The 50 Greatest Band Names of All Time

ONE OF THE sublime pleasures in starting a band is the hallowed ritual of conceiving its name. Hell, it’s half the fun of learning an instrument, and truth be told, many musicians would grudgingly admit to having spent more time imagining the perfect band name than mastering their instrument. They will then head back to the kitchen to check on your jalapeno poppers.

Beyond funny ideas hatched over bong hits, the name of a band carries massive long-term implications for its musicians, dictating everything from potential radio exposure to logo design to what type of fans will respond. Some bands care while others don’t. Ultimately, a great band name provokes some sort of reaction that causes people to remember it, but at the same time, that leads people into the band’s music; because a band should exist for the music, not out of a warped sense of obligation to a clever name, and the only thing less cliched than a list of great band names is an attention-grabbing name with nothing behind it.

For your pleasure and derision, we have scoured our iPods, vinyl crates and unpacked boxes of cassettes (that we’ve dragged around from house to house for the last seven moves), to come up with the fifty best band names in history. Please note that this is not a list of the best bands, simply the best band names. Because some of these artists…well, you’ll see.

Here, in no particular order (despite the numbering), are the 50 Greatest Band Names of All Time:

50. The Flaming Lips—this brightly-spangled, Grammy-winning outfit enjoy massive worldwide popularity due to some extent to their catchy name. Most music fans have heard of The Flaming Lips, yet markedly fewer are those who can name a Flaming Lips song.

49. Godspeed You! Black Emperor—these Canadian post-rockers took their name from a Japanese movie about a biker gang named the Black Emperors, and if you have ever heard their music or seen them live, you will understand how this name—which has nothing to do with anything—makes perfect sense.

48. Impotent Sea Snakes—when the Editorial Board at The Weeklings asked me to contribute a column about the 50 Best Band Names to go along with their “50 Best” series, this was the first band that came to mind. ISS are my favorite underground band, with a gloriously provocative name that falls neatly in line with their sexually-obscene lyrics and a stage show that treats the First Amendment like a marathoner treats a pair of running shoes.

47. Lynyrd Skynyrd—named after their high school gym teacher, Leonard Skinner, this seminal Southern Rock collective managed to sell millions of albums with a name so phonically baffling that they named their debut album Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd), just to face the confusion head-on.

46. The Dancing French Liberals of ‘48—this old school punk outfit eschewed angry, confrontational punk naming conventions in favor of gleeful historical footnote. Nicely done, lads.

45. The Sex Pistols—simple, offensive and to the point. Which also sums up the musicians and their songs. The name represented an enormously ballsy gesture on the part of manager Malcolm McLaren; with such an explicit alias, radio support was anything but certain. Thankfully, he and the boys came up with a few ideas to let the world know about them.

44. Machine Gun Fellatio—weapons and a sex act. Says nothing about the music but it arouses enough curiosity to inspire further investigation, rewarding listeners with some of the most fun and danceable music of the past twenty years.

43. Blue Öyster Cult—with the umlaut and the ominous implications of the word “Cult,” BOC galvanized stoner rockers across the globe and in doing so, carved out a much-needed new direction from their original name—Soft White Underbelly.

42. Spooky Tooth—you’ve got to love a band that really goes for it, and nothing says “We’re going for it!” like calling your band “Spooky Tooth.” And being serious about it.

41. Alien Sex Fiend—three shades of scary here; you’ve got a fiend, but not just any fiend—a sex fiend. Just for good measure, cast this sex fiend as an extraterrestrial, and you’ve got one of the most adventurous band names ever.

40. Cattle Decapitation—San Diego’s beloved troop of pet-friendly deathgrinders chose this name for its shock value as a protest against the abuse and consumption of animals. Their lyrics and album art often feature humans enduring the systemic horrors regularly inflicted on farm animals. Also, the music is heavier than a black hole.

