Good Band Name Ideas: A Band Ain't A Band Unless You Have One

Updated on December 14, 2014

Need Awesome Band Name Ideas?

Welcome to my huge list of band name ideas.

This list was actually started several years ago when four friends and I bought some used musical instruments at a garage sale—we were convinced we were going to be the next Rolling Stones or AC/DC. Even though we sounded terrible, we spent hours trying to come up with a good name for the band and our little notebook became quite full of possibilities.

Certain things happened in our lives that derailed that dream (fate, perhaps), but I kept the notebook as a memory. Years later, I found it while digging through some things, and those memories came pouring back. Now, instead of throwing the band names back into storage, I've decided to share them with the rest of the world. I hope visitors will find this article useful and while you may not find the perfect band name, maybe the least you'll get from the list is some inspiration to come up with a good name. After all, any band knows that a band ain't a band unless it has a good name, right?

Good luck!

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Feel free to add "the" in front of any of the band names below, make them plural, or put numbers in front of or behind them. Experiment.

An Extensive List of Band Name Ideas

Band Names 0-10, A-H
Band Names H-P
Band Names Q-Z
007 Plus One
Heatstroke
Q2
1000 Frames
Hellbound
Qabalah
4 Roses
Hiding In Plain Sight
Quadrant
5 Angry Women
Holy Gamblers
Quake Covered
16 by Nine
Hot Mess
Quarter Life
90 Proof
Human Torso
Quest Forever
Action Slow Down
In Between
Queen Bees
Admin
In Debt
Quicken
Adult Insects
Insane Sardines
Quick Trilogy
After The Apocalypse
Instant Irregularity
Rag Picker
Agnostic
Invisible Lover
Random Dancing
Ahead Full
Iron Lightning
Rated R
A Is For Aftermath
Jackaroo
Reckless X
Albino Love Slaves
Jabberwocky
Re-dress
Algorithm
Jam Blackberry
Rubber Ducks
A Little Disorganized
Jar of Flies
Sandwich Kings / Queens
Area 52
Jelly Smooch
Sanitarium
Bad Dog
Just Beautiful
Santa Clause Is Dead
Bambi's Group
K-9 Cat
Sheep Eaters
Battle Sequence
Killing David
Show Off
Better Than Us
Knight's Darkness
Shutter
Black Light Dreams
Laugh Track
Six Outlaws
Blood Bath
Last Knight
Slap From A Loser
Bloodlust Angels
Lateral Move
Smoking Gun
Blooper
Leader In The Making
Soda Preachers
Blue Fairies
Leech
Soiled Doves
Born Victim
Leftovers
Something Strange
Brick City
Left Turn
Spoon!
Buzzkilled
Leviathan Unlimited
Stormtrooper's Lament
Candy Corn
Little Finger
Strawberry Lumps
Captivated
Machine Gun Villains
Sunset Patrol
Cast Iron Cornbread
Major Kronos
Tabora
Caterpillar
Martyrs Henchmen
Techno Eagle
Celtic Ozone
Mermaid Attraction
Tease
Checkmark
Miami Hitmen
The Third Coming
Citrus Extract
Mirror Racial
Think Tank Threshold
Clean Sweep
Mob Rule
Time Warp
Cold Stare
Molecular Muscle
Triage
Country Witch
Monks On Call
Twice The Action
Crimson Carnation
Mr. T's Mowhawk
Twilight Stuntwork
Crunch Dandies
Mudflap
Two Pair
Crutch Offensive
Naked Daydreams
Uneven Emotion
Daily Nightmare
Narcissus
Uniform
Dark Horse
National Anthem
Union Of Evil
Dead Skin
Nebula
Unisex
Death Trap
Necromancer
United In Cause
Devil In The Hallway
Necronomicon
Unkind Smile
Diarrhea Explosion
Needle Envy
Unprepared
Digital Divide
Negative Whiplash
Unwanted Hair Machine
Dirty Pillows
Neighbors You Know
Upper Management
Disco Confetti
Neptune Nerd
Using Sarah
Doom Lagoon
Never Mind The Damage
Vagabond
Drops Of Water
New Dawn
Vampire Vixens
Earthworm
Nuclear Nation
Vaporized
Editor Of The Game
Number Plug
Variation 5
Ego Multiplied
Object Lesson
Vaseline Fix
Electric Ham
Object Of A Verb
Vegetarian Carnivore
Eight By Eight
Oblivion
Vikings In Training
Equilibrium
Observing Mallory
Walnuts, The
Facade
Occupational Hazard
Watermelon Surprise
Fade To White
Ochre Eights
WD-41
False Alarm
Often Wrong
Wet Paint
Final Event
Old Colony
Wingers' Devils
Flush
Onto Land
X-Ray Undercover
Flying Piranha
Outbreak
Yank The Cover
Forever Clean
Out of Control
Yapper
Four O'Clock Mix
Pacified
Yard Birds
Franchise Alice
Perforated
Yawning Maniacs
Friction
Pink Barbies
Yearning For Perfection
Front Of The Line
Pitchfork
Yellow Jackets
Future Gluttons
Planet In Limbo
Young Decay
Glowing Darkly
Platonic Allegory
Youth Capable
Greek Infection
Playing Mantis
Yuppy Commanders
Groovy
Pluggers
Zealot Zodiac
Gross Anatomy 108
Pluto's Return
Zelda And The Green Hornets
Gung-Ho
Private Property
Zenith
Gypsy School Girls
Prophecy Kings
Zero Effect
Hard Times
Protoplasm
Zesty Zoo
Hazmat
Puppets For Hire
Zombie Killers
Heading For Two
Put Up Wet
 

