Fonts Used In Popular Band Logos

Fonts Used In Popular Band Logos

Continuing the font catch, identify, and release program we’re taking a step away from popular website logos and venturing into the world of band logos.

Take a look at the fonts behind the bands you like to jam to. Who knows, this sort of knowledge might even enhance your next rock out session.

The Beatles – Bootle

The Beatles

KISS – Die Nasty

KISS

Linkin Park -  Futura Extra Bold (Modified)

Linkin Park

My Chemical Romance – The Chemical Parade

My Chemical Romance

Green Day – Breakdown

Green Day

Weezer – Century Gothic

Weezer

Slipknot – Sickness

Slipknot

Sex Pistols – Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols

The Doors – Densmore (Modified)

The Doors

Iron Maiden – Metal Lord

Iron Maiden

ACDC – Squealer

ACDC

Deftones – Ribbon

Deftones

Daft Punk – Daft Font

Daft Punk

Black Flag – Friz Quadrata

Black Flag

Evanescence – Evanescent

Evanesence

The Ramones – Franklin Gothic Heavy

The Ramones

Misfits – Misfits Font

The Misfits

Rolling Stone (The Magazine) – Royal Acid Bath

Rolling Stone

Rock Band – Avant Garde Family (Modified)

Rock Band

And That Concludes This Jam Session

Throughout the identification process I noticed that a fair share of logos were originally sketched specifically for the band, making many of the above font links fan-made versions based on the band’s logos. There are a few designers that take special interest in coming up with entire font collections from one word logos, I would check out Ray Larabie if that sort of thing interests you.

As always comments, thoughts, and corrections are welcome below.

Want more famous fonts? Check out Fonts Used In Logos of Popular Websites for more well known typography!

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  1. Niki Brown | The Design O’Blog Author Editor

    I think I can safely say that almost all of those logos are utterly horrible. They all use crappy display faces. Next to real-estate type logos – band logos are the worst!

    :)
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    • greggy Author Editor

      poo fuck off

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  2. Niki Brown | The Design O’Blog Author Editor

    …and I realized that I sounded like a jerk in that comment. It’s much more serious sounding with out my

    html tags :)

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  3. Sneh | LBOI Blog Author Editor

    I quite like the Linkin Park & Deftones fonts .. the others I don’t really care for. In most cases, it is really a bad case of design and in the rest, the fonts are ugh-awful!

    Nikki, I quite enjoyed your comment, most delightful :-)
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  4. NazarDesign Author Editor

    Wow it’s a great colection, thank’s for share!
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  5. Johnny Author Editor

    I love the daft punk album cover. You gotta remember, a lot of these albums were created in the 70s-90s. Design has came a long way since then. :P
    .-= Johnny´s last blog ..20 Amazing Serif Fonts for Free =-.

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  6. anti Author Editor

    …or just use Abaddon. *börk* like 99% of all the other bands, magazings or album covers…

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  7. Chris M Author Editor

    No Zep?

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  8. Joyrex Author Editor

    These are not “fonts” in most cases – they are custom logos that don’t have an entire letterset and were created specifically for that band/artist. To call these “fonts” is wrong, since while there are NOW fonts that mimic these custom logos, they certainly weren’t created that way to begin with.

    Kids, get off my lawn, the good old days, both ways uphill, etc.

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  9. jhoysi Author Editor

    To be fair, the post did say these are fonts USED in the logos, which to me implies that the fonts were part of a process, and not the actual final result.

    What I did find interesting about this collection were the instances in which the font was modified to create the logotype. Particularly the Linkin Park example.

    It’s just showing that the font is one tool to get there, but by no means is the final result.
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  10. Liz Author Editor

    It should be known that talented letterer Gerard Huerta DREW the AC/DC logo originally. I suppose the font was created after the style of the logo lettering. http://www.gerardhuerta.com/portfolio/logos-and-brands

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  11. John Author Editor

    The title of the post is all backwards (for the most part). These are mostly original logos, made without a typeface (excluding the ones made with a modified classic typeface). Somebody comes along and decides they want to rip off a logo and makes a low-quality, thrown together free-font version of it… Better title would have been “Crappy free fonts based off of popular band logos.”

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  12. Sam Dunn Author Editor

    I’m sorry for the confusion based on the title, perhaps I could have worded it a little better, but I did point out in the end paragraph that a quite a few of the fonts are based off the original logo.

