Animals 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.

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15 6
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

2
14 6
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Rhythm and blues

3
10 4
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
14 10
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
10 6
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

6
9 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
7 4
Camel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

8
8 6
Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

9
10 9
Snoop Lion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Hip hop, R&B, Reggae

10
6 5
The Cheetah Girls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop music

11
9 9
Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

12
3 4
Cattle Press is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

13
3 4
Wild Dogs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Heavy metal, Speed metal

14
3 4
Jackyl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
5 7
The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

16
5 7
Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

17
4 6
Them Crooked Vultures is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Rock music, Alternative rock, Hard rock

18
4 6
Zebrahead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

19
2 4
Llama is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Llama Rock music

20
5 8
Pedro the Lion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Emo, Indie rock, Slowcore

21
4 7
Glass Tiger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

22
2 5
Dingo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Glam metal, Rock music, Pop rock

23
2 5
One Day As a Lion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Rock music

24
2 5
Buffalo Tom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Rock music, Alternative rock

25
1 4
Deerhoof is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Noise rock, Rock music, Garage rock

26
1 4
Cattle Decapitation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Goregrind, Heavy metal, Deathgrind

27
1 4
Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals

28
4 8
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

29
4 8
Deerhunter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Noise rock, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia

30
3 7
Deer Tick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Rock music, Alternative country, Indie folk

31
3 7
Minus the Bear is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock

32
2 6
Grant Lee Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Americana, Rock music, Alternative rock

33
1 5
The Tarantulas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
The Tarantulas Rock music

34
1 5
The Bats is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Rock music

35
2 7
Le Tigre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Synthpunk, New Wave, Dance-punk

36
2 7
Danger Mouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

37
1 6
Steam Powered Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Steampunk, Rock music, Folk music

38
1 6
BATS is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
BATS Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Math rock

39
1 6
Bison B.C. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

40
1 6
Giraffe? Giraffe! is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Giraffe? Giraffe! Math rock, Progressive rock, Post rock