Top 10 Most Underrated Music Artists Of All Time

Kimbra Known for her unique voice and diverse musical style, Ravyn Lenae with her soulful vocals and emotive performances, Ravyn Lenae has captured the hearts of listeners, Katy B a versatile singer known for her skills in R&B. Let’s take a look at the Most Underrated Music Artists Of All Time.

by Ruksana

Updated Mar 27, 2024

Top 10 Most Underrated Music Artists Of All Time
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Top 10 Most Underrated Music Artists Of All Time

These are the Top 10 Most Underrated Music Artists Of All Time, who shined like a star at some time but didn’t deserve more fame from fans. Despite their unquestionable talent and significant contributions to the music industry, these artists remain underrated and under appreciated by the people. They continue to create remarkable music that deserves more recognition and acclaim.

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S.No. 

Name 

1

Carly Rae Jepsen

2

John Mayer

3

Rick Astley

4

Alessia Cara

5

Harry Nilsson

6

Topaz Jones

7

Kimbra

8

Ravyn Lenae

9

Katy B

10

MC5

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer who became famous in 2012 with her song "Call Me Maybe." She was born on November 21, 1985, in Mission, British Columbia, Canada. She grew up loving musical theater and performed in school plays like "Annie" and "Grease." After high school, she considered becoming a music teacher but decided to pursue singing instead.

She went to the Canadian College of Performing Arts and started her music career after graduating. Carly worked various jobs in Vancouver to support herself while writing songs. In 2007, she got third place on a TV show called Canadian Idol, which helped her get noticed.

Her big break came in 2012 when "Call Me Maybe" became a massive hit worldwide. The song sold millions of copies and reached number one in many countries. After that, Carly released more albums and singles, including "Good Time" and "I Really Like You."

Name 

Carly Rae Jepsen

Born

November 21, 1985

Birthplace

Mission, British Columbia, Canada

Occupation

Singer, songwriter, musician

Genres

Pop, disco, pop rock, folk

Years Active

2007–present

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John Mayer

John Mayer is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born on October 16, 1977, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He started playing guitar when he was young, inspired by watching movies like "Back to the Future" where he saw people playing guitar. His love for blues music grew after listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan, and he began taking guitar lessons to learn more.

Mayer's music career began to take off when he released his debut album "Room for Squares" in 2001, which included hit songs like "Your Body Is a Wonderland". He won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for this song. Over the years, Mayer's music style evolved, blending rock, pop, and blues influences.

Apart from his solo career, Mayer has also been part of bands like the John Mayer Trio and Dead & Company. He's known for his soulful voice, skillful guitar playing, and heartfelt lyrics.

Name 

John Mayer 

Born

October 16, 1977

Birthplace

Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.

Education

Fairfield Warde High School

Occupation

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer

Genres

Rock, pop, blues

Years Active

1998–present

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Rick Astley

Rick Astley is a British singer known for his catchy pop songs. Born Richard Paul Astley on February 6, 1966, in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England, he began his music career at a young age, singing in his local church choir. During his school days, Astley played the drums in various bands, developing a love for music. He caught the attention of record producer Pete Waterman and signed with RCA Records in 1985.

Astley rose to fame with his debut single "Never Gonna Give You Up" in 1987, which became a global hit. The song topped charts in 25 countries and earned him the Brit Award for Best British Single in 1988. He followed up with hits like "Together Forever" and "Whenever You Need Somebody," achieving commercial success with his albums.

Full Name

Richard Paul Astley

Date of Birth

February 6, 1966

Birthplace

Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England

Occupation

Singer, songwriter, radio personality

Years Active

1985–1993, 2000–present

Spouse

Lene Bausager (m. 2003)

Children

1

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Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara is a talented Canadian singer and songwriter who was born on July 11, 1996, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. From a young age, Alessia showed a passion for music and began posting covers of songs on YouTube when she was just 13 years old. Her soulful voice and raw talent caught the attention of music industry professionals, leading to her signing with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings in 2014.

In 2015, Alessia released her debut single "Here," which became a surprise hit, reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This success took her into the spotlight, and she soon released her debut studio album titled "Know-It-All," which became super hit.

Full Name

Alessia Caracciolo

Date of Birth

July 11, 1996

Birthplace

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Occupation

Singer, songwriter

Years Active

2009–present

Genres

Pop, R&B

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Harry Nilsson

Harry Nilsson, born on June 15, 1941, in New York City, was a famous American singer-songwriter. He became most popular during the early 1970s. Nilsson's music was unique because he experimented a lot with his voice, recording multiple vocal tracks on top of each other. This created a rich, layered sound in his songs. He also liked to mix different musical styles, including rock and Caribbean sounds.

