Thursday, July 9, 2015

7 Criminally Underrated Rock Songs

Sometimes rock songs may be hits when released, but still achieve far less success than deserved. Or they may fall through the cracks and become inexplicably little-remembered. Or they may come from such an unlikely source that rock fans haven’t given them much notice. I want to bring attention to some of these forgotten, ignored, or unappreciated classics.

Here, in no particular order, are seven criminally underrated rock songs.



#1 “Let the Day Begin” by The Call

What better way to begin this list than with one of the greatest rock songs of all time? I prefer this seemingly forgotten gem over most of what gets played on the average classic rock station.



#2 “Run” by Collective Soul

Pretty much every single and every album from Collective Soul could be classified as criminally underrated, and “Run” is perhaps the best example. It’s a powerful ballad that never gets old.



#3 “Lord of the Dance” by Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman is a living legend with a long and hit-filled career. “Lord of the Dance” shows why and is one of many songs that proves he deserves even more popularity than he’s seen so far.



#4 “King of Comedy” by R.E.M.

The catchy guitar riff, experimental vocals, and satirical lyrics seem like the perfect recipe for a mega-hit, but this song was hardly noticed when it was released.





#5 “Colored People” by DC Talk

If I had to pick one song on this list as the most under-appreciated, “Colored People” would be it. The combination of profound lyrics with moving music creates a masterpiece.



#6 “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood

Although this song has a country twang, it out-rocks most rock songs in recent memory. “Cowboy Casanova” perhaps got the appreciation it deserved from country fans, but—understandably—not yet from rock fans.



#7 “Love Don’t Die” by The Fray

The Fray outdid themselves with this catchy, insightful rocker. It’s my favorite song of theirs. Strangely, however, “Love Don’t Die” wasn’t as successful as some of their other hits.



What do you think of this list? Are there any songs you’d like to add?

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