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30 Band Names From Classic Rock Songs

The heart of this question, posed by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet, asks if the intrinsic value of an item is modified by its title. While UCR isn’t just Verona, or even your high school English class, we can apply the same question to our favorite rock artists.

A good group name does not define whether an act will be successful or not. Bands with terrible names have made amazing songs, while bands with fantastic nicknames have recorded songs that are offensive to the ears. What a good name can do is make a band memorable, something invaluable in the early days of a band’s existence.

When looking for the right collection of words to label their new bands, musicians often look to other artists for inspiration. Lyrics are particularly fertile ground for this, with phrases often prompting noun ideas.

Would Judas Priest still be a metal god if he hadn’t been inspired by Bob Dylan? Could Radiohead have been so successful if it had kept its original name, One Friday? For the sake of rock history, we’re glad these questions don’t need to be answered.

With that in mind, we’ve scoured the archives and put together the list below of bands whose names were inspired by other artists’ songs, and also busted a few nickname myths along the way.