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        Ken 

        15 hours ago

        Hillborn .Pistol Smoke. Hard Kiss. Wolfskin. Hard Candy. Angel Dust.Smash Face. Fade to Oblivion.Trigger Finger. Mongrel. Mr Bluster.Priss. Blond Patch. FatRooster. 3 Ounce Slab

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        New Dawn 

        10 days ago

        mine is new dawn

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        sof 

        4 weeks ago

        my band is going to be called band

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        Nonya B 

        4 weeks ago

        Wanted, designated, off topic, limited, respond, correspond, shouters, massive mess, reckless, we don’t care, all we got.

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        LMDarroch 

        4 weeks ago

        Proxies for Jesus

        (as seen on a church sign years ago as the sermon of the week)

        I Know Nothing Nick

        (as just uttered by a colleague)

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        A Person 

        5 weeks ago

        There is a great website called BandNameVault where you can check if a specific band name is taken, and you can also register band names. If you want to take a band name, then go register it on there to 1) see if it's taken and 2) claim it! LOL I'm not going to post a link because if I do, then everyone will assume that it is a scam or smth, I'm being serious. Also, I looked, Hiding In Plain Sight is taken. :((

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        hugs and kisses 

        6 weeks ago

        Musical Krazy Case

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        Tylah 

        7 weeks ago

        I came up with a few like The Poison Ivy's AND Girl's On fire,

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        Girl who no one knows 

        2 months ago

        Disco Confetti

        Out of Control

        are mine back off

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        Andrew 

        3 months ago

        What about pop band names

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        BJ0618 

        3 months ago

        Why is Yard birds on here, that name was taken in 1963. it was Jimmy Page's band with Eric Clapton before Led Zeppelin was a thing. I understand names on here being taken by small bands who not everyone would know, but this is a famous band that had the name over 50 years ago.

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        Hey 

        3 months ago

        Iron Lightning is taken

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        mike 

        3 months ago

        Flak Jacket

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        mike 

        3 months ago

        papercut

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        Hannable Hayes 

        3 months ago

        Our band id made up of Rock and Blues Dinosaurs, in our2 in our Sixties and a 45 year old, we are a Rock/Blues originals band, we are looking at Prophecy Kings, Zombie Killers off your list or devils Advocate or Devils Anthem as possibilities we made up.

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        JOJO 

        3 months ago

        Can I have Hellbound?

