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The Best Band Name Origin Stories

Updated 8 Jul 2020 6.4k votes 1.1k voters 93.9k views23 items

List RulesVote up the bands who have the best stories about how they got their names

List of best band name origin stories, crowd-sourced and ranked by a community of music-lovers. Bands are known to find inspiration for their names from all sorts of places: negative reviews, real people like old teachers that they hated, lost loves, real places and fictional sex toys.

A good band name origins story is always entertaining--it can inspire you if you are searching for your own perfect rock group name or arm you with a good anecdote to tell at cocktail parties. How many people do you know who are aware that Steely Dan named their outfit after a steam-powered dildo mentioned in a William S. Burroughs novel?

The best band names origin stories are about a band that you know and love, but never thought to look into how they got their name. For example, there are probably many Muse fans out there that never knew that Matthew Bellamy, the lead vocalist, is really into Ouija boards and supernatural beings, aka "muses." Read up on some of the best origins of band names and add your own favorites to the list!
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