39. Happy Mondays—these groovalicious, pill-popping club faves conceived this paradox of a moniker to dovetail into their ecstasy-friendly strain of Britpop. Massive in Europe, US audiences missed the point, and the boat.

38. The Gaza Strippers—puerile, irreverent and five flavors of awesome.

37. Queens of the Stone Age—deceptively epic name for a gaggle of tatted-up dudes slinging sleazy jams about sex, drugs, and more sex and drugs.

36. INXS—sublime in its simplicity, hard to forget, and looks great on a t-shirt.

35. The Jesus and Mary Chain—this clumsy and awkward label, fraught with thorny religious implications, sent this band and their infectiously bleak music straight into the tiny black hearts of 80s goth kids everywhere.

34. KISS—one sentence, all caps, with a cool-ass font designed by guitarist Ace Frehley himself. In the 70s, idle-handed puritans alleged Satanic overtones, falsely claiming that the name stood for “Kids In Satan’s Service,” “Knights in Satan’s Service,” or “Kinder SS.” KISS can probably thank them for another couple millions of albums sold.

33. Led Zeppelin—when word spread spread that two London studio legends (Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones) were forming a new band with two chest-beaters from the Midlands (Robert Plant and John Bonham), The Who’s Keith Moon derisively predicted that the project would go down “like a lead balloon.” Who bassist John Entwistle took it one step further, calling it a “lead zeppelin.” When those remarks reached Jimmy Page and quick-fisted manager Peter Grant, they adopted the name “Led Zeppelin,” with the wacky spelling to promote correct pronunciation. Looks great inside the cover of a chemistry book.

32. Massive Attack—not just any attack; a massive attack. Extra points for choosing a name diametrically opposed to their music, which is softer than the California judicial system’s treatment of Lindsay Lohan.

31. The Smiths—unforgettably mopey, just like their music.

30. Cindy Brady’s Lisp—a smirk-inducing reference to the youngest member of the Brady Bunch, whose speech impediment attracted callow taunting from the ill-fated Buddy Hinton. Still waiting for the Lifetime Network to turn this episode into a cautionary after-school special about the evils of bullying, starring Abigail Breslin.

29. Motörhead—a not-so-thinly-veiled reference to the band’s abiding enthusiasm for speed. The original masters of the umlaut, Motörhead wisely augmented the name with a bellicose logo and a catalog of songs that remind the entire known Universe and all lands beyond that they don’t give a flying fuck about anything.

28. Joy Division—these moody teens doubled down on the grim irony by lifting their name from the term assigned to a group of prostitutes in a Nazi concentration camp. Bleak name, bleak music and bleak ending to the band, which fizzled two years after taking the name, when lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide. The surviving members went on to form the more radio-friendly New Order.

27. Pink Floyd—even the most rough-and-tumble among classic rock vets draw blanks when asked to explain the name behind the fathers of psychedelic rock. Granted, it sounds ace, but what does it mean? Is it a drug reference? A crass euphemism for a part of the female anatomy? Hardly. The band cobbled their name from two Georgia bluesmen named Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

26. The Who—after alternating runs as the Detours and the High Numbers, these proponents of Mod culture opted for a name that was both memorable and certain to confound DJs, promoters and parents. The clip of Tommy Smothers asking the band about their name on the Smothers Brothers show was funny enough to earn its inclusion on the band’s glorious double album, The Kids Are Alright.

25. L7—with their two character label, these hard-rocking Seattle grunge gals resurrected an aged reference for the uncool. Make an “L” with the thumb and forefinger of your left hand and hold it at 90 degrees, then make a “7” with the thumb and forefinger of the right. Now put them together. Got it? L7’s “Shove” is one of the greatest songs to ever issue from the grunge movement.

24. Spinal Tap—nothing fictitious about this band, consisting of the dim-witted, hard-rocking English alter-egos of Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer. For their celebrated mockumentary about a struggling British heavy metal band, they needed a band name that was both bloated and believable, and with Spinal Tap, they scored a direct hit.

