The Best Black Rock Bands

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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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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

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    Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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    Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Kings X is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    Kings X

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    Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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    The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    The Chamber Brothers

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

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    Prince is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    Prince

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    New Age music, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Neo soul, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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    Hip hop music

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    Haiqeem is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Haiqeem Post Grunge, Alternative Rock, Rock

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    Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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    PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    PAR~A~DIGM Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Pop Bio at www.par-a-digm.com

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by myofficialfakeemail
    Minneapolis sound Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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    Alternative hip hop, New Wave, Fusion

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    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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    Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

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    Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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