What’s My Name? 25 Rejected Original Names Of Mega Famous Bands

  • Nirvana

  • U2

  • Queen

  • Green Day

  • The Who

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Radiohead

  • The Beach Boys

  • Def Leppard

  • Oasis

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • Jimi Hendrix

  • Pearl Jam

  • Beatles

  • The Black Crowes

  • The Band

  • BTO

  • thedoors

  • Phish

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  • Black Sabbath

  • led_zep-1

  • beegees

  • grateful_dead

  • coldplay

What’s in a name? A whole bunch, that’s for sure! Even though it might not change one note of the music, a rock band’s name can be crucial to their success. Like changing the cover of a classic album, it’s pretty weird to think of an alternate musical universe where band’s went with their early choice for a name. Can you image running out to buy the latest hit record from Pen Cap Chew, Mookie Blaylock, or On A Friday? Well, that wasn’t far from reality!

Some changed their name because they realized it was already taken by another band, while others switched it up simply because….well, they realized their pick kind of sucked. But in any event, they eventually wound up at their famous nom de rock, and that’s the important part. Head up to the gallery above to see 25 strange names that ALMOST graced the top of Billboard…and the pages of music history books! From the Fab Four, to Green Day, the Beach Boys to Radiohead, U2 to Queen, prepare to have your minds blown.

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