23. Ugly Kid Joe—a brilliant case of one band extending a middle finger towards another. Named as a send-up of L.A. pouf-rockers Pretty Boy Floyd, UKJ are perhaps the best example on the list of a band whose name implies everything you need to know about the music.

22. Bathtub Shitter—this Japanese outfit picked their title first, then filled in the band around it. If the name doesn’t induce even a teensy grin, you take life too seriously.

21. Gren—In the early-90s, L.A. rocker Brett White placed a classified ad in search of bandmates, signing the ad “Gren” instead of using his real name. He decided to use it as the new band’s name. An album was soon recorded and a top 40 single scored (“She Shines”). In a turn that would make Greg Khin proud, they named their debut Camp Grenada and sold t-shirts that asked, “What’s that stuff you said I’m on again?”

20. Dropkick Murphys—named after an old timey Boston rehab run by football player-turned-wrestler John “Dropkick” Murphy. Although the swaggering Celtic punks have been around for over two decades, many fans still insist on adding “The” to the beginning of the name. Stop it.

19. Niggaz Wit Attitudes—boasting arguably the greatest hip hop lineup of all time (including Eazy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube), N.W.A. chose a name that told you exactly who they were and then dared you to have a problem with it.

18. Echo & The Bunnymen—a nonsensical name chosen for no other reason than its lack of meaning, and yet thirty-five years later, Echo & The Bunnymen stand as one of the most memorable players in the 80s post-punk movement.

17. Rage Against the Machine—it’s a credo, a command and a powder keg of a name, without a speck of irony. Great for those morning commutes when you can already feel The Man’s foot on your neck.

16. Alabama Thunderpussy—res ipsa loquitur.

15. The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy—a sly play on old socialist literature that condemned “the disposable heroes of hypocrisy;” except those old school socialists didn’t lay down thick, juicy hip hop beats like these guys, who released the greatest all-time cover of the Dead Kennedys with their version of “California Über Alles.”

14. Cherry Poppin’ Daddies—the swing music revivalists have suggested that their name originated from an old R&B album and that they used it because it sounded sexy. You’d have to find an awfully deep cave in the middle of an awfully remote planet to find a right-thinking person who might possibly buy that laughable excuse for an explanation.

13. Peaches and Herb—people who assumed the name to be a reference to sex and weed were time zones away from the truth; it referred to the singers—Francine “Peaches” Barker and Herbert “Herb” Feemster.” Edges out Echo & the Bunnymen for “Least Threatening Band Name In History.”

12. W.A.S.P.—one of Tipper Gore’s favorite pincushions, this L.A. metal outfit inspired robust debate as to the meaning of the acronym. Convoluted theories abounded, including “We Are Sexual Perverts,” “We Are Satan’s Preachers” and “We All Smoke Pot.” In fact, one of the band members saw a wasp one evening and opined that “Wasp” would be a cool name for the group. Singer/guitarist Blackie Lawless later said that they added the periods between the letters, simply because nobody else was doing it and it might incite curious debate. Mission accomplished.

11. Weezer—one word, two syllables and as shy and awkward as the creative force behind it. Singer Rivers Cuomo quickly hatched the name after scoring a last minute gig opening for Keanu Reeves’ band in Hollywood. His occasional asthmatic fits had earned him a fair dose of teasing from other children growing up, many of whom called him “Wheezer.” Millions of records later, who’s laughing now? (see supra, Cindy Brady’s Lisp).

10. 10,000 Maniacs—so fluffy is the sound of this Natalie Merchant-fronted 90s outfit that it’s easy to lose sight of the group’s hilariously over-the-top calling card.

9. The Brian Jonestown Massacre—the greatest 60s music revivalists of all time, the BJM summoned the game show Wheel of Fortune’s “Before and After” trick to concatenate the name of the former Rolling Stone, Brian Jones, with the notorious Jonestown Massacre. Others bands have followed the blueprint (Kathleen Turner Overdrive, Willie Nelson Mandela), but as the saying goes, “ain’t nothin’ like the real thing.”

