Best Mainstream Rock Band Names

The Top Ten Best Mainstream Rock Band Names

1 X-Japan

Wow I didn't expect to find them so high on the list! #1 it's not just a great name, it's also a great band with great music~

Asians will rule everything on the lists in this site. D:

Great name. Just takes it. Although Wolfmother should be up here too

Funny no-one can explain why this name is the best I can't either it just is.

2 Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

The way you say it is enough, probably one of the coolest names!
It rolls on your tongue nicely when you say it, and it has a awesome flow.

It doesn't get more metal than having metal in your name

Now that is just cool. I wish my name was metallica.

I think it should be in the higher rank...

3 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

they've been named and thought they'll crash like a 'lead' zeppelin

Led Zeppelin wins when it comes to name
they are named after the Zeppelin blimp
how much cooler can it get than that

huh! bet the people said that they'll crash, ate their word!

i would of never thought of a band name that good.

4 Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

Their name does come from nirvana. In buddhism, nirvana is the ultimate goal to achieve peace forever.

cool and simple... just the way I like it...

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how cant this be in the top ten

5 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

It's a great name because it's clever in the way that it defines both their sound and their stage presence. One word name that captured and defined one of the greatest bands ever. That is a perfect name.

Queen is a great name. It shines. You never hear such a clever name any more. Love Queen!

It's flamboyant, that's what it is... If you don't like it, the power of Queen will make you like it. Because that's just how the world rolls.

Queen is one of the best bands in this world!
Queen is the best ever band in Rock, Pop, Funk, Opera, Heavy Metal, Love songs and just everything.

6 Falling In Reverse Falling in Reverse is an American post hardcore band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2008, signed to Epitaph Records.

They are amazing and always will be even though I'm not a huge fan of their new stuff

They are very unique in there style.RONNIE RADKE screams, rapp, voice kicks ass in modern day rock

7 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. more.

they're crunchy on the outside hot on the inside

They Are The Best. They Simply Rock.

It's not my favourite band, but their name is AWESOME

8 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.

First of all. Eddie Van Halen is the best guitarist of all time. second of all. Van Halen is the best name ever made up. no one can't say anything about that because its true.

Love the band, and the name, kicks ass the name, go EDDIE VAN HALE

This is why we need Eddie Van Halen on guitar

I'm 10 and all I listen to is Van Halen.

9 Sleeping With Sirens Sleeping with Sirens is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band currently consists of Kellin Quinn, Gabe Barham, Jack Fowler, Nick Martin, and Justin Hills.

In my opinion the worst band with the best name

I like this band a lot

10 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 more.

It just sounds good coming out of the mouth. It instantly brings to mind excellent rock n roll. They are the best.

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11 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). more.

Best band in the world dude! Zacky vengeance and synyster gates best guitarists in the world even god rocks to their guitars bro! Rad!

It was a really cool idea for them to base their name and even several of their songs off of the Bible. They're an awesome band!

When I saw this list, I thought: Avenged Sevenfold should be Number 1, I cliked and I was like: OHH YEAAHH

def. my favorite band name

12 Bring Me The Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively more.

This name is like a 4-word poem! Just saying it and thinking about it just feels beautiful and powerful.

13 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.

Probably the best band to appear in the 2000s, they can change their style up so much and its perfect, very influential as well they should be number 1

Their music style is very various, like no others...

Beautiful, soft and hard at the same time.

Nothing to say about them the are unbeleivable

14 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

Dude. x-Japan got nothing on this. This was from a book. Escatsy three tales of chemical romance. Who could pull a band name from that? Chemical Romance is an awesome name.

I've always had a thing for this band name, it's super cool and has a great meaning behind it.

Another great band

Sorry but X Japan's name is WAAAY better than My Chemical Romance. You can't even compare them. Their name (My Chemical Romance) is not even that great. Being from a book doesn't make it that more special either. X Japan's name represents their country and it's a badass name.

15 Heart Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

True pioneers; success came from passion, originality & a ton of talent...

Heart is the best name for a band, 1#!


16 Escape the Fate Escape the Fate is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2005 and originally from Pahrump, Nevada. They are signed to Eleven Seven Music.
17 The Killers The Killers is an American indie rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

Come on their name looks so great written

The Killers have a cool brand of music that speaks to teens problems.

18 Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the band was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes after the disbandment of the group Before Today, which was formed out of the San Diego punk rock scene.

Amazing band badass name let's be honest

19 Bullet For My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason more.

Bullet For My Valentine :fantastic band and great name, I think he must to be the number 1 in the world

I this band. One of my favorites! Just a really cool name.

20 Guns N Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

guns n roses = guns (power) roses (love) I love the power of their music

21 30 Seconds to Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band currently consists of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.
22 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. more.

Black Veil Brides represent the nuns that Andy saw throughout his child hood. He was very religious. It's a good name because it actually means something to the band. If it means nothing to them, what's the point?

The best band in the world, they have great music.

Yow, those bands on top are so ugly. This band is so maintream and bad-ass. BLACK VEIL BRIDES ROCK!

23 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative more.

It basically is a nickname for the days where everybody just sits around and smokes pot. (Which is what Green Day did in their early years, they still do, but moderatly. ) Their songs are great! (What other drummer makes up songs about Billie Joe's mom chucking brocoli across the kitchen? ) Plus, Billie's sexy!

