Best Fifteen Bands Who Have Y In Their Names

A fellow music enthusiast just borrowed a CD that I encouraged him to hear, figuring he would appreciate the style mixing several genres. I was disappointed when he returned the album, What For by Toro Y Moi, admitting that he found it too inaccessible.

What bewildered me more, though, was his second remark. He said that he kind of knew before hand it would not appeal to him, for he seldom liked a band with the letter Y in its name.

On my way home I began to consider that, if his remark had been sincere, all of the great bands he was missing because of his inexplicable dislike of the 25th letter of the alphabet. After all, two of the bands that highlighted the Woodstock festival fit that category, Iron Butterfly and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Here are fifteen of the other best bands who have a Y in their names.

Fountains of Wayne

Mostly known for the hit “Stacy’s Mom”, the band has recorded six outstanding albums since its inception in the mid-nineties.

The Byrds

Linguistically there is no Y in their name, but that letter distinguishes the group almost as much as its eclectic blend of rock, country and folk.

The Cyrcle

Several covers of Simon and Garfunkel tunes became minor hits, but their biggest single was “Red Rubber Ball.”

Bad Company

One of rock’s first supergroups, formed from members of Free and Mott the Hoople, had a dozen hits like “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Can’t Get Enough” reach the charts.

My Morning Jacket

Jim James and his Louisville gang have been making indie rock for two decades, highlighted by records like Evil Urges and Water Fall.

The Yardbirds

Both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page had stints with this early rock ensemble, whose most memorable hit was “For Your Love.”

The Jayhawks

These guys keep getting better and better after twenty years of alternate country, thanks in part to the lyrics of Gary Louris.

Green Day

Billie Jo Armstrong fronts the most well-known current trio in rock, whose “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” has become a staple at graduation parties, wedding receptions, and TV shows like Seinfeld.

Journey

Most of their hits came during the eighties, but the band has soldiered on in spite of losing singer Steve Perry.

Styx

Like Journey, these eighties hit makers have continued performing in spite of the departure of their co-founder and singer, Dennis DeYoung.

Pink Floyd

Dark Side of the Moon has often been labeled as the greatest album since Sergeant Pepper by The Beatles, but the quartet also made iconic records like The Wall and Wish You Were Here.

Young Fresh Fellows

Now that Scott McCaughey is now in his sixties the first adjective does not really apply, but the music from these indie rock fellows still sounds fresh.

The Moody Blues

Justin Hayward and John Lodge co-founded the band, who has for the most part remained in tact from the sixties to make hits such as “Nights In White Satin” and “The Story In Your Eyes.”

Vanity Fair

Sharing a name with a famous novel by Victorian author William Makepeace Thackeray, these guys had hits with “Hitchin’ a Ride” and “Early in the Morning” in the beginning of the Seventies.

Steely Dan

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have created a half dozen of the best records in rock history, classics like The Royal Scam, Aja, and Can’t Buy a Thrill.