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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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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

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Crazy Horse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Crazy Horse Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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Tesla is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Tesla Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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Kasabian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Kasabian Neo-progressive rock, Space rock, Rock music

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Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Franz Ferdinand New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Dropkick Murphys Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

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Asking Alexandria is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Asking Alexandria Euro-trance, Deathcore, Metalcore

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

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Ed Gein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Ed Gein Mathcore, Grindcore, Death metal

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The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
The Brian Jonestown Massacre Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing, Rock music

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Louis XIV is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Louis XIV Glam metal, Garage rock, Indie rock

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Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Norma Jean Post-metal, Christian hardcore, Mathcore

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Someone Still Loves You Boris ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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The Dandy Warhols is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
The Dandy Warhols Rock music, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Paul Revere and The Raiders Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Teenage Jesus and The Jerks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Teenage Jesus and The Jerks Noise rock, No wave, Punk rock

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Saving Abel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Saving Abel Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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Trashcan Sinatras is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Trashcan Sinatras Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie pop

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

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Sugar Ray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Sugar Ray Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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The Sid Presley Experience is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
The Sid Presley Experience Rock music

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Kathleen Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Kathleen Turner Overdrive Rock music

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Rutherford B. Hayes is Dead is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Rutherford B. Hayes is Dead Rock music

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The Real Tuesday Weld is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
The Real Tuesday Weld Indie pop, Music hall, Lounge music

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Judas Iscariot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures
Judas Iscariot Black metal, Heavy metal

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