8. Einstürzende Neubauten—would that we had a four minute clip of radio DJs around the world trying to pronounce this German industrial act’s name, which means “Collapsing New Buildings.” Anyone?

7. Scoring Dope for the Ultimate Woman—while it sounds like it belongs on one of those Internet lists of great unused band names, these guys actually put out a respectable album in the late-90s before fading away.

6. Mott the Hoople—best band name story on the list. Islands record exec Guy Stevens, while in prison, found the William Manus novel, Mott the Hoople, and vowed to find a suitable band to take the name. Enter the UK’s Silence, who were desperate enough for a deal that they changed their name (and singer) for a shot at the big time. The 2011 documentary, The Ballad of Mott the Hoople, is one of the better rock docs in the past decade, shedding bright light and meaty insight on one of music’s most underrated influences.

5. Foxy Shazam—with a name that conjures a 70s porn queen, and the sound of a Freddie Mercury-fronted Led Zeppelin, these guys are the only act on the planet who can get away with the lyric, “That’s the biggest black ass I’ve ever seen, and I like it!

4. Dethklok—in the same vein of Spinal Tap, Brendon Small needed a name for the cartoon death metal band that served as the centerpiece of a decidedly mature, late night show on the Cartoon Network. Consequently, he found something aching with doom and despair (“a Death Clock”), and applied heavy metal spelling conventions. That show—Metalocalypse—is one of the network’s biggest hits and Dethklok is now a working band, whose 2012 summer tour with Machine Head was one of the hottest tickets of the year.

3. Dead Kennedys—wantonly offensive and entirely unforgettable, when this punk act first came out, this was the shirt you wore around the house when you wanted to let your parents know that you hated them.

2. Congratulations on Your Decision to Become a Pilot—another name that sounds so ridiculous that the first reaction is, “There’s no way this band really exists.” Well, they do. Or at least they did. Admittedly, the name is far superior to the music, yet big points for trying.

1. KMFDM—while the popular assumption behind this name is that it stands for “Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode,” this is unfortunately not the case; it stands for KEIN MEHRHEIT FÜR DIE MITLEID (German for “No Pity for the Masses”), although fans and critics alike simply use the initials.

Curious how some of these bands sound? We’ve put together this zesty little playlist with most of the bands above.

About Joe Daly

Joe Daly (@JoeD_SanDiego) is a regular contributor to the UK's Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Bass Guitar Magazine, and he provides commentary, reviews and industry insight to many other outlets in the US and abroad. Joe has contributed to several books and he has won awards for his interviews with icons like Slash, Chuck D. and bands like Motley Crue and Slayer. Joe also digs photography, running and speaking to his dogs in silly voices.
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150 Responses to The 50 Greatest Band Names of All Time

  1. Jim says:

    Helluva list. Might I add They Might Be Giants, Butthole Surfers, Dead Milkmen, Cradle of Filth, and about a dozen others I can’t remember now.

    • Joe Daly says:

      Oh man…those all rock. Especially Cradle of Filth! Great call on Dead Milkmen, too.

      The problem with lists like this is even after you stop thinking about them, you still think about them.

    • Ann says:

      I don’t remember them either…probably because we were both chemically impaired while binging on Butthole Surfer-era punk bands prior to becoming the fine, upstanding pillars of society we are today. Bah ha ha ha ha!

  2. Although I’m an over-educated, pale, skinny, bespectacled, 41 year old northern Englishman, I was never much of a Smiths fan. But I always cite The Smiths as one of the best band names ever.

    The same goes for The Fall.

    I’ll tell you who had the Best Band Name Ever title within their grasp, and then spunked it: Mötley Crüe. If only they hadn’t dicked about with the spelling and punctuation, they’d have been Motley Crew. Whatever you think of their music and image, that’s a good name.

    I like the appropriately blunt clunk of Helmet.

