25 of the Best Websites of Bands and Musicians

Bands and musicians need to have a website that is attractive to visitors and provides all of the necessary information that fans will want to find. In this post we’ll feature 25 websites for your design inspiration.

Most band websites will have some things in common. Of course, they’ll usually include some prominent photos of the artist or band. They’ll probably include a bio, tour dates, a shop to buy or download music, usually some song samples, and possibly a blog.

Most band websites use large photos, full-screen backgrounds, big textured backgrounds, and other elements, like color, that make a strong visual impact on visitors. However, there are some that are a little more subtle and clean in the design style.

Take a look at this collection and let us know which ones you like best (or which ones you don’t like) by leaving a comment.

Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band

Guns N Roses

Guns N Roses

Mark Collie

Mark Collie

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

Josh Garrels

Josh Garrels

Leeland

Leeland

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Francesca Battistelli

Francesca Battistelli

John Blek & The Rats

John Blek & The Rats

Rivers & Robots

Rivers & Robots

Eminem

Eminem

The Decemberists

The Decemberists

The Kill

The Kill

Broken Bells

Broken Bells

Kid Rock

Kid Rock

Suie Paparude

Suie Paparude

Givers

Givers

The Devious Means

The Devious Means

Lights

Lights

Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum

Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson

Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains

Soundgarden

Soundgarden

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  • Dzinepress, September 24, 2009

    that’s really nice listing for music lovers.

  • Ray Pettersson, September 24, 2009

    Nice selection. Thanks!

  • aledesign.it, September 24, 2009

    wow wow is my dream! Chris Cornell is a good site but I appreciate even more the album, fantastic. The collaboration with Timbaland is good. And the site is clean and easy to view. Anthony Hamilton and madonna and Francesca Battistelli are so nice too.

  • Tommy Day, September 24, 2009

    I just redesigned my music website, wish I had seen these before!

  • m a r c o, September 25, 2009

    Very, very cool post… Thank you… I am being asked to design a site / blog by an up and coming actor, and this post is just the inspiration I needed to get in the zone…

    Thank you again.

  • Mona, September 25, 2009

    Some really nice sites in this list that I hadn’t visited before, thank you! I would like to recommend Tori Amos as well, her site is very well-designed.

  • designiac, September 25, 2009

    Is it allowed to say that this collections sucks?! Sorry, that’s my opinion.

    http://www.nin.com Nine Inch Nails

  • designiac, September 25, 2009

    I must say that Chris Cornell hast nice photos showing him smashing a guitar, But that nearly all thats great about that website. Looking at the content the old soundgarden stuff is great off cause, but we are talking about design, inspiration, usability and functionality, right?

    Alan Jackson (I don’t even know that guy – I’m glad): Okay, you can overview everything and find what your are looking for. good grid layout, usability is good…BUT the design sucks! and the big switching news banner under the navigation is annoying. looks horrible and is to fast. so good developer, bad designer!

    Darryl Worley (maybe the author of this articles likes that kind of music :-P ) The first thing you recognize is this mouse-moved-landscape-perspective-simulation-thing. Some website made a great effect with this sort of thing in the past…. but this site doesn’t. It moves to much and the layers looking not so good. Often less is more, when you’re using effects. This flash thing looks like 15 min. of work.

    Justin Timberlake: nothing annoying. in contrast to the previous mentioned Alan Jackson this switching trough news/photo is okay. fading makes also a difference.
    The structure of this website is nice, so usability is good. The design is clean, which is nice, but nothing special. I think he had once a website that was more interesting.

    Anthony Hamilton: I like the design, but really don’t like that iframe in the left bottom -know what I mean?!

    Francesca Battistelli website is okay. It’s nice, but nothing that impresses you.

    Rocket Club: I like how the logo/ name is integrated next to menu. I believe that not the verb I was looking for…. I hate the colors of this website. You got the visit it to see what I mean. This thumbnail here of it looks okay. But that maybe just my opinion.

    U2 (yeah, a few great albums) They had better websites in the past. remembering that timeline U2-history thing? This is okay, but because it’s U2 you must expect something better… more unique….

    maybe I find time to say more about the others later…
    My point is that is collection doesn’t contain websites with unique intuitive navigation, great design working good together with the content or great ways to connect to the fans.

  • NP, September 25, 2009

    I think Orba Squara’s website kicks ass! http://orbasquara.com/

  • Cody, September 25, 2009

    Wow, these are really good designs. It nice to see a band website that isn’t a myspace page.

  • JJ, September 26, 2009

    The Specials have really nice website.

  • S. Preston, September 29, 2009

    Great set.. I wish you made this 2 weeks ago when I was designing a site for a musician. Great photography is such a key for this type of site.

    I would add
    http://www.katyperry.com/
    http://www.wilcoworld.net/

    Cheers.

  • Mike Sawicki, September 30, 2009

    The fact that Daughtry’s Logo is simply the Bleeding Cowboy free font kind of ruins his site for me. Nothing against the font, but be creative and change it up some.
    http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=bleeding_cowboys&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=DAUGHTRY&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha

  • Mark Carter, October 3, 2009

    Very interesting to see the commonalities here … and how few break away from convention. Perhaps it’s just the type of music/musicians being showcased? I guess coming from the now ‘old-school’ punk rock generation, so much of modern music related matters seems so safe.

