Band Name Ideas That Will Make Others Green With Envy

Updated on April 10, 2018
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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!
Celestial Beings
Left Behind
Engine Creep
Bullish Change
Faster Than The Boys
American Hustlers
Peace of Mind
Soul Fun
Identity Matters
Million Dollar Daze
Fort Pass

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 Cool Name Ideas For Your New Band

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
Ministry Of Defense
Imminent Release
Something Different
Reform School Grad Queens
Under Invested
Dreamers Three
American Grit
Road To Nowhere
True Taffy
The Jerome Bliss Variant
Techno Drone
Dark Matter
Eastern Sons

Tips and Tricks When Naming a Band

  • Use caution if you decide to include the lead singer's name in the title, even if you "know" they will never leave. Although there are several well known bands that have went this route, there are countless others where fights and arguments happened down the road, causing the group to have to re-brand their group with a new name - basically having to "start over again".
  • Adding a color, emotion, or the word "the" in front of a word can make a big difference. Just don't go too off the wall with the word; make it one that is fairly recognizable by the masses, which will optimize its effectiveness.
  • Don't choose a name too quickly. Take your time. Some would say, the longer you take to come up with a name, the better it will be. This is especially true if any alcohol is involved (I know from experience).
  • 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 truly unique, interesting and different name options for your musical group using this method.


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
Without Explanation
Spirited Away
Roll Over
Guard Dog
Civilian Control
Bleeding Stone
Necessarily Bad
Totally Generic
Type 2
Billion Dollar Buyer
Ready Made Success
New Band On The Block
Shadows On High
Guilty Ladies
Household Lovers
Decades of Experience
Minimum Commitment
Smart Aces

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

Cool Bands That Everyone Knows

The Eagles
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Talking Heads
The Shirelles
Guns n’ Roses
Sly and the Family Stone
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Pink Floyd
The Supremes
Public Enemy
The Bangles
The Who
The Runaways
Isley Brothers
Trans Siberian Orchestra
Duran Duran
The Ting Tings
Led Zeppelin
Steve Miller Band
The Animals
George Thorogood and The Destroyers
ZZ Top
The White Stripes
Fleetwood Mac

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 catchy name for their new band and had to make sure they made music that would people would notice and want to listen to. Don't ever think that your group can't make it, because it can. As with most things in life, hard work, determination and making smart decisions will make the difference.

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

Every time this song came on when I was younger, I just had to sing along. This is the feeling any singer or songwriter wants to strive for when creating songs. Good songs matter; without them it won't make a difference how good of a band name you come up with. You may even want to concentrate on making good songs before even thinking about choosing what to call your music group. If the songs come first; the pressure to name your group would definitely be non-existent because you have several kick-ass tunes.

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