Keeps Putting Justin "Drew" Bieber On These Lists? Seriously what? - 12cc

He should be a drawer not a singer. - malamJONES

To be fair, he is both overrated and overhated - Yungstirjoey

Honestly, Bieber's the most overrated guy in the game rn. - ProPanda

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14 Tyler, The Creator Tyler, The Creator Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper, record producer, and music video director.

I don't know who underrates composers like Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi or Wagner, so that's the first choice on here. And why Yoko Ono and Justin Bieber? They should be on a list of overrated musicians. - SuperGauland

People really sleep on him. He's a great musician. His music is to clutch.

I think we've found the first Classical music fanboy lol. But really, Ty is one of the greatest modern day rappers ever, very underrated on this site. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

15 Yoko Ono Yoko Ono Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art, music, and filmmaking.

She has some pretty tasty singles. Walking on Thin Ice is a classic! - Erucu

AAaaAaAaAaAaaaA bleating is singing? LOL - malamJONES

16 Big L Big L Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with the hip hop trio, Three the Hard Way. His first notable appearance came more.
17 Robbie Williams Robbie Williams Robert Peter Williams is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.
18 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
19 Richard Thompson
20 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.
21 Michael Buble Michael Buble Michael Steven Bublé is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards.

He is a great musician with an amazing voice.. Yet he's sort of disapeared reccently

22 Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth

His music seems to appeal to me more than some of the other more well known guitarists. It is also crazy to think that he improvises all of his music. Very Underrated

23 Newton Faulkner

A guitar virtuoso, a genius singer-songwriter and one of my favourite people in music. - PlanetDeadwing

24 Sixto Rodriguez Sixto Rodriguez Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, going only by his surname Rodriguez as his stage name, is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist born on July 10th, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. more.

The fact that this person isn't on the list already shocks me, so I decided to fix that! - gidlr

25 Robyn Hitchcock

EXTREMELY talented musician who unfortunately seems to be too bizarre for many people. I absolutely adore his music, definitely underrated. - Onafriday

26 Frédéric Chopin
27 Gavin DeGraw Gavin DeGraw Gavin Shane DeGraw is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He rose to fame with the single "I Don't Want to Be" from his debut album Chariot which became the theme song for the television drama series One Tree Hill.
28 Mikhail Glinka
29 Lou Reed Lou Reed Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. more.
30 Laurie Anderson
31 Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren
32 John Cale John Cale John Davies Cale is a Welsh musician, composer, singer, songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the American rock band the Velvet Underground.
33 Mike Patton Mike Patton Michael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.
34 Steven Wilson Steven Wilson Steven John Wilson is an English musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.

The pure definition of underrated. Surprised this guy wasn't on here to begin with.

35 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.
36 Angie Aparo
37 Cristian Castro
38 Jeff Mangum
39 Otis Redding Otis Redding Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout.
40 John Deacon John Deacon John Richard Deacon is a retired English musician, best known as the bass guitarist for the rock band Queen.
41 Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. more.
42 Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
43 Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.

He was one of the most criminally underrated musicians, and his talent will never fade he deserves much more recognition.

44 Tom Delonge Tom Delonge Thomas Matthew "Tom" DeLonge, Jr., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and film producer. He was born in Poway, California on December 13, 1975. When he was in high school at age 15, he got expelled for drinking at a basketball game. He also used to play the trumpet, more.
45 Art Tatum
46 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
47 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. more.
48 Ray Charles Ray Charles Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.
49 Jack Johnson Jack Johnson Jack Hody Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and former professional surfer.
50 Barry Stock Barry Stock
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