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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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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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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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Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Manfred Mann's Earth Band is listed (or ranked) 4 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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The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Mazzy Star is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing
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Earth is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Walk the Moon is listed (or ranked) 9 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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30 Seconds to Mars is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Rare Earth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
cinemasianx added Blue-eyed soul, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
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urmetaldj666 added UFO Hard Rock
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Silversun Pickups is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Midnight Star is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Dead Moon is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Big Star is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Big Star Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock
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Spacemen 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Pluto is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Total Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Sun Kil Moon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Folk rock, Slowcore
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Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Nebula is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Strfkr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space
Strfkr Rock music, Indie rock, Indie pop