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27 Totally Underrated Musical Artists You Actually Should Be Listening To

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Recently, we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share who their favorite underrated musical artists are, for your listening pleasure. Here are the results:

Some of these artists are on the cusp of mainstream radio airplay, while others are total hidden gems. What they share in common is at least one reader (and in most cases, many more) wanted to share how much they love that particular artist/group!

1. Grimes

Mike Windle

Who she is: Canadian singer/songwriter

Why you should listen: No one does cross-genre experimental pop quite like fashion icon Grimes. How many other artists can say they've opened for a Diplo/Skrillex co-headlining tour AND Lana Del Rey?

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2. Maren Morris

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Who she is: American country singer/songwriter

Why you should listen: She's a Grammy winner. She's played Saturday Night Live. But because she's a country artist, Morris might be snubbed from playlists by those who don't love the genre. Don't make that mistake. She's got a poppier/rockier sound that will be PERFECT for the summer.

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3. Dua Lipa

Timothy Hiatt

Who she is: British singer/songwriter

Why you should listen: She may look like a long-lost Kardashian sister, but Dua Lipa has PIPES — think a husky, mature voice that can stand up to powerhouse beats. Mark my words, she's going to be HUGE. Her self-titled debut album is slated to drop later this year.

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4. Marian Hill

Who they are: American songwriting duo

Why you should listen: Catchy synth-pop vibes are sooooo in right now, and Marian Hill does it with an R&B edge. Oh, and they were in an Apple Super Bowl commercial this year. Big stuff is coming.

Suggested by Rachel Margolin, Facebook

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5. PWR BTTM

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Who they are: American queer punk duo

Why you should listen: If the name isn't enough to sell you, we all need some music with a queerer edge in our lives. PWR BTTM is here to save the day.

Suggested by Phoenix Nesmith, Facebook

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6. Melanie Martinez

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Who she is: American singer-songwriter

Why you should listen: Martinez is a Tumblr darling, but actually has mainstream origins — she made it to the final six on The Voice in 2012. She's got a unique and quirky vision and a catchy alt-pop sound.

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7. Allie X

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Who she is: Canadian singer-songwriter

Why you should listen: Allie X appeared on the 2015 version of this list and she's STILL way too underexposed. She gives off early Lady Gaga vibes, but if Gaga originated in LA and not New York. She's also opened for Troye Sivan. Get on the bandwagon!

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8. Jessie Reyez

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Who she is: Colombian singer-songwriter based out of Toronto

Why you should listen: She's only got two songs on Spotify, but damn is it a strong start. Think Rihanna, but with an indie edge. We're ready for more material.

Suggested by kiavar96

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9. Kehlani

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Who she is: American singer-songwriter

Why you should listen: While she's definitely one of the better-know names on this list, but with her pop/soul/R&B sound, Kehlani is still slept on. Her debut studio album SweetSexySavage dropped earlier this year, and it totally lives up to its name.

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10. Bishop Briggs

Emma Mcintyre

Who she is: British musician

Why you should listen: Her alt-rock sound sets her apart from the other female vocalists on this list. She's edgy but still has a pop sensibility — think major crossover appeal.

Suggested by MariaK357

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11. Broods

Ilya S. Savenok

Who they are: Brother/sister music duo from New Zealand

Why you should listen: Electro/indiepop with Ellie Goulding-esque vocals (they've toured with the British singer too)? Sign us up!

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12. Shura

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Who she is: British singer/songwriter

Why you should listen: Another top-notch indie pop star who's way overdue for some mainstream success — and you can hop on the bandwagon early, as her debut album Nothing's Real came out last year. Oh, and she's got a wicked sense of humor.

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13. Terror Jr.

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Who they are: American pop trio who *MIGHT* be fronted by Kylie Jenner

Why you should listen: Don't let the gimmick of whether or not Kylie is in the band scare you off. Terror Jr. has produced some AMAZING tracks — think a less cloying version of Kiiara (the "Gold" singer).

