6 Underrated Artists College Students Should Check Out

By Victoria Robertson on April 29, 2019

Music is something we all have in common. Whether you’re a country fanatic or a rap god, a good song can move you, both physically and emotionally. And with a large number of artists out there to choose from, it’s hard to decide who is worth listening to and who isn’t.

Whether they’re well known, complete strangers or up-and-coming and well on their way to stardom, these artists are worth the listen. Here are six, underrated artists that college students should check out.

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1. Robyn

By now, you’ve likely heard her hit “Dancing On My Own,” but that’s probably been enough to make you fall in love with her. Robyn is a Swedish singer/songwriter with a nostalgic sound fitting of a 90’s pop princess. Her latest album, “Honey,” is no different. Featuring songs with that synthetic-pop sound that draws inspiration from the past while merging seamlessly with the present, her music is well worth the listen if you haven’t ever heard of her or are only familiar with her past songs.

2. Hayley Kiyoko

Best known as an actress for her work in “Gem and the Holograms,” Hayley Kiyoko is a musical talent that has gone unrecognized for too long. Her song “What I Need” featuring Kehlani is another pop anthem delivered by a pop powerhouse that deserves all the credit. If you’re going to check out her music, that’s where I would start, though a majority of her songs have an upbeat tempo and powerful lyrics that speak to modern society in a variety of ways. So really, no matter the song you choose, you can’t go wrong with Kiyoko.

3. Alec Benjamin

This young voice, best known for his song “Let Me Down Slowly,” tells a story in a manner that’s both captivating and beautiful, leaving you hanging on his every word. That aside, if you’re looking for a different take on a traditional pop song, listen to “Boy In The Bubble.” His voice is rhythmic and enticing and, most importantly, unique. One of my personal favorites? “I Built A Friend,” which you may recognize from America’s Got Talent as it was used in the backdrop of a performance. Not only does Benjamin give you a story to listen to, but he sings it to you in a way that will bring tears to your eyes.

4. Bridget Mendler

You’ll surely recognize this actress, singer and songwriter from her tenure on the Disney Channel, though she has certainly grown up plenty since then. Mendler has a vocal talent that’s undeniable, just check out her song “Ready or Not.” This artist has notes of Raggae in her music that will transport you to a far-off destination filled with relaxation and good vibes. Just as the lyrics to her song imply, she’s a breath of fresh air in a world of synthetic sounding music that can become far too monotonous and generic before long. If you’re looking for a few good jams to relax you, this is the artist you should turn to.

5. Janelle Monae

This actress is instantly recognizable as her career is flourishing, but as a singer, she should be far more prevalent. With music that’s a beautiful fusion of R&B, soul and hip hop, Janelle Monae has a powerful voice that will empower you along with it, and you’ll quickly fall in love with her, both as a person and as a singer. Check out “PYNK,” “Q.U.E.E.N.,” and “Make Me Feel” and you’ll quickly find yourself strutting with far more confidence and involuntarily dancing to a beat that’s undeniably catchy.

6. Melii

Already gaining popularity in Hollywood and earning interest from Rihanna herself for her song “Icey,” Melii’s name is becoming more common for a reason; she’s incredible. Her music has a Latin feel common in rap nowadays, yet she still manages to sound fresh and unique. Just listen to “Slow For Me” and “Before I” for the proof. Melii has drawn comparisons to Cardi B as she rises to fame, but comparisons aren’t necessary when your talent is that evident. It won’t be long before Melii is a household name and her songs are stuck in our heads on an endless loop. Which, if we’re being honest, is definitely not a bad thing.

Music speaks to all of us, and these six artists are ready to speak as well. Check out some of their songs and determine for yourself whether they fall within your genre tastes.

Again, not all music is for everyone, but one of these six may just be the underrated artist your playlist has been waiting for.

So put in your headphones, start your walk to class and let these artists do the rest; the soundtrack to your life just got a whole lot more interesting!

Victoria is a dedicated writer who graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She currently writes freelance pieces for various sites and works in Marketing for Myndbee Inc., promoting their current mobile app, Picpal.

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