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The Best Bands With Animal Names 

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The best bands with animals in their names criss-cross the music world with offerings from music genres like indie rock, classic rock, and even a little hip-hop. The only rule here is that these famous bands must have some kind of animal affiliation. For instance: Jeff Buckley has an animal in his name (buck) but not intentionally, so he doesn't count. Young Buck, however, has an animalistic bent to his name and attitude, so he's in. FYI- the Beatles were a toughie, but they're in.

This votable list of band names with an animal in them is your chance to choose the best animal related artist or band. Do you worship at the Temple of the Dog? Do you feel lithe with Cat Power? Does a little bit of Arctic Monkeys make you shiver with anticipation? Whether you're a fan of a good band with a funny animal name or just a fan of animal names and weird bands, this list of famous bands with animal names is the place to be for all the most ferocious band names.

This band names list exists solely to highlight animal bands, but if you're curious to see where some of the best weird band names came from, check out the greatest band name origin stories. Also, don't be surprised when you see some of these funny band names on the list of great bands with the worst names.
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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

Albums: Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, Rubber Soul, + more

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names
Genre: Bubblegum pop, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees, Headquarters, Daydream Believer / Goin' Down, Head, More of the Monkees, + more

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Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

Albums: 1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In, Saints & Sinners, Forevermore, + more

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John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names
Genre: Americana, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Uh-huh, American Fool, Scarecrow, The Lonesome Jubilee, Human Wheels, + more

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Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

Albums: Naturally, Seven Separate Fools, Hard Labor, Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits, Suitable for Framing, + more

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The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names
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Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names
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Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names
Genre: Chicago blues, Electric blues & Blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, The Genuine Article, Howlin' Wolf, Collection, The Very Best of Howlin' Wolf, + more

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Foxygen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names
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Albums: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Take the Kids Off Broadway, Jurrassic Exxplosion Phillipic, EP 2011, San Francisco

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Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

Albums: The Moon & Antarctica, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, The Lonesome Crowded West, Ocean Breathes Salty, + more

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The Bloodhound Gang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

Albums: Hooray for Boobies, Fire Water Burn, Use Your Fingers, Why’s Everybody Always Pickin’ on Me?, One Fierce Beer Coaster, + more

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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

Albums: A Flock of Seagulls, Listen, The Light at the End of the World, The Story of a Young Heart, Dream Come True, + more

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Eagles of Death Metal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

Albums: Peace Love Death Metal, Death by Sexy…, Heart On, Live @ Slims, I Want You So Hard (Boys Bad News), + more

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Eagle-Eye Cherry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Acoustic music; Nationality: Sweden

Albums: Desireless, Living in the Present Future, Sub Rosa, Can't Get Enough, The Best Of, + more

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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

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The Boomtown Rats is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names
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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

Albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug, Suck It and See, + more

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Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

Albums: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Fillmore East 1968, Scorching Beauty, Sun and Steel, Ball, + more

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Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

Albums: Last Time Around, Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield Again, Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield Box Set, + more

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The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

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Toadies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

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Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names
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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names
Genre: Synthpop, Sufi rock & Nasheed; Nationality: England

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Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands With Animal Names

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