music The Best Bands Named After Cities  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with a city in their names.

Plenty of bands are named after various places, including countries, continents, and states. This list is for bands with cities in their name, and it’s impressive. In some instances, these bands are from the cities in their monikers. In others, the name choice seems rather random.

Bands named after cities represent all types of music, including new wave, synthpop and dance, glam metal, heavy metal, country and gospel, Americana and, of course, rock and classic rock. Perhaps the most well-known and successful band named after a city is the rock band Chicago, which was formed in the Windy City in 1967. Chicago has enjoyed success for decades, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Other city bands include those representing American cities, including Boston, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Miami Sound Machine, Phoenix, Nickel Creek, and Sugarland. But this list also includes city band names from all over the world, like Of Montreal, Berlin, Beirut, Saigon Kick, and Architecture in Helsinki.

From Tokyo to Manhattan to London and even Glasgow, these are some of the greatest bands named after cities. Which band is your favorite? If you have several, vote for them all!

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24 7
Boston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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20 7
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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17 8
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Nazareth Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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8 7
Little River Band is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Little River Band Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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8 7
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
clash1977 added New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

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6 5
The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
The Oak Ridge Boys Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

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3 2
Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Queens of the Stone Age Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

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2 1
Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Kings of Leon Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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8 8
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
L.A. Guns Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

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7 7
Berlin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Berlin Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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1 1
Portishead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Portishead Krautrock, Breakbeat, Folktronica

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1 1
Jools Holland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Jools Holland Rock music, Boogie-woogie, Rhythm and blues

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1 1
Bombay Bicycle Club is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Bombay Bicycle Club Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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7 8
Tokyo Police Club is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Tokyo Police Club Garage rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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1 2
The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added The Presidents of the United States of America Pop punk, Noise rock, Rock music

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1 2
Japan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Japan Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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0 1
London Grammar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added London Grammar

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0 1
China Crisis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added China Crisis Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative rock

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0 1
The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added The Dubliners Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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0 1
Johnny Bristol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Johnny Bristol Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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6 8
Atlanta Rhythm Section is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Atlanta Rhythm Section Rock music, Folk rock, Southern rock

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5 7
The Detroit Wheels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
The Detroit Wheels Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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5 7
Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Black Oak Arkansas Rock music

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5 7
Brownsville Station is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Brownsville Station Rock music, Hard rock

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4 6
Orleans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Orleans Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

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3 5
Manchester Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Manchester Orchestra Alternative rock, Indie rock

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2 4
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Florence and the Machine Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

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0 2
Bathory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Bathory Thrash metal, Viking metal, Black metal

The Best Songs Named After US Cities

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London is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added London Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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0 2
Sleaford Mods is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Sleaford Mods

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0 2
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Keith Emerson & The Nice Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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5 8
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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5 8
The Manhattan Transfer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
The Manhattan Transfer Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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4 7
Nickel Creek is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Nickel Creek Acoustic music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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6 10
Miami Sound Machine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Miami Sound Machine Latin Music, Pop music

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British India is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added British India Garage rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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5 9
Of Montreal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Of Montreal Synthpop, Psychedelic folk, Dance-punk

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4 8
The Dresden Dolls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
The Dresden Dolls Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Soft rock

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4 8
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Whee... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels Rock music, Blue-eyed soul

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4 8
Calexico is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Calexico Americana, Rock music, Alternative country

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3 7
Southside Johnny & The Asbury ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Blues

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2 6
Sugarland is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Sugarland Country pop, Pop music, Country

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2 6
I'm From Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
I'm From Barcelona Indie pop, Indie rock, Baroque pop

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2 6
London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
London After Midnight Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

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4 9
Beirut is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Beirut Pop music, Folk music, World music

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2 7
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Atlanta Country

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1 6
Saigon Kick is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Saigon Kick Glam metal, Rock music, Hard rock

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3 9
Architecture in Helsinki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Architecture in Helsinki Indie pop, Indie rock, Avant-garde music

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2 8
Defiance, Ohio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Defiance, Ohio Rock music, Alternative country, Punk rock

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2 9
Manhattan Skyline is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Manhattan Skyline Progressive metal, Mathcore, Emo