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The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with desert animals in their names.

Bands take their names from all manner of people, places, and things. So perhaps it's not surprising that so many bands are named after desert animals. Some were intentionally named for desert-dwelling animals; others are simply coincidence. Which of these desert animal bands is your favorite?

The Eagles are certainly one of the bands named after a desert animal, though the exact reasons for the name are murky. One theory holds that Eagles’ founding member Bernie Leadon suggested it, based on his interest in Hopi Indian mythology (the Hopi Tribe lives in the southwest desert region of Northeastern Arizona). Whatever the case, an eagle is most certainly a desert animal, though they can be found in all manner of climates.

In terms of desert animal band names, some of the most popular choices are the so-called “big cats." Lion band names are quite common: Pedro the Lion, White Lion, One Day As a Lion, and even Snoop Lion appear here. Other desert cat band names include The Cheetah Girls, Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies, and Glass Tiger.

From wolves to vultures to buffalo (and bison) and deer, this list of bands with desert animals in their name covers them all. Vote for the best, and vote down the bands you don’t think deserve a top spot.

list ordered by
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Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
2
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Rhythm and blues
3
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
4
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
5
Camel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
6
White Lion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music
7
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock
8
Snoop Lion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Hip hop, R&B, Reggae
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Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk
10
Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock
11
The Cheetah Girls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop music
12
Cattle Decapitation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Goregrind, Heavy metal, Deathgrind
13
Wild Dogs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Heavy metal, Speed metal
14
Jackyl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
15
Cattle Press is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal
16
Zebrahead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music
17
The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge
18
Them Crooked Vultures is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Rock music, Alternative rock, Hard rock
19
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
20
Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock
21
Deerhunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Noise rock, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia
22
Glass Tiger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music
23
Steam Powered Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Steampunk, Rock music, Folk music
24
Buffalo Tom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Rock music, Alternative rock
25
Pedro the Lion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Emo, Indie rock, Slowcore