Names The Best Bands Named After Body Parts  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with body parts in their names. We will allow a bit of leeway as to whether the band was actually named after a body part or whether the body part piece of the name was just a coincidence.

Plenty of musicians are inspired to name their bands after famous people, animals, or even colors. You’ll also find a surprisingly high number of bands with body parts in their names. Think quick: how many can you name without scrolling through this list? Odds are you can’t name them all.

The head seems to be the most popular choice when it comes to body part bands – in addition to Talking Heads you have Radiohead, Motorhead, Machine Head, Portishead and Lemonheads. Don’t discount the power of the eyes, either. A lot of bands named after body parts specifically got their name from the eyes, like Bright Eyes and Eagle-Eye Cherry. But then there are bands named after body parts that are more surprising. Think Bad Brains, or The Flaming lips. All manner of body parts are represented in these monikers, head to toe!

Scroll through this list of bands named after a body part, and be amazed at the sheer number of them all. Vote for your favorites, and maybe commit a few of these bands to memory. You never know when this musical category might come up at trivia night.

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42 15
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

2
36 12
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

3
37 15
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Motörhead Heavy metal, Hard rock, Rock music

4
22 11
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

5
19 10
Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

6
24 16
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

7
25 17
Heart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

8
20 13
Smash Mouth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

9
15 9
Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Noise rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

10
18 12
The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

11
5 0
The Front Bottoms is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added The Front Bottoms Pop punk, Indie pop, Indie

12
9 4
Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
DEMONSBootlegs added Doom metal, Nu metal, Electro-industrial

13
13 8
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Thrash metal

14
13 8
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

15
10 6
The Head and the Heart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Indie pop, Folk rock, Indie folk

16
13 10
Portishead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Krautrock, Breakbeat, Folktronica

17
12 9
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock

18
11 8
Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Boogie-woogie

19
11 8
Belly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Jangle pop, Dream pop, Alternative rock

20
11 8
The Slits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added Reggae, Punk rock, Post-punk

21
8 5
Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added Hip hop music

22
3 0
Black Lips is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added Noise rock, Rock music, Garage punk

23
13 11
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

24
12 10
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

25
12 10
Thousand Foot Krutch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Christian alternative rock, Rock music