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Why do bands choose numbers in their bandnames?

Why do bands choose numbers in their band name?

We often see bands choosing a band name with numbers behind or in front or in between. Why do bands choose numbers in their band name? There can be several reasons. Think for example of band members who have made a mix of their date of birth, or if they rehearse every week on a certain day, or they choose a number that fits the number of band members or just dial a number. Numbers added to a band name can have spiritual as well as other meanings specially chosen by the band.
But sometimes are also reasons or stories that fit certain bands with songs, like U2, UB40, Level 42 for example.

U2's first name was actually Feedback until 1978, but Steve Averill, a friend of them which was also a rock/punk musician, made a list of names and at the bottom he put U2. He thought it was a powerful name and suggested it to the band members when the album Sleeves was released. Bono was not too keen on the name U2 at first, but agreed anyway. 


Reggae band UB40 has chosen number 40 to add to their band name. 40 is derived from a form you used to apply for unemployment benefits through social services in Britain .The letters UB stand for Unemployment Benefit.

Level 42 was initially called 42, which referred to a joke in the science fiction book The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by author Douglas Adams. The record company, however, indicated to put the word level in front of 42 and it became Level 42.


Do numbers have a meaning?

Numbers, apart from the fact that you might just pick them because you like that number or it refers to something that has a special meaning, can also have a meaning of their own or a spiritual meaning. 


0 stands for circle, with a beginning and an end. From nothing to everything, totality. 0 is often a symbol for God or Spirit.

1 stands for power, leadership, energy, self-awareness, trust.

2 stands for duality, ying yang, good and evil, life and death.

3 stands for powerful, luck, success, intuition.

4 stands for firm foundation, calm, here and now.

5 stands for adventure, freedom, enjoying life, taking on new challenges.

6 stands for intuition, balance between the earthly and the spiritual.

7 stands for magic, happiness, 7 chakras, seven days of the week, seven colours of the rainbow, spiritual meaning, perfection, synchrony.

8 stands for inner strength, hard work, abundance, prosperity.

9 stands for the whole process, wisdom, high quality.

10 stands for completeness, 

11 stands for spiritual messenger, path of life.

12 stands for creative, self-expression and is a symbol of, for example, 12 months in a year, 12 astrological meanings.


List Of Bandnames With Numbers

For inspiration or just because you like it, here is a list of bands that have numbers in their band names. Bands with songs in their band name are quite common. Sometimes numbers are written in the band name instead of numbers.

Agent 51
All 4 One
Avenged Sevenfold
Ben Folds Five
The B-52's
Blink 182
Boyz II Men
2 Brothers On The Fourth Floor
2 Live Crew
2 Skinnee J's
2 Unlimited
20 Fingers
3 Colours Red 
3 Doors Down
3 Inches Of Blood
Dance 2 Trance
4 Non Blondes
East 17
Eiffel 65
Eve 6
Finger Eleven
Five Finger Death Punch
Five Star
Four Tops
Grand Master Chef & The Furious Five
Haircut 100
Heaven 17
Jurrasic  5
Maroon 5
Matchbox Twenty
Nine Inch Nails
One Bad Pig
One Desire
One Direction
Opus III
Reel 2 Reel
5 Seconds Of Summer
7 Seconds Sevendust
Side 2 Side
S Club 7
Six Feet Under
Sum 41
Ten Sharp
Ten Years After

The Brothers Four
The Dave Clark Five
The 5th Dimension
The Four Aces
The Four Seasons
The Four Tops
The High Fives
The 4 Skins
The Jackson 5
Third Eye Blind
Thirty Seconds To Mars
The 13th Floor Elevators
The Three Degrees
The Three O 'Clock
The 1975
Three Dog Night
Twenty 4 Seven
Twenty One Pilots
Two Another
Two Door Cinema Club
Two Knights
Two Man Sound
Two Witches
Two X
Three Days Grace
Three Doors Down
Three Knee Deep
Three Man Army
Three Six Mafia
Tenth Avenue North
Twenty 4 Seven
38 Special
98 Degrees
5000 Volts
Level 42
10 CC
17 Stitches
Zero Boys

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