Names The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with references to sports or athletes in their names.

Sports and music: it’s a classic combination. Not surprisingly, plenty of musicians are sports fanatics, and they've even named their bands after their on-field idols. These are the best bands named after sports, as voted on by music-lovers like you.

Lots of bands are named after sports or athletes from all over the world. The '90s all-female alt-rock band Luscious Jackson is named after former pro basketball player Lucious Jackson.  Other basketball-inspired band names include Gnarles Barkley (after former all-star Charles Barkley) and possibly Pearl Jam. There are multiple stories about this band’s name, but its original name was “Mookie Blaylock,” after the NBA point guard. Does the band deserve a spot on this list? You decide.

Did you know that artist MC Hammer was named after a famous sports figure? Rapper Stanley Kirk Burrell grew up in Oakland, and he was a bat boy for the A’s. As the story goes, A’s owner Charles O. Finley thought Burrell looked like baseball legend Hank Aaron, whose nickname was “The Hammer.”

These are all great bands with sports in their name. Be sure to vote for the best athlete band names – and of course, vote down any you don’t like!

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11 8
Kaiser Chiefs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

2
10 7
American Football is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Emo, Alternative rock, Indie rock

3
9 6
Fastball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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8 6
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Mike Williams Mendes added Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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6 4
High School Football Heroes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology

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6 4
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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6 4
Bowling for Soup is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

8
5 3
Yellowcard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Pop punk, Emo, Melodic hardcore

9
6 5
Luscious Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

10
6 5
The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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3 2
Hockey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
New Wave, Dance-punk, Rock music

12
5 5
Saint Etienne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Indie pop, Synthpop, Trip hop

13
5 5
Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

14
4 4
Helmet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

15
6 7
Yo La Tengo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Experimental rock

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6 7
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

17
5 6
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

18
5 6
Everlast is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Hip hop music, Rock music, Country rap

19
3 4
The Delgados is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Pop rock, Indie rock

20
3 4
Five for Fighting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Heartland rock, Rock music, Piano rock

21
2 3
Smashmouth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Smashmouth

22
4 6
Sweethearts of the Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology

23
4 6
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

24
3 5
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

25
2 4
¡All-Time Quarterback! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Indie, Rock music, Alternative rock