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The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Updated May 11, 2020 974 votes 178 voters 6.5k views34 items

List RulesVote up the bands you think deserve more attention.

While some bands quickly blast up to the top of the charts after one release, others remain under the radar for far too long. The 2019 class of underrated bands includes indie rockers, folk groups, and more. Some of the top underrated bands today are poised for a breakout year, with a full schedule of tour dates and the release of new albums.

Good underrated bands like The Struts, Brockhampton, and Superorganism are expected to have a big year in 2019. Sunflower Bean have been tapped as a supporting act for everyone from Interpol to Beck, so it's about time they got some critical acclaim of their own.

Buzzworthy K-Pop acts like Momoland are also among the most underrated bands of 2019.

Which underrated bands do you think deserve more attention in 2019? Vote your favorite underrated 2019 band up to the top of this list, and if you think we missed one of the hottest underrated bands performing now, don't hesitate to add them to the list.

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    Highly Suspect is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Highly Suspect

    Hard rock, Alternative rock
    Highly Suspect is an American rock trio from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The band was founded by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Glass Animals is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Glass Animals

    Psychedelic pop, art pop

    AlbumsZaba, How to Be a Human Being

    Glass Animals is a British four-piece psychedelic music project led by singer, songwriter, and producer Dave Bayley with his bandmates and childhood friends Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer, and Drew MacFarlane.

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    The Struts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    The Struts

    Glam rock, alternative rock

    AlbumsEverybody Wants, Young & Dangerous

    The Struts are an English rock band from Derby, Derbyshire, England. The band consists of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Regrettes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    The Regrettes

    Punk rock, riot grrrl

    AlbumsFeel Your Feelings Fool!, How Do You Love?

    The Regrettes are an American punk rock band from Los Angeles. The band is led by frontwoman Lydia Night. They released their debut studio album, Feel Your Feelings Fool! on Warner Bros. Records in January 2017.

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    The Wombats is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    The Wombats

    Pop punk, Indie pop

    AlbumsThe Wombats, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, Girls, Boys & Marsupials

    The Wombats are an English indie rock band formed in Liverpool. The band comprises native... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Brockhampton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Brockhampton

    Alternative hip hop, Pop
    Brockhampton is a California-based American hip-hop collective, self-described as a "boy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Silversun Pickups is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Silversun Pickups

    Indie pop, Noise rock

    AlbumsSwoon, Carnavas, Neck of the Woods, Future Foe Scenarios, Well Thought Out Twinkles

    Silversun Pickups is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles that was formed in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Nothing But Thieves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Nothing But Thieves

    Alternative Rock

    AlbumsNothing But Thieves, Broken Machine

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    IDLES is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    IDLES

    Punk rock, post-punk

    AlbumsBrutalism, Joy as an Act of Resistance

    Idles, stylised as IDLES, are an English punk rock band formed in Bristol in 2009. Their debut album, Brutalism, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, as was their second album Joy as an Act of Resistance in 2018.

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    Wolf Alice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Wolf Alice

    Folk rock, Alternative rock

    AlbumsBros, Fluffy, Blush, Creature Songs

    Wolf Alice are a four-piece alternative rock band from North London, consisting of Ellie... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Joywave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Joywave

    Indie rock, alternative rock

    AlbumsHow Do You Feel Now?, Content

    Joywave is an American indie rock band from Rochester, New York, consisting of members Daniel Armbruster (vocals), Joseph Morinelli (guitar), Kevin Mahoney (bass), Benjamin Bailey (keyboards), and Paul Brenner (drums). The band first became known for its collaboration with electronic music project Big Data, "Dangerous."

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    The Kills is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    The Kills

    Punk blues, Garage punk

    AlbumsNo Wow, Keep On Your Mean Side, Blood Pressures, Last Day of Magic, Cheap and Cheerful

    The Kills are a British-American indie rock band formed by American singer Alison Mosshart... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    boygenius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    boygenius

    Indie rock, folk rock

    Boygenius (stylized in all lowercase) is an indie rock supergroup formed by American musicians Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus. Their self-titled debut EP boygenius was written and recorded in four days at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles.

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    Superorganism is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Superorganism

    Art pop, indie pop

    AlbumsSuperorganism

    Superorganism is an English indie pop band, formed in early 2017 and based in London. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Slaves is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Slaves

    Punk rock, garage punk

    AlbumsAre You Satisfied?, Take Control, Acts of Fear and Love

    Slaves are an English punk rock duo formed in 2012 in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, consisting of Laurie Vincent (vocals, guitar, and bass) and Isaac Holman (vocals, drums, and trumpet). Their music has been described as "British punk with harsh bluesy garage riffs."

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    Welshly Arms is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Welshly Arms

    Alternative rock, blues rock

    AlbumsWelshly Arms, No Place Is Home

    Welshly Arms is an American blues rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The band has been active since their debut in 2013 with the EP Welcome. The following year, they released a covers EP and in 2015, an album titled Welshly Arms. The band writes, produces, and records all of their material in Cleveland. Their name refers to a Saturday Night Live sketch.

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    Peach Pit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Peach Pit

    Indie pop, indie rock

    AlbumsBeing So Normal

    Peach Pit is an indie pop band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The band is led by Neil Smith, guitarist Christopher Vanderkooy, bassist Peter Wilton, and drummer Mikey Pascuzzi. The group melds teen angst with bummer summer vibes and quickly developed a dedicated local fanbase through their energetic live shows.

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    Bears In Trees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Bad Cop/Bad Cop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked

    AlbumsNot Sorry, Warriors

    Bad Cop/Bad Cop is a punk band consisting of singer/songwriter Stacey Dee, singer/guitarist Jennie Cotterill, basist/singer Rinh Re, and drummer Myra Gallarza. 

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    Roadtrip is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    AlbumsMiss Taken, 2017, Tokyo Hotel, 2017, Dynamite

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    Middle Kids is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Middle Kids

    Alternative indie rock

    AlbumsLost Friends

    Middle Kids are an alternative indie rock band from Sydney, Australia led by lead... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Doll Skin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Doll Skin

    Rock, punk rock

    AlbumsIn Your Face, In Your Face (Again), Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Love Is Dead And We Killed Her

    Doll Skin is a rock band from Phoenix, Arizona. The band is made up Meghan Herring (drums/co-lead vocals), Sydney Dolezal (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Nicole Rich (bass/backing vocals), and Alex Snowden (lead guitar/backing vocals).The band members met at School Of Rock Scottsdale. Their sound is a blend of punk, metal, alternative & pop.

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    Broods is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Broods

    Indie pop, electronica

    AlbumsEvergreen, Conscious, Don't Feed the Pop Monster

    Broods is a music duo from Nelson, New Zealand, composed of Georgia Josiena Nott on lead vocals, with older brother and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Allan Joseph Nott on production and backing vocals. They released the single "Bridges", which went to No. 8 on the New Zealand single chart, and signed with Capitol and Polydor Records.

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    Sunflower Bean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Sunflower Bean

    Glam rock, indie rock

    AlbumsHuman Ceremony, Twentytwo in Blue

    Sunflower Bean is an American rock band from Glen Head, New York and Brooklyn founded in 2013. The band consists of Nick Kivlen (lead guitar and vocals), Jacob Faber (drums), and Julia Cumming (bass and lead vocals). The group has released two albums, Human Ceremony (Fat Possum Records, 2016) and Twentytwo in Blue (Mom + Pop Music, 2018).

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    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Feve is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

    Indie pop, Indie rock

    AlbumsTalk Tight, The French Press, Hope Downs

    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, also sometimes known as Rolling Blackouts C.F., is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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