11 Underrated Artists You Didn't Know You Were Missing

11 Underrated Artists You Didn't Know You Were Missing

The secret ingredient to your next best playlist may be on this list.

Do you ever just listen to a song and think, "Man, why isn't this more popular?"

When it comes to music, I get a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out).

It doesn't matter whether you love or hate what's considered popular today in any given genre: we all have one performer or group we wish got the attention they most certainly deserve.

You may even recognize some of them as a "one-hit-wonder," but the good news is, there's more where that came from!

If you're someone who's longing to listen to more than what's on constant repeat in the office and on the radio, check out these underrated artists to ensure your playlist isn't missing out:

1. The Heavy

You may recognize their hit, "How You Like Me Now?" from several popular video games, movies and even commercials, such as the KIA Sorrento.

When it comes to answering the question of why they aren't more widely recognized, your guess is as good as mine.

Up Next: "What Makes A Good Man?," "What Happened To The Love?," "Since You Been Gone"

2. The Record Company

"Baby I'm Broken" is my personal favorite, but their muffled vocals and overall rugged sound makes their other tracks just as interesting. Be sure to check out their cover of the "So What'cha Want" by the Beastie Boys, as well as their other tracks!

Up Next: "Off The Ground," "Never Gonna Cry For Me," "Rita Mae Young"

3. Gary Clark Jr.

There's something about his voice that soothes the soul. The first time I heard his voice and some of the riffs in his music, it was like an overwhelming peace took over my whole body. I didn't want to move, speak or do anything, really.

He's the perfect solution to a long day or relaxing over a stressful situation. Deep breaths and blues: the best form of "Healing."

Up Next: "BYOB/Can't Sleep/Shake," "Our Love," "Things Are Changin'"

4. Randy Rogers Band

A simple, country sound paired with some Texas two-stepping seems like the perfect night to me.

You've likely heard of them if you were born and raised in Texas, or if you're a Yankee like me who's fallen in love with Southern culture.

Up Next: "In My Arms Instead," "Interstate," "One More Goodbye"

5. Cody Johnson

While we're at it, here's another Texas native to sweep you off your feet. He's one of those homegrown stars who centers his fame around his roots.

Cody Johnson is everything you look for in a country artist; he even has a cover of "You Look So Good In Love." Who doesn't love a solid tribute to George Straight?

Up Next: "With You I Am," "Every Scar Has A Story," "Texas Kind Of Way"

6. Old Dominion

While they've gained a lot of recognition for their hits like "Break Up With Him" and "Snapback," they're one of those bands where you'll belt out the song, but you can never remember just who sings it.

I personally believe they deserve a lot more credit than they already have, especially because they're the perfect addition to any pool party or drive with the windows down.

Up Next: "Song For Another Time," "Shoe Shopping," "Written In The Sand"

7. Daughtry

Like Old Dominion, he's also on the more popular side, but I think we could all use a reminder every once in a while that he's still cranking out some great music post-Idol.

Up Next: "Waiting for Superman," "Battleships," "No Surprise"

8. Michael Franti & Spearhead

Chances are you've heard "Say Hey (I Love You)" at some point in time, but have you heard the rest? My favorite thing about Michael Franti and Spearhead is that their collaborations are always chock full of optimism and good vibes.

Up Next: "Once A Day," "The Sound of Sunshine," "11:59"

9. Lukas Graham

I've never been more ecstatic to see a star on the rise than I've been with Lukas Graaham. "7 Years" has been covered by teens, young adults and even other popular artists. It's a track that's gained him a ton of attention and opened doors for listeners to his other songs.

He's an excellent vocalist, and it's a bonus that he's cute as a button.

Up Next: "Mama Said," "Funeral," "Take The World By Storm"

10. Rob Thomas

He's another one of those artists where you've heard more of his songs than you could name off the top of your head, like "Lonely No More." There's something extremely familiar and comforting about his tunes.

Remember that playlist you used to blare through your headphones to get your through all those problems that weren't really problems when you look back on it? "Someday" was probably on that playlist.

However, now that we're adults, we can grieve the right way: with junk food and a little more Rob Thomas.

Up Next: "Pieces," "Trust You," "Her Diamonds"

11. Gavin DeGraw

If you watch any of the videos on this list, let it be this one. Disclaimer: it will make you cry... but in a good way.

You've likely heard "Not Over You" on the radio one too many times. While it is a fantastic song, listeners are missing out on so much more.

He's easily one of the most underrated on this list in terms of a talent to fame ratio. It breaks my heart when I mention an artist like Gavin DeGraw and get nothing but, "Who?" in response.

Up Next: "Best I Ever Had," "Make A Move," "She Sets The City On Fire"

It's up to you to change the status of these underrated stars!

If you think one or more of these artists deserves a little more recognition than they've been given, give it to them!

Share this with someone you think could use a secret ingredient in their playlist recipe!
Cover Image Credit: Kelly Sikkema

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

Cover Image Credit: OrderOfBooks

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