Top 10 Worst Band Names of All Time

A band's name is their first impression. It's what gets plastered on t-shirts, shouted from festival stages, and potentially sticks with you for years. Some bands nail it with iconic names that fit their music perfectly. Others... well, let's just say they leave us scratching our heads.

From overly edgy to downright nonsensical, here are the most questionable band names in history. Maybe you've heard of some of these, maybe some will leave you wondering "how did that get past the brainstorming stage?"
The Top Ten
1 The The The The are an English post-punk band. They have been active in various forms since 1979, with singer/songwriter Matt Johnson being the only constant band member.

The The? Maybe in the future, people are going to give a band names like An An, Of Of, In In, At At, My My, Your Your, His His, etc. Run out of ideas for a band name, huh?

This is one of the worst band names I've ever heard of in my life. I mean, who would call their band that? What kind of person would call their band "The The"?

The way I see it, one of the members' names starts with a T, another starts with an H, then there's one that starts with an E. So it spells T.H.E.

2 Chumbawamba

Is this a rejected Dr. Seuss character?

3 Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis

This honestly looks like somebody smashed their keyboard randomly. But in all seriousness, this is way too long to pronounce. I didn't know a band like this existed.

Isn't that too long? Really, some people think that trying something stupid in the name of creativity will make them invincible!

This is unpronounceable. What moron came up with the idea for this name?

4 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970. The original lineup was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, 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... read more

Our friend ImAKillerQueen is half right: Queen is indeed a kind of magic, and a damned good magic at that. They are second only to The Beatles in the art of music. Freddie Mercury remains, more than 20 years after shuffling his mortal coil, the gold standard of rock frontmen.

However, the issue here is another one entirely. It has to be admitted that, kickass as their music is, Queen isn't the greatest name a band ever had. They certainly take a lot more abuse over Freddie's homosexuality than they would have if they had called themselves King, Kaiser, or Monarch.

(Note to fellow fans: Yes, I'm aware that the name has nothing to do with sexuality, that Freddie came up with it before he knew himself. The name was meant to reflect a certain regal, aristocratic quality they wanted to have some fun with and/or at the expense of. We know that, but does the proverbial man in the street?)

5 We Butter the Bread With Butter We Butter the Bread with Butter (also known as WBTBWB) is a German metalcore band from Lübben. They are noted for their heavy use of electronic music characteristics. The group was founded in 2007 by guitarist Marcel Neumann and vocalist Tobias Schultka... read more

What else would you butter the bread with? You said you're gonna butter it, so you're spreading butter on it and not any other food item.

I dare you all reading this to sing this. We butter the bread with butter!

What?! No one would ever buy a record from these people who butter their bread with butter.

6 Nearly Died Laughing While Shaving My Butt

This name makes me cringe. I mean, why would you shave your own butt, and why would you laugh while doing it?

I puked and nearly died from laughing at this list item.

Nearly died laughing while reading this band name. It can't possibly exist.

7 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu-metal/rap metal/rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland. They're mostly known for their singles like Break Stuff, My Way, My Generation, Nookie, Eat You Alive, Rollin', and Take a... read more

I bet you that the people who still like this band write with a closed fist. Oh, yeah, and what kind of name is Limp Bizkit?

To those that don't know what this band's name actually means, DON'T, and I mean DON'T look it up. It will haunt you.

The origins behind the name of this band are more horrifying than their horrifyingly bad music.

8 Hoobastank Hoobastank is an American rock band, formed in 1994 in Agoura Hills, California with lead singer Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin, drummer Chris Hesse, and original bassist Markku Lappalainen.

It sounds like the name of that movie that plays on Cartoon Network occasionally.

It also sounds like something on the Playboy Channel.

9 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian post-grunge band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

I can't remember how they picked that name up for their band, but I remember that the back of a 25-cent thing is not even symbolic, just purely exists for the sake of having a mindlessly marketable name.

Is the name a play on heads or tails? Like flipping a nickel up and down on its back?

I think they get a nickel back for every song they sell.

10 The Naked Brothers Band The Naked Brothers Band are an American pop rock duo from New York, New York, consisting of brothers Nat and Alex Wolff. The siblings are known for their work on the Nickelodeon television series The Naked Brothers Band, which was created and produced by their mother, actress Polly Draper. It was adapted... read more

It's a pretty bad name, I agree. But you do have to excuse them because Nat and Alex were kids when they thought of this name. What do you expect two kids below ten years old to name their band? The Well-Dressed Brothers Band?

I admit that it's a terrible band name, but I'll excuse it since Nat and Alex were kids when they came up with it. Even I would go and name my band something dumb at 10 years old.

This name is extremely stupid. Seriously! Who the heck would name their band this and who the heck would make a TV show about them?

The Contenders
11 Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts

The name equals "Russell Crowe's Band's" (a fail) equals the name of a song by Frenzal Rhomb which pours dirt on Russell's fairly vain attempt to reign as the frontman of a real band on a Friday night at your local.

Did thirty people come up with this one?

12 Bowling for Soup Bowling for Soup is an American rock band originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1994. The band consists of Jaret Reddick, Chris Burney, Erik Chandler, and Gary Wiseman.

I always thought it was a bunch of guys who bet how many pins they could bowl down just for a bowl of tomato soup.

I think that's the worst band name ever. But it changes nothing about the fact that they're an awesome band.

How is that even possible? Bowling for soup, psycho babble!

13 Toad the Wet Sprocket

Apparently, it is a decent band. I still won't listen because I hate that name.

Didn't they steal this from the band Frog the Wet Sprocket?

Just hearing this band name made my day.

14 Goo Goo Dolls The Goo Goo Dolls are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, by vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik, vocalist and bassist Robby Takac, and drummer George Tutuska.

I'm pretty sure the marketing idea is "Let's have the most ridiculous name possible, so everyone knows that the clowns are coming when we show off our tour posters."

That's the point. It's supposed to make it seem like a child made it up, but it's really a rock band.

I understand that it's a stupid name, but they're a very good band.

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16 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... read more

Another name for heaven, but ironically, those people who want to die because they think that there is a better place called Nirvana. But actually, dying intentionally will make it worse.

There was already a psychedelic band with this name.

17 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
18 W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, who is the only remaining original member of the band.
19 Hootie and the Blowfish

For all I know, their music could be utterly fantastic. I'm just wondering what drugs they were high on when they thought up "Hootie and the Blowfish."

Remember the black guy is not Hootie. Then he is Blowfish?

Not very good. Imagine their music?!

20 Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum

That logo looks very disturbing too.

21 Anal C*** Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988 in Newton, Massachusetts. The band is known for their highly offensive lyrics which included themes of misogyny, homophobia, racism, Nazism, antisemitism, and schadenfreude (ridicule of the unfortunate). Their music has... read more
22 The Child Molesters

What's their album called? The Pedophiles?

And they got away with this name?

23 Oingo Boingo

I don't even know them, but "Oingo Boingo" is a foolish name!

At least their lead singer is a movie composer.

You mean from JoJo: Part 3? I don't think so.

24 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that is originally from Columbus, Ohio, who are best known for their songs "Stressed Out", "Heathens" and "Ride". Currently there are two members, Tyler Joseph (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, ukulele, bass and guitar) and Josh Dun (drums and... read more

Fitting a terrible name for a terrible band. Also, whoever posted this forgot the most obnoxious part of their name, replacing the letter O with zero (what a brilliant idea).

If we took the name literally, there would be 21 pilots in the band.

25 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Provo, Utah, and are now based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. The band first gained exposure with the release of their... read more

Haha, worst band name, worst songs, worst band, worst of whenever this so-called "band" became popular. The songs are unoriginal and very generic, with the same repetitive drum beat. I don't hear any guitar, just singing and drums, which is very disappointing.

Maybe it's a good thing, though, because that would just make any guitar player feel ashamed of what talentless people are playing. This band makes music look bad. Anyone with even the slightest bit of good music taste would realize what an overrated mess this band is.

Hopefully, this modern pop-rock crap will die off soon. I don't understand how anyone can enjoy listening to this. It is autotuned and fake. They are all talentless, and they sure are lucky that some idiots made them famous because they aren't smart enough to get a job.

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