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The Best Black Rock Bands

List Criteria: Either the band is majority black or has a clear leader who is (a la Phil Lynott). Solo artists (Jimi) OK. Rock only, no R&B.

A list of the best black rock bands including a few afro-punk and black alternative bands. While black rock musicians and afro-punks might only be a minority within the United States, remember that in other regions such as South America and Africa, they're the majority. The real irony though of black rock is that rock itself is derived from Rock 'n' Roll, which in turn was derived from African American jazz and blues. One could argue then that black rock forms a direct line back to rock's true origins. The African American rock bands on this list are some of the best out there-- in any genre.

What is the best black rock band? What are the names of some black rock bands? This list mostly contains famous black rock bands, if you have a favorite that isn't listed, add them and upvote your favorites!

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    most listed Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    added by sangredeargento Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    often listed Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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    added by myofficialfakeemail Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    often listed & added by FrankFederico Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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    ranked low on reranks Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

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    Kings X

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    added by vikingslad28 Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    The Chamber Brothers

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    Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    added by radthought

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    New Age music, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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    new! & added by psychicconsultation Haiqeem Post Grunge, Alternative Rock, Rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Neo soul, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    ranked low on reranks & added by suijam2 Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by cremistlv PAR~A~DIGM Alternative Rock,Nu Metal,Pop Bio at www.paradigmrocks.com

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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    ranked high on reranks Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MarySSpiegel Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    ranked low on reranks Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    added by myofficialfakeemail Minneapolis sound Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

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    added by JosephMeece Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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    Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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    Dance-punk, Rock music, Post-Britpop

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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    added by TraceySpaceyT.Singleton Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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    added by SandraVilcu Blood Orange

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