Most famous logos of music bands

Most famous logos of musical bands

Today, we offer you to remember the most famous logos of bands from all over the world, which have long lived outside of music and, it seems, are no longer associated with specific musicians at all.


AC DC Logo

It’s hard not to notice that the name of the band AC/DC was not difficult to depict in a graphic style. The sharp and angular letters, which were more rounded in the original version, came out from under the hand of American designer Gerard Wirth in 1977, becoming one of the components of hard rock. What made the logo particularly recognizable was the lightning bolt sign in the center, one of those logos that even those who have never heard their music will understand.

The Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones Logo

Surely everyone knows these “mouths” from their childhood – and it doesn’t matter if you heard of rock and roll at the time. The author of the drawing, John Pace, was 24 years old when Mick Jagger asked him to design a logo for the Rolling Stones. Using a prototype of the Hindu goddess Kali and Jagger’s wishes, the designer prepared an ambiguous image of lips and tongue, which looked somewhat provocative and vulgar, especially for the early 70s. However – doesn’t all this best characterize rock ‘n’ roll? Almost 50 years after its appearance, the logo has not lost its popularity and, according to many music magazines, is the most successful and recognizable in the world.


Slayer Logo

The thrash metal band Slayer, as well as the musicians of Motorhead, were repeatedly accused of sympathizing with Nazism. The main reason for this was their logo, which was very similar to the emblem of the Third Reich. For the first time, crossed swords with the band’s name in the center appeared on the first album “Show No Mercy” in 1984. The author of the drawing was the father of one of the members of the “road crew.” At the beginning of their journey, the guys from Slayer used satanic imagery. Various crosses and images of demons were regularly added to the allegory of the pentagram three sixes. Today, the legendary print appears on all sorts of clothes, of people far from heavy music and from understanding the meaning of this image.

The Ramones

Ramones Logo

The Ramones logo is a full-fledged seal of the fathers of punk rock, similar in style to the official seal of the President of the United States. The author of the logo was an old friend of the musician Arturo Vega, according to whom the band was the best in America and had every right to use the seal of the president. The eagle holds a baseball bat for the band’s opponents and an apple tree branch for its supporters. Biographers note that the musicians earned a tidy sum from selling T-shirts with this image, and some punk bands still come up with variations of the logo.


Misfits Logo

The ghost of the band Misfits first appeared on the cover of their third single, “Horror Business.” The musicians, inspired by the mid-40s TV series “Crimson Ghost,” took the appearance of the main character, the Crimson Ghost, as a basis. This image is used everywhere and anywhere and seems to already exist separately from its cinematic and musical forebears.


Nirvana Logo

Kurt Cobain himself drew this logo for his main project – the band Nirvana. Despite its apparent simplicity, the image quite clearly conveys the character of the music and style of the grunge band. The smiley face with dead eyes, familiar to millions of music lovers, did not appear on any of the band’s studio or live albums. Reflecting ambiguous emotions, the drawing itself became popular and is associated with the prototype of Kurt Cobain himself with all his inner difficulties and contradictions.


Motorhead Logo

The legendary “Snaggletooth,” aka “War-Pig,” appeared on Motorhead’s first studio album in 1975. The primary artist behind the drawing was artist Joe Petagno, who combined the skulls of a gorilla, a dog, and a boar to create the “war-pig”. Lemmy later stylized this character, adding brutality to it with chains and spikes. “Battle Pig” appeared in various variations on 20 covers of the band’s 22 studio albums. The Motorhead merch with the signature logo has not lost its popularity for decades.