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14. Aurora

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Who she is: Norwegian singer/songwriter

Why you should listen: OK, so another blonde Scandinavian indiepop star isn't the most revolutionary thing in the world, but if it ain't broke why fix it? Aurora has a truly ethereal voice — if you're looking for easy listening, she's a great bet.

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15. Gallant

Mike Windle

Who he is: American singer/songwriter

Why you should listen: Take slick vocals and put them over an elegant backdrop of electronic and R&B production and you've got Gallant. I guarantee you'll feel way cooler after just one listen. Swag not guaranteed.

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16. Glass Animals

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Who they are: English rock band

Why you should listen: They're festival darlings, having played the likes of Coachella, Glastonbury, Bonnarroo, and Lollapalooza. Fans of Tame Impala will love Glass Animals' indie/electronic/psychedelic sound.

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17. Raleigh Ritchie

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Who he is: British singer

Why you should listen: You probably know him as Grey Worm from Game of Thrones, but Ritchie ALSO has serious pipes. Think powerful, soulful vocals backed by thick beats.

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18. Banks

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Who she is: American singer/songwriter

Why you should listen: Another artist who ALSO appeared on this same list two years ago, Banks is STILL way too slept on. Check out her latest effort, The Altar — it's filled with more moody, dark, catchy pop jams.

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19. Porter Robinson

Mark Davis

Who he is: American DJ

Why you should listen: He's like the American college student version of Flume. Super synthy, super danceable. If you're not the type to normally listen to famous producers/DJs, give Porter Robinson a chance — he's more than worth it.

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20. Zella Day

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Who she is: American singer/songwriter

Why you should listen: She's like Lana Del Rey 2.0 but with more aggressive, independent vocals (I mean that in the best way possible) and a psychedelic edge. All Zella, all Day.

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21. MisterWives

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Who they are: American indiepop band

Why you should listen: Vocalist Mandy Lee's voice is truly one of a kind. If you crossed Years & Years with Alphabeat (I hope y'all know what I mean, if you don't look both those acts up) you'd get MisterWives. They'll INSTANTLY brighten your day.

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22. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Kevin Winter

Who they are: American band

Why you should listen: They're very different than any other act on this list — think folk/Americana, but with a modern twist. They feel old-timey, yet also right at home on a modern road trip playlist.

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23. Kali Uchis

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Who she is: Colombian-American singer/songwriter

Why you should listen: Kali's indie-R&B sound is PERFECT for the upcoming warm-weather summer parties (Solo cup in hand, of course). She's also worked with some big names (Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Tyler the Creator) — she's bound for big things. Oh, and as you can tell from just one picture, she's got a badass aesthetic.

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24. Little Simz

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Who she is: British rapper/singer

Why you should listen: Think of a younger, female Tinie Tempah (who is underrated in his own right, at least Stateside), and you've got Little Simz. She spits fire!

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25. Florrie

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Who she is: British singer/songwriter

Why you should listen: Florrie just might be the most talented artist on this entire list — she got her start as an in-house drummer for a production studio, featuring on tracks by Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud, and other artists. Now she's a solo artist with synth pop vibes. She'll fit in on any feel-good pop playlist.

Suggested by Rafael Feliciano Estrella, Facebook

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26. LANY

Rachel Murray

Who they are: Los Angeles-based band

Why you should listen: LANY is the answer to all your dreampop needs. If Tumblr was a band, they'd be LANY. They're another act that gives a Years & Years vibe, except with a California tint.

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27. Marina & The Diamonds

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Who she is: Welsh singer/songwriter

Why you should listen: By all accounts, Marina should be one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She's got a cult following, works with mainstream producers, and churns out critically-acclaimed albums. But alas, she's STILL criminally underrated. Honestly, that might be her schtick! I'm on to you, Marina!

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And here's a master playlist with all 27 artists. Happy listening!

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