Best New Band Names, Ranked

SEO would be a good name for a band.

Just like web-based businesses that grab your eye with cleverly misspelled monikers (Flickr, Srsly, Pixlr, Timr), bands from Joe Jonas’ high-profile DNCE and the Weeknd to up-and-coming acts like Canadian electronic duo DVBBS, Mexican rapper MLKMN, Florida’s lo-fi XXYYXX, Canadian garage pop band JPNSGRLS and Norwegian producer CLMD get attention by forcing you to figure out what their all-cap handles (always with the all-cap) mean.

Billboard: “What’s in a (Band) Name? These Days, Not Many Vowels: Here’s Why,” by Gil Kaufman


23. NDRS 
22. CLRFRMS
21. KCKSKCKS
20. PSWRD1234!
19. RTRNJD
18. LSKLSFJL (N.B.: not to be confused with the Portland ME band LSKLSFJK)
17. PRTLNDM (N.B.: not to be confused with the Portland ME band PRTLNDRGN)
16. NB (N.B.: not to be confused with the Portland ME band N.B.:)
15. WWWDTSXDTCM 
14. MNSNSSN
13. ZTFCCLRSL
12. JKFJBKD (N.B.: the LSKLSFJL side project, not the LSKLSFJK tribute act JKFJKBD)
11. KDNHKJH 
10. HPSTRHMSNDWCH (pronounced “bánh mì”)
9. DVFGBG
8. DVFGBG JR
7. 8 (pronounced “nine”)
6. PRMDD
5. HCKJK
4. TTFN
3. NCTNVLMVCDNMRJNCSTSLCHLCCCCCCNE
2. LH00Q
1. NXTTMWNTUSNGWTHME

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