    • Joe Daly says:

      Steve, you can’t not love the Smiths. Morrissey could hit a 90 year old pensioner with a five iron and you’d still have to love the Smiths, for the very reasons you mentioned.

      See, I prefer the umlaut version of MC than Motley Crew. In the same way that punks used to rebel against conformity by conforming to the same dress code, MC’s use of the umlaut was their way of saying, “We’ll do pretty much anything to look cool.” And in a weird way, I respect that.

      • The Editors says:

        I think they actually thought that’s how it’s spelled…


      • Sorry, can I change “over-educated” to “over-analytical”?

        Hank Cherry mentions Captain Beefheart; you have to admire the cheek of the man, assuming the name his uncle used for his bellend. Glans, I mean. Similarly, Steely Dan. And, less subtly, Revolting Cocks.

        I’ve mentioned this elsewhere, but I like bands who scupper their chances of mainstream success by including FUCK in their name (Fuck Buttons, Holy Fuck, Jackie O Motherfucker etc). But not Anal Cunt, that’s just childish.

  3. hank cherry says:

    Seth Putnam’s band didn’t make the list?

    I endorse the BOC and the NWA!! Also most of the rest of the list. I can’t take issue with anything other than Seth Putnam’s band not being on this list, because Seth Putnam really knew how to name a band. Also, song titles. Seth Putnam had some real good ( we call those RG’s) song names.

    You know who else was good at band naming? Hippies- Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Chocolate Watchband, Captain Beefheart, Blue Cheer ( named after potent LSD), Procol Harum ( what is that?), Lothar and the Hand People, The Godz, The Fugs, and who could forget the Electric Prunes.

    Great list. Now, who’s got the LSD?

  4. This is fun, Joe. But, damnit if there goes my chance to start a band called The Dancing French Liberals of ’48.

    Of recent acts, I like Freelance Whales. And Sleigh Bells does an excellent job of naming themselves in direct contrast to their sound.

    If anybody’s going for blandest name of all time, might I submit Radiohead?

    • Joe Daly says:


      Blandest name of all time? Radiohead is tough to beat. Although Suede would make a run at the title.

      Freelance Whales! Totally forgot about them. That’s such a great name that I’m laughing as I type this.

      I think you could still do the DFL, but just go with ’47 instead and call the ’48 version a bunch of derivative hacks.

  5. Frankly, I’m shocked that neither Lubricated Goat nor the Strangulated Beatoffs made this list. For shame. ;)

  6. Alan_M says:

    I’m actually friends with BW of Gren. Memorable name for a band for sure.
    I might add Rudimentary Peni, and The Cramps, and The Damned, and Charged G.B.H., which always had people scratching their heads as to what the letters stood for. It stands for Grievous Bodily Harm; i.e., charged in the legal system with assault.
    And there is always Peter And The Test Tube Babies……

  7. jmblaine says:

    Ladies & Gentlemen
    1000 years from now

  8. Ely says:

    Circle Jerks

  9. Gloria says:

    Thank you so much for including Spinal Tap. They don’t get their due nearly often enough. :)

  10. I add this to the list – kind of the greatest name for a jazz musician and band at the same time. Style’s site is down right now for updates – check back – great names though.

  11. Elissa Schappell says:

    Hi Joe,
    First time caller, long time fan.
    My fave has to be, English psychedelic rockers Gaye Bykers on Acid.

  12. Al B. says:

    Legend has it that the late great Styles Bitchly could generate real tears from a stone with one of his haunting sax solos…a definite Hall-of-Fame first ballot!!!

  13. Joe Daly says:


    No argument there. A fantastic name and a suitably tall legend to accompany it. Well done!

    • David says:

      Everybody missed the real best band name ever, the KINKS. Just perfect!
      I also like BUILT TO SPILL, so emotional.
      And to make it 3, well, PUSSY RIOT, always sounded good to me.

