Bands/Musicians The Best Bands with Blue in the Name  

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Plenty of bands have colors in their names, and blue seems to be a popular choice. Need proof? Just look this list of bands with the color blue in the name, many of whom have been around for decades. Bands with blue in the name come from all genres of music and all eras of music history. From the disco and R&B stylings of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes to alternative bands like Blue Merle and The Blue Nile to straight-up pop bands like Aqua, these bands may be different, but they have one big thing in common: their name.

What blue band springs into your head first? Chances are Blue Öyster Cult immediately comes to mind, especially if you’re a classic rock fan. If you’re wondering how the band got its blue name, it wasn’t because they liked the color. Actually, Blue Öyster Cult's manager wrote a poem, and the musicians got their moniker from it.

Just for fun, this list also includes groups with “blues” in the blue band names – so yes, Blues Traveler, The Moody Blues and The Blues Brothers absolutely count. Would they be your top choices?

Who is your favorite band with blue in the name? Vote them up to number one, and please add any great groups that are missing.

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32 10
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

2
19 10
Shocking Blue is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Blues-rock, Nederpop, Rock music

3
22 13
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

4
14 7
The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

5
17 11
Blues Traveler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
15 10
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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9 4
John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
jonathanbarnard added Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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9 6
Climax Blues Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Blues-rock, Rock music, Soft rock

9
16 14
Blue October is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Rock music, Piano rock, Experimental rock

10
8 7
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

11
7 6
Blue is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

12
1 0
Blue Foundation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
John Clay Knight added Shoegazing, Folk music, Electronic music

13
5 5
Cobalt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Cobalt Progressive metal, Black metal, Extreme metal

14
3 3
The Aqua Velvets is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Surf rock

15
8 9
The Blue Moon Boys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Rock music, Rockabilly, Folk music

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6 7
The Blue Nile is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Adult album alternative, Pop music, Sophisti-pop

17
5 6
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Country rock

18
4 5
Blues Creation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

19
2 4
The Screaming Blue Messiahs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music

20
2 5
Blue Merle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Adult album alternative

21
2 5
The King Blues is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Ska punk, Ska, Folk rock

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3 7
Deep Blue Something is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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1 5
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosio... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Alternative rock, Garage rock, Blues rock

24
4 9
Aqua is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Pop music

25
3 8
The Blues Project is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Rock music, Psychedelic rock, Blues

26
1 8
Blue Sky Black Death is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Shoegazing

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1 8
The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave