The 10 Best Band Names

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Editor’s note: It’s a slow week in music, so we figured we would revisit one of our favorite lists we have done, our very favorite band names.

Band names are a highly subjective topic for a top ten list.  Some people are more partial to goofy names (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. anybody).  Some people dig simplicity (Cream).  And some people even have a penchant for alliteration (Modest Mouse).  We try to give every type of name its due on our list, but alas, a list of ten is far too short to honor all of the creative, funny, and bold names the creative geniuses throughout time have come up with.  Enjoy our list for what it is, and we’d love to hear your favorites in the comments.  Godspeed.
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Top Ten Thursday: Top Ten Songs for the Government Shutdown

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With the Congress bringing the almighty U.S. government at a stand-still (you know, except for Congress receiving their own paychecks), we decided to craft a list of the top ten songs to accompany this government shutdown.  The last time the government took this route, there were actually some fitting tracks ruling the airwaves:  “Another Night” by Real McCoy, “Run-Around” by Blues Traveler, and “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio are just a couple where the title rings all too true.  Not to be outdone, 2013 gives us “Blurred Lines”, “We Can’t Stop”, and “Radioactive” to appropriately jam to.

Pop corollaries aside, we decided to make this list for those that are mighty frustrated, and want to rage against this inefficient mess.  Not much lighthearted fare on this list, just bombast after frustration, followed by some heavy indictments.  Whether this shutdown affects you or not, get your riot gear on and hit the streets (or at least your nearest dive bar).  Enjoy, and as always shoot us some favorites of yours that we missed.

10.  M.I.A. – “Born Free”

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Contrary to the beliefs of the uninitiated, flipping off all of ‘Merica during her Super Bowl performance was just a mild dose of M.I.A.’s anachronistic career.  M.I.A. has always had strong views, but her big coming out party for her views may be her lead single for her third album Maya.  Accompanied by a shocking video, “Born Free” takes to task the ever more oppressive role of government.

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