What is the worst band name of all time?

12 February 2022, 12:00

Limp Bizkit - one of the worst band names of all time?
Limp Bizkit - one of the worst band names of all time? Picture: Markus Cuff/Corbis via Getty Images

Or are they actually clever, witty titles for some of the coolest acts around? Only YOU can decide!

Dave Grohl claims that Foo Fighters is a terrible band name. But is it really that bad? There are many, many other examples that are far, far worse.

  1. Green Day

    True story: a member of the our staff once told a friend they were going to see Green Day. The friend thought they were talking about an environmental fair, not a raucous night of punk pop. Enough said.

    Green Day
    Green Day. Picture: Pamela Littky/Warner Bros
  2. Babyshambles

    We assume this is a pun on Babycham, the supremely naff sparkling wine, popular in the 80s. It is also a terrible name.

    Pete Doherty in the Babyshambles days
    Pete Doherty in the Babyshambles days. Picture: PYMCA/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
  3. Limp Bizkit

    A few people on Facebook suggested Fred Durst and his bunch of lads and their very nu-metal misspelt name. It probably means something rude, but we can't lower ourselves to think about it.

    Fred Durst adds some more "top" to the latest Limp Bizkit track
    Fred Durst adds some more "top" to the latest Limp Bizkit track. Picture: Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images
  4. Arctic Monkeys

    One of the best bands of the last decade. But come on, that name is a clunker. And there's no such thing as an arctic monkey! (As far as we are aware).

    Arctic Monkeys in 2013: Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O'Malley and Matt Helders
    Arctic Monkeys in 2013: Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O'Malley and Matt Helders. Picture: ANDREW COWIE/AFP via Getty Images
  5. The Beatles

    It's a tortuous pun on the classic 50s band name The Crickets and the idea of "beat" music. Still, it's better than "The Silver Beatles", which was on the cards.

    Long John and The Silver Beatles making their film, Magical Mystery Tour
    Long John and The Silver Beatles making their film, Magical Mystery Tour. Picture: Cummings Archives/Redferns/Getty Images
  6. The Presidents Of The United States Of America

    Little did they know, THE INTERNET was around the corner and their name would be nigh on impossible to Google without finding out about George Washington and Donald Trump. See also 'A', below.

    The Presidents Of The United States Of America in 1996
    The Presidents Of The United States Of America in 1996. Picture: Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
  7. Electronic

    Two of the greatest musicians of the 1980s: Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr. Together, they came up with this snoozer of a band name.

    Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner ponder their choice of band name.
    Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner ponder their choice of band name. Picture: Patrick Ford/Redferns/Getty Images
  8. Puddle Of Mudd

    While they're not the greatest act in musical history, they could have saddled themselves with a more exciting name than something that evokes a damp Glastonbury. And spelt it correctly, too.

    Puddle Of Mudd: there's a 'D' for every member of the band
    Puddle Of Mudd: there's a 'D' for every member of the band. Picture: Robert Knight Archive/Redferns/Getty Images
  9. Hootie And The Blowfish

    The very name sums up an image of Chandler from Friends holding a Budweiser in the air at a 1990s house party.

    Hootie And The Blowfish
    Hootie And The Blowfish. Picture: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
  10. The Pigeon Detectives

    The band claimed that they were named after a French TV cartoon from the 1970s, but despite several minutes of Googling, We cannot find any evidence of such a programme. So, to summarise: it's rubbish.

    The Pigeon Detectives
    The Pigeon Detectives. Picture: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage/Getty Images
  11. The Cardigans

    This woolly moniker doesn't really sum up the studied Scandinavian cool of Nina Persson and co... but maybe that's the point.

    The Cardigans in 1997
    The Cardigans in 1997. Picture: Andy Willsher/Redferns/Getty Images
  12. Hoobastank

    What does it even MEAN? Answers on a postcard, please. Actually, don't bother.

    Hoobastank in June 2002
    Hoobastank in June 2002. Picture: Scott Gries/Imagedirect/Getty Images
  13. 'A'

    Brit-rock stars in the early 2000s, they released an excellent album called Hi-Fi Serious that included bangers like Old Folks and Nothing. "What's the name of this band?" "A" "I said, What's the name of this band?"

    'A' is the name of this band:  Daniel P. Carter, Giles Perry, Jason Perry, Mark Chapman and Adam Perry
    'A' is the name of this band: Daniel P. Carter, Giles Perry, Jason Perry, Mark Chapman and Adam Perry. Picture: Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images
  14. The The

    Post-modern joke, or merely irritating? YOU DECIDE. Still, Infected is a great tune.

    Matt Johnson of The The in 1987
    Matt Johnson of The The in 1987. Picture: Michel Delsol/Getty Images