It's tough to hack it as a musician. With thousands (millions!) of other acts out there competing for the same audience and record sales, music groups need to define themselves as unique in everything that they do. One of the hardest parts of starting out is thinking of a good band name. Musicians draw inspiration from everywhere to think of the perfect name--be it fond childhood memories, high school teachers, or first loves. But some of the most common influences on naming a band are locations and settings. Bands love to name themselves after places.
Some of the bands on this list were inspired by a brief visit to a far-flung location, like A Sunny Day in Glasgow, others found their inspiration from their hometowns, like Chicago and Boston, or neighborhoods in their cities of residence, like Cypress Hill. Still other bands who named themselves after places picked locations that they had nothing to do with or had never been to - like Phoenix or I'm From Barcelona.
Check out the interesting back stories of where these bands-who-are-named-after-real-places thought of their musical group names and vote up your favorites! Which bands with city names do you like the most? Let us know with your votes!
Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists. Boston's best-known works include the ...more
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Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The self-described "rock and roll band with horns" began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, generating several hit ballads. The group had a steady stream of ...more
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Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind". The band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums, one platinum live album and a ...more
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America is an American rock band, formed in 1970 by multi-instrumentalists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio first met in London, where they began performing live. America achieved significant popularity in the 1970s, and was famous for the trio's close vocal harmonies and light ...more
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Asia is a British progressive rock band. The band was formed in 1981 as a supergroup of four members from different progressive rock bands, namely John Wetton, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and drummer Carl Palmer. With their longtime No. 1 debut album Asia in 1982, Asia ranks as one of the most popular ...more
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Alabama is an American country, Southern rock and bluegrass band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1969. The band was founded by Randy Owen and his cousin Teddy Gentry, soon joined by their other cousin, Jeff Cook. First operating under the name Wildcountry, the group toured the Southeast bar circuit ...more
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Berlin is an American new wave band. The group was formed in Los Angeles in 1978 by John Crawford. Band members included Crawford, Terri Nunn, David Diamond, Ric Olsen, Matt Reid and Rod Learned. Learned left during the first EU tour and was replaced by Rob Brill. The band gained ...more
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