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!

list ordered by

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46 11
Boston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

2
40 10
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Ballad, Ska, Rock music

3
23 12
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
16 9
Berlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

5
16 10
Little River Band is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

6
15 12
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

7
10 8
Orleans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

8
9 7
Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

9
15 15
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
clash1977 added Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

10
4 4
The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

11
11 12
Miami Sound Machine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Latin Music, Pop music

12
10 11
The Manhattan Transfer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

13
9 10
Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

14
9 10
The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

15
4 5
London is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
7 9
Manchester Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Alternative rock, Indie rock

17
6 8
Japan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

18
8 12
Atlanta Rhythm Section is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music, Folk rock, Southern rock

19
7 11
Tokyo Police Club is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Garage rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

20
7 11
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

21
7 11
Calexico is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Americana, Rock music, Alternative country

22
2 5
China Crisis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative rock

23
4 8
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

24
4 8
Portishead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Krautrock, Breakbeat, Folktronica

25
8 13
The Detroit Wheels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music, Rhythm and blues

26
3 7
Bombay Bicycle Club is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

27
2 6
London Grammar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added

28
2 6
Keith Emerson & The Nice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

29
3 8
The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Pop punk, Noise rock, Rock music

30
6 12
Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music

31
6 12
The Dresden Dolls is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Soft rock

32
6 12
Brownsville Station is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music, Hard rock

33
5 11
Sugarland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Country pop, Pop music, Country

34
3 10
I'm From Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Indie pop, Indie rock, Baroque pop

35
5 13
Beirut is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Pop music, Folk music, World music

36
5 13
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Whee... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music, Blue-eyed soul

37
4 12
Nickel Creek is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Acoustic music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

38
4 12
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Country

39
5 14
Of Montreal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Synthpop, Psychedelic folk, Dance-punk

40
3 12
Defiance, Ohio is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music, Alternative country, Punk rock

41
3 12
Southside Johnny & The Asbury ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Blues

42
1 7
Jools Holland is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Rock music, Boogie-woogie, Rhythm and blues

43
4 15
dc Talk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Rock music

44
3 14
Manhattan Skyline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Emo

45
3 15
Architecture in Helsinki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Indie pop, Indie rock, Avant-garde music

46
2 12
London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

47
2 12
Saigon Kick is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Glam metal, Rock music, Hard rock

48
2 14
A Sunny Day in Glasgow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Shoegazing, Pop music, Dream pop

49
2 15
The Nashville Bluegrass Band is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities

50
2 15
New Orleans Rhythm Kings is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
New Orleans Rhythm Kings Jazz