The Best Bands Named After Songs

Over 800 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Bands Named After Songs
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Only bands whose name is derived from a song (probably by another band).

Complete list of bands named after songs performed by other musicians (or, in some cases, bands named after their own songs). Looking at where rock groups get their names can be fun because band name etymology reveals a lot about how the musicians see themselves and who their early influences were.

The most famous band named after other performers' songs is Radiohead, named after Talking Heads song "Radio Head." Some of the best rock groups/performers of all time that have huge name recognition now--like the Rolling Stones and Boyz II Men--borrowed their names from song titles or lyrics that were written by other performers. In some cases, bands used titles from their own songs to help them name their bands. Rage Against the Machine is named after an earlier song that Zack de la Rocha performed with his old band and The Chemical Brothers also named their band after their own song.

Test yourself to see how many of these name etymologies you know, vote on your favorites and feel free to add any to the list that may not be on there yet. 

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  • after Muddy Waters' "Rolling Stone"
  • Black Sabbath
    336 votes
    Originally called Earth, the band changed its name after it's own song of the same, which reflected the band's new musical direction
  • Motörhead
    268 votes
    after Hawkwind's "Motorhead"
  • Deep Purple
    299 votes
    after the Bing Crosby song "Deep Purple."
  • Pretenders
    249 votes
    Named after The Platters 1956 No.1 hit "The Great Pretender".
  • Judas Priest
    250 votes
    after Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"