Most Underrated Singers of the 20th Century
The Top Ten
1 Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.
2 Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ). V 1 Comment
3 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.
4 Eddie Cochran
Edward Raymond "Eddie" Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an American musician. Rock and roll pioneer, he was only 21 years old when he died in a car crash. ...read more.
5 Hansi Kürsch
Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records ...read more.
6 David Coverdale
David Coverdale is an English rock singer most famous for his work with Whitesnake, the commercially successful hard rock band he founded in 1978. Before Whitesnake, Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to 15 March 1976, when he resigned from the band and established his solo ...read more.
7 Roy Orbison
Roy Kelton Orbison, professionally known as Roy Orbison, nicknamed Big O, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and musician, mostly known for his complex voice and for hits such as, "Oh, Pretty Woman".
8 Stevie Nicks
Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums.
She is not underrated,in fact she is considered as one of the best female singers of all time - zxm
9 Klaus Meine
10 Ben E. King
11 Gladys Knight
12 Richie Furay
Paul Richard "Richie" Furay is an American singer, songwriter, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member who is best known for forming the bands Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin, and Poco with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner.
13 Gene Clark
Harold Eugene "Gene" Clark was an American singer-songwriter and founding member of the folk rock band the Byrds.
14 Mario Lanza
Sad that a singer of his stature is essentially forgotten today. Extremely handsome as well as being one of history's greatest singers ever, he succumbed to the lure of Hollywood. The opera world resented his early movie success and shunned him. He died bitter and much too young.
15 Steven Wilson
Steven John Wilson is an English musician and record producer, most associated with the progressive rock genre.
16 Levi Stubbs
Levi Stubbs was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the R&B group the Four Tops, a band known for a variety of Motown hit records and other songs created in the 1960s and 1970s.
17 Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is mostly known for being a part of the soul movement.
Yeah, right! I think how just a few people would know to singing the "Wonderful World" Like Sam Cooke! - somekindofaguy
18 David Ruffin
For everyone who may not know, he is the original singer on "My Girl".
19 James LaBrie
Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.
20 Michael Kiske
Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.
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