More love is needed for these tunes. They weren’t aired enough on the radio. Some admirers have forgotten them or are unaware of their existence. Even some of the most famous victories are forgotten. However, some tracks are just as good, if not better, than better-known songs. While iconic rock classics continue to hit 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 several top hits, but not all of their songs are hits.
Of course, not all classic rock fans agree on some of those hidden gems that lurk beneath lost records, but to each 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 these underrated tracks deserved a chance to shine.
- Old brown Beatles shoe – 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 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 about it or listen to it regularly. It’s 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). That’s when Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay stepped in for them and recorded this underrated hard rocker. 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 song’s melodic complexity. This has caused intense controversy among fans over the years as they try to figure out Steven Tyler’s broadcast of indecipherable phrases.
- The final countdown by Europe – It’s a synth riff, but it’s still great. This Swedish band also featured with Carrie in the 1980s, and that song was all over MTV during the hair-metal era. But it’s not 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 on a more psychedelic twist. Hits like Proud Mary and Up Around the Bend encapsulate the pure spirit of rock and roll at a time when the rest of the world was on acid. Even though they have been labeled as a group of singles, the group’s deep cuts can stand on their own. Travelin Band is CCR at its rawest, with frontman John Fogerty screaming his brains out on a bluesy romp 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 band of rock stars to create great music, things often spiral out of control and become more about the money than the music itself. When a band like Velvet Revolver formed, however, the highs were simply stratospheric. On paper, combining the glam rock styles of Guns N Roses with the alternative feel of Scott Weiland might seem like an odd match, but Sucker Train Blues has established this band as one of the greatest supergroups of all time.
- Summer 68 by Pink Floyd – This is an underrated track from the criminally underrated 1970 album Atom Heart Mother. When Rick Wright composed and delivered this song, he cemented his place in rock history – in fact, he persuaded people that Pink Floyd was definitely from another world. The opening sequence is flawless. The lyrics basically describe a tour and meeting groupies along the way. It should easily rank among Pink Floyd’s best songs, thanks to its funky chorus and deliciously unique vocal harmonies, as well as the very fantastic solo breaks. However, it gets lost in the mix, which is crazy considering the sound quality.
- Rollin’ and Tumblen’ by Cream – Rollin’ and Tumblin’ is a popular song that many famous musicians have covered. The most excellent part of Cream’s take on a delta blues classic, which is sometimes overlooked in favor of their most significant songs, is that it’s a powerful rock song built around the harmonica. Cream composed a driving rendition of Rollin’ and Tumblin’, complete with an excellent heavy harmonica break. Not only does Jack Bruce play his harmonica to his heart’s content, but he also sings lead vocals. While the cover single isn’t for all rock fans, it does provide a unique listening experience.
- The Spirit of Radio by Rush – Indeed, the words of the prophets are inscribed on the walls of the workshop. The most obvious choice would be Tom Sawyer, their biggest hit, but this one came out a year earlier…and I prefer it. Freewill from the same album is good too, but this one fits more the criteria of an anthem.
- Everything She Does by Genesis – Invisible Touch has a bad reputation as an album the band completely sold out on, but several tracks on the album contradict that. Everything she does seems like a real man-on-girl love ballad at first sight. However, Collins adds a sinister twist to the story by pointing out that this man longs for a pin-up beauty he saw in a magazine, rather than having a relationship with anyone 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 amps up the intensity with Daron Malakian’s offbeat chords and great use of dynamic changes.