Names The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with references to other songs in their names.

A variety of different bands have taken their names from other songs or albums. Bands named after songs represent virtually every music genre, including classic rock, alternative, metal, R&B, and more. Impress your friends with your knowledge of music trivia by learning about all these bands who took their name from songs!

The stories behind how bands named after albums and songs got their monikers are fascinating. Arguably the most famous band with a song in their name is The Rolling Stones. Legend has it that when asked about the band’s name by the media, original member Brian Jones spotted a Muddy Waters album nearby – with the song “Rollin’ Stone” – and answered, “The Rolling Stones.” And yes, if you were wondering, Rolling Stone magazine also took its name from the same song.

Another iconic British band, The Moody Blues, supposedly took inspiration for its name from the Duke Ellington song “Mood Indigo.” Radiohead got its name from the Talking Heads song “Radio Head.” Judas Priest got its name from Bob Dylan’s song “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest.” And Death Cab for Cutie was inspired by the song of the same name, performed by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, most notably in the Beatles’ 1967 Magical Mystery Tour movie.

What are the greatest bands named after other songs? How about album bands? All of them are represented here on this list, so be sure to vote for your favorites.

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Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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11 7
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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7 3
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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7 3
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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6 3
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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5 3
Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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5 3
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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8 7
All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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4 3
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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3 2
Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Heavy metal

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5 6
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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2 3
Seether is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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2 3
Shakespears Sister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Adult contemporary music, Synthpop, Pop music

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2 3
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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2 3
Old 97's is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Country rock, Alternative country, Country

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2 3
Ladytron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

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2 3
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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2 4
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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2 4
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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2 4
The Mountain Goats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Folk rock, Urban Folk, Indie folk

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2 4
Big Country is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

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2 4
Spoon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Third-wave of ska, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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2 4
ABC is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Synthpop, New Wave, Disco

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0 2
The Kooks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music