2016's most popular band names were Orion, Void and Soma
by Jeremy Mersereau
January 9, 2017
Bandcamp reveals last year's most popular new band names.
As the longtime refuge of bedroom projects, nerdcore rappers, as well as a few acts here and there with actual musical talent, Bandcamp has remained an important player in the music ecosystem an since its inception in 2007, due in no small part to their fair and equitable treatment of the artists that help them pay the bills. Still, the fact that anyone and everyone can start a Bandcamp page leads to some really, really overused band names, which the site has helpfully datamined for the world’s enjoyment.
Focusing on acts who joined the site in 2016, the most used band names were Orion (11 bands), Void (10), and Soma (also 10), three suitably futuristic monikers. Other names that became popular in 2016 include Monarch and White Noise:
On the album title front, there were 115 releases with the name “Home”, 56 called “Reflections, and 55 called “Dreams”. Surprisingly, most of them weren’t Yanni albums. “Void” also makes the cut of the most popular album titles, with 46 releases. Hmm, something tells me 2016 wasn’t a very cheery year.
The top “wave” genres that
made uh… surged in popularity on the site this year include synthwave, darkwave, and of course, vaporwave (an excellent release of which made our best albums of 2016 round-up, btw):
For more Bandcamp data to peruse, including most user-reviewed albums, Bandcampers’ favourites, and most-used track titles, check out their year-in-review post here.
[H/T Chart Attack]