Sunday, April 13, 2008

Top 50 Most Underrated Singers/Groups Of All-Time

Here comes another one of those fabulous countdowns. The NCV crew have devised a list of who we think are the most underrated singers/groups of all time. This list was originally 60, but we cut it by ten. We just really feel these guys don't get the love that they receive from people out there and even some of the mainstream media. Our considerations for this list is amount of hits made, contributions around music in general, and in our mind is just one hit away from being a superstar. So here is the list...

50. Da Brat

We think Da Brat had it going for a certain period in the mid 90's. It is just a shame that she fell out of context when the new century hit.

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49. Foreigner

You knew your karaoke parties wouldn't be the same without a hit from this group.

48. Expose

Very underrated group. Point Of No Return was an absolute classic 80's hit.

47. The Scorpions

MACTINO's choice. His reasoning being that after watching his uncle's DVD, he realized that they made a lot of songs he "never knew the artist too"

46. Next

Not only were they hot in the late 90's and early 2000's, but one of their guys RL made one of the most underrated slow jams in our book with A Good Man.

45. Kelly Price

She has a wonderful voice, and actually has made a lot of beautiful music too.

44. Jon B

Someone To Love was the first thing we ever saw him in. He has a period in the 90's where he was a star. Its just too bad his 15 minutes of fame fizzled.

43. James Taylor

Classic guitarist! Lost in the lore of Jimi, Eric Clapton etc

42. James Ingram

One of the most underrated R&B artists out there. His ability to duet with anyone and has that deep soulful voice that can make your evening go just perfectly.


41. Gang-Starr

We feel this guy is very underrated in a jam packed hip hop game.

40. Case

Multiple singles hits in the the 90's and early 2000's. He has the ability to just blow up in our minds.

39. Air Supply

It was not the 80's without this group. You cannot sing karaoke without them. Their ability to just sing about love and sometimes being hurt can take you through a journey.

38. Warren G

The G funk era was a very underrated time in the rap game. It was lost in the middle of the whole East Coast/West Coast battle. He had a lot of under the radar hits.

37. Third Eye Blind

I first heard this group in the mid 90's and was totally caught by them. How's It Gonna Be was one of my favorite tracks during the 90's. Although they made a few that made the Billboard top 100 list, we just felt they were also one chart topping hit away from stardom.

36. Stone Temple Pilots

During the rock/grunge era in the 90's, we thought this group was right in the cusp of greatness. Just lost in the Pearl Jam, Nirvana lore was this group.

35. Peter Cetera

When he went solo, we felt this dude had some absolute gems. Even his duet work with the ladies was very underrated too.

34. Sheila E

In the 80's, she had some hits that when we looked her up, our jaws dropped in amazement. To us she was lost in the lore of Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and even the Jets.

33. Immature

Very underrated R&B group in the 90's. Its too bad they just ran into other powerhouses like Jodeci, Boyz II Men, All 4 One. But some hitters though.

32. Hi-Five

Too bad Tony Thompson died too soon. But this group had some great R&B sounds.

31. Donnell Jones

He just reminds us of another person on this list, that we will mention further down in their R&B hits.

30. Shanice

Early 90's was her game! She has since made a couple of albums, but the amount of noise she made during the early 90's was unforgettable.

29. Karyn White

She had such a distinct voice to us that made her music videos worth watching and her songs in our ears.

28. Shai

Another 90's group that was overshadowed by the dominance of Boyz II Men and Jodeci.

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27. The Spinners

This group had a couple of very suprisingly delectable jams in the 70's and even the 80's. Plus their famous I'll Be Around has been sampled by so many artists that it keeps their group alive today.

26. SWV

Very underappreciated. The first truly beautiful trio of ladies who took your heart away with their beauty and voices. They were some down ass chicks though too, never making a quite revealing video like most groups today.

25. Bryan Adams

This Canadian has made a few great love songs in our time. Well worthy of an underrated stamp because not a lot of people knew about him.

24. Tony Toni Tone

What a group in the 90's. They had so many hits that has taken over our I-Pods. Truly a timeless group!

