10 Most Underrated Singers In Modern Rock

Forget Axl Rose, Steven Tyler, and James Hetfield, these 10 singers have taken rock to new heights!

Hayley Williams

Being a fan of rock music nowadays is both awesome and a little annoying. It's great because there has never been more diversity in choices and services, as well as bands pushing the envelope.

However the genre, arguably, has never been less popular in the grand scheme of things. Long gone are the days of an incredible new rock band breaking through the mainstream and being regularly played on the radio. Which leads most non-rock fans to assume nothing good has emerged from the axe-wielding sphere in the past 20 years!

It's 2018 people. Yes, AC/DC and Guns 'N' Roses are still around and they're still pretty awesome, but there are so very many incredible modern rock bands. Assuming nothing of note has come around in the past two decades of the genre is to do it a massive disservice. Rock has never been a more diverse scene, with more genres than one could shake a proverbial stick at, and the talent pool of singers has never been greater.

It's time to give the newer generations their day in the light and appreciate the unique sounds that they bring to the industry. We want to celebrate ten of the most underrated singers plying their trade today, each of them bringing something new to the table.

What constitutes modern and new you might ask? Well, we're looking at singers and bands that debuted after 2000, so don't be expecting to find Maynard James Keenan on here.

10. Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams

With Paramore being one of the biggest bands on the planet, and the frontwoman herself being an icon of the genre, it's hard to argue that she's underrated. However Miss Williams is one of the greatest singers alive today and for that, she rarely gets her due.

Whether it's on Paramore's latest synth-pop record After Laughter, or going all the way back to their angsty roots of All We Know Is Falling, Hayley has shown her borderline unrivalled ability on a microphone. The Tennessee native's entire 4 octave range can be heard on songs like When It Rains, All I Wanted, Hallelujah, Part II, Ain't It Fun, Renegade and Decode.

In the video we've chosen to highlight, you can hear Williams haunting voice in the goosebump-inducing live rendition of Last Hope. The song showcases her incredible ability to seamlessly go from dulcet tones to snarl, and her power is on full display as she pulls back from the microphone and her voice remains strong.

Hayley Williams is something of a living legend and Paramore are one of the biggest bands on the planet, but that shouldn't minimise the frontwoman's vocal ability. It does prohibit her from getting higher on this list though.

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