Top 5 Music Band Group Names
When naming your music band, you want to find something that fits the group’s image. You also want something that is easy for people to remember.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options available when choosing a band name. Here are some of them:
The Beatles changed the face of music forever, and their name has become synonymous with rock and roll. But how did they get their name? There are many theories.
One theory is that the band was inspired by a 1953 Marlon Brando film, The Wild One, which featured a character named Johnny and the Silver Beetles. Another is that the band was named after a type of pie, a reference to their musical style.
During their early performances the Beatles mixed rock-n-roll, skiffle and blues with country and soul. By the time they recorded Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles had developed a unique musical style that included complex harmonies and even baroque orchestration.
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones began life as a grubby conclave of Londoners playing esoteric blues music in pubs and clubs. It took promoter Andrew Loog Oldham to recognize their potential for mass appeal.
The band’s name evolved from a song title by Muddy Waters and the first gig was on July 12, 1962. The group’s first settled line-up was Jagger, Richards, Ian Stewart (piano), Jones, and Dick Taylor.
Since then, the Stones have remained at the forefront of rock ’n’ roll, rebellion and wild living. Despite the inevitable lineup changes, they’ve never seemed to run out of new material to draw on.
The White Stripes
In 1997, Jack White and Meg White formed The White Stripes. Taking their name from Meg’s love of peppermints, the duo made their debut in Detroit’s Gold Dollar bar and quickly became a staple of the city’s garage rock scene.
Their first album, Elephant, was recorded in two weeks. Their stripped-down sound and Michel Gondry’s eye-catching video for the single “Fell in Love with a Girl” earned them national attention.
The band dressed in all-white and all-black outfits and played a grunge style of garage rock music that drew on blues, country songs, and a fascination with the number three.
The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas are one of the best-selling music bands in the world. Their albums such as Behind The Front, Bridging The Gap, and Elephunk have sold over 80 million copies worldwide. They have also received numerous awards for their work. Fergie left the group in 2018 but has continued a successful solo career.
BEP’s ability to defy musical trends over two decades is a testament to their talent. Their 2020 album Translation finds them embracing many of the production styles they began with, including boom bap and funky hip hop.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were one of the first groups to marry punk rock with funk and hip hop. Originally formed in 1983 in Los Angeles by Anthony Kiedis, Flea (Michael Balzary), Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons, the band performed under several names, including Tony Flow and Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem, before settling on the name.
They became renowned for their unique sound and Kiedis’s rapid-fire rap style. They also gained a reputation for their wild and energetic live performances, often dressed in nothing more than tube socks.
The Foo Fighters
Few bands have more fans, and fewer people are more familiar with them, than Foo Fighters. Founded in 1994 by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, the band has sold millions of records and won multiple Grammys.
The debut album, 1995’s eponymous Foo Fighters, was a lo-fi grunge masterpiece that landed three hit singles – the raging Monkey Wrench, the swelling My Hero, and the textured, chiming Learn to Fly. The subsequent album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, saw the departure of guitarist Franz Stahl and a welcome arrival of bassist Nate Mendel and drummer Taylor Hawkins.
The Black Keys
Over the past 20 years, the Akron, Ohio-formed duo of guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney has reached rock ’n’ roll’s promised land. Brothers, El Camino and Turn Blue all topped the charts and led to stadium-level gigs.
They’ve also expanded their purview, with projects ranging from a collaboration with a hip-hop producer to a cover album of Mississippi blues. And their name — which originated from a word the pair heard from a former employer who mows lawns for a living — has taken on a life of its own.