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Music Inspired Dog Names

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

You’ll love these music-inspired dog names if you love a good tune. There is no better way to infuse your puppy with an air of coolness than using a name from your favorite artist or band. We’ve gathered the best names across all music genres to help you find a great option.

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Rocker Names for Dogs

These name options come from some of the most famous rockstars and bands. These rockstars exude energy and charisma just like your pup, and there’s no better name to fit them perfectly!

  • Axl – Axl Rose of Guns and Roses
  • Bono – of U2
  • Bowie – David Bowie
  • Chester – Chester Bennington of Linkin Park
  • Cobain – Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
  • Cooper – Alice Cooper
  • Elvis – Elvis Presley
  • Floyd – Pink Floyd
  • Freddie – Freddie Mercury of Queen
  • Hendrix – Jimi Hendrix
  • Jagger – Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones
  • Joplin – Janis Joplin
  • Jovi – Bon Jovi
  • Motley – Motley Crew
  • Ozzy – Ozzy Osbourne
  • Santana
  • Sting
  • Zappa – Frank Zappa
  • Zeplin – Led Zeppelin

Pop, Folk, and More

Pop artists are widely known for creating songs that stick in your head to the point that they seem to capture a moment in time forever. These artists might make a perfect name for your new pup.

  • Adele
  • Beyonce
  • Billie – Billie Eilish or Billie Holiday
  • Blondie
  • Bruno – Bruno Mars
  • Buddy – Buddy Holly
  • Cher
  • Dido
  • Dylan – Bob Dylan
  • Elton – Elton John
  • Franz – Franz Ferdinand
  • Gaga – Lady Gaga
  • Harry – Harry Styles
  • Huey – Huey Lewis
  • Jackson – Michael Jackson or Janet Jackson
  • Jewel
  • Joni – Joni Mitchell
  • Jude – Hey Jude, a Beatles song
  • Lennon – John Lennon of The Beatles
  • Lenny – Lenny Kravitz
  • Lizzo
  • Madonna
  • Miley – Miley Cyrus
  • Prince
  • Ringo – Ringo Starr of The Beatles
  • Stevie – Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac
  • Taylor – Taylor Swift
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Country Music-Inspired Dog Names

These country music stars have a twang and some soul to their songs. If you like these ideas, you might also want to check out our country dog names.

  • Cash – Johnny Cash
  • Charlie – Charlie Daniels
  • Chesney – Kenny Chesney
  • Denver – John Denver
  • Dierks – Dierks Bentley
  • Dolly – Dolly Parton
  • Garth – Garth Brooks
  • Hank – Hank Williams
  • Merle – Merle Haggard
  • Rascal – Rascal Flatts
  • Reba – Reba McEntire
  • Vince – Vince Gill
  • Willie – Willie Nelson

Rap Names

Hip-hop has wholly captured the culture in music, fashion, and language. These rap names will give your dog a cutting-edge flare. For even more names like this, try our rapper dog names list.

  • Andre – Andre 3000 of Outkast
  • Boo – Gangsta Boo
  • Bronson – Action Bronson
  • Cardi – Cardi B
  • Chance – Chance the Rapper
  • Cole – J. Cole
  • Diddy – Puff Daddy
  • Dre – Dr. Dre
  • Eazy – Eazy-E
  • Flash – Grandmaster Flash
  • Griff – Professor Griff
  • Gucci – Gucci Mane
  • Harlow – Jack Harlow
  • Kane – Big Daddy Kane
  • Kendrick – Kendrick Lamar
  • Kodak – Kodak Black
  • Mac – Mac Miller
  • Malone – Post Malone
  • Missy – Missy Elliot
  • Snoop – Snoop Dogg
  • Wiz – Wiz Khalifa

E.D.M. Names

Electronic music has a tight-knit following with tons of sub-genres. Here are a few examples of artist names that might suit your puppy.

  • Aoki – Steve Aoki
  • Armin – Armin van Buuren
  • Diplo
  • Grime – RL Grime
  • Kygo
  • Major – Major Lazer
  • Marshmello
  • Nero
  • Porter – Porter Robinson
  • Slim – Fatboy Slim
  • Tiesto
  • Vegas – Dimitri Vegas
  • Zedd
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Punk Names

If you like to zig while others zag, these punk rock dog names are a great option. These feature some of the most classic punkers who defined the genre.

