names 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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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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14 6
Boston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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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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New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
clash1977 added New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

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L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
L.A. Guns Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

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

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Berlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Berlin Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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6 6
Tokyo Police Club is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Tokyo Police Club Garage rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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6 7
Little River Band is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Little River Band Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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4 5
Orleans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Orleans Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

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5 7
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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4 6
Nickel Creek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Nickel Creek Acoustic music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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The Detroit Wheels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
The Detroit Wheels Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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4 6
Calexico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Calexico Americana, Rock music, Alternative country

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6 9
Miami Sound Machine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Miami Sound Machine Latin Music, Pop music

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5 8
Of Montreal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Of Montreal Synthpop, Psychedelic folk, Dance-punk

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4 7
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Whee... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels Rock music, Blue-eyed soul

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4 7
Beirut is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Beirut Pop music, Folk music, World music

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Southside Johnny & The Asbury ... is listed (or ranked) 20 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 5
Sugarland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Sugarland Country pop, Pop music, Country

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4 8
The Manhattan Transfer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
The Manhattan Transfer Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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4 8
Atlanta Rhythm Section is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Atlanta Rhythm Section Rock music, Folk rock, Southern rock

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3 7
The Dresden Dolls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
The Dresden Dolls Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Soft rock

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3 7
Architecture in Helsinki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Architecture in Helsinki Indie pop, Indie rock, Avant-garde music

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2 6
Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Black Oak Arkansas Rock music

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1 5
Saigon Kick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Saigon Kick Glam metal, Rock music, Hard rock

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1 5
Manchester Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Manchester Orchestra Alternative rock, Indie rock

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2 7
Defiance, Ohio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Defiance, Ohio Rock music, Alternative country, Punk rock

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Atlanta Country

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New Orleans Rhythm Kings is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
New Orleans Rhythm Kings Jazz

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1 8
A Sunny Day in Glasgow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
A Sunny Day in Glasgow Shoegazing, Pop music, Dream pop

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1 8
Manhattan Skyline is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Manhattan Skyline Progressive metal, Mathcore, Emo

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1 8
The Nashville Bluegrass Band is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities

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0 6
London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
London After Midnight Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

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I'm From Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
I'm From Barcelona Indie pop, Indie rock, Baroque pop

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What Made Milwaukee Famous is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
What Made Milwaukee Famous Pop rock, Indie rock

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dc Talk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
dc Talk Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Rock music