More love is needed for these tunes. They were not broadcast enough on the radio. Some admirers have forgotten them or don’t know they exist. Even some of the most famous victories are forgotten. However, some tunes are as good, if not better, than more famous songs. While iconic rock classics continue to be played on the radio decades after their initial success, other songs are just as good but never get the respect they deserve. Some songs are written and released by rock legends, legendary bands, and artists who already have multiple chart hits, but not all of their songs are successful.
Of course, not all classic rock fans agree on some of these hidden gems that lurk under lost LPs, but each has their own. Still, it doesn’t hurt to expand your classic rock musical horizons by listening to the ten songs on the list and deciding for yourself if those underrated tracks deserved a chance to shine.
- Old Brown Shoe by The Beatles – During his time with the Beatles, George Harrison’s songwriting ability was often underestimated. Although he wrote excellent songs, he never received the same recognition as John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Some would say that he didn’t have enough chances to realize his full potential with the Beatles. It’s a masterpiece, and we don’t know why so few people know or listen to it regularly. This is one of George Harrison’s best-known compositions, and his solo is pure musical bliss.
- Bolivian ragamuffin by Aerosmith – Sadly, Bolivian Ragamuffin was written and recorded on the Rock In A Hard Place album after Joe Perry and Brad Whitford left Aerosmith (albeit temporarily). It was then that Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay took their place and recorded this underrated hard rock. It starts with a powerful guitar both aggressive and classic riff. Bolivian Ragamuffin’s lyrics are the most difficult to perform among Aerosmith’s songs, adding to the melodic complexity of the song. This has sparked intense controversy among fans over the years as they try to figure out Steven Tyler’s rap spread of indecipherable phrases.
- Europe’s final countdown – It’s a synth riff, but it’s still great. This Swedish band was also on the charts with Carrie in the 1980s, and this song was all over MTV during the hair-metal era. But it doesn’t appear on many hymn lists, so I decided to include it in mine.
- Travelin Band by Creedence Clearwater Revival – Creedence Clearwater Revival maintained its rock and roll heart as the 1960s began to take a more psychedelic turn. Hits like Proud Mary and Up Around the Bend summed up the pure spirit of rock and roll at a time when the rest of the world was on acid. Even though they’ve been labeled as a bunch of singles, the group’s deep cuts can stand out. Travelin Band is CCR at its rawest, with frontman John Fogerty screaming his brains out over blues blues, taken from their hit album Cosmo’s Factory.
- Sucker Train Blues by Velvet Revolver – The concept of supergroups in hard rock has always been a bit convoluted. While it makes sense for a rock star band to create great music, things often get out of hand and become more about the money than the music itself. When a group like Velvet Revolver got together, however, the peaks were just stratospheric. On paper, combining the glam rock styles of Guns N Roses with the alternate feel of Scott Weiland may seem like an odd match, but Sucker Train Blues has established this group as one of the best supergroups of all time.
- Pink Floyd Summer 68 – This is an underrated track from the criminally underrated 1970 Atom Heart Mother album. When Rick Wright composed and performed this song, it cemented its place in rock history – on the contrary, it persuaded people that Pink Floyd was definitely from another world. The opening sequence is impeccable. The lyrics mainly describe a tour and meeting with groupies along the way. It should easily rank among Pink Floyd’s best songs, thanks to its funky chorus and delightfully unique vocal harmonies, as well as the very fantastic solo breaks. However, it gets lost in the mix, which is crazy considering the quality of the sound.
- Rollin ‘and Tumblin’ by Cream – Rollin ‘and Tumblin’ is a popular song that many famous musicians have covered. The most excellent part of Cream’s interpretation of a delta blues classic, which is sometimes overlooked in favor of their most meaningful songs, is that it is a powerful rock song built around the harmonica. Cream composed a catchy rendition of Rollin ‘and Tumblin’, complemented by an excellent heavy harmonica break. Not only does Jack Bruce play his harmonica at will, but he also sings lead vocals. While the cover single is not for all rock fans, it does provide a unique hearing experience.
- The Spirit of Radio by Rush – Indeed, the words of the prophets are written on the walls of the workshop. The most obvious choice would be their biggest hit, Tom Sawyer, but this one came out a year earlier… and I prefer it. Freewill from the same album is also good, but this one more closely matches the criteria of an anthem.
- Everything she does by Genesis – Invisible Touch has a bad reputation as an album the band completely sold on, yet several tracks on the album contradict this. Everything she does seems like a real love ballad about a man hooked on a girl at first glance. However, Collins adds a dark twist to the story by pointing out that this man longs for a pin-up beauty he’s seen in a magazine, rather than having a relationship with someone in particular.
- Innervision by System of a Down – People prefer to see the album as a rush job rather than a full-fledged artistic statement, as it was released after several tracks were leaked in advance. Songs like Innervision, on the other hand, are some of the best the band has ever written. Unlike the more ethereal tones of Toxicity, this track amplifies the intensity with the quirky and quirky chords of Daron Malakian and great use of dynamic changes.