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The Best Bands with Blue in the Name  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest bands that have the word "blue" in their name.

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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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
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music
3
The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music
4
Blues Traveler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music
5
Blue October is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Rock music, Piano rock, Experimental rock
6
Climax Blues Band is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Blues-rock, Rock music, Soft rock
7
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
8
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
9
John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
jonathanbarnard added Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues
10
Blue Foundation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
John Clay Knight added Shoegazing, Folk music, Electronic music
11
Shocking Blue is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Blues-rock, Nederpop, Rock music
12
Blues Image is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Sam Nirva added Rock / Folk
13
Blue Monday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Matt Totillo added Perfection of the 80s and 90s
14
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Country rock
15
The Blue Disco Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
JoãoManoeldeOliveira added
16
The Blues Brothers Revival Ban... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
JamesWyatt added
17
The Blue Moon Boys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Rock music, Rockabilly, Folk music
18
The Blue Nile is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Adult album alternative, Pop music, Sophisti-pop
19
Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music
20
Deep Blue Something is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music
21
Cobalt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Progressive metal, Black metal, Extreme metal
22
The Screaming Blue Messiahs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music
23
The Aqua Velvets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Surf rock
24
Blues Creation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
25
The King Blues is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands with Blue in the Name
Ska punk, Ska, Folk rock