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

1
56 15
Boston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

2
52 15
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Ballad, Ska, Rock music

3
25 16
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
20 14
Berlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

5
18 16
Little River Band is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

6
17 18
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

7
12 12
The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

8
12 13
Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

9
14 16
Miami Sound Machine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Latin Music, Pop music

10
17 20
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
clash1977 added Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

11
13 15
The Manhattan Transfer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

12
13 16
Orleans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

13
11 14
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

14
11 15
Atlanta Rhythm Section is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music, Folk rock, Southern rock

15
5 7
The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

16
10 14
Japan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

17
6 9
London is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Peter Parker1 added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

18
8 13
Sugarland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Country pop, Pop music, Country

19
7 14
Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music

20
7 14
Manchester Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Alternative rock, Indie rock

21
7 14
Brownsville Station is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music, Hard rock

22
7 14
Calexico is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Americana, Rock music, Alternative country

23
6 13
Florence + 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
9 18
The Detroit Wheels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Rock music, Rhythm and blues

25
7 16
Tokyo Police Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Cities
Garage rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock