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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31 16
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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23 10
Red is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Red Alternative rock, Christian rock, Hard rock

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14 8
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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10 7
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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8 5
August Burns Red is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Metalcore

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6 3
Blonde Redhead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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4 1
Green on Red is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Jangle pop, Rock music, Country rock

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6 5
Wild Cherry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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5 4
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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4 3
Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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4 3
Redbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Dan Briley added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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4 3
Eagle-Eye Cherry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Pop music, Rock music, Acoustic music

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4 3
The Red Krayola is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Rock music, Outsider music, Experimental rock

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4 3
The Red Chord is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Deathcore, Technical death metal, Metalcore

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4 3
Blood Red Shoes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Garage rock, Grunge, Stoner rock

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Simply Red is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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8 8
Red Sea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Norman Cruz added

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6 6
Leon Redbone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Ragtime, Easy listening, Jazz

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6 6
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Pop punk, Indie, Emo

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6 6
Red Rider is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Rock music

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5 5
Red House Painters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Folk rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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15 16
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

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4 4
Mars Red Sky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Mars Red Sky Rock music, Stoner rock, Psychedelic rock

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4 4
Red Mecca is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Red Mecca Electronic music

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2 2
New Riders of the Purple Sage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Dan Briley added Rock music, Country rock, Country

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2 2
Helen Reddy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Dan Briley added Pop music

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1 1
The Crimson Armada is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Deathcore, Metalcore, Extreme metal

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1 1
The Red Clay Ramblers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
The Red Clay Ramblers Country

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1 2
Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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1 4
Red Rockers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands with Red in the Name
New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock