List of bands named after other performers' songs

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This is a list of bands whose names are taken from songs by other artists where both artists in question have articles on the English Wikipedia.

Exact matches[edit]

Bands named after other performers' albums[edit]

Bands named after their own songs[edit]

  • Butthole Surfers, in the early years of band, they're performed under a different name every show. In a gig, the announcer forgot their name so he used a title of one of their songs.
  • Motorhead after the song Motorhead which the band's founder and frontman Lemmy had written while still in Hawkwind, and a version by that band was also recorded, making this a rare example of a band named after one of their own songs, and also a song by another band.
  • Nightwish, after a song by Tuomas Holopainen, it is from their demo released in 1996
  • Queensrÿche, after a song composed by Chris DeGarmo called "Queen of the Reich", it is from Queensrÿche

Approximations, partial matches, and lyrics[edit]

Incorrect associations[edit]

  • BarlowGirl is not named after Superchick's "Barlow Girls". In fact, the song was recorded as a tribute to the band.[citation needed]
  • I Set My Friends on Fire was not named after Aiden's "I Set My Friends on Fire". They stated on the Myspace blog that "(They) didn't even know that it was an Aiden song until it was too late."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Greatest Funk Classics by New Birth
  2. ^ "Death Cab for Cutie". The Washington Post. February 16, 2001. 
  3. ^ Jerry Bloom (2006). Black Knight: Ritchie Blackmore. Omnibus Press 2008. Blackmore has stated; "It was a song my grandmother used to play on the piano." 
  4. ^ Madness – The Dangermen Sessions Vol 1
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  7. ^ Sweet Thing Figure Dancing Is Better Than Crying
  8. ^ Epica
  9. ^ Machine Head
  10. ^ The great rock discography By Martin Charles Strong, John Peel, p. 242
  11. ^ Al Atkin's recounting of the founding of Judas Priest
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  13. ^ Binelli, Mark (June 16, 2005). "Hit Men". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
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  15. ^ Gary James' interview with Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues;
  16. ^ Roberts, David (1998). Guinness Rockopedia (1st ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 284. ISBN 0-85112-072-5.