Band Names That Came from Other Bands’ Songs

A lot of bands got their names from either a song title or a lyric from another band. put together a list of 30 of them.  Here are 10 . . .


  1. Judas Priest. . . from the Bob Dylan song The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest.


  1. The Rolling Stones. . . from the Muddy Waters song Rollin’ Stone.


  1. Lady Gaga. . . from the Queen song Radio Ga Ga.


  1. Radiohead. . . from the Talking Heads song Radio Head.


  1. Simple Minds. . . from the David Bowie song The Jean Genie.  Lyric:  “He’s so simple minded, he can’t drive his module.”


  1. The Killers. . . from the New Order song “Crystal”.  Technically, they got their name from the video for “Crystal”, which features a fictional band called . . . The Killers.


  1. “At the Drive-In”. . . from the Poison song Talk Dirty to Me.  Lyric:  “At the drive-in, in the old man’s Ford / Behind the bushes, ’til I’m screamin’ for more.”


  1. Walk the Moon. . . from the Police song Walking on the Moon.


  1. Death Cab for Cutie. . . from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band song Death Cab for Cutie.


  1. Nazareth. . . from the song The Weight by The Band.  Lyric:  “I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin’ ’bout half past dead.”