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        bottom of stairs 

        4 months ago

        i want zero effect

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        No NaMe 

        4 months ago

        PLEASE no one steal the name I made, Its Four Last Events

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        shselby 

        4 months ago

        what kind band names will be good

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        Reese's 

        4 months ago

        You can do the six volcanos I guess

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        Bottom of stairs 

        4 months ago

        Zero Effect is taken

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        4 months ago

        checkmate i suggest

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        Bob 

        4 months ago

        This was useless

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        anynomous 

        4 months ago

        Friction IS MINE!!!

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        someone 

        5 months ago

        Can my band take Digital Divide ?

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        exoticPenguin 

        5 months ago

        Gypsy School Girls should be a Heavy metal band with rough looking

        bearded dudes

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        exoticPenguin 

        5 months ago

        Layers of Space could be a nice one

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        Friction 

        5 months ago

        Friction has now been taken.

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        Control 

        5 months ago

        Out of control is taken

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        Yee 

        5 months ago

        Smoking Gun is possibly taken

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        Kasey 

        7 months ago

        Naughty sausages - Bob & the Road Apples - Peter Dragon - Skyline Drive - Sunshine hollow - Mr. Slate - Electra -

        EZ-Peace - Nut-n-honey - Fine and Dandy - USB Keepers - Dash Riprock - Powder Keg - Harsh mello D - Ben Dover - Polished knobs - Betty Ford - Atomic Angel - Casanova

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        Blaze king 

        7 months ago

        I was thinking divided by. I don’t know.

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        Dawn 

        7 months ago

        I was thinking Hot Sauce

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        Talan 

        7 months ago

        Can I use space cadet

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        Anon 

        7 months ago

        We can't settle on a single style, so we're thinking something like Culture Wars.

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        anonymous 

        8 months ago

        i like band geeks, band clicks, squeak, bubbles, any name that would suit just me and my buddies club of music im going to all state and honor band next week!

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        anonymous 

        8 months ago

        can my band take Hiding in Plain Sight?

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        Anonymous 

        9 months ago

        Weed isn't Bad

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        rgeymtmhtnrytw 

        9 months ago

        I don't know which one to chose

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        kayasuma 

        9 months ago

        ok,i found my punk band name (Albino Love Slave)

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        Dipika 

        9 months ago

        can my band name be blackberry

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        Blair 

        10 months ago

        Can my band use 4 roses?

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        sarah 

        11 months ago

        my band love the name blood bath do you mind if we take it?

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        amanda 

        11 months ago

        we are a bunch of multi cultrual girls and we thought of a name that you could use in your list and it is called the skulls

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        Often Wrong 

        11 months ago

        Hey, we are a bunch of 4 Aussie chics and we love this name! Mind if we use it??

        - Often Wrong

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        dat boi 

        12 months ago

        this names r all bad so go screwurselfs

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        Riana z. 

        12 months ago

        I need a fun name that's also cool

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        Noah 

        12 months ago

        the skelatons

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        Brian Wurch 

        13 months ago

        Bad Dog is only half way respectable name on that list. Yard Byrds has been done. ''Out of State Billionaires." Sorry I wouldn't use any of those lame word combos in a song lyric, much less go see a band that uncreative.

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        Gabe 

        14 months ago

        i'm 14 and in a band with my cousin we will mainly do rock and alternative any suggestions ?

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        emily davis 

        15 months ago

        secret hearts or the alchemists or vanilla static

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        smcdowell 

        15 months ago

        Stinky Pinky

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        meh 

        15 months ago

        sabertooth lion lady

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        Nevaeh Mitchell 

        15 months ago

        I have a good name idea but i might use it it's The Fallen Moon but im gonna use it lol

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        COOKIEDIANA 

        16 months ago

        IN MY SCHOOL,WE ARE HAVING A TALENT SHOW BY THURSDAY AND my. Group of five are auditioning and we can seem to think of a group name,we are in 5th grade,any help please??

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        Joe rakis 

        16 months ago

        I need a name like constellation

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        jim 

        17 months ago

        UrbanXTREME

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        anonymous 

        17 months ago

        this really helped me

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        Rose 

        17 months ago

        How about unbelievable love 009

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        mackenzie 

        18 months ago

        4 roses is a good band name

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        Jeff 

        19 months ago

        Hello jacket

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        lauren jauregui 

        19 months ago

        lost souls or lone tragedy

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        Sami 

        19 months ago

        Loded Diper

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        peyton 

        20 months ago

        why are you putting the band name if you don't want anyone to take the band name

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        Anonymous 

        21 months ago

        Uhh I don't know what to pick

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        anonymous 

        21 months ago

        screaming cucumbers?

