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THE DAN CAVE: The 5 Greatest Fictional Bands of All Time

Hello there and welcome to The Dan Cave! Have you grown since I last saw you? Either way, your posture looks great. Now, on to the episode!

For those who are about to rock, we salute you. Especially if you’re one of the bands that made the cut on today’s episode of The Dan Cave! Yesterday saw the debut of Liam Lynch’s wonderfully weird The Adventures of The Sweet Electric, our new sci-fi series that follows a robotic glam rock band as they make their way across the galaxy. It’s equal parts The Young Ones and The Mighty Boosh, but more importantly, it got me thinking about the rich history of fictional bands on the silver and small screens. So, naturally, I turned up the bass, waited for the drop, and came to a definitive conclusion about the 5 greatest fictional bands of all time.

Naturally, plenty of awesome real fake bands were left by the wayside, so be sure to let me know which ones I missed in the comments below. Or feel free to tell me on Twitter (I’m @osteoferocious) and tag your posts with #TheDanCave!

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  1. CDP says:

    Dude, take a sip of water. No one wants to see spittle on your lip.

  2. Toastee says:

    WHERE IS DETHKLOK???  There’s the seventh largest economy in the world!

  3. rob says:

    where’s 1 direction?

  4. Alan says:

    If the Monkees count then so do the Blues Brothers. And if they count they should be 2 and 1 respectively.

    Monkees at two because they were Boyce and Hart with Davey Jones vocals until midway through season 2. Blues Brothers must be at number one (if either count as fictional) because (a) they survived the death of their lead singer (cf: Chicago) by 30 years and (b) it took an entire cadre of legitimate musical legends (Louisiana Gator Boys, who probably have 150 Grammys all together) to even compete. Hell, since the Louisiana Gator Boys are that big a supergroup, maybe *they* are the greatest fictional band, if you can’t count the Blues Brothers and the Monkees.

  5. Henrik says:

    The Soggy Bottom Boys!

  6. Tick says:


  7. Violet says:

    I can’t believer there is not mention of The Monkeys! 

  8. A.M. says:

    I watched this while listening to Cantina Band. Made it 314x more entertaining.

  9. Saul says:

    Metalocalypse and Josey and the Pussy cats

  10. Bill de says:

    My personal favorite is…
    Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers

  11. Steel Dragon is my Favourite fictional band, with Marky Mark Wahlberg as the potential Frontman in waiting. Based somewhat loosely on Judas Priest including the Fact that the Original front man comming out of the closet.

  12. Ah Med says:

    How is Dethklok not on this top 5 ?

  13. Stuart says:

    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  14. How could you forget the late great Rutles?

  15. Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters

  16. Alan says:

    Vulcan Death Grip (from Vandemonium)

  17. Patrick g says:

    Steel Dragon 

  18. Where are The Beets? #KILLERTOFU !! 

  19. ummmmm, where is Dethklok?  The best selling fictional metal band of all time? That I saw live….twice

  20. WHAT? No Archies??? 
    OK seriously, they sucked, but they do have one thing – a #1 Billboard hit with “Sugar Sugar”. 

  21. Jason Helton says:

    Cold Slither!!

  22. Len says:

    In virtual life – ‘Gorillas’. In film – ‘The Commitments’.

  23. Dana Cavanaugh says:

    Where the hell are the Wonders??!!

  24. Red Zaku says:


  25. Wendy says:

    What, no Billy and the Boingers?!