Have you ever felt that some of your favorite tracks from an artist or band go unnoticed among their well-known hits? It’s not uncommon for songs to get overshadowed when an artist has an extensive catalog. But hidden within their discography are true gems that deserve more recognition. Here are eight underrated songs from legendary rockers that you should definitely give a listen to.
“All Down The Line” – The Rolling Stones (1972)
While The Rolling Stones’ album “Exile on Main St.” is celebrated for iconic tracks like “Sweet Virginia” and “Tumbling Dice,” there’s one masterpiece that often goes unnoticed. “All Down The Line,” originally released as the B-side to the single “Happy,” showcases the band’s rock and roll attitude, swampy blues elements, and a fantastic horn arrangement.
“Nobody’s Fault But Mine” – Otis Redding (1967)
Although Otis Redding is known for soul classics like “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” there are hidden treasures in his catalog. “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” from the posthumous album “The Immortal Otis Redding” is a glossy groover that deserves more attention alongside his well-known hits.
“Hateful” – The Clash (1979)
The Clash’s “London Calling” is a punk rock masterpiece, featuring iconic tracks like the title song and “The Guns of Brixton.” Among these socially conscious tracks lies “Hateful,” an absolute banger that often goes unnoticed. With its trademark cool aggression and ear-perking precision, this song is a true gem.
“I Ain’t The One” – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album “Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd” introduced the world to their Southern rock sound. While hits like “Gimme Three Steps” and “Free Bird” dominate the album, “I Ain’t The One” often gets overlooked. This fiery opening track showcases the band’s talent and sets the stage for their future success.
“Big Love” – Fleetwood Mac (1987)
Fleetwood Mac’s “Big Love” was an immediate hit but was eventually overshadowed by subsequent singles from the album “Tango in the Night.” Despite its punchy sound, entrancing vocals, and anthemic production, it deserves more recognition alongside the group’s greatest hits.
“Those Shoes” – The Eagles (1979)
The Eagles’ album “The Long Run” delivered multiple classic hits, making it challenging for any song to stand out. However, “Those Shoes” is a sensuous rocker that possesses the grit and power expected from the band. It’s a deep cut deserving of more attention.
“No Quarter” – Led Zeppelin (1973)
Led Zeppelin’s extensive repertoire includes many iconic songs, but some hidden gems often get overlooked. “No Quarter” from the album “Houses of the Holy” is a deliciously somber and atmospheric hard rock track that embodies the quintessential Zeppelin sound.
“Happiness Is a Warm Gun” – The Beatles (1968)
With a catalog filled with legendary tunes, it’s no surprise that some Beatles songs slip under the radar. “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” from the iconic “White Album” is a prime example. It’s a standout track that showcases the band’s musical prowess and deserves more recognition.