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        Jake 

        23 months ago

        I Have New Dawn..need more ideas

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        kbomb 

        23 months ago

        amputee cherub

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        Rhona 

        2 years ago

        Need a name for My band.. We are 6 pieces female

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        jael 

        2 years ago

        Love HOT MESS for hot girls like my band

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        kim 

        2 years ago

        need a name for 4 guys and a girl band

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        Anna 

        2 years ago

        im starting a one person DEATH METAL band wat do u guys think of **faith trust and pixie dust** as my bands band name :) would appresheate ur advice thnx xoxo Anna

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        Tessa 

        3 years ago

        What about The Crimson Curse

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        kayzzanikkole 

        4 years ago

        @anonymous: i really like hit the deck, smile inc., punk mafia, and the re doubts

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        anonymous 

        4 years ago

        Gigahertz

        Lokust Swarm

        Hit The Deck

        Martha's Revenge

        Smile Inc.

        Killing in Suits

        Punk Mafia

        The Re-Doubts

        Thy Bloodyheart

        Zodiak

        Morbiscent

        which one i should choose guys???

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Tornado Puppets (if I had an indie band it would be named that)

        The Sharps

        Purulent Discharge (has to be a heavy metal band to use that one lol)

        DEATHREAT (again, heavy metal)

        kindly let me know if any of these get used

        ---todd

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        @anonymous: Tornado Puppets -

        if I had a band it would be named that, let me know if you would like to use it : )

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        October Red......midnight blue.....killer carisoul.......light leader...white dragons.......20 locked doors......moonlit mirror just made these up at the top of my head

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        beautiful nightmares AND perfect imperfections

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        @anonymous: Zero Gravity is Drake's favorite band from Drake and Josh. You could use it, but then you'll have to hack your way through all that copyrighting red tape.

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Forgetting our sorrow is a good name for a punk band

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        It's important, but I think people make it more difficult by thinking too much about it. The thing to remember is something simple. That way it can stick out in a person's mind. Which is what a band should want, and what promoters do want. I think your ideas for brainstorming are good. It's easier to do if its fun.

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        One Art

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        @anonymous: I think you should choose No Evidence

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        I would choose the band name Area 52

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        @george williams 3: no turn on red is now my band name thanks!

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        @anonymous: The band that i am in has been called downfall since 2010

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        4 Roses is taken, or at least 4 Ruusua, which is their name in finnish.

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Noticed you had "Yardbirds" listed,are you kidding?Surely you know The Yardbirds was Eric Claptons' old band!

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        george williams 3 

        5 years ago

        no turn on red or damaged goods - i am in a band and we didn't select one of those, but somebody should. for us it was an opportunity lost lol!

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        masqurade

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        My band (in our mid 20s-early 30s) is a blend of all genres basically (mostly indie/alternative)- any ideas for us?

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        @anonymous: i'd go with vintage 39

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Me and my friend are starting a band and we came up with Twice the Action.

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        Pascal_h 

        5 years ago

        Sweet lens.

        Ultimate Zero

        Rock Bottom.

        Paul Atreides.

        Double-Dog Dare

        Astro Cat and the Coliseum Lovers

        The Fit Glory

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        No Evidence

        Mainstream

        Scenario 3

        Virtually There

        Backyard Rejects

        Inavailable

        Greater outlook

        Point of Youth

        Rising Dream

        Amplified Beliefs

        4seen

        Unmanageable

        Half Classy

        Vintage 39

        Which one should I use for a female pop trio?

        Feel free to use them after you tell me! :P

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Zero gravity

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        What do you guys think of

        Downfall??

        i came here to ask that haha that's currently our band name well the band that i created been a success

        and please someone tell me if tehre is already a band name like that

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        Lee 

        5 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

        Taking Back Sunday is a great name (but obviously currently in use)

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        i think maroon 5 is an awesome band name!

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