    @John
    Haha, quite the opinionated one.

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    • Pat Author Editor

      I want to design a shirt using the KISS logo font. When I try to download this font package, I get a warning about adware. How can I get that font?

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  13. Marvin Author Editor

    the deftones font is incredible!
    .-= Marvin´s last blog ..6 hilfreiche Adobe Air Anwendungen für Webdesigner =-.

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  14. stevie Author Editor

    the question is, what font is did the flying burrito brothers use?

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  15. stevie Author Editor

    don’t pay attention to that “is” part. i dont know how that got in there :)

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  16. Laura Author Editor

    Best styles to me are The Beatles, Ramones and Sex Pistols. And there probably the best bands on there too.

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  17. Tinny Author Editor

    Oasis (the first, storic logo) > Helvetica Black Oblique
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  18. hoohoo2062 Author Editor

    cool

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  19. BoodyCego Author Editor

    Tender thanks you for details. It helped me in my responsibility

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  20. Smashing Share Author Editor

    Not all, but some of them are really cool (Futura)

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  21. Joseph Sims Author Editor

    @John Haha… I totally agree…

    What he said.

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  22. Ben Author Editor

    I think Black Flag would be amused by this article :)

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  23. Richard Scott Author Editor

    Hmmm… a bit lazy isnt it? You can get any font from DaFont to match a logo. Check your fonts mister… ‘Rolling Stone’ is actually drawn from a font called Parkinson design by Jim Parkinson

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  24. Matt Author Editor

    What a stupid article. With the exception of a couple (Linkin Park, Weezer), you aren’t showing typefaces used for logos. You are showing typefaces created based on logos. Do you think there was a typeface called Misfits when that logo was designed?

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  25. Adam Author Editor

    Deftones’ use of Ribbon 131 is classic and a great example of matching a typeface with a sound. It manages to be ironic while also fitting perfectly.

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  26. Sam Dunn Author Editor

    @Richard Scott and Matt
    I would encourage both of you to read the end of this article before you jump all over it, as I commented on exactly that. Thanks.

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  27. designi1 Author Editor

    interesting round up :D

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  28. Kevin Donnigan Designs Author Editor

    Cool post!

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  29. olis Author Editor

    Great article, thx :) lot of inspiration
    Also some nice free fonts http://www.fonts2u.com/

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  30. Franz Author Editor

    nice thx!

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    our site is very useful for others like me,because i am a graphic designer(greeting cards),thanks a lot

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  32. TwitterBackgrounds Author Editor

    Great roundup :) Never thought about band fonts in a design way actually. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Lyndall Author Editor

      If inofrmoatin were soccer, this would be a goooooal!

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  33. Seon Poppcile | web designer Author Editor

    Another great resource! I didn’t think that slipnot had a font – thanks again for sharing!
    Seon

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  34. yzGates Author Editor

    Is There Avenged Sevenfold font???

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  35. Nick Drake Author Editor

    Hey Sam, Great site and a useful resource. Shame you are visited by such a bunch of opinionated f***** who are happily to pick infinitessimal faults in what you’re trying to do.

    Once again, thanks for posting this and also the links/info re: t shirt manufacturers out there. As a result, I am now in the process of having some deep and meaningful conveersations with some of them with a view to getting my designs out there.

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    HEY CAN I GET LP & BEATELS LOGO FILE SO I CAN MAKE OTHER THINGS WITH IT
    thnx

    psinghp1@gmail.com

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  37. JVM Author Editor

    Shouldn’t this be Font’s Made FROM Band Logos? I’d say a large percentage of them were created, then the font was.

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  38. Gian Faye Author Editor

    Weeeeeeee MCR! (sorry for fangirling) It’s nice to know the fonts used on The Black Parade. :D I think the fonts used in Three Cheers is Courier New? I’m not sure. O.o

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  39. outlet karen millen Author Editor

    Another great resource!

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  40. Scott Author Editor

    Any one know what type of font the Band Ratt uses? Or know where I can find any similar fonts?

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  41. Cameron Author Editor

    THE BEATLES :D

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  42. Chip Author Editor

    Does anybody know the name of the font for the band named “example?” Thanks :)

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  43. syazwan Author Editor

    yay!!!!
    i can’t wait to download it ALL!!

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  44. jim Author Editor

    very popular.

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    anyone know what the germs font?

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  55. Nicole Author Editor

    These are awesome. =)
    There should be one for Heart.

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