Names The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with planets, stars, or other references to space things in their names.

What do Earth, Wind & Fire, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Silversun Pickups all have in common? Aside from the fact that they are all musical groups, they are all bands named after space in some way. This list covers planet bands, bands named after stars, and even moon band names – in short, any name that would make a NASA engineer or astronaut proud. Can’t think of many? Grab your telescope, feast your eyes on this list, and be amazed!

Virtually every aspect of space is covered in these band names. In terms of bands named after a planet, you have the aforementioned bands with Earth and Mars in their names, respectively. There are many more – and they represent many different genres of music. Among the planet band names: The Mars Volta, The Neptunes, DJ Neptune, and Brave Saint Saturn. You’ll also find a lot of star bands, including Big Star, Mazzy Star, Jefferson Starship, and Midnight Star.

Why the overload of great bands named after planets and other celestial bodies? It just sounds cool, and space is always that great mystery. Whether they're named for a notable constellation or one of the mysteries of the cosmos, these groups know how to get earthlings dancing.

Vote for your favorite bands with space in their name and the greatest planet band names!

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35 17
Earth, Wind & Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Disco, Rock music, Black metal

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29 16
Jefferson Starship is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Pop music, Rock music, Acid rock

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25 18
Mazzy Star is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing

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28 22
30 Seconds to Mars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Space rock

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26 20
Walk the Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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17 14
Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

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16 14
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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16 15
Manfred Mann's Earth Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Blues-rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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12 11
Earth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Experimental music

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11 10
Midnight Star is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Hip hop music, Disco, Pop music

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8 8
Dead Moon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Garage punk, Garage rock, Grunge

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13 14
Spacemen 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Rock music, Space rock, Drone music

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16 18
The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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9 10
Pluto is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Rock music, Alternative rock, Rock and roll

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8 9
Total Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Psybient, Psychedelic trance, Ambient music

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1 1
Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
llinek added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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11 13
Silversun Pickups is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

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13 17
Big Star is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock

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5 8
Dark Star Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

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7 11
Nebula is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal

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6 11
Strfkr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Strfkr Rock music, Indie rock, Indie pop

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5 10
Neptune is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Noise rock, Noise music, Avant-garde music

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8 14
Sun Kil Moon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Folk rock, Slowcore

24
8 15
Space is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Britpop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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6 13
The Neptunes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Dancehall

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4 11
Arctic Moon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Electronic music, Trance

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3 10
Brave Saint Saturn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock

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5 13
Comets on Fire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Noise rock, Punk blues, New Weird America

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3 11
The Blue Moon Boys is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Rock music, Rockabilly, Folk music

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3 11
DJ Neptune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
DJ Neptune Hip hop, Afro pop

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5 14
Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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5 14
Cobra Starship is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Synthpunk, Pop punk, Synthpop

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4 13
The Orion Experience is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
The Orion Experience Indie pop, Pop music, Pop rock

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4 13
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Rock music, Alternative rock

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2 10
Moon Dog Mane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Moon Dog Mane Post-grunge, Southern rock