Why ‘Passenger’ is so underrated?

Dowel Biswas
3 min readJan 23, 2021


What do fame and popularity mean? What does it take to reach people’s heart?

The raw definition states that Music is the art of arranging sounds in time to produce a composition through the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre.

But through the history of music, we saw how it became the prominent instrument of expression, which from time to time even used to revolt against the unjust.

Here, we are not going to talk about that. We will rather talk about the utmost sincerity, Mike Rosenberg, the self-pronounced, lone wolf of the band Passenger is putting into his music.

As one of his songs named “Life is for the living” says, “To take all you need and give what you are given, Mike aka the Passenger is exactly doing!

While, he is dropping these masterpieces on Youtube, which a sucker in music like me can trace but the millions, billions of people are somehow ignoring.

Being an avid youtube scroller, I regretfully recently observed that most of Passenger’s songs, (Except Let her go’ which seriously will take a lower position comparing to most of their extra-ordinary songs) holds an average view of 3/4 million.

And to my utter astonishment and all of our knowledge, we see stupid break-up, Make-up, Patch up, Home Tour, unnecessary bubbly wrap videos (No Offense) trending on Youtube every day.

Not to mention, other ‘entertaining’ (Is it?) songs (I would not dare to mention their names to avoid public scrutiny) which gather billions of views in moments.

Well, forgive my lack of respect for the common taste of the mass citizens of the world. I am seriously no one! and I solemnly swear I do not know one thing about music!

But, again, this is not about me or my taste. This is about the fantastic work Passenger is putting in. They are not selling their songs through idiotic marketing games in late-night talk shows or offering cakes to anyone who listens.

They are making music in the purest form. Critics would say (as always) he is selling his break-ups. But dude, I will buy those thousands of times if it's this quality.

Let me make a suggestion! Oh, you probably guessed it! Yeah! Listen to his songs!

Otherwise, not now but we will have to celebrate Passenger’s genius a century later. But I can assure you, it will be celebrated and cherished as it is deserving of that honour.

(If you promise me you will give it a try, I will try to write a follow up on their best songs, specifying the backstories (Interesting huh?).