What do Queen, Pink Floyd, Childish Gambino, Bob Dylan and Public Enemy all have in common? Each of them started their music careers in college.
Dozens of legendary bands met when they were students, and many notable solo artists came up with their first tunes in college as well.
Check out the list we compiled in the slideshow below:
When Donald Glover (of NBC's Community) was going to New York University, he started collecting Internet fame with his YouTube videos alongside his friends in a sketch comedy team. He also started out his rap career under the stage name of Childish Gambino. You might neven pick up on some NYU references in his lyrics. Need more proof? How about<a href="http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2011/11/video-donald-glover-rapping-in-an-nyu-basement-in-2005.html" target="_hplink"> this video of him rapping in Goddard Hall </a>in 2004, two years before he got his degree.
Albert Hammond, Jr. came to New York to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While there, he shared an apartment with Julian Casablancas and began performing around Manhattan. The two eventually formed The Strokes after developing a following in NYC.
Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/The+Doors/+wiki" target="_hplink">first met each other</a> in California while studying at the UCLA film school. Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_doors_perform_at_the_scene_in_New_York_during_June_1967_%284388259600%29.jpg" target="_hplink">Don Paulson</a>
The hip-hop/electro duo 3OH!3 met while studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Both of them had GPAs just shy of 4.0.
MGMT was founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden when they were at Wesleyan University.
Not only was R.E.M. one of the first bands to really grow in popularity through college rock radio, but they also met became a band while at the University of Georgia.
Vampire Weekend formed when the members were at Columbia University in New York.
Pink Floyd was set in motion when Roger Waters and Nick Mason met while studying architecture at the London Polytechnic at Regent Street. Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DarkSideOfTheMoon1973.jpg" target="_hplink">TimDuncan</a>
Cartel formed in late 2003 while the band members were attending Georgia State University. By 2005, they were dropping out as they launched their debut album. Photo Credit: <a href="en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cartellive.jpg" target="_hplink">Ashley Rehnblom</a>
Creed apparently formed when they were students at Florida State University. <em>Disclaimer: HuffPost College does not condone the act of listening to Creed, even as a joke.</em>
Band members David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth all went to the Rhode Island School of Design. Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Talking_Heads_band3.jpg" target="_hplink">Jean-Luc</a>
Devo was originally started as satirical band by Kent State University art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis. Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Devo_two.jpg" target="_hplink">Mandy Hall</a>
Public Enemy came together while at Adelphi University. Actually, today, Chuck D's wife <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gaye-theresa-johnson/" target="_hplink">Gaye Theresa Johnson</a> is an assistant professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Bet you didn't know that! Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PE_at_Vegoose_2007.jpg" target="_hplink">Brett Corkill</a>
Blue Oyster Cult
The band known for hits like "Burning For You" and "Don't Fear The Reaper" (<em>I need more cowbell!</em>) came together at Stony Brook University as Soft White Underbelly. They changed their to Blue Oyster Cult by the time they had their major label debut.
Steely Dan officially started when Donald Fagen and Walter Becker crossed paths at Bard College in 1967.
Hootie & The Blowfish
At the University of South Carolina in 1986, the members of Hootie and the Blowfish decided they only wanted to make music with each other (and hold each other's hands, or something). Their first EP dropped in 1991.
In 2007, Passion Pit started in one member's dorm room at Emerson College in Boston, Mass.
Hall & Oates
Daryl Hall (L) and John Oates got together at Temple University.
In 1983, legendary jam band Phish came into being at the University of Vermont. The band's first gig was at a Halloween dance.
The seeds of Interpol were planted when Daniel Kessler met initial drummer Greg Dundy in a philosophy class at New York University.
Greg Gillis, the man behind Girl Talk, began sampling sounds while studying biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University.
Queen guitarist Brian May met bassist Tim Staffell while both were students at Imperial College in London in the early '70s. With the addition of Ealing Art College student Farrokh Bulsara, aka Freddie Mercury, Queen was born (though they originally called themselves Smile).
Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab For Cutie, a group it's practically impossible not to get into while you're in college, formed at Western Washington University.
Ra Ra Riot
Indie-rock group Ra Ra Riot began their careers playing basement parties at Syracuse University.
Robert Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan, started playing shows when he was going to school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
REO Speedwagon's story begins when Neal Doughty was studying electrical engineering at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Doughty started a rock band with another student, Alan Gratzer, that initially covered The Beatles and The Doors.
Widespread Panic got together in a dorm at the University of Georgia.
Guster's band members met at freshman orientation at Tufts University.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
You can trace the roots of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals to St. Lawrence University.
"Blank City" New York Premiere - Arrivals
Karen O and drummer Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs met at Oberlin in Ohio. When Karen transferred to New York University, she met guitarist and keyboardist Nick Zinner at a bar.
Chicago, the band, was formed by a group of DePaul University students. <em>Side note: Pete Wentz, bassist/songwriter for Fall Out Boy, dropped out of DePaul just a few credits shy of graduation.</em>
Before Cobra Starship was formed, singer Gabe Saporta was the bassist for Midtown, a group consisting of students from Rutgers University. After Midtown's end, Saporta started Cobra Starship, recruiting people he'd met through his days in Midtown. Victoria Jane Asher, the keytarist for Cobra Starship, studied film at New York University.
The Commodores started out at the Tuskegee Institute - now Tuskegee University - playing cover songs at fraternity parties.
We're adding more each week, so let us know which ones we missed in comments below!