  • Peter Mikes, November 12, 2009

    These sites look rad! I found a band website theme site called http://www.bandthemer.com I might use for an upcoming project

  • Ankara Parke, December 22, 2009

    The Specials have really nice website.

  • Corey, January 25, 2010

    Some excellent examples of some great looking designs. Independent musicians can follow suit and get some great designs done too!

  • Kezzirt, January 26, 2010

    hello:

    I think Depeche mode deserves to be included in these amazing sites :)
    Thanks for those amazing blogs :D

    http://www.depechemode.com/

  • Vally Mortenson, January 28, 2010

    A very stylish list of great web sites. Thanks for collecting all these links.

    US Jazz vibes player, Joe Locke, recently had his site re-designed and I think it’s outstanding: http://www.joelocke.com/ (not just my opinion).

  • Woodsdog22, March 3, 2010

    These are much more professional than other ones i’ve been looking at recently. I also like the design of http://www.rockhardfoundation.com . Although the font arrangements could be better.

  • oyunlar, March 24, 2010

    The Specials have really nice website.

  • ric calles, July 28, 2010

    I love the selection, great sites! I think the following site is pretty good too for an indy artist:
    http://www.webstarts.com/brianrivera

    Check it out

  • Denizli WEB TASARIM, July 30, 2010

    I have a plan to design musician site. Thats very helpfull.
    thanks

  • Rockon, October 13, 2010

    Really nice listing for music lovers.

  • R+, October 25, 2010

    check out the new rammstein website. Think this is an interesting approach too.
    Wondering why the most artist websites run of the mill instead of beeing an important
    part of artist identity.

  • andrew, November 23, 2010

    most of these websites look horrible. boring. cheesy. commercial.

  • Craig Pennings, December 8, 2010

    Very nice collection, thanks for sharing.

  • Ashley, January 30, 2011

    Thank you for a great article regarding music websites. We just stood up our site (www.semitonemusic.com) and have made some progress, but these sites really give us a good idea of ideas we can incorporate. As I click through the list, I notice more and more things that we will use to continue our pursuit of a top notch website!

    Again thank you for a great article packed with resources!

    -Ashley

  • Chris Hatcher, February 8, 2011

    Just about to design our new band website. Thanks for some inspiration!

  • Fi, March 1, 2011

    I love Francesca Battistelli’s site nicely laid out.

    Big fan of this one Dave Anderson and the Wine Merchants
    http://www.daveanderson.com.au

  • Aaron, May 13, 2011

    That’s some good inspiration. Thanks for the post.

  • oyna, June 13, 2011

    Some really nice sites in this list that I hadn’t visited before, thank you! I would like to recommend Tori Amos as well, her site is very well-designed.

  • Elliott Samuel, July 12, 2011

    Unfortunately, most of these have been updated since this post and aren’t nearly as cool! But thanks for the post!

  • fishman17, August 1, 2011

    To this day I haven’t found a musician’s website that is easy to navigate, has appropriate amount of content per page, and actually has all the content a fan would want to see. A sad reality considering so many options are available nowadays.

  • Tom, September 30, 2011

    I have used Bandmo (http://bandmo.com) to create my band’s website and the results are awesome.

    I find it much more simple than other solutions out there.
    Good luck!

  • NeoClassic, December 1, 2011

    Nice clean sites but if creativity and interesting design was a factor, most of these wouldn’t factor into the top 20. I think Jason Mraz, Death Cab, The Specials, Rascal Flatts, Francesca and maybe U2 and Madonna have something here.

    Just for comparison, try anything Jack White… thirdmanrecords, White Stripes or the Raconteurs for fun concepts and design.

    I think there may be some bias here with the country music. Seems like A LOT of country and ironically, these are the sites that are lacking a unique design. The sites do have some nice photography, the layout is organized and easy enough to navigate with most of them but there isn’t anything fun or artistic, which isn’t surprising as I find most “new country” quite soulless and void of artistic value… =P

  • Kayla, April 23, 2012

    Wow, these are really good, but making one like this is probably way over my budget. We’re sticking to a theme, probably http://www.mybandtheme.com/
    I love the use of color on some of the sites for example the Francesca Battistelli site, or the Anthony Hamilton site. But the black and white one is good as well, but basically you make anything B&W, and it’ll look stylish, so no surprise there :-)

  • Doug, January 15, 2013

    So a friend of mine wants me to make him a website for his band – good band tourning a couple provinces. Now, I don’t want to be doing all kinds of updates everytime he gets a gig so I was thinking wordpress. So I set one up for him and then it asked “do you wish to upgrade” and he clicked “yes” – it blew his site out and now the wordpress template guys want him to rebuy it…..and it wasn’t that easy to edit.

    So any suggestions as to what I should do? SHould Itry another wordpress site for him – he doen’st know the first thing about coding, dreamweaver or ftpnig info. learning curve is too high.

    Thanks!

    • Steven Snell, January 15, 2013

      Hi Doug,
      In that situation I would probably look for a different WordPress theme. Sounds like the experience with that particular theme was not great, but WordPress is s good option because it can easily be updated with you, and there are some good themes available.

  • Akmal Ritaudin, April 19, 2013

    There are no black theme. But its good

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  • PRASANYA, August 16, 2013

    Wow, these are really good, Nice clean sites That’s some good inspiration. Thanks for the post.