  14. Phil Craggs says:

    The The – although it’s an absolute pain in the era of internet searches.

  15. Clarissa says:

    Great list! I always liked The Lovin’ Spoonful; however, if I had a band, I would name us The Ninja Pageant. I’ve thought about this…

  16. Mark Kahler says:

    Boy are YOU all missing the one and only greatest band name of all time!


    Oh, and the “Beatles,” too…..

    • marni says:

      Amen to Mark!

      I always thought of myself as a black-hearted pessimist, but i never connected the dots and realized the implications of Grateful Dead till i hit my 50’s.
      Marni in Vancouver

      PS: Once saw the following title on the marquee of a porno cinema: Thrilling Drilling.

  17. Denty says:

    Ned’s Atomic Dustbin anyone?

    Or how about Ken Dodd’s Dad’s Dog’s Dead.

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  19. Mindalita says:

    Though they are relative newcomers, I say Pussy Riot deserves a name shout-out. With a moniker like this, one has no doubts that they mean business. Oh, and I’d throw Gnarls Barkley in there too for having the balls to steal a man’s name, mess with it and make some really catchy pop.

  20. You might be interested in some of the following:
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  21. Nogard says:

    Where’s The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza?

    • Chris says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza was an amazing name for a band. And when Tony Danza found out about the band? Epic.

  22. White Camry says:

    As I understand it, Keith Moon’s/John Entwhistle’s “lead zeppelin” wisecrack was a Britishly ironic “backhanded” compliment to Jimmy Page’s musicianship. After all, Page secretly borrowed Moon for recording Jeff Beck’s “Beck’s Bolero.”

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  24. Yes, Procol Harem is lodged somewhere between mysteriousness and meaninglessness. I heard it was a cat’s name. As in, a feline. Any history on that one?

  25. Matt says:

    My Chemical Romance!

  26. Terry Platt says:

    What about Camper Van Beethoven? Gefilte Joe and the Fish? Psychedelia Smith? (only British people will get that one – Delia Smith is a well-known TV cook); Peter Out and the Faders?

  27. Terry Platt says:

    And of course, who could forget the absolute epitome of sixties UK psychedelic music, Hapshash and the Coloured Coat featuring the Human Host and the Heavy Metal Kids?
    By the way, in response to those who posed the question earlier, Procol Harum is Latin for “far beyond these things”. Make of that what you will…

  28. viktor says:

    someone still loves you boris yeltsin
    cymbals eat guitars
    the kills/killers
    jefferson airplane
    velvet revolver / Guns N’ Roses- more sex+guns
    the greatful dead
    alice in chains
    the velvet underground
    Atomic kitten

  29. Daniel says:

    One of the most threatening band names comes from the era of Idi Amin’s regime in Uganda. You wouldn’t mess with the Revolutionary Suicide Mechanised Regiment Band. One of their go-go dancers married Amin.

    Think about it – a Revolutionary Suicide Mechanised Regiment Band… with go-go dancers!

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  31. gordon says:

    My favorite….. Not my favorite band, but my favorite band name “YES”! Nothing is more positive…

  32. Ann Nonym says:

    Great Job. Of course some bands could be added. But I missd the best name


  33. Dan says:

    25. L7—with their two character label, these hard-rocking Seattle grunge gals
    L7 are from L.A.

  34. Mos says:

    And at the other end of the spectrum we have An*l Cu*t! (wasn’t sure if the unedited versions would get through so I’m censoring their band name)

  35. ParkMeter says:

    Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, TollBooth Surprise,

  36. Mojo says:

    There’s a Canadian psychedelic folk band called Lee Harvey Osmond. The name always cracks me up.

  37. Ryan says:

    Great read, but how could you leave AC/DC off the list? Great band name. Instigated huge debates. And represents the power that they are. Nine Inch Nails is another great contender.

