Names The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with politicians or historical figures in their names.

These bands named after a historical figure are from all genres of music – rock, new wave, metal, pop, and hip-hop. There are bands named after politicians, and bands named after notorious killers. Think you know them all? Read over this list, and be amazed at the sheer number of bands represented here!

Most of the historical figure band names on this list are fairly self-explanatory. You know, for example, that the Dead Kennedys took the band name from the storied (and tragically fated) American family. Franz Ferdinand is named after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose assassination partially triggered World War I. Rutherford B. Hayes is Dead is both a fact, and the name of a band. Tesla is named after famed inventor Nikola Tesla, and the group Ed Gein takes its name from the real-life notorious serial killer.

Some of the most intriguing bands named after historical figures are tougher to crack. You might not know who Jethro Tull was, but the real-life figure was an agriculturist during the 18th century. The band Jethro Tull’s agent was a history buff, and he came up with it on the fly. It stuck, and the rest is musical history. Some swear that The Hollies got their name from Buddy Holly; others say it was inspired by Christmas holly on a band member’s house. And Asking Alexandria is actually named after Alexander the Great.

Enjoy the list, and be sure to vote for your favorite bands!

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23 12
Tesla is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

2
29 18
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

3
29 19
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

4
30 20
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

5
25 16
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

6
14 8
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

7
14 8
Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

8
21 17
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

9
15 11
Crazy Horse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

10
16 16
The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

11
14 14
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing, Rock music

12
7 9
Kathleen Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Kathleen Turner Overdrive Rock music

13
10 13
Asking Alexandria is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Euro-trance, Deathcore, Metalcore

14
5 8
The Sid Presley Experience is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
The Sid Presley Experience Rock music

15
10 14
Sugar Ray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

16
6 10
Louis XIV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Glam metal, Garage rock, Indie rock

17
6 10
Saving Abel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

18
10 15
The Dandy Warhols is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Rock music, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia

19
8 13
Kasabian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Neo-progressive rock, Space rock, Rock music

20
6 11
Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Post-metal, Christian hardcore, Mathcore

21
7 13
Ed Gein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Mathcore, Grindcore, Death metal

22
6 12
Harvey Milk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Doom metal, Noise rock, Experimental rock

23
6 12
Teenage Jesus and The Jerks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Noise rock, No wave, Punk rock

24
4 10
Rutherford B. Hayes is Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Rutherford B. Hayes is Dead Rock music

25
4 11
Someone Still Loves You Boris ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

26
4 11
Trashcan Sinatras is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Trashcan Sinatras Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie pop

27
3 11
Judas Iscariot is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Black metal, Heavy metal

28
3 12
The Real Tuesday Weld is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Indie pop, Music hall, Lounge music

29
2 13
Cousteau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Cousteau Indie pop. Chamber pop