  • Clash – The Clash
  • Danzig – Glenn Danzig of The Misfits
  • Fugazi
  • Iggy – Iggy Pop
  • Ivy – Operation Ivy
  • Jello – Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys
  • Kennedy – The Dead Kennedys
  • Molly – Flogging Molly
  • Ramone – Joey Ramone of The Ramones
  • Reagan – Reagan Youth
  • Stooge – The Stooges
  • Sunny – Sunny Day Real Estate
  • Vandal – The Vandals

Metal & Hard Rock Names

These artists are known for their loud, wailing guitar riffs and headbanging anthems. Hopefully, they inspire some great ideas for naming your pup.

  • Ace – Ace Frehley of Kiss
  • Angus – Angus Young of AC/DC
  • Chino – Chino Moreno of Deftones
  • Eddie – Eddie Van Halen
  • Geezer – Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath
  • Ghost
  • Hetfield – James Hetfield of Metallica
  • Lars – Lars Ulrich of Metallica
  • Lemmy – of Motorhead
  • Lizzy – Thin Lizzy
  • Lynch – George Lynch of Dokken
  • Maiden – Iron Maiden
  • Rockett – Rikki Rockett of Poison
  • Serj – Serj Tankian of System of a Down
  • Vinnie – Vinnie Paul of Pantera
  • Zombie – Rob Zombie

Soul, Blues, Jazz, and R&B Names

You might try these influential, imaginative artists if you want music-inspired dog names with some class.

  • Aretha – Aretha Franklin
  • Bing – Bing Crosby
  • Charlie – Charlie Parker
  • Chick – Chick Corea
  • Clapton – Eric Clapton
  • Coltrane – John Coltrane
  • Duke – Duke Ellington
  • Etta – Etta James
  • Herbie – Herbie Hancock
  • King – B.B. King
  • Luther – Luther Vandross
  • Marvin – Marvin Gaye
  • Monk – Thelonious Monk
  • Nat – Nat King Cole
  • Sinatra – Frank Sinatra
  • Smokey – Smokey Robinson
  • Sonny – Sonny Rollins
  • Marley – Bob Marley
  • Miles – Miles Davis
  • Ziggy – Ziggy Marley

Classical Composer Names for Dogs

Here is a selection of famous composers whose names also work well for a dog.

  • Bach – Johan Sebastian Bach
  • Beethoven – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Brahms – Johannes Brahms
  • Chopin – Frederic Chopin
  • Figaro – opera composed by Mozart
  • Igor – Igor Stavinsky
  • Ludwig – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Mozart – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Funny Music Names

Here are some ridiculous punny music names. If you love these ideas, look at our complete list of punny dog names.

  • 50 Scent
  • A-leash-a Keys
  • Barky Wahlberg
  • Billie Howl-iday
  • Bone Jovi
  • Chews Barkley
  • Diggy Azalea
  • Doggy Cash
  • Doggy Parton
  • Elvis Pawsley
  • Enrique Doglasisas
  • Franz Fur-dinand
  • Julio Diglasias
  • Katy Pawry
  • LL Drool J
  • Notorious D.O.G.
  • Ozzy Pawsbourne
  • Sinead O’Collar
  • Snarls Barkley
  • Weezer

Other Musical Dog Names

Finally, we’ll wrap up with some other musical terms that any singer or musician might love giving their furry friend.

  • Arietta – a short melody
  • Broadway – a favorite spot for musicals
  • Chord
  • Clef – a musical note symbol
  • Forte – strong
  • Harmony
  • Jazzy
  • Lyric
  • Major
  • Melody
  • Note
  • Octave
  • Poco – meaning a little
  • Rhythm
  • Song

Naming Your Dog

Once you’ve saved some names, say them out loud to help narrow down your final choice. Of course, you’ll need to use the name in front of your friends and neighbors, so make sure it’s easy to say and something you’re not embarrassed to be shouting across the neighborhood.

Then when you’ve got the right name, try our guide to teaching your dog its name.

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