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The Best Bands Named After Cities 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.6k votes 231 voters 14.5k views 54 items

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
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Boston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Berlin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Little River Band is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Atlanta Rhythm Section ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Orleans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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The Manhattan Transfer ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Japan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Portishead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Miami Sound Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Queens of the Stone Age ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Sugarland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Calexico is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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London is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Brownsville Station is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Manchester Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Florence and the Machine... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
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Mitch Ryder & The De... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities