127 Music Inspired Dog Names Sure to Strike a Chord

Music and dogs are both easy to love, so it’s no surprise that songs, musicians, and bands come to mind when trying to think of a fitting dog name. Whether you’re a fan of classical music or classic rock, R&B, country or alternative, we have female and male dog names inspired from bands, musicians, songs, and more.

We’ve got plenty of other name ideas for you (including our name generator), but this post covers musical names specifically. And, if you’re looking for music-inspired dog collars, check out this post.

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Band and Musician Inspired Boy Dog Names

Hopefully your pup doesn’t pull any rockstar antics, but musicians, composers, and bands make for great music-inspired male dog names.

  • Axl
  • Bambino
  • B.B. (B.B. King)
  • Bono
  • Bowie
  • Bieber
  • Biggie Smalls
  • Bruno
  • Chance (the Rapper)
  • Clapton
  • Cobain
  • Coltrane
  • Copland
  • Denver
  • Dylan
  • Eddie (van Halen)
  • Elton
  • Elvis
  • Felix
  • Flash (Grandmaster Flash)
  • Fleetwood
  • Floyd
  • Freddie
  • Garcia
  • Garth
  • Hendrix
  • Huey
  • Iggy
  • Jackson
  • Jagger
  • Jethro
  • Jerry (Lee)
  • Jimi
  • Johnny
  • Keane
  • King (B.B. King)
  • Lennon
  • Louie or Lou
  • Ludwig
  • Marley / Marly
  • Mercury
  • Mozart
  • Nirvana
  • Otis (Otis Redding)
  • Ozzy
  • Prince
  • Ringo
  • Rocky (A$AP Rocky)
  • Sinatra
  • Snoop
  • Springsteen
  • Stevie (Wonder)
  • Usher
  • Weezer
  • Zayn
  • Zappa
  • Zeppelin
  • ZZ (ZZ Top)
Small dog sits in front of rock and jazz albums, one of the inspirations for dog names in this post.
Some of the most common music-inspired dog names are from rock stars and other musical greats.

Musician-Inspired Girl Dog Names

If you’re looking for a unique name for your female dog, you don’t need to feel left out. There are plenty of rockin’ ladies to pay homage to.

  • Abba
  • Adele
  • Alanis
  • Aretha
  • Beyonce
  • Blondie
  • Cher
  • Dion
  • Dixie (Chicks)
  • Dolly
  • Fiona
  • Jewel
  • (Joan) Jett
  • Joplin
  • Lady (Gaga)
  • Lizzo
  • Patsy
  • Pepper / Pepa (Salt-N-Pepa)
  • Pink
  • Stevie (Nicks)
  • Madonna
  • Minaj
  • Missy (Missy Elliot)
  • Queen
  • Rihanna
  • Roxette
  • Shakira
  • Shania
  • Stevie (Nicks)
  • Swift
  • Whitney

Song-Inspired Boy Dog Names

Dog sits at their owner's feet as they play the piano.
In addition to names inspired by musicians, instruments (such as the piano) or musical terms can make for great dog names.

If you want to pay homage to a particular song, check out these options for boy dogs. Some of our favorite music-inspired names come from bands loved by all generations, like The Beatles or David Bowie.

Song-Inspired Girl Dog Names

No surprise–there are tons of song name ideas with women’s names in the title or lyrics, thanks to all the heartbroken rockstars through the years. If you want to name your female dog after a song, there’s no shortage of options.

General Music-Inspired Dog Names

Last but not least, here’s a handful of dog names ideas about music in general, including composition, instruments, and of course, the famous Woodstock music festival. Many of these work for both female and male dogs.

  • Banjo
  • Jazz
  • Harmony
  • Major
  • Melody
  • Viola
  • Woodstock
Dog and owner enjoy each other's company at a music festival. Many names on this list are inspired by favorite bands.

PuppyLists is written by J., who has owned, trained, volunteered with, and loved dogs for nearly three decades. When she isn't writing or researching, she's out adventuring with her 14 year old Lab mix.

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