10. The Isley Brothers
Primarily known for “It’s Your Thing,” The Isley Brothers also have a number of extremely underrated songs. They have longevity on their side too, bridging Motown soul with the rising funk movement in the 1970’s.
9. The O’Jays
Best-known for the hit song “Love Train,” The O’Jays are one of the forerunners of modern R&B. Their soulful harmonies are sugar to the ears. The other amazing fact about the group is their remarkable longevity, playing into the 2000’s.
8. Dean Martin
When he wasn’t roasting people (look it up, anyone under 60), the charismatic Rat Pack member was in some pretty legendary flicks. Whether it was alongside Brando in The Young Lions or saddling up next to John Wayne in Rio Bravo and The Sons of Katie Elder, Martin was a bonafide movie star. So much so, that we’re even willing to forgive him for both Cannonball Run films.
7. Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakum is one of the greatest singer-songwriters in the history of country music. His success on this platform has been phenomenal, but his talents have also crossed-over to mainstream music. Yoakam is a music institution at this point.
6. Chrissie Hynde
Unfortunately, “The Pretenders” have been a bit forgotten today, but if you lived through the 1980’s, you’d know how amazing they were. “I’ll Stand By You” is probably their best song, but “Don’t Get Me Wrong” isn’t far behind. The latter is much more of a pop song, but is similarly powerful.
5. Andy Williams
Sure, he might be more to your grandmother’s speed, but there’s no denying that Andy Williams can really freaking sing. This legendary crooner is best-known for his Christmas work. That being said, there’s very few songs that he couldn’t knock out of the park.
4. The Black Keys
The Akron-based “Black Keys” are one of the better alt-rock bands of the current era. They have a bevy of hits, but are most notable for authoring an incredibly gritty sound. When they want to though, this band can really rock.
3. Bootsy Collins
A huge component of “Parliament,” Bootsy Collins is one of the most underrated and influential musicians in popular music. No doubt, Bootsy could bring the funk, but he was also extremely nuanced Plus, he’s the pride of Cincinnati.
2. John Legend
It’s a tough call, but this author believes John Legend has the best voice in all of music. Much of his work is absolutely stunning. “Ordinary People” is his best and will given anyone chills…even after multiple listens.
- Joe Walsh
Best-known as the amazing guitarist from “The Eagles,” Joe Walsh is also a spectacular solo artist. His most-notable hit is definitely “Rocky Mountain Way,” but Walsh has plenty of hits. Going back a bit, his work with “The Eagles” is phenomenal.