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Bands You Didn't Realize Had Names Inspired By History

Updated September 23, 2021 9.9k votes 1.8k voters 177.3k views14 items

List RulesVote up the bands with the best historical-reference names.

Rock music has been around for long enough that rock history is a legitimate subject of study, but that’s not the only way in which the genre can intertwine with history. Band name etymologies are especially interesting when the moniker in question is also mildly educational, as is the cases with bands named after historical figures, events, and movements.

History can come alive in many ways, and it shouldn’t be consigned entirely to the realm of textbooks and lectures. Sometimes, the best way to engage with the past is to see it interpreted by someone else - and if that someone else is a talented musical artist, then all the better.