Ten Most Underrated Artists of All Time
The recent catastrophe that was Robin Thicke's Paula album restores a degree of faith in humanity.
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For a while, it was almost impossible to avoid this purveyor of misogynistic drivel clogging up the radio and television. The follow-up to last year's massive Blurred Lines sold a mere 24,000 copies in the United States, 530 in Britain, and only 54 in Australia.
So, as it seems the world has tuned out to Thicke, here are ten artists that were criminally underrated in their day, that deserved more airplay, sales, or critical attention than they were given.
Certainly more than Thicke deserved anyway. Sorry, Limp Bizkit is and will remain, shite.
10. Gwen McCrae
Of the soul divas of the late '60s and '70s, the names Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner, and of course, Aretha Franklin likely come to mind. Florida's own Gwen McCrae is often overlooked and certainly deserves to be up there with the above. With her sultry vocals, the singer had a string of minor hits in the R&B charts and one Top Ten hit.
However, sustained chart success eluded her. A shame, as her self-titled debut and follow-up, Rockin' Chair, straddle deep, emotive soul, and the swagger and grind of mid-'70s funk. The titular single from Rockin' Chair is a breathy, raunchy, proto-disco classic that makes Beyoncé et al. seem like dusty librarians.