  38. Charlie says:

    what about…

    The Samuel Jackson Five?
    Half Man Half Biscuit?
    The White Stripes?
    The Notting Hillbillies?
    Nine Inch Nails?
    Public Image Ltd?
    Nightmares On Wax?
    Jane’s Addiction?
    The Grateful Dead?
    Gotan Project?
    Teenage Fanclub?
    Tangerine Dream?

    …anyway they’re the ones that spring to mind…

  39. uh oh says:

    the sick lipstick
    plot to blowup the eiffel tower
    harry pussy
    psychedelic horseshit
    uuvvwwz (double-you-double-vee-double-double-you-zee)

    &though written for movies, still great bandnames all the same: the shitty beatles & the kinky wizards

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  42. Adrian says:

    Grateful Dead is the greatest band name of all time.. and I can’t even stand their music. I’m grateful they’re dead.

  43. MacQ says:

    Correct name for KMFDM is KEIN MITLEID FÜR DIE MEHRHEIT. Just switch the two words.

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  46. lisa says:

    Pterodactyl Plains

  47. Rich says:

    Cheap Trick.

    ’nuff said.

  48. Troy Roark says:

    Nice list. You sadly missed my all time favorite “Jif and the Choosy Mothers,” followed closely by “Roscoe P Soultrain”

  49. David says:

    Nice list. The writer’s name is Willard Manus, not William. And it’s Kein Mitleid für die Mehrheit.

  50. Serge says:

    Apparently this was a joke, as most of those names are simply awful, and would turn me off to even checking out their music.

  51. Iloveyou says:

    Thick dick and the pickle pumoers
    Captain crunch and the cereal killers

  52. Deinzler says:

    I would suggest:
    The Slits
    The Vaselines
    and the
    Beastie Boys

  53. wat says:

    How come you haven’t mentioned Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine?!

  54. Damien says:

    I’m a music addict & “I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness” is still the best band name I’ve ever heard. Their music isn’t bad either. And no, I’m not affiliated with the band in any way, shape, or form. I also think Dog Fashion Disco, Polkadot Cadaver, Blessed Be the Heartless, The Black Heart Procession, Does it Offend You Yeah, and Midnight Syndicate are very good as well.

  55. HIStoryBrony says:

    You left out Queen. That should’ve at least been in the top 20

  56. Guthrum says:

    Among those I’ve not seen mentioned:

    Toad the Wet Sprocket
    Throbbing Gristle
    Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
    Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts
    Hatfield and the North

  57. hazard says:

    Black Label Society
    Serpent Noir

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  67. Christopher says:

    Just one question…….How did the mighty BLACK SABBATH, or Megadeth not make this list???

  68. Norge says:

    And my personal favorite, from Ohio, “Uncle Daddy and the Family Secret”

  69. Carlos says:

    -Buckcherry (one of the greatest ever), could either mean a $ cherry (pussy), or just Chuck Berry backwards
    -(Same as) Blind Melon (from Blind Lemon Jefferson)
    -Smashing Pumpkins
    -Black Flag
    -Circle Jerks (brilliant)
    -TSOL (true Sounds of Liberty)
    -Suicidal Tendencies
    -7 Year Bitch (instead of itch)
    -Porno for Pyros
    -Grateful Dead
    -Wu Tang Clan
    -G Unit
    -Gang Green
    -The Stooges
    -The Exploited
    -Johnny Cash
    -Foo Fighters
    -Nofx (sucks so bad that its catchy)

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  77. Marc G. says:

    Good collection :D it seems to me that a lot of bands use an inconvenient name as a marketing strategy. And it kind of works. People start talking about it.

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  78. Shaggy says:

    The Charlatans
    The Soup Dragons – which I believe was taken from a kids show ‘The Clangers’
    PWEI – ‘Pop Will Eat Itself’
    Inspiral Carpets
    Temple of the Dog
    Mad Season – October, when the magic mushrooms are in bloom

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    Where is … and you will know us by the trail of dead ?

