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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The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
The Eagles Rhythm and blues

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Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Scorpions Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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

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Snoop Lion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Snoop Lion Hip hop, R&B, Reggae

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Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Modest Mouse Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Cage the Elephant Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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The Cheetah Girls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
The Cheetah Girls Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop music

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White Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
White Lion Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

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Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Band of Horses Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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Them Crooked Vultures is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Them Crooked Vultures Rock music, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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Camel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Camel Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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Pedro the Lion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Pedro the Lion Emo, Indie rock, Slowcore

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Glass Tiger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Glass Tiger Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

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Jackyl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Jackyl Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Dingo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Dingo Glam metal, Rock music, Pop rock

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The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
The Jesus Lizard Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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Wild Dogs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Wild Dogs Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Cattle Press is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Cattle Press Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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One Day As a Lion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
One Day As a Lion Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Rock music

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Deerhoof is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Deerhoof Noise rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Gov't Mule Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Deerhunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Deerhunter Noise rock, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Zebrahead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Zebrahead Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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Deer Tick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Deer Tick Rock music, Alternative country, Indie folk

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Llama is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Llama Rock music

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Danger Mouse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Danger Mouse Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Le Tigre is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Le Tigre Synthpunk, New Wave, Dance-punk

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Steam Powered Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Steam Powered Giraffe Steampunk, Rock music, Folk music

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Buffalo Tom is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Buffalo Tom Rock music, Alternative rock

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BATS is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
BATS Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Math rock

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

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Bison B.C. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Bison B.C. Doom metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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The Bats is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
The Bats Rock music

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Giraffe? Giraffe! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Giraffe? Giraffe! Math rock, Progressive rock, Post rock

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Cattle Decapitation is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Cattle Decapitation Goregrind, Heavy metal, Deathgrind

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Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals

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Minus the Bear is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Minus the Bear Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock

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Grant Lee Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals
Grant Lee Buffalo Americana, Rock music, Alternative rock