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.

This list is one of the biggest misconceptions in TheTopTens history. The people who voted here wanted to show their appreciation towards classical while knowing nothing about it. It's like I assumed metal was an underrated genre, so created an underrated music artists list with Metallica on the top. What would you think? - Alkadikce

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 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

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

A very underrated solo career. - MontyPython

For sure.

He’s great

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

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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.

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 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
13 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

14 John Deacon John Deacon John Richard Deacon (born 19th of August 1951) is a retired English musician, who is best known as the bassist for the rock band Queen.

Agreed. He wrote quite a lot of Queen hits such as "You're My Best Friend" and "Another One Bites the Dust". He's underappreciated. - Misfire

15 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

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

No radio coverage whatsoever for this young star, despite his consistency and talent.

16 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. more.

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

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 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. Singer-songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles was her third husband.

Eh? - Misfire

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

AAaaAaAaAaAaaaA bleating is singing? LOL - malamJONES

19 Frédéric Chopin

This guy is the definition of good

20 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.
21 Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren
22 Richard Thompson
23 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.

24 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.
25 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

26 Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth was a British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles in a career spanning more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion.

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

27 Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
28 Newton Faulkner

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

29 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.
30 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

31 Robyn Hitchcock

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

32 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.
33 Mikhail Glinka
34 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.
35 Laurie Anderson
36 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.
37 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.
38 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.
39 Angie Aparo
40 Cristian Castro
41 Jeff Mangum
42 Otis Redding Otis Redding Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout.
43 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.
44 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.

45 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.
46 Art Tatum
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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