‘N Sync is an acronym of the last letters of the first names and one nickname of all the band members, Justi(N) Timberlake, Chri(S) Kirkpatrick, Joe(Y) Fatone, Lance “Lanste(N)” Bass and J. (C.) Chasez.
Florence + The Machine originated from front-woman Florence Welch’s teenage collaboration with her current keyboardist and co-writer Isabella “Machine” Summers. They were then known as Florence Robot/Isa Machine which eventually became shortened to the current name.
The iconic band was originally called “Smile,” but front-man Freddie Mercury changed it to “Queen,” because according to him: “It’s a strong name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations.”
Once called “Sex Maggots,” the band renamed themselves after a toy called a Goo Goo Doll.
Foo fighters was a term used by World War II pilots to describe UFOs and other strange phenomena they saw in the air that the band adopted for their name.
The band was originally called “Sweet Children” before changing their name to “Green Day,” a slang term for spending a day smoking marijuana.
The Backstreet Boys were named Backstreet Market, a flea market in Florida where they used to hang out.
According to Michael Diamond, one of the founding band members, Beastie is an acronym for Boys Entering Anarchistic Stages Towards Internal Excellence.
Known originally as “On a Friday,” they were given two weeks after signing with the label Parlophone to change their name. They settled on their current name after the 1986 Talking Heads song “Radio Head.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd was named after Leonard Skinner, a gym teacher who notoriously enforced his school’s policy against boys having long hair.
Although called the Ramones, none of the band members were actually named as such. The name stems from Paul Ramon, an alias that Paul McCartney used to use while booking hotel rooms.
Skrillex is Sonny John Moore’s old AOL screen name.
The origins of Lady Gaga’s name, much like the artist herself, is shrouded in controversy. The popular belief is that Producer Rob Fusari would sing Queen’s song “Radio Ga Ga” instead of saying hello to the artist, then known as Stefani Germanotta. Once in a correspondence between the two, “Radio Ga Ga,” was autocorrected to Lady Gaga and a star was born. However, an anonymous Gaga “collaborator” once told the NY Post that the name was the result of a corporate marketing meeting.
The band was named after blues artist Muddy Waters’ song “Rollin’ Stone.”