10 Underrated Classic Rock Bands That Deserve More Recognition

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Classic rock isn’t just about The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. There are many lesser-known but equally incredible bands from the ’60s to the ’80s that deserve recognition.

These underrated classic rock bands may not have received the spotlight they deserve, but their musical contributions are essential to the genre’s rich history.

Here are 10 underrated classic rock acts that deserve your attention:

10. Triumph

Formed in 1975, Triumph, a Canadian rock legend, boasts a guitar-driven sound and dynamic live shows. Hits like “Lay It on the Line” and “Magic Power” propelled them through the late ’70s to ’80s. Despite 16 albums, 18 gold, and 9 platinum awards, they remain underrated in the classic rock genre.


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9. Ten Years After

British rockers Ten Years After gained fame in the late ’60s with hits such as “I’m Going Home” and “Love Like a Man.” Their Woodstock performance made them U.S. known. Despite this, both the band and frontman Alvin Lee are overlooked by many classic rock fans.


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8. The Moody Blues

Progressive pioneers, The Moody Blues, are famed for “Nights in White Satin.” With albums like “In Search of the Lost Chord,” they ventured into experimental music. They defined a mellotron-rich sound, yet remain overshadowed despite a standout Isle of Wight festival performance.


7. Mountain

Remember “Mississippi Queen”? Mountain’s Leslie West brought melodic guitar fire, shining during their brief 1969-72 tenure. The Woodstock show highlighted their live prowess. Despite “Climbing!” gold certification, they’re known mainly for one hit. Check out “Nantucket Sleighride” and “Flowers of Evil.”


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6. Savoy Brown

English blues-rock institution Savoy Brown, established in 1965, left an indelible mark with their impressive discography of 32 albums. Despite their unyielding commitment to touring, the band often remains in the shadows of recognition. The passing of original member Kim Simmonds, who continued to tour until last year, marked the end of an era. Notably, their 2019 release, “City Night,” showcased their enduring creative spirit.


5. UFO

The English rock stalwarts UFO, standing shoulder to shoulder with legends like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, played a pivotal role in paving the way for the rise of heavy metal. Spearheaded by the guitar virtuosity of Michael Schenker, their musical prowess reached celestial heights. However, despite their monumental contributions, their success in the ’70s and ’80s remained within the realm of moderation.


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4. The Animals

During the British Invasion, The Animals emerged as a rhythm and blues powerhouse, rivaling even the early Rolling Stones. Despite their tremendous influence, poor management hindered their prime period, leaving their importance often overshadowed and underappreciated in the annals of rock history.


3. Blue Öyster Cult

While widely recognized for the iconic “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” Blue Öyster Cult’s impact goes far beyond the infamous cowbell sketch. Their dynamic albums, such as “Secret Treaties,” not only resonated within their era but also served as a wellspring of inspiration for diverse acts from Metallica to Queens of the Stone Age, solidifying their legacy as a truly influential force in the rock genre.


2. Deep Purple

Celebrated for crafting one of rock’s most recognizable riffs in “Smoke on the Water,” Deep Purple’s musical journey delves far deeper. Their extensive catalog boasts gems that transcend this single hit, showcasing their prowess in crafting intricate compositions. As their lineup evolved, albums like “Machine Head” not only defined an era but also left an indelible mark on the rock landscape, cementing Deep Purple’s position as architects of true rock greatness.


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1. The Kinks

Standing as an enduring cornerstone in the annals of rock history, The Kinks etched their name by pioneering guitar distortion in the seminal “You Really Got Me.” Their musical journey extended well into the ’70s, where they continued to craft exceptional pop-rock compositions. Beyond their chart-topping success, their influence rippled across genres, leaving an indelible impact on the rise of punk and Britpop movements.