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The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked  

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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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The Wombats is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Pop punk, Indie pop, New Wave
The Wombats are an English indie rock band formed in Liverpool. The band comprises native Liverpudlians Matthew Murphy, Daniel Haggis and Norwegian-born Tord Øverland Knudsen. The band is ...more
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Brockhampton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Hip hop, Experimental, R&B
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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The Regrettes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Punk rock, riot grrrl, garage pop

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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Glass Animals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Psychedelic pop, art pop, trip hop

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 Kills is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock
The Kills are an indie rock band formed by American singer Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince. Their first three albums, Keep On Your Mean Side, No Wow, and Midnight Boom, have ...more
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Broods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Indie pop, electronica, electropop

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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Wolf Alice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Folk rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock
Wolf Alice are a four-piece alternative rock band from North London, consisting of Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis. They released their debut single "Fluffy" in ...more
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Middle Kids is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative indie rock
Middle Kids are an alternative indie rock band from Sydney, Australia led by lead singer/guitarist Hannah Joy and her husband, Tim Fitz. Drummer Harry Day fills out the trio. They have released ...more
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IDLES is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Punk rock, post-punk, hardcore punk

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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Joywave is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Indie rock, alternative rock, indietronica

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 Struts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Glam rock, alternative rock, hard rock
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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Highly Suspect is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Hard rock, Alternative rock, Blues rock
Highly Suspect is an American rock trio from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The band was founded by twin brothers Rich (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums, backing vocals) and their ...more
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Lee Fields is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
seanb13 added
Elmer "Lee" Fields is an American soul artist born in 1951 in North Carolina, sometimes nicknamed "Little JB" for his physical and vocal resemblance with James Brown. During ...more
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Welshly Arms is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative rock, blues rock, soul

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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boygenius is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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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The War and Treaty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
R&B, folk, blues

The War and Treaty is the soul music duo featuring Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount. They released their first EP Down to the River in 2017.

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Operators is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
seanb13 added Alternative rock
Operators are a Canadian alternative rock band. In May 2014, Boeckner debuted his new band, Operators, during Canadian Music Week in Toronto. In January 2016, the Operators announced that their ...more
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Priests is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
seanb13 added Punk rock, Post-punk
Priests are a post-punk band from Washington D.C. Formed in 2012, the band is composed of Katie Alice Greer (vocals), Daniele Daniele (drums), and G.L. Jaguar (guitar). Strong proponents of DIY ...more
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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Feve... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
seanb13 added Indie pop, Indie rock
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, also sometimes known as Rolling Blackouts C.F., is an Australian indie rock band. It was formed in Melbourne in 2013 by singer-guitarists Fran Keaney, Tom Russo ...more
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Anteros is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Indie pop

Anteros is an English indie pop band from London. The band formed in 2014, and is made up of Laura Hayden (vocals), Joshua Rumble (bass guitar), Jackson Couzens (guitar) and Harry Balazs (drums).

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Superorganism is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Art pop, indie pop, electropop
Superorganism is an English indie pop band, formed in early 2017 and based in London. The group consists of eight members, including lead vocalist Orono Noguchi, alongside Emily, Harry, Tucan, ...more
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Doll Skin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Rock, punk rock, alternative rock

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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Bad Cop/Bad Cop is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Punk

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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Peach Pit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Indie pop, indie rock

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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Sunflower Bean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underrated Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Glam rock, indie rock, post-punk revival

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).