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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1
33 10
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

2
36 14
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Motörhead Heavy metal, Hard rock, Rock music

3
35 14
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

4
22 13
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

5
24 16
Heart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

6
15 8
Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Noise rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

7
16 9
Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

8
18 11
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

9
17 13
Smash Mouth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

10
12 8
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Thrash metal

11
15 12
The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

12
9 6
The Head and the Heart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Indie pop, Folk rock, Indie folk

13
7 4
Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added Hip hop music

14
7 4
Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
DEMONSBootlegs added Doom metal, Nu metal, Electro-industrial

15
3 0
The Front Bottoms is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added The Front Bottoms Pop punk, Indie pop, Indie

16
14 12
The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

17
12 10
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
12 10
Thousand Foot Krutch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Christian alternative rock, Rock music

19
12 10
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

20
11 9
Naked Eyes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

21
11 9
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

22
11 9
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock

23
10 8
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

24
10 8
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

25
10 8
Belly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Jangle pop, Dream pop, Alternative rock

26
10 8
Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music

27
9 7
The Bloodhound Gang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

28
2 0
Black Lips is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added Noise rock, Rock music, Garage punk

29
13 12
The Faces is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Psychedelic music

30
12 11
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

31
12 11
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore

32
9 8
Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts

33
9 8
Lipps Inc is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Disco, Pop music, Italo disco

34
9 8
The Slits is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added Reggae, Punk rock, Post-punk

35
9 8
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

36
9 8
Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Boogie-woogie

37
9 8
Eyes Set to Kill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Emo, Metalcore, Melodic hardcore

38
8 7
Glassjaw is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Neo-progressive rock, Mathcore, Emo

39
8 7
Eagle-Eye Cherry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Pop music, Rock music, Acoustic music

40
8 7
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

41
8 7
Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

42
7 6
Bad Livers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Folk music, Old-time music, Polka

43
7 6
White Heart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock

44
7 6
Cock Sparrer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added Punk rock, Oi!

45
6 5
The 4‐Skins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added Punk rock, Oi!

46
5 4
Diamond Head is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
DEMONSBootlegs added New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

47
3 2
Elbow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Clark Benson added New Prog, Post-Britpop, Dream pop

48
2 1
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Grimm-e added Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

49
1 0
Toe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

50
10 10
Portishead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Krautrock, Breakbeat, Folktronica