Bands/Musicians The Best Bands with Red in the Name  

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Red is often said to be the color of passion, and bands with red in the name reflect this, having a passion and drive to make great music. A lot of popular groups have red, or a variation of red, in their name. These are just a few, and you’ll no doubt recognize plenty of them.

Simply Red is (arguably) one of the better red band names. So, how did this British pop and soul band get its name? From lead singer Mick Hucknall. If you’ve seen him, you know he’s got really red hair. “Red” was his nickname, and this was the band’s original name. Hucknall wanted more, so he added “Simply” – and the rest is music history.

As mentioned, several of these red band names have slight variations on the color. Yes, you'll find the Red Hot Chili Peppers here, but you'll also see rock’s King Crimson, pop rock’s Maroon 5, and Wild Cherry, the funk rock band known for the iconic 1976 song “Play That Funky Music.” You will also find combinations of colors in these bands with the color red in the name, like Blonde Redhead and Green on Red.

Which red band is the best? It's time to decide, so vote up your favorites!

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Red is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Red Alternative rock, Christian rock, Hard rock

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Redlight King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Redlight King Rock music, Rap rock, Alternative rock

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Blonde Redhead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Blonde Redhead Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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Wild Cherry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Wild Cherry Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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August Burns Red is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
August Burns Red Progressive metal, Mathcore, Metalcore

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Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Rose Tattoo Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Red Fang Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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The Red Chord is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
The Red Chord Deathcore, Technical death metal, Metalcore

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Eagle-Eye Cherry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Eagle-Eye Cherry Pop music, Rock music, Acoustic music

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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

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Helen Reddy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Dan Briley added Helen Reddy Pop music

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Simply Red is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Simply Red Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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Red Sea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Norman Cruz added Red Sea

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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Pop punk, Indie, Emo

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Red House Painters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Red House Painters Folk rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Mars Red Sky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Mars Red Sky Rock music, Stoner rock, Psychedelic rock

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Red Mecca is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Red Mecca Electronic music

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The Red Krayola is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
The Red Krayola Rock music, Outsider music, Experimental rock

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Redbone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Dan Briley added Redbone Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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Blood Red Shoes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Blood Red Shoes Garage rock, Grunge, Stoner rock

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The Red Clay Ramblers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
The Red Clay Ramblers Country

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New Riders of the Purple Sage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Dan Briley added New Riders of the Purple Sage Rock music, Country rock, Country

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Green on Red is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Green on Red Jangle pop, Rock music, Country rock

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The Crimson Armada is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
The Crimson Armada Deathcore, Metalcore, Extreme metal

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Leon Redbone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Leon Redbone Ragtime, Easy listening, Jazz

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Red Rider is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Red Rider Rock music

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Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Crimson Glory Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Red Rockers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Red Rockers New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock