List of Bands with Animal-Themed Names

Mammals

wolf

Canines

  • Three Dog Night
  • Dr. Dog
  • Snoop Doggy Dog
  • Nate Dog
  • Temple of the Dog
  • Bloodhound Gang
  • Wolfmother
  • Wolf Parade
  • Howling Wolf
  • Steppenwolf
  • Fleet Foxes
cat

Feline

  • Cat Power
  • Cat Stevens
  • Stray Cats
  • Hepcat
  • John Cougar Mellencamp
  • Cheetah Girls
  • Pussy Cat Dolls
  • One Day As A Lion
  • White Lion
  • Lionel Ritchie
  • Def Leopard
  • Atomic Kitten
deer

Hooved

  • Crazyhorse
  • Band of Horses
  • Zebrahead
  • Young Buck
  • Buck Owens
  • Buck O Nine
  • Buck Cherry
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Buckwild
  • Deerhunter
  • The Dear Hunter
  • Deerhoof
  • Deer Tick
  • Caribou
  • Government Mule
  • Giraffe? Giraffe!
  • The Giraffes
  • Lamb Of God
  • Buffalo Springfield
  • Space Hog
  • Ponytail
monkey

Primates

  • The Monkees
  • Monkey
  • Gorillaz
  • Gorilla Biscuits
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Hairy Apes BMX
  • The Apes
bear

Bears!

  • Grizzly Bear
  • Minus The Bear
  • Panda Bear
  • Polar Bear
bunny

Rodents

  • Modest Mouse
  • Danger Mouse
  • Echo & The Bunnymen
  • Fruit Bats
  • The Aquabats
  • Screeching Weasel
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • RATT
  • Ratatat
  • John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band

Aquatic

  • Seal
  • The Wailers (get it?!)
  • Freelance Whales
  • The Hippos
elephant

Miscellaneous

  • The Wombats
  • Elephant Man

Fish

fish

  • Phish
  • Badfish
  • Great White
  • Hootie & The Blowfish
  • The Eels
  • Reel Big Fish
  • Fishbone
  • Country Joe and the Fish
  • Fish
  • Howard Fishman Quartet
  • Lake Trout
  • The Coral
  • Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
  • Man of War
  • Leftover Salmon
  • Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel
  • Lance Bass

Birds

bird

  • The Byrds
  • The Flamingos
  • The Yardbirds
  • Andrew Bird
  • Fabulous Thunderbirds
  • Weird Owl
  • Black Crowes
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Counting Crows
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Finch
  • Jimmie’s Chicken Shack
  • An Albatross
  • Pelican
  • The Doves
  • The Eagles
  • Eagles Of Death Metal
  • Department of Eagles
  • Eagle Eye Cherry
  • Flock of Seagulls
  • Them Crooked Vultures
  • Robyn
  • The Jayhawks
  • Dixie Chicks
  • Raveonettes
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Ryan Adams & The Cardinals

Reptiles

crocodile

  • Slash’s Snake Pit
  • White Snake
  • The Stray Gators
  • Cobra Starship
  • The Turtles
  • Tortoise

Arthropods

bug

Insects

  • Alien Ant Farm
  • Adam Ant
  • The Beatles
  • Iron Butterfly
  • Scorpions
  • Papa Roach
  • Buddy Holly & The Crickets
  • WASP

Spiders

  • Tarantulas

Mollusks

  • Blue Oyster Cult
  • Oysterhead
  • The Octopus Project

Amphibians

toad

  • Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade
  • The Toadies
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket

General Animal Names

camel

  • Animal Collective
  • The Animals
  • Beastie Boys
  • Wild Beasts
  • The Sound of Animals Fighting
  • Super Furry Animals

Fictional/Extinct

dino

  • The Unicorns
  • Dragon Force
  • Phoenix
  • Fenix TX
  • T Rex
  • Dinosaur Jr
  • Mastadon
  • The Dodos

The Story

This list was generated on a long 7 hour drive from New York City to Oil City, PA between me, my cousin Zach and my wife. Unfortunately, this was some time ago and we didn’t really write anything down until after the fact. As a result, this might not be completely exhaustive. That’s where you come in. Feel free to suggest.

However, a very simple rule applies. Bands/artists can’t be TOO obscure. There are probably thousands of bands with animal names, but unless they’ve achieved some level of notoriety they can’t be on the list. Any obscure ones that you see in the list were thought of by us in our initial brainstorm.

70 Comments

  1. THE MOON RATS (marsupial)

  2. Matt Huntington

    We are Wolves

  3. aaron

    aids wolf, karp, flipper, tarantula haw, lubricated goat, barn owl, howlin wolf, mogwai, moondog, yellow swans, swans

  4. amanda

    Owl City! (from my friend Claire)

  5. Reptiles > Hot Snakes … Gone but not forgotten!

  6. Bear in heaven
    Bat for lashes
    gorillaz
    deerhunter
    owl city
    pet shop boys
    plants and animals
    samantha fox
    vampire weekend ?
    white rabbits
    whitesnake
    white lion
    wrens
    the bird and the bee
    jellyfish
    ladyhawke
    matthew dear

  7. Matt K

    Great idea! A few more that come to mind..

    Sea Wolf
    Bowerbirds
    Shearwater
    Mountain Goats
    Sparklehorse
    Wrens
    Wooden Birds
    Le Tigre
    Pedro the Lion

  8. amanda

    Andrew Bird
    Freelance Whales

  9. Lil’ Bow Wow (canines)
    Buck cherry (hooved)
    The Bangles (feline)
    Donnie Osmond (general animal)

  10. hunter

    RATATAT

  11. HOLY SMOKES THIS IS COOL. YOU ARE A BEAST.

  12. Awesome list!

    Frightened Rabbit
    Sea Wolf

  13. Alan

    DEERHOOF

  14. schuyler

    horse feathers, greatful dawg and eek a mouse

    • schuyler

      avi buffalo, animal liberation orchestra, lil bow-wow & cat empire

  15. Stephen

    Thunderbirds Are Now! Ultra Dolphins, Sunbears, The Locust, Bear vs. Shark (two for one) City of Caterpillar, Dragonsaur, Glowworm, Mass Movement of the Moth, Red Sparrows

  16. joe cocker (birds)
    mc hawking (birds)
    jonah and the whale (mammals)
    joey lawrence (extinct)

  17. chickenfoot (birds)
    bugs bunny – space jam soundtrack (rodents)

  18. Andy

    Boomtown Rats
    Bat for Lashes
    The Groundhogs
    Hawkwind
    Chesney Hawkes
    Ewe 2, lol

  19. craziest new band by far…

    The Bunny The Bear

  20. Allison

    It’s Def Leppard, not Leopard.

  21. anon

    The Mountain Goats

  22. Kevin

    Deadmau5

  23. phil

    A dolphin isnt a fish… just so you all know.

  24. Apes and Androids.

  25. The Kingsnakes, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Norton Buffalo, the Nighthawks, the Iguanas, eek-a-mouse, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks, Persephones Bees.

  26. Xaq

    mountain goats

  27. john

    Zebra (80′s band), Ratcat (90′s band),

  28. Animals as Leaders
    As Tall as Lions
    Avi Buffalo
    Dear and the Headlights
    Jaguar Love

  29. Phantom Buffalo

  30. Sitting Duck

    - Flamingo Crash (Birds)
    - Web (Spiders)
    - Andy Bull (Hooved)
    - Bird Automatic (Birds)
    - Dragonette (Fictional)
    - Little Dragon (Fictional)
    - Fear of Tigers (Feline)
    - Gorillas On Drums (Primate)
    - Howl (Canine)
    - Lion & The Lotus (Feline)
    - Said The Whale (Fish)
    - Tigers That Talked (Feline)
    - Wolf Gang (Canine)
    - Yelawolf (Canine)

  31. alex

    cage the elephant
    doves
    chickenhawk
    foals
    fake shark- real zombie!
    the hives?

    maybe too obscure:
    turbowolf
    pulled apart by horses
    hold your horse is
    i wrestled a bear once
    blakfish

  32. Marc

    Noah & The Whale.

  33. Desiree

    Wolves in the Throne Room

  34. Bee Gees
    Soup Dragons

  35. Rayk

    Some Aussie bands: Ferrets, Dingos, Triffids (oh sorry, that’s a walking plant)

  36. onecitizen

    These Arms are Snakes

  37. Megan

    A Hawk and a Hacksaw

    Jesus Lizard

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  39. Alyssa Rost

    pitbull

  40. anon

    GUILLEMOTS!

  41. zwan(fictional)

  42. ellipsis

    Skinny Puppy
    Cranes
    Bloodhound Gang

  43. Laura(wr)

    sea wolf, pepper rabbit, dinosaur feathers, dear and the headlights, the antlers, boy & bear, patrick wolf, gregory and the hawk, quiet hounds, horse feathers, swimming with sharks, the bird and the bee, bears, an horse, blackbird blackbird, hello seahorse!, swimming with dolphins, gorilla zoe, bearsuit.
    sheryl crow (haha)
    the eagles.
    and i think i saw someone else suggest noah and the whale, owl city, and iwreastededabearonce.

  44. Laura(wr)

    oh and: little birdy, basshunter, plants and animals, horse the band, pedro the lion, foals, polar bear club, the pixies.

  45. FliTz

    Missing a BIG one, PANTERA….

  46. Flock of Seagulls and Eddie Rabbit

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  48. yep

    Cage the Elephant, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Cobra Starship, Hampton the Hamster, Hawk Nelson, The Turtles

  49. Dave

    Pulled apart by horses :-D

  50. Dale

    BearVsShark should be on this list. One of the greatest bands IMO.

  51. Midnight Shyer

    Alien ant Farm, Steel Panther, Blackhawk, Toad the wet Sproket, Jamie Foxx, Meat Loaf (kinda!!) GOAT-YE :-)

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  54. olly

    sick puppies

  55. ward

    Mandrill (70′s band)

  56. The Detroit Cobras should be there.

  57. John

  58. Wolfram

    Grant Lee Buffalo
    Sly Fox

  59. Snoozer

    Hate Beak

    Janis Joplin. She is not an animals, but very ugly.

  60. Tom

    You missed 2 hair metal bands from the ’80′s.

    “Faster Pussycat”
    “Lion”

  61. Justin

    Japanthers

  62. Allen

    Sly Foxx, The Flying Lizards

  63. Allen

    New Young Pony Club

  64. Claudia

    Buffalo Springfield, Iron Butterfly, Copperhead (90′s southern rock band)

  65. Ilean

    Deadmau5

  66. Shadow Wind

    If you include the TV Show Bands like “The Monkees”, you’ve also forgotten “The Partridge Family”, “Josie and the Pussycats”, “The Cowslips” and “The Bugaloos”

  67. Allen

    Corey Hart, Imagine Dragons

  68. karoline

    The cat empire!

  69. Allen

    Anything with “Ray”, Ray Charles, Ray Parker Jr., Stevie Ray Vaughn…