Growing up, Nilsson faced financial struggles, and his father left the family when he was very young. Despite these challenges, he discovered his love for music and began singing and playing instruments. He moved to Los Angeles as a teenager to pursue his musical dreams.

Full Name

Harry Edward Nilsson III

Date of Birth

June 15, 1941

Birthplace

New York City, U.S.

Origin

Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Death

January 15, 1994

Instruments

Vocals, keyboards

Years Active

1958–1992

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Topaz Jones

Topaz Jones, born George David Brandon Jones in 1993, is an American rapper, singer, and filmmaker. He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, surrounded by music, as his father was a guitarist for well-known funk bands like Slave and Aurra.

Despite being raised in a musical environment, Jones pursued higher education and graduated from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Jones entered the music field in 2013 with his debut single "Coping Mechanism," starting the beginning of his career as a recording artist.

Following this, he released his first album titled "The Honeymoon Suite" in 2014, showcasing his unique style of hip-hop, funk, and trap influences. In 2016, he released his second album, "Arcade," which featured the popular single "Tropicana."

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Kimbra

Kimbra Lee Johnson, known as Kimbra, is a singer and songwriter from New Zealand. Born on March 27, 1990, in Hamilton, New Zealand, Kimbra grew up in a musical family, where her father was a doctor and her mother was a nurse. She began writing songs at the age of 10 and received her first guitar at 12, eventually performing in her school's jazz choir and competing in musical competitions.

In 2007, Kimbra's talent was noticed by music industry professionals, leading her to sign with Forum 5, a label in Melbourne, Australia. Her debut single "Settle Down" was released in 2010, followed by collaborations with artists like Miami Horror and Gotye.

Kimbra gained international fame for her collaboration with Gotye on the hit single "Somebody That I Used to Know," which won two Grammy Awards. Her debut album, "Vows," released in 2011, achieved commercial success and critical acclaim, showcasing her eclectic musical style blending pop, R&B, and jazz elements.

Full Name

Kimbra Lee Johnson

Born

March 27, 1990

Birthplace

Hamilton, New Zealand

Genres

Pop, R&B, Indie Rock, Art Pop

Occupation

Singer, Songwriter, Actress

Years Active

2000–present

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Ravyn Lenae

Ravyn Lenae Washington, better known as Ravyn Lenae, is a talented R&B singer-songwriter born on January 22, 1999, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Growing up in a musical family, Lenae's roots trace back to Panama, where her maternal grandfather was part of a doo-wop group. This diverse heritage heavily influences her music, which seamlessly blends elements of alternative R&B, neo soul, and jazz.

Lenae's journey in music began during her middle school years, where she started writing her own songs. Her passion for music led her to attend the Chicago High School for the Arts, where she improved her skills in classical music. At just 15 years old, she invested $300 in a studio session, resulting in her debut single, "Greetings," which gather attention in 2014.

Full Name

Ravyn Lenae Washington

Born

January 22, 1999

Birthplace

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Genres

Alternative R&B, R&B, Neo Soul

Occupation

Singer, Songwriter

Years Active

2014–present

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Katy B

Katy B, born Kathleen Anne Brien on May 8, 1989, in Peckham, London, England, is a well-known English singer-songwriter. Growing up surrounded by music, Katy's father was involved in the music industry, which influenced her love for music from a young age. She attended various schools in London, including the BRIT School, where she honed her musical talents.

Her career took off in 2010 with the release of her debut single "Katy on a Mission," This marked the beginning of her journey into the music scene. In 2011, she released her debut album titled "On a Mission," which received praise and produced hits like "Lights On" and "Broken Record."

Katy B continued to impress with her second album, "Little Red," in 2014, featuring popular tracks such as "5 AM" and "Crying for No Reason." Her skills as an artist were evident as she explored various genres of music. 

Full Name 

Kathleen Anne Brien

Also Known As

Baby Katy

Born

May 8, 1989

Birthplace

Peckham, London, England

Genres

R&B, Dubstep, Electronic Dance, House, UK Garage

Occupation

Singer, Songwriter, DJ

Years Active

2007–present

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MC5

MC5, short for Motor City Five, was a rock band from Michigan, USA, formed in 1963. They were famous for their energetic performances and rebellious music style. The band consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson.

Their music blended different genres like hard rock, garage rock, and proto-punk. One of their most famous songs, "Kick Out the Jams," became an anthem is still celebrated today.

Band Name 

MC5

Also Known As

Bounty Hunters, Motor City Five, MC50

Origin

Lincoln Park, Michigan, U.S.

Genres

Hard rock, Garage rock, Proto-punk, Blues rock

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