Who Rates Songs Anyway?: Some of My Favorite Underrated Songs

Posted: September 5, 2011 in Editorials, Lists

I’ve always hated when one song by an artist becomes popular and overplayed, allowing other terrific songs to become overlooked.  So, below is my non-definitive list of underrated standouts.

In alphabetical order by artist:

Lovesong – Adele: A beautiful cover of a song by The Cure.  Adele just puts so much soul into the performance.

City With No Children – Arcade Fire:  A truly powerful song, not to mention the cool backing guitar.

Story of a Lonely Guy – Blink 182:  I honestly don’t understand why this isn’t one of their hits–it’s a great tune with classic hook that rocks like any Blink song.

Wendy Clear – Blink 182:  One of my favorite Blink riffs.

My City of Ruins – Bruce Springsteen:  I cannot express how beautiful and meaningful this song is.  It’s a shame Bruce never plays it live.

Know Your Rights – The Clash:  The skull-crushing opener to the band’s hit album Combat Rock.

Low – Foo Fighters:  Ominous but very cool riff.  One of my favorites off One By One.

Bright Future in Sales – Fountains of Wayne: Easily one of FOW’s best songs.

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury & The Blockheads: A cult classic. ‘Nuff said.

All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers:  An epic!  This is The Killers’ “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The Story in Your Eyes – Moody Blues:  Great guitar and some really great lyrics.

Endlessly – Muse:  A slow-cooker that leaves you in tears.

Sunshine on Leith – The Proclaimers:  A real beauty by a band only know for “500 Miles,” which appeared in the movie Benny and Joon.

Mellowship Slinky in B Major – The Red Hot Chili Peppers:  Pure Chilis funk.  You just can’t go wrong.

Readymade – The Red Hot Chili Peppers:  “Aw, clean it up, Johnny,” shouts singer Anthony Keidis just before guitarist John Frusciante delivers one of the best solos of his career.

Teacher Teacher – Rockpile:  No one knows this band, yet this is somehow one of the catchiest songs I’ve ever heard.

Mind Bender – Stillwater:  Director Cameron Crowe based the fictional band in his classic Almost Famous off this terrific blues-rock band that is as musically talented as the Allman Brothers.

Border Crossing – Throwback: This one is for all the indie lovers.  The drummer went to my camp.

Tweeter and the Monkey Man – The Traveling Wilburies:  The most amazing supergroup ever, consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne, is also one of rock’s most under-respected bands.

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