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Cool Band Name Ideas: You've Gotta Have a Name to Get the Fame

Updated on November 16, 2017
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Does Your Band Have a Cool Name?

Not everyone joins a band to become famous, but let's be honest: Being in a band is a lot more fun if you have an audience that enjoys your work. That's where a good band name comes into play. It goes without saying that the more talent your group has, the easier it will be to get fans regardless of what you name your band, but a catchy name never hurt any band on their way to stardom.

I hope the suggestions below will jump-start your process in choosing a name for your band. It will be up to you to check and see if the name is actually available or not. While it is not generally a big deal if an upstart garage band uses a name that another band has, it will grow into an issue if the group starts to gain a huge following. When this occurs, you need to seriously look at trademarking your band's name.

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Cool Band Name Ideas

Justice Is Served
Hot Mess
Figure Out
New Rule
Breaking News
Strawberry Lumps
Grey Fairies
Often Wrong
Late Stage Negotiation
Burden of Proof
Not Only Adversaries
Top Of The Hour
Real Challenge
Customer Service
Where We Are Today
If And When
Advance On London
Pacific Comeback
Naughty Nevada
Part Time
Cyber Patriots
Blood In The Water
The Wolves Of Yesterday
Humble Love
Seller’s Market
Midnight Buzz
High End Rif Raf
Generation D
Wicked Lollipops
Broadway Fevers
Bermuda Dreamers
Awesome Angels
Last Days Of December
Better Shot
The Resistance
Simple Love
Best In Class
Wildly Baron
Uncanny Paradigm
Crimson Crypt
Fallen Flame
Draconian Galactic Empire (DGE)
Scarlet Oblivion
Scars For David
On The Job
Half A Percent
Moving Into Tucson
Second Hour
Compelling Space
Quarterly Loss
Tips For Tina
Maximum Value
Faster Faster
Skinny Bundle
Chaos In Control
100 Days 5 Nights
Well Well Well
Got Hot Not
Dead Hands
Front Seven
Tech Giants
Too Far For Gracie
The Badlands
3 Day Rain
Savage Groove
Rug Cutter
Western Front
Agatha Is Dead!

Band members have a special bond. A great band is more than just some people working together. It's like a highly specialized army unit, or a winning sports team. A unique combination of elements that becomes stronger together than apart.

— Steven Van Zandt

How to Come Up With a Great Band Name

More Good Band Names

Times Squared
October Light
Astro Cat
Double B
Rapid Tragedy
Tornado Discharge
Fallen Sky
Uncertain Outcome
Leverage Point
Fairly Measured
Tough Time
Political Enemies
Down By 14
Case By Case
Tax Cut
Middle Income
Task At Hand
Havana Thunder
Slow Hand Dans
The Dons Of Wyoming
Random Sass
Pittsburgh Dance Party
Red Square
Dubious Devils
Benevolent Dreamers
Holy Grail
Lucid Angels
Ashen Intrepid
Earthly Purge
Atomic Armor
Sworn To Secrecy
Void To Nowhere
Data Market
Relative Success
Fact Of The Matter
Right Most Of The Time
Incredibly Upset
Who’s Smart
Judgement Call
Strange Dreams
A Little Magical
One Year Delay
Home For Joy
Breakdown Of Tradition
Simple Transaction
Trade Off
Crazy Daze
Match Up
A Pumpkin Looming
Frisky Bears
Going Minnesota
3rd Planet
Day For Night
Knockabout Girls
City On Fire
Main Event
Murder By Decree
Going Forward
South Street Irregulars
Revenge Of The Frankensteins
Left Handed
Flies Of Hell

Tips and Tricks When Naming a Band

  • Don't include the lead singer's name in the title, even if you "know" they will never leave. Fights and arguments can happen to the best of friends.
  • Adding a color, emotion, or the word "the" in front of a word can make a big difference.
  • Don't choose a name too quickly. Take your time.
  • Pick a bunch of cool-sounding words and put them on a scrap of paper. Put in a hat, mix them up, and let fate take its course. Believe it or not, you can get some very cool name options for your musical group this way.


Even More Awesome Band Names

Seven Days Past
Fang Domination
Money Goes
Action Jacksons
Totally Frothy
Rules Broken
The Ticks
Fair Worry
Structural Remedy
Digital Leader
Corruption Crackdown
Technical Breakout
The Other Fish
14 Ticks
One Party
Congress In Session
Odd Week
Going Back To Baltimore
Trash Challenge
Some Identity
Run First Wonders
Low Level
Five On The Backhand Side
Modern Romance
Bottoms Up
Tree Of Knowledge
The Prisoners Of Toronto
Screams Of Youth
Wise Yanks
Sense Of Freedom
The Villains Of Nevada
Dawn For Daybreak
Deep Six
Attack of the 50 ft Women
Ash Wednesday

Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band? You wore their shirt and sang every word. You didn't know anything about scene's politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.

— Gerard Way

Band Names You've Been Mispronouncing This Whole Time

Band Names That Everyone Knows

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Talking Heads
The Shirelles
Guns n’ Roses
Sly and the Family Stone
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Pink Floyd
Public Enemy
The Bangles
The Who
The Runaways
Isley Brothers
Trans Siberian Orchestra
Duran Duran
The Ting Tings

You may ask yourself why I am listing band names that I know I can't use. Well, the answer is, for inspiration. Each of those famous bands listed above was once just like yours: just starting out. They had to choose a name and had to make sure they made good music. Don't ever think that your group can't make it, because it can.

One of My Favorite Bands (With a Kick-Ass Name)

© 2017 Don

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