1 Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.
Syd Barrett took the names from two famous bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. - Undistinguished
Wow, that is surprising - micahisthebest
Originally called The Tea Set, the members of this iconic band showed up at a gig one night to discover that there was already another band on the roster who had called dibs on that title (Joan Rivers would have torn them apart! )
Thinking quick, Syd Barrett mixed the names of two blues musicians he loved, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, to rename the band ‘The Pink Floyd Sound,’ and then later shortened the name to Pink Floyd. - KurtCocain
2 Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s They are known for songs like "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Tuesdays Gone" .
Apparently, it was named after their high school gym teacher Leonard Skinner who always caught them for their long hair. - Undistinguished
Best band in general
3 Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.
Does anyone really think the name came from Eddie's grandma? Trust me, that is NOT where the name came from.
No, Eddie's grandma is not where the name came from.
Eddie Vedder’s grandma, Pearl used to make tasty jam.
I’m not joking, seriously. - Undistinguished
Okay, it was a joke but it really came from a name. The 'Pearl' part was named after three different things:
1. It’s surfer slang for submerging the nose of your board
2. It was a good Janis Joplin record
3. IT WAS THE NICKNAME OF THE BASKETBALL GREAT EARL MONROE.
P.s.: Eddie Vedder's great-grandma Pearl was also a reason (not sure) but the stuff about the jam is just a rumour. - Undistinguished
4 Van Halen
Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.
Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.
Rest in peace, Ronnie James Dio. - Metalhead1997
Ronald James Padavona, Ronnie James "Dio". - zxm
6 Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.
The most egotistical band name of all time. - djpenquin999
To the point that they're on the list twice. - thomwim
7 Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. ...read more.
The name is the combination of the famous sex icon Marilyn Monroe and the infamous Charles Manson. - Undistinguished
I think this is the only band on this list I've ever even heard of before.
Manson for life - Jonerman
8 Dropkick Murphys
Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996. The band was initially signed to independent punk record label Hellcat Records, releasing five albums for the label, and making a name for themselves locally through constant touring and yearly St.
Named after the wrestler John “Dropkick” Murphy. - Undistinguished
Danzig is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1987 in Lodi, New Jersey, United States. The band is the musical outlet for singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig, preceded by the horror punk bands the Misfits and Samhain.
10 Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band, formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow. The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy, and Paul Thomson.
Named after the duke of the Austria-Hungary Empire who was assassinated right before World War I. - Undistinguished
11 The Hollies
The Hollies are a British pop/rock group best known for their pioneering and distinctive three-part vocal harmony style.
Buddy Holly. - Undistinguished
12 Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.
Someone once told Vincent Furnier (Alice Cooper) that he was the reincarnation of an occultist named Alice Cooper. And there you go. - Undistinguished
The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.
14 Sigur Rós
Sigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band from Reykjavík, who have been active since 1994. Known for their ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson's falsetto vocals, and the use of bowed guitar, the band's music is also noticeable for its incorporation of classical and minimalist aesthetic elements. ...read more.
Named after Jónsi’s little sister - Sigurrós. - Undistinguished
15 The Ramones
The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.
Dokken are an American metal band formed in 1979. They split up in 1989 and reformed four years later.
17 Dead Kennedys
Dead Kennedys are an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978. The band was one of the first American hardcore bands to make a significant impact in the United Kingdom.
18 The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.
You know who Tesla is. - Undistinguished
20 Papa Roach
Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.
21 Jackson 5
The Jackson 5, later known as the Jacksons, were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family.
Michael JACKSON Rules!
MICHAEL JACKSON! a b c, easy as 1 2 3. simple as do re mi, a b c, 1 2 3, baby you and me, girl
22 Breaking Benjamin
Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.
Named after Benjamin Burnley.
23 Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.
24 Sawyer Brown
25 Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. The founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer/backing vocalist Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore.
27 Algernon Cadwallader
28 Frankie Goes to Hollywood
29 Becky Sharp
30 Steely Dan
Steely Dan is an American rock band founded by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals) in 1972.
31 Pretty Boy Floyd
Pretty Boy Floyd is a glam metal band from Hollywood, California formed in 1987. They are most famous for their 1989 debut album Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz and the two singles from it; "Rock and Roll" and "I Wanna Be With You".
32 Allman Brothers Band
33 J. Geils Band
Santana is an American Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana.
I intended to make this list for names taken from non-members, but whatever... - Undistinguished
35 Steve Miller Band
The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1966 in San Francisco, California. The band is led by Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals.
Daughtry is an American rock band formed and fronted by namesake Chris Daughtry, who was a finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. Their self-titled debut album was released in November 2006.
Halestorm is an American rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale, her brother drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith .
38 Silke Bischoff
39 Lukas Graham
Lukas Graham is a pop-soul band from Copenhagen, Denmark. It is currently made up of Lukas Forchhammer, Mark Falgren, and Magnus Larsson.
40 Abigail Williams
Abigail Williams is an American black metal band, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, but now based in Olympia, Washington.
Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed ...read more.