23. Mint Condition

Another one of those groups that went under the radar in the 90's. They made some beautiful music

22. Deborah Cox

She beautiful, sexy and has an underrated voice and sound perfect for the NCV

21. Hieroglyphics

Made a lot of noise in the hip hop game. Mostly in the west coast but their flow is absolutely terrific

20. Joe

This was who Donnell Jones reminded me of. His jams always stood out in our minds. What a fantastic artist!

19. Talib Kweli

Right now he's blowin' up, but in our minds he's always one of the most underrated rappers out there.

18. Redman

This guy has made a lot of jams during his time. A lot of it once again was overshadowed either by Method Man or just other rappers who got more play in general.

17. Monica

She peaked in our opinion in the mid to late 90's putting out hit after hit.

16. Sade

What a voice! Her slow jams just make me want to relax and fall asleep during a nice evening.

15. 112

This group was out there in an era where a lot of these R&B groups were making a return.

14. Maxwell

His sound is breathtaking. You can't have an R&B mix without any one of his songs.

13. Mya

She is one of those artists that we all knew about but seemed like she just made hits just to get by. To us she was one of those who was just one smash away from stardom.

12. Hall and Oates

Classic group! Their sound compliments them. Plus I kill Sarah Smile on the karaoke.

11. Musiq Soulchild

An R&B gem! Everything about him is gold to us. His music, his lyrics and his harmony.

10. Jagged Edge

In our opinion they brought back the classic R&B group that Jodeci left behind. Their songs were truly unforgettable in our minds.

9. Ginuwine

He's the ultimate in many hits but was just lacking that one that puts him through the roof.

8. Xscape

They were our favorite/ultimate R&B underrated group in the 90's. From a Period from the early to late 90's where they dominated!

7. Tamia

Our girl has to be in this list. Lost in the popularity of Beyonce, Rihanna, Mariah Carey etc was our favorite underrated star. Love ya baby!

Everyone go ahead and stop the countdown so you can watch.

6. The Cure

Set the tone for all emo bands!

5. The Roots

They are standards in our opinion on a versatile group. Hip hop, rock and roll and just being able to change things up.

4. The Stylistics

This group influenced a lot of artists and used a lot of their sounds in their music.

3. Weezer

This group was lost in the lore of Blink 182, Smashing Pumpkins, Matchbox 20, Hootie and Blowfish as one who made such a great impact in rock in the 90's.

A shoutout to our homies The Legion Of Doom and their classic Rockband version of Say It Ain't So

2. Kool and the Gang

Your parties are not the same without their sounds. Plus there are numerous artists that have sampled their magic and have succeeded.

1. El Debarge

The Ultimate in Underrated. Take a minute to think back to when you were listening to the radio and a song pops on and you didn't know the artist. Well that's how we all felt and El Debarge was the artist on a majority of those songs.


Anonymous said...

Exceptional list here... Brang back memories and a slight tear to the eye. These artists deserve a true place in history.

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I like this list and agree that Debarge are THE MOST UNDERRATED GROUP EVER. Just looking at how much their songs have been sampled by the likes of Tupac etc is testament to their undeniable talent.Tamia is def underrated as is the deliciously voiced Donell Jones. I'm just disappointed that you haven't mentioned Shalamar, Jet, Chante Moore, Amelerou,Anita Baker, Charelle,Alexander Oneil, Raphael Saadiq (though at least you mentioned Tony Tony Tony), Diana Ross who has absolutely fab songs and the most sophisticated voice ever, the rapper Skeelo, and Mariah Carey who is such an amazing song writer yet people love to hate on her

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I know this is a little late, but in light of the recent Partridge Family reunion on the Today Show, I wonder why David Cassidy's solo work is not on this list. His Dreams Are Nothin' More Than Wishes album from 1973 is fantastic (blue-eyed soul)!! His voice is ear-caressing, honey, velvet, sultry; so compelling!!! His 3 RCA albums are also very good: Home Is Where the Heart Is, The Higher They Climb, The Harder They Fall, and Gettin' It In The Streets.

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*AHEM*...uh...Robin Scott, aka 'M'? Are u kidding me? Not on this list? The man was one of the most unafraid musical experimental artists...EVER! World music, punk, new-wave, name it. He never got his due!

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