When it comes to the 10 best band logos, they all have one thing in common – bold imagery. A logo for a band should ideally give some sort of hint to the type of music the listener can expect to hear, as well as stick in your memory bank forever. These band logos do just that, as well as stand the test of time as the best symbols for sound in the music industry.
- Rolling Stones. The easily-recognized "red lips and tongue" band logo for the Rolling Stones may have a Andy Warhol-ish Pop Art look, but it was created by the British graphic artist John Pasche in 1970. The inspiration for this bold yet playful symbol came from the Hindu goddess Kali, and the mouth of Mick Jagger, the band's lead singer.
- Grateful Dead. Even if you have never even heard of this legendary rock group, their band logo – a skull with a thunderbolt inside – should ring a bell. Apparently Jerry Garcia and the rest of the Grateful Dead had it painted it on their equipment to prevent it from being stolen accidentally.
- Public Enemy. This hard-to-miss iconic logo for hip-hop band Public Enemy was actually drawn by their lead lyricist, Chuck D. But if you thought that the targeted silhouette was just a random dude, Chuck's inspiration was actually E. Love, a past associate, producer, and sidekick of L.L. Cool L in his early days.
- Aerosmith. Steve Tyler's dynamic, long-running rock band Aerosmith branded their high-flying act with its classic winged band logo. This image was crafted by the original Aerosmith guitarist Ray Tabano, and it first appeared on their "Get Your Wings" album.
- Ramones. The prominent New York City rock band, The Ramones, have a band logo that may give you the sudden impulse to vote. The reason may be that the logo's artist; Arturo Vega adapted the Seal of the President of the United States with the names of the band members, and gave the patriotic eagle a baseball bat to hold.
- AC/DC. The band name for AC/DC may have a slash between the letters, but when their name is presented as the band's logo, that slash becomes a bolt of thunder. This powerful symbol was designed by the Vice President of Atlantic Records, Bob Defrin, who also worked as their creative art director at the time.
- Wu-Tang Clan. That yellow "W" shield has been used to represent countless Wu-Tang-related projects. The martial arts-inspired symbol was concocted by Wu-affiliated producer and DJ known as Allah Mathematics, who came from a strong graffiti background.
- Kiss. Once again a guitarist showed artistic talent for graphic arts. Thunderbolts also made a return to Rock 'N Roll imagery when lead guitarist Ace Frehley designed this logo, which appeared on Kiss' second album, "Hotter Than Hell".
- Phish. The psychedelic rock band Phish chose an image that visually mimics their sound. They branded themselves clearly with a colorful fish, that says "Phish", that you can't help but get hypnotized by.
- The Who. Ironically, that red, white, and blue dart board with "The Who" written in black text was never officially used on any of The Who's album covers. But this band logo appeared on countless fan merchandise after artist Brian Pike designed it for a poster to advertise a performance for the band at London's Marquee Club.
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