Can You Solve the Puzzle to Figure Out the Band Name?

Monica Lee

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About This Quiz

First, a quick warm-up for this puzzler of a quiz. Here's an example of what you'll find: if the word "HOT" is in red type, you should read it as what? You know this... it's... RED HOT. As in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. See, it's easy. Here's another: what if you're given an illustration of a man hammering molten-hot metal on an anvil, what would that word be? The answer is "blacksmith." Then, if the puzzle asks you to subtract the color "black," what would you have left?  You got it, "smith." These puzzles are not hard to follow once you know how to decode the clues. Okay, you're now properly warmed up and ready to put your smarts to the test. 

But you don't have to puzzle this out alone; this is fun for a group as well. Think of it as your own Pictionary game. And don't forget to listen to the right mood music while you answer the questions. You'll want to headbang to Aerosmith, the Clash, Radiohead and other top bands, because that too, will give you hints about the solution. Take the quiz right now. It's a picture of a rocket taking off (a blast!)

Can you figure this out? What is the name of this band?

This English rock band from Liverpool is regarded as the most influential music band in history.

Riddle me this: what's the name of this band?

Just as influential as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones were what rock and roll was all about. The band's "A Bigger Bang Tour" is the second-highest-grossing concert tour of all time.

Do you know the name of this colorful band?

Pink Floyd was another English rock band formed in London in 1960's. They achieved international fame with songs like "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Money."

Can you put this band's name together? What is it?

Led Zeppelin includes Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Michael Lee, and Tony Thompson. Together they created such classics as "Stairway to Heaven" and Heartbreaker."

Can you picture this band? Which answer is it?

Guns N' Roses was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 due to such hits as "November Rain", "Welcome to the Jungle" and many more.

What is the name of this reflective band?

With songs like "Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters", Metallica has been making the best heavy-metal music for over 37 years.

This sounds like a holy band, which group is it?

Do you remember Ozzy Osbourne biting off the head of a bat? Besides those headlines, Black Sabbath also brought these songs to life: "Iron Man", "War Pigs" and many other hits.

You won't be fooled again by this puzzle. What is the name of this band?

Yet another English rock band formed in 1960's, the Who made their way to fame with lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon.

Dream on if you think you can guess this one correctly. Which band is it?

"Dream On" and "Walk this Way" were just two of the songs that made this group "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

You'll fly through this answer. What is the name of this band?

This rock band had so many hits that their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) "is the fifth-best-selling album of all time" by claimed sales.

If you still haven't found what you're looking for, try this puzzle. What's the name of the band?

U2 is an Irish rock band from Dublin whose songs brought fame to the band members, Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.

We will rock you with this one. What's the name of this band?

Freddie Mercury's masterpiece, the "Bohemian Rhapsody," is Queen's most famous song, and one of the most innovative pieces of music. Many would say that is it the most creative piece of music ever produced by a rock band.

It's a heavenly band ... what's its name?

Nirvana was an American rock band formed by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic.

Don't let the Karma Police fool you, you can get this answer. What's the name of this band?

Radiohead is an English rock band that has so many hits over the years including "Paranoid Android" and "Karma Police."

Solve the puzzle and tell us who is this sunny group?

"I Get Around," "Good Vibrations," and "Fun, Fun, Fun"... these and others defined the fun-in-the-sun era. The Beach Boys original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson; their cousin Mike Love; and their friend Al Jardine.

What the name of this loud band?

This British punk rock band shot to fame with "Should I Stay or Should I Go" and "Rock the Casbah" as well and other Top-Ten songs.

Spicy. That's the kind of band we're talking about. What is it's name?

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American funk rock band that has a rock sound with an emphasis on funk, as well as some punk rock and psychedelic music.

Can you guess the band from the clues in the picture? What is it?

Iron Maiden is an English heavy metal band formed by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. Top songs include "Hallowed Be Thy Name," "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "The Number of the Beast."

This one is easy to unscramble. What is the name of this band?

Popular hits of Green Day include "Basket Case," "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)." This American punk rock band was formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt.

This one is too easy. But have fun. Which band is this?

Who can forget "Light My Fire," 'L.A. Woman'" or "Break on Through (To the Other Side)"? They were songs that represented an era of the '60s and '70s. Jim Morrison sang the songs accompanied by keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and John Densmore on drums.

You've got this one. What colorful band is it?

Whether you're listening to "Smoke On The Water," "Highway Star" or "Speed King," you know you're listening to the heavy metal and hard rock of Deep Purple, although their musical style has changed over the years.

The world is your oyster with this band. Which one is it?

When you listen to tunes like "Black," "Jeremy" and "Better Man," you are listening to a band with big statements, bigger guitars, and a meaningful hook. Pearl Jam is in a class by itself.

Don't worry, you can take your time on this one. What is the name of the band?

Listen to the rolling drums, the airtight band interplay, and Lee's impossibly high vocals, and you know you're hearing Rush. The band is also known for its songs such as "The Spirit of Radio" and "Fly by Night."

Listen up. You'll find this puzzler easy to decode. What's the name of this band?

The Ramones, often referred to as the first band to define punk, flew to the top of the charts with "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Glad To See You Go."

Another band name to guess. What is it?

The Velvet Underground had the most talented members including singer/guitarist Lou Reed, multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise.

Name this punk band by figuring out the clues. What's the name of the group?

This English punk rock band that was responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom. Their top songs included "God Save the Queen" and "Pretty Vacant."

It's official. You can easily solve this one.

The Police featured Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland playing hits like "Don't Stand So Close To Me", "Every Breath You Take" and "Roxanne."

Ok, smarty pants. Let's see you answer this one. Which band is it?

The Grateful Dead has a unique and eclectic style fused with rock to give us "Touch of Grey," "Truckin'' and "Casey Jones,"

Visual puzzles are fun! Which band is this?

Coldplay songs speak to the amazing collaboration within the band. Songs such as "Paradise," "Viva La Vida," "Fix You" and "Princess of "China."

Can you unravel this one? What's the name of the band?

The guitar riff in "Lola" is legendary, however, the band's other top songs, "You Really Got Me" and "Waterloo Sunset" prove why they skyrocketed to the top and stayed on top.

It's the easiest one yet. What's the name of this band?

R.E.M., an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, brought us such great songs as "Man on the Moon", "Nightswimming" and "Losing My Religion."

This one is up there. What is the name of this band?

The Byrds underwent multiple lineup changes throughout its history. What remains solid is the band's musical contributions including top hits, "Mr. Tambourine Man" and"Turn, Turn, Turn," to name a few.

It's hard to concentrate when it's noisy. What's the name of this band?

Do you recall these lyrics from the hit "Life During Wartime"? "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around." Talking Heads incorporated all types of music into rock and is known for to top hits, "And She Was" and "Burning Down The House."

Into Hip Hop? Then you'll get this one correct. Which band is it?

Run-DMC ushered in a new era for hip-hop in the early ‘80s. DJ and singer Jam Master Jay brought it to the street with “King of Rock” and lyrics such as “It’s like that, and that’s the way it is!” from the song, "It's Like This."

There's something "iggy" about this one. What is the name of this band?

The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, were an American rock band who gave us "Search And Destroy," "T.V. Eye" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog."

Ready for some Rock & Roll? What's the name of this band?

Van Halen is an American hard rock band that showed off Eddie Van Halen's heavy guitar-driven tracks, vocals from David Lee Roth, heart-pounding beats from Alex Van Halen, and the skill of bassist Michael Anthony.

How 'bout some Southern Rock? What's the answer to this puzzle?

This Southern Rock band, The Allman Brothers Band, gave some Southern Comfort to rock and roll with such songs as "Ramblin' Man," "Midnight Rider" and "Jessica."

You're almost done: what's the answer to this puzzle?

Just one look at their long beards, and you know it's ZZ Top. This band rocked the world with "Cheap Sunglasses", "I Thank You", "Sharp Dressed Man", "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and so many others.

Rockin' it to the sky with this band. What is the answer to the puzzle?

The Yardbirds are an English rock band, formed in London in 1963. During their five-year run they created such hits as "For Your Love," "Shapes of Things," and "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago."

Your final question. What is the answer to this puzzle?

From slashing guitar riffs to a monster chorus, no other band sounds like Def Leppard. The band's top hit's include "Love Bites," "Animal," "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and many more.

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