Darwin Deez Selects The Most Underrated Pop and Rap Songs Ever

Darwin Deez

Darwin Deez is both a boy and a band, but not quite a boy band. The affection that the double Ds have for bright and bubbly pop records shines through in their work, including the group’s new (and second) full-length album Songs For Imaginative People.

Frontman Darwin Deez (born Smith) blessed Rdio with a playlist of tunes he consideres to be some of the most underrated of all time in the pop and rap music categories. Listen to it below and read his playlist notes to see if you agree with his calls, which includes a multi-generational palette of artists such as Toto, Aly & AJ, Garbage, and Princess Superstar.


  • featuring Britney Spears - "Scream & Shout"
    Nice droopy club beat. is a pro, he always writes a bridge for you. This is just a favorite of the moment.

  • Avril Lavigne - "I'm With You"
    From The Matrix in their heyday. Where are they now?

  • Aly & AJ - "Potential Break Up Song"
    Disney got beatz too y'all.

  • Toto - "Afraid of Love"
    Excellent use of the major scale.

  • Ashley Parker Angel - "I'm Better"
    I really buy this guy's personality as depicted on his brief solo MTV reality show.

  • Earth, Wind & Fire - "Can't Hide Love"
    Just so good.

  • Huey Lewis and the News - "Back In Time"
    How much do you love the movie? That's how much I love the song. It's a cheap trick and it's working.

  • Garbage - "Special"
    The harmonies!

  • Mystery Jets - "Two Doors Down"
    People just don't know it in the USA.

  • Paramore - "All I Wanted"
    Their best song in three albums. Monster chorus.

  • The Bird and the Bee - "Meteor"
    So jazzy and infectious. Go Geggy Tah!

  • The-Dream - "Shawty Is Da Sh*!"
    His best song. So timeless. Should have been bigger.

  • Busta Rhymes - "Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check"
    His originality is underrated in general and the sample is so amazingly timeless.

  • Princess Superstar - "Bad Babysitter"
    So funny and I love Mr. Lif or is it eon on the last verse?