  83. Christine Sinclair says:

    Was Not Was

  84. Gavin Reid says:

    The Stranglers

  85. Steve Ashworth says:

    Credence Clearwater Revival
    Sonic Youth
    Deep Purple
    Green Day
    Pearl Jam
    Girls Talk Outrageously (Frank Zappa’s)
    Husker Du
    Soul Asylum
    Pyschadelic Furs
    Pere Ubu
    They Might Be Giants
    Dinosaur Jr.
    Yo La Tango
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  86. gotohel says:

    smashing pumpkins, saosin, seether, stone temple pilots, alien ant farm, trapt, the offspring, kill switch engage, the all american rejects, system of a down,ween, cyberbully mom club , cigarettes after sex, papa roach

  87. Alexis-Marie says:

    Honestly, i only know Why Don’t We, PRETTYMUCH, One Direction, and other up to date boy bands.

  88. Anne says:

    Denton Tx has a marvelous music community. U of North Texas was the first institute of higher learning to offer a jazz studies program in the world. One of my favorite band names was Nuclear Hamsters. And we had our local blues legend Pops Carter who fronted the Funkmonsters. Some of you might have heard of Slobberbone. On a more universal note, I always thought INXS was very clever.

  89. Al S says:

    Henrietta Collins and the wifebeating child haters

  90. Kayla Krol says:

    Pink Floyd, The Sex Pistols and The Dancing French Liberals of ‘48 are my most favorite of all. I have attended their concerts and all of every band is awesome. and they provide good seats and made possible for me to attend the concert.

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    Ouch potatoes
    Kiwi Herman’s
    Statutory greats
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  95. Mathijs van den Bosch says:

    Judas Priest is by far the best name ever then Discharge

  96. chris says:

    not mentioned yet- just to keep this alive!
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    Sultans of ping f.c. (wheres me jumper?)

  97. Nadia Backwards says:

    The clitoris that thought it was a puppy

    saw their name in ‘Sounds’ 30-odd years ago.

  98. Stacy says:

    You forgot Strung Like a Horse. ?
    They started off as a string band with punk influences, playing their string instruments with horse-hair bows. Hence the name. They are now an Americana phenomena. ?

  99. ALEX C GOOLSBY III says:

    THE grateful dead. heard it so much were inured. Love the double meaning.dead as in dead and dead as in ego death. This was a psychedelic name for a psychedelic group.

  100. George Stuart says:

    Missed the best two:
    Ive got a fuzz box and I’m going to use it.
    Kissing the pink. :^)

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    Big in Japan;
    Pale fountains;
    Moby grape;
    Atomic rooster;
    Wayne County and the electric chairs;
    Young marble giants;
    The the;
    The list goes on(probably a band name).

  102. Karin says:

    I don’t know if anyone told you yet but the No 1 name of the band KMFDM stands for Kein Mitleid für die Mehrheit (your translations is correct however.

  103. davide says:

    Everybody missed the real best band name ever, the KINKS. Just perfect!
    I also like BUILT TO SPILL, so emotional.
    And to make it 3, well, PUSSY RIOT, always sounded good to me.

  104. David says:

    Everybody missed the real best band name ever, the KINKS. Just perfect!
    I also like BUILT TO SPILL, so emotional.
    And to make it 3, well, PUSSY RIOT, always sounded good to me.

  105. Dread Knight says:

    …and they’re finally back together, woot!

  106. Vinlander says:

    My two favorites when I was a kid:
    Elvis Hitler and Mallethead
    Great band names

  107. truleigh says:

    There’s a band I saw listed in the paper called EIEIO. Pretty good name.

    I’m also found of Snotty Scotty and the Hankies.

  108. Gazman says:

    Australian Band “King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard”. Insane Psych Rock who releases 2 or 3 albums a year. Check em.

  109. Pez says:

    Don Knotts Overdrive. 90s L.A. Band.

  110. mary says:

    Kitchens of Distinction, Too Free Stooges, Severed Heads

  111. r says:

    two words….
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