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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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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog
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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Heavy metal, Hard rock, Rock music
3
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk
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Heart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock
5
Babyface is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Ranker#100 added Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music
6
Ce Ce Peniston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
DaveWalker added Urban contemporary, Dance-pop, House music
7
St. Paul and The Broken Bones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Tony Wyer added Southern soul, Soul, Blue-eyed soul
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Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal
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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music
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The Head and the Heart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Indie pop, Folk rock, Indie folk
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Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Thrash metal
12
Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Noise rock, Pop music, Heavy metal
13
Smash Mouth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music
14
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia
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The Front Bottoms is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added Pop punk, Indie pop, Indie
16
Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
DEMONSBootlegs added Doom metal, Nu metal, Electro-industrial
17
Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music
18
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop
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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae
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Elbow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Clark Benson added New Prog, Post-Britpop, Dream pop
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The 4‐Skins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added Punk rock, Oi!
22
Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Indie pop, Folk music, Emo
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Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism
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Portishead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Krautrock, Breakbeat, Folktronica
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The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop