Bands Who Sing Songs With Lyrics That Contain Their Own Band Name

Sorry for the worst post title ever but I can’t think of any other way to succinctly say it. Being married to a music snob means being forced to listen to a lot of unfamiliar music which means on long rides makes you have unfamiliar thoughts about it. Like, why do metal bands even bother writing lyrics to their song when all they do is scream? How come Morrissey is so depressed? How was Korn ever popular? Why is Styx’s “Come Sail Away” the best song ever? Why do some bands insist on using a children’s choir to make their songs sound more epic? Lately, I’ve been realizing that there are some bands out there that actually have their own band name in the lyrics. I mean, isn’t that weird?

How does that song writing process come together? “Hey, you know what line would go great here? If we used the same words that make up the name of our band. Awesome.” Weird. Yes, these are the thoughts that go through my head. Here’s my list of songs where the lyrics feature the name of the band singing them. Feel free to add any that I may be missing.

Big Country – In The Big Country

The Who – Who Are You

Minor Threat – Minor Threat

Bad Religion – Bad Religion

Queen – Killer Queen

Living in a Box – Living in a Box

Monkees – Hey Hey We’re The Monkees

Wham – Wham Rap

Motorhead – Motorhead

Boston – Rock and Roll Band (“We were just another band out of Boston.”)

Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden

  1. I love all of these songs. And Come Sail Away. Let’s write a song about garage doors.


  2. Don’t forget Counting Crows! (“Murder of One”)


  3. for some reason I’ve noticed that Rap and Punk music is extremely fond of letting the listener know their band name. Gorilla Biscuits – “Biscuit Power” even spells their name for us. Green Day uses their name twice (a song called “Green Day”, and “Sweet Children” – their old name) Eazy-E was in NWA and did it “Boyz-n-the-Hood”. the Groovie Gholies have at least 2 songs that use their name….

    this is great. cuz I always forget who I’m listening to :)


  4. I love that band Living In A Box. That was not their only hit either. The singer was absolutely gorgeous and had such a power house kind of voice.



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