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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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Panic! at the Disco Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
All Time Low Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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

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Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Squeeze New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Judas Priest New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Nazareth Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Canned Heat Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Spoon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Spoon Third-wave of ska, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Boyz II Men Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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The Mountain Goats is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
The Mountain Goats Folk rock, Urban Folk, Indie folk

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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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ABC is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
ABC Synthpop, New Wave, Disco

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Old 97's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Old 97's Country rock, Alternative country, Country

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Big Country is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Big Country Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

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Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Machine Head Heavy metal

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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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Shakespears Sister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Shakespears Sister Adult contemporary music, Synthpop, Pop music

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Ladytron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Ladytron Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

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Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Powderfinger Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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Seether is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Seether Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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The Naked and Famous is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
The Naked and Famous Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
The Sisters of Mercy Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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The Kooks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
The Kooks Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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The Black Angels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
The Black Angels Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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Pretty Girls Make Graves is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Pretty Girls Make Graves Alternative rock, Art rock, Art punk

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Jet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Jet Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

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Deacon Blue is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Deacon Blue Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Blue Merle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Blue Merle Adult album alternative

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Blonde Redhead is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Blonde Redhead Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying B... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Songs and Albums
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music