Literature The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters  

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The best bands that are named after books span the music world with offerings from music genres like indie rock, classic rock, and even a little hip-hop. The only rule here is that these famous bands must have some kind of literary affiliation. For instance: David Bowie has a song called "1984" (based on the George Orwell book), but the band/artist name has no literary tie-in, so it doesn't count. Veruca Salt, however, is a character in a Roald Dahl book, so they're in. 

This votable list of band names with literary origins is your chance to choose the best literature related artist or band. Is a bit of Supertramp your thing? Is Modest Mouse a band you want to check out (from the library)? Do you think the liner notes for Belle & Sebastian are real page turners? Whether you're a fan of a good band with a funny book name or just a fan of literary figure names and weird bands, this list of famous bands with book names is the place to be for all the smartest band names.

This band names list exists solely to highlight literary bands, but if you're curious to see where some of the best weird band names came from, check out the greatest band name origin stories. Also, don't be surprised when you see some of these funny band names on the list of great bands with the worst names.
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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

2
185 104
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues - Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

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170 99
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal - Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

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183 116
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock - The Bible

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177 112
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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154 93
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music - The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by William Henry Davies

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152 99
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock - David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

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134 103
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music - The Velvet Underground by Michael Leigh

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125 97
Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music -

The Primal Scream by Arthur Janov

10
118 90
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music - The Beano 

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103 102
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Punk rock, Post-punk - House of Dolls by Ka-tzetnik 135633

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130 136
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music - Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance by Irvine Welsh

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95 92
Mott the Hoople is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock - Mott the Hoople by Willard Manus

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90 105
The Boo Radleys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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76 98
Sixpence None the Richer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Adult album alternative, Pop music, Rock music - Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

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76 106
Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock - 'The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf

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46 60
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal - Sunbird by William Smith

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68 96
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music - The Bad Seed by William March

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43 62
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
AlanGivens added Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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57 86
New Riders of the Purple Sage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Rock music, Country rock, Country - Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey

21
56 93
Atreyu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Emo, Metalcore, Screamo - The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

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70 119
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop - Child's Reflection, Cold Play by Philip Horky

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57 101
Of Mice & Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Metalcore, Post-hardcore - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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52 92
Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk - Good Charlotte: The Girls of Good Day Orphanage by Carol Beach York

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52 92
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock - The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis