Metallica is an American Heavy/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". ...read more.
I was actually thinking about metallica being the best band name right before I came in to this list! I must be lucky!
If it wasnt for metallicas popularity they wouldn't be this high. Their name is literally the genre they USED to be with 4 letters strung to it. They shouldn't be in the top 10
I can't believe no one thought of it before Metallica. Simple but good.
Metallica, surely the best name ever !
2 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). ...read more.
Avenged sevenfold is a biblical term unlike metalica, no one has thought about it before Metallica and now there one of the most popular bands of all time.
Please. This band gets too much attention already. Don't give them more because of their stupid and cheesey band name.
They've more than lived up to their great name.
Best rock band name ever!
Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.
Slayer is a badass band name unlike Megadeth.. How is Death mega?
Short but sweet as can be.
4 Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal 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 guitarist Adrian ...read more.
Iron maiden was a torture device. Doesn't get much cooler than that.
Should be number one.
5 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 ...read more.
They were a combined band which is where the name came from - Slash and co were a Band called LA Guns and then Axl Rose joined and they renamed combining previous band names.
The name is just so iconic in the fact that it's catchy it, and that the name is so contrary. It deserves to be number one.
Gun and Rose?
Weapon and flower?
It is the weirdest name ever.
I hate axl, I love slash!
It's cool, like "Bad boys are so cute! ".
6 Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin was an English hard rock band formed in London in 1968 as the New Yardbirds. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums) and was very much the child of Jimmy Page who even financed their first tour. He had tasted some previous success with The [original] Yardbirds and was friendly with some big names in rock. Page states it was Keith Moon of The Who that claimed the band could only go down, like a lead balloon -- thus prompting the iconic name of Led Zeppelin. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors ...read more.
I'm currently forming a band, but the one thing we seem to be unable to do is name it. Whenever I think of a band, I like to use Led Zeppelin as the perfect example of a band name, because everything about it is perfect. You'd expect a band called Led Zeppelin to be hard rock, and they are the godfathers of hard rock. It rolls off the tongue well unlike Avenged Sevenfold or Panic! At the disco, it doesn't mean too much and isn't trying to be too deep like Pink Floyd is, both words work together and are pleasurable to hear unlike Metallica or Creedence Clearwater Revival. It does everything right and there isn't a thing you can say against it.
It sums up their sound- incredibly heavy but with enough light moments to get off the ground and fly in the sky. Plus the second most successful band ever (behind The Beatles) got their name from a saying meaning going to fail.
I think Led Zeppelin is one of the best band names ever! It should be far more up on this list!
A lot of the tops votes are just 'rad' or typical badass names (not to knock on them, a few of them are rock legends)
Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
Evanescence is the best band ever, and they easily have the coolest name.
They should definitely be on top---I don't have anything against Avenged Sevenfold, but come on, Evanescence is too awesome
Best name ever... Should easily be in the first position... Avenged Sevenfold is good but not as good as EVANESCENCE
Disturbed is an American alternative metal/nu-metal/heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .
9 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 ...read more.
Did anyone know that it was originally Lincoln Park, but then the band got caught up in legal disputes, so they changed it to Linkin Park?
I love this band songs, I want to see 1st position in the world top most out of 10 bands...
During the concerts is fantastic to scream it!
I'm the biggest LP fan, but I never liked their name ! Their icon was indeed the best, but their name wasn't
10 Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.
One bad ass name
11 Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine is a rap metal 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.
It's such a Badass name
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.
Disturbed, really? Really? Nirvana is a great name because it evokes a sense of peace, something that the band and its frontman never had during its short life.
Nivarna is a great name but why did they put this name at 6# on the worst band name lists I don't get it. But Nivarna is an awesome cool name
One of the best band names in my opinions !
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.
I love how it's number 39, also, like the song. This is a name that is easily recognized and can be confusing. It was at first. Freddie was aware of what it sounded like but went with it anyway... For his flamboyant attitude.
It's the best name in the whole universe. Because it is the best band in the whole universe.
Such a terrible name
Their men, and their name is Queen
It might as well of been King
14 Deep Purple
Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.
Cool band name
15 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" .
Epic! 4"y" in one name
16 Blind Guardian
Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.
17 Rise Against
Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe, and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk. Some of their most well-known ...read more.
Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.
19 Motley Crue
Mötley Crüe is an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.
20 Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd are 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 (Vocals and Bass), and Richard Wright (Vocals and Keyboard). Barrett was replaced by Gilmour in 1968. ...read more.
How is this not in the top 10! The greatest band name out there!
The best name ever for a band!
The gods of rock!
21 Van Halen
Van Halen was 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.
Primus is an American funk metal band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", ...read more.
Awesome name for an awesome band.
Soundgarden was an American grunge/alternative metal band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Chris Cornell died on May 17th, 2017.
I like how it sounds!
Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and ...read more.
Amazing name with great original use of the foreign looking accent.
Such a badass name
25 Dream Theater
Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.