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The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked 

Coley Reed
Updated January 29, 2020 8.7k votes 1.4k voters 15.6k views 61 items

List Rules Vote up the artists you think deserved more recognition in 2019.

While some artists quickly shoot to the top of the charts after one release, others remain under the radar for far too long. The top underrated artists today include charismatic rappers, soulful songwriters, and everyone in between. Some of the most underrated musical artists of 2019 are poised for a break-out year by heading out on buzz-worthy tours and releasing new albums.

Some of the 2019 underrated artists who've had a big year include Lizzo, Tierra Whack, and Betty Who. On the heels of a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, Jorja Smith has the momentum to go from underrated to superstar.

Chicago is brimming with a variety of good underrated artists, such as Saba and CupcakKe.

Which underrated acts do you think deserve more attention? Vote for the hottest underrated artists right now and please add any underrated gems we may have missed.

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Alec Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked

Labels: Columbia, Warner/Chappell Music, Atlantic

Alec Benjamin (born May 28, 1994) is an American singer-songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. He is known for his songs "Paper Crown", "I Built A Friend", "End of the ...more
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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
DGoldsteinShine added Genre: Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Woman's Revenge

Trish Best, known by her stage name Feloni, is an African-American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Her coming out as lesbian was featured on MTV's LOGO documentary show Coming Out Stories.
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Ruel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Genre: R&B, pop, soul; Nationality: English

Labels: The Muziek Trust, RCA, Sony Music Australia

Ruel van Dijk (born October 29, 2002), known professionally as Ruel, is an Australian singer from Sydney and born in London, best known for his singles "Don't Tell Me" and ...more
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Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
MIKEBTM added Genre: Dream pop, Electropop; Nationality: Australia

Albums: We're My Otp, The Fault in Our Stars, Dare to Dream, Happy Little Pill, TRXYE

Troye Sivan Mellet (born 5 June 1995) is a South African-born Australian singer, songwriter, actor, and YouTuber. After gaining popularity as a singer on YouTube and in Australian talent ...more
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Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American alternative hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a founding member of indie hip ...more
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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Genre: Pop; Nationality: American

Labels: Zelig Recordings

Mikaela Straus (born December 19, 1998), known by her stage name King Princess, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Brooklyn, New York. She is signed to ...more
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Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Kehlani Ashley Parrish (born April 24, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer, signed to Atlantic Records. Kehlani is originally from Oakland, California, where she achieved initial ...more
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Normani is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Genre: R&B, Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Syco, Epic, Keep Cool, RCA

Normani Kordei Hamilton (born May 31, 1996), recording mononymously as Normani, is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. She is a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In 2017, she ...more
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Saba is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Tahj Malik Chandler (born July 17, 1994), better known by his stage name Saba (stylized as SABA), is an American rapper and record producer. He grew up in the Austin neighborhood of the West ...more
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Jorja Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Jorja Smith (born June 11, 1997) is an English singer from Walsall, West Midlands. She has independently released numerous singles and one extended play, Project 11 (2016), and is known for her ...more
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YBN Cordae is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Elijah Reed added
Cordae Amari Dunston (born August 26, 1997), known professionally as YBN Cordae, is an American rapper, singer raised in Suitland, Maryland, Dunston began rapping at a young age under the stage ...more
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Alessia Cara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Mohamed Farid added Alessia Cara
Alessia Caracciolo (born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara, is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After producing acoustic covers she signed with Def Jam Recordings and ...more
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Brockhampton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Brockhampton is a California-based American hip-hop collective, self-described as a "boy band", formed in San Marcos, Texas in 2015. Brockhampton was partially founded on Internet ...more
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Summer Walker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Last Day of Summer, CLEAR

Summer Walker (born April 11, 1996) is an American singer, songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. She is signed to LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records. Her debut studio album Last Day of Summer ...more
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Lauren Daigle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Lauren Ashley Daigle (born September 9, 1991) is an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter. After being signed to the label Centricity Music, she released her debut album, ...more
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Maggie Rogers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Heard It in a Past Life

Labels: Debay Sounds, Capitol

Margaret Debay Rogers is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer from Easton, Maryland. She rose to fame after her song "Alaska" was played to Pharrell Williams during a ...more
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Stefflon Don is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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Stephanie Victoria Allen (born 14 December 1991), better known by her stage name Stefflon Don, is an English rapper, singer and songwriter. She first appeared in the song "London" by ...more
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Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Interscope Records. Her first experience with ...more
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imdontai is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
apperiniumisawordok added imdontai

Albums: Bottled emotions, Mood Swings, Haphazard, Land of Development, The Dumb It Down Tape, + more

Labels: none

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Ruelle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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Blood Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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Chrissy Costanza is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Sean Gerald added Chrissy Costanza

Albums: In our Bones, Past Lives

Labels: Fueled by Ramen

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cupcakKe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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Albums: Audacious, Queen Elizabitch, Ephorize, Eden

Elizabeth Eden Harris (born May 31, 1997), known professionally as Cupcakke (often stylized as cupcakKe), is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. Harris began her career as a rapper by ...more
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The Struts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked

Albums: Everybody Wants, Young & Dangerous

Labels: Interscope, Polydor, Virgin, EMI

The Struts are an English rock band from Derby, Derbyshire, England. The band consists of vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies. Formed in ...more
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MIKEBTM added K. Flay