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
35 11
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

2
38 15
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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
24 14
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
18 9
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
20 11
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

7
24 16
Heart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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

9
20 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
13 8
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Thrash metal

11
9 4
Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
DEMONSBootlegs added Doom metal, Nu metal, Electro-industrial

12
5 0
The Front Bottoms is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added The Front Bottoms Pop punk, Indie pop, Indie

13
17 12
The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

14
10 6
The Head and the Heart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Indie pop, Folk rock, Indie folk

15
11 8
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

16
3 0
Black Lips is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added Noise rock, Rock music, Garage punk

17
13 11
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

18
12 10
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

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
12 10
Thousand Foot Krutch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Christian alternative rock, Rock music

21
11 9
Naked Eyes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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
11 9
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

24
10 8
The Slits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added Reggae, Punk rock, Post-punk

25
10 8
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

26
10 8
Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Boogie-woogie

27
10 8
Belly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Jangle pop, Dream pop, Alternative rock

28
10 8
Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music

29
10 8
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

30
9 7
The Bloodhound Gang is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

31
9 7
Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

32
7 5
Lil Dicky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added Hip hop music

33
14 13
The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

34
13 12
The Faces is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Psychedelic music

35
12 11
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore

36
11 10
Portishead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Krautrock, Breakbeat, Folktronica

37
9 8
Lipps Inc is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Disco, Pop music, Italo disco

38
9 8
Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts

39
9 8
Eyes Set to Kill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Emo, Metalcore, Melodic hardcore

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
Glassjaw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Neo-progressive rock, Mathcore, Emo

42
8 7
Eagle-Eye Cherry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Pop music, Rock music, Acoustic music

43
7 6
Cock Sparrer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added Punk rock, Oi!

44
7 6
White Heart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock

45
7 6
Bad Livers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Folk music, Old-time music, Polka

46
6 5
The 4‐Skins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Mike Williams Mendes added Punk rock, Oi!

47
5 4
Diamond Head is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
DEMONSBootlegs added New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

48
3 2
Elbow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Clark Benson added New Prog, Post-Britpop, Dream pop

49
2 1
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
Grimm-e added Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

50
1 0
Toe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bands Named After Body Parts
IsabellaScott added Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Alternative rock