Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: The Imagine Dragons mystery

One of the biggest mysteries around Imagine Dragons is their name. Where did it come from? What’s it supposed to mean? The band refuses to say. All we know is that it comes from an anagram that—and I quote singer Dan Reynolds here—is “related to a phrase that meant something to all of us.”

They’ve deliberately kept the name’s true origins quiet as a response to how everything else about the band is so public.

Okay, fair enough. But that hasn’t stopped fans from unscrambling the words “Imagine Dragons” in an effort to find that source anagram. Here are a few:

  • “Gemini is So Grand”
  • “Aged Men’s Radi”
  • “Ragged Insomnia”
  • “God is in a Manger”

All the band has said in response is “These are way more clever than we could ever be.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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