Move on from American Idiot! They released 3 albums in 1 year, and Billie Joe wrote 65 songs in 2 months! How awesome is that!

A great name from a great day to protect the planet from pollutions and left over garbage.

Since the first album my favorites

24 Daft Punk Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.

They have an awesome name and they make amazing music.

25 L'Arc~en~Ciel L'Arc-en-Ciel is a Japanese rock band, founded in Osaka in 1991. With a reported 40 million records sold, they were the first Japanese act to headline at Madison Square Garden.

YES! The best name goes to L'arc! It means rainbow, such a beautiful thing from nature that's as magical as their music. Best name ever (along with X Japan)

26 Suicide Silence Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the band has released four full-length studio albums, one EP and eleven music videos.
27 Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 more.

You can't say "music" without "muse. "

A muse is something that captivates and inspires you. Music is my muse and that's why I find this name beautiful.

Muses, that are the goddesses that are touching Matt while he's writing his songs.

from aincent greek mythology, this name is simple and rocks!

28 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

AC/DC stands for alternating current direct current. They got the name from a sewing machine. The band was electric and intense, the name says it all.

So disaponited they didnt get any higher

I don't know hat it means. It may stand for "Awesome Cat, Dangerous Car.

I don't know why this isn't in number one

29 Cheap Trick Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. As of 2010, the band currently consists of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Daxx Nielsen.

They also have one of the greatest and most recognizable logos in rock history.

Not only one of the best names, but one of the best groups. They've influence a ton of bands.

And to think they used to call themselves "Sick Man of Europe. "

Awesome name. Wish I thought of it for my band.

30 3 Days Grace

Adam stated that the band's name stands for a sense of urgency with the question being whether someone could change something in one's life if one had only three days to make a change.

The band's original name was Groundswell.

31 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

this is just an awesome name....a reference to destroyng your musical equpiment

This is a Rap metal band, and they are totally awesome m/

32 The Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation. They are also considered to be one of the most influential alternative more.

Best Album ever with Siamese Dream. Unbelievably creative and remarkably apropos name. If you played that Album next to an inert Pumpkin in a farmer's field the giant fruit would explode from the sound and the beauty.

With Smashing's double meaning as either a verb or an adjective (whether or not you use 'The'), this is the best band name of one of the 90's best bands.

Woohoo! I voted them into top ten (and their like, number 5 or 6 or something!) Greatest band ever!!!!!!!!

Number 33? This belongs at #1 in every ranking or list ever!

33 D'erlanger

It's a pretty name.

German great name of a great Japanese rock band

34 the GazettE

The band is cool but... The name means newspaper...

This is an aweosme name it goes with the band and their music perfectly. GAZEROCK IS NOT DEAD!

35 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 more.

The Mega-Beatles, Pink Floyd... You can't help but just think about what that name means. It's so mysterious, so passionate, so artistic yet so Powerful.

36 The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

Must have the best name...most successful band of all time.

legends yo

37 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.
38 Wolfmother Wolfmother are an Australian hard rock band from Sydney, New South Wales. Formed in 2000 by vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross, and drummer Myles Heskett, the group currently includes Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Ian Peres, and touring drummer Alex Carapetis. more.

love the name. love the band. love the music.

39 Panic at the Disco

I love this band! They used a line from a song to get the name, but they added the! Which created the emo edgy vibe. Then, later on they removed the! As a sign of maturity and progression.

I honestly do not think that coming up with the name "jonas brothers' requires much thinking.

They're a good band, and they have, in my opinion, the best name, but I wish a better band had this name,,,,

I really wish that a good band could have used this name. but on this list it's about the names.

40 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have more.

I don't know if this name has a special meaning, but a letter and a number aren't all that great.

41 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.
42 System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.

An epic name that suits their music. The band's name derived from a poem their guitarist wrote called "Victims of the Down". The band changed it to "System of a Down" to make it appeal to fans.

43 Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

Aerosmith is a really cool name for a band

44 Jonas Brothers The Jonas Brothers are an American pop rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network.

It just the greatest band ever in the history of the world. By far, very far.

Wut. Are you kidding me? This name is really easy to think of. That's like making a band with my sister and call ourselves "________ Twins". (My surname begins with 'T' so it actually sounds catchy. T Twins...). Are they even rock...?

45 Audioslave Audioslave was an American rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2001 and disbanded in 2007. The four-piece band consisted of then-former Soundgarden lead singer/rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, and then-former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk. more.

some may have trouble understanding the name, but most musicians should

46 + 44
47 The Arctic Monkeys

Very very very awesome name, only too bad it's spelled without the "the"...

Great name, sounds cool, ts intriguing, I also likethat its mysterious but actually means nothing. Just love it, and them.

48 Backstreet Boys The Backstreet Boys are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of AJ McLean, Howie D., Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell.

There the best rock band of all time - Justin B. Ber

49 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

I love this name because you don't know whether they mean a tool from the tool box, or tool like YOU STUPID TOOL!

50 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate more.

They've got their name from real foo fighters. Strange UFO-like lights that aircraft pilots in world war II have reported seeing in the sky.

It's cool 'cause it sounds like Kung Fu.

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