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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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American Football is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Emo, Alternative rock, Indie rock
2
Yellowcard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Pop punk, Emo, Melodic hardcore
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Bowling for Soup is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music
4
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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Fastball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop
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High School Football Heroes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
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Kaiser Chiefs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music
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Luscious Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music
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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
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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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Hockey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
New Wave, Dance-punk, Rock music
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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock
13
Saint Etienne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Indie pop, Synthpop, Trip hop
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Helmet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal
15
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Hip hop music, Pop music, House music
16
Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
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Yo La Tengo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Experimental rock
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Everlast is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Hip hop music, Rock music, Country rap
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Five for Fighting is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Heartland rock, Rock music, Piano rock
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The Delgados is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Pop rock, Indie rock
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Sweethearts of the Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
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Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia
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¡All-Time Quarterback! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Indie, Rock music, Alternative rock
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Smashmouth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Smashmouth
25
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sports Terminology
Mike Williams Mendes added Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock