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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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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    the people's #1 & added by FrankFederico
    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by sangredeargento
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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    Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

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    Kings X

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    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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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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    Haiqeem Post Grunge, Alternative Rock, Rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

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    Hip hop music

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

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    often listed & added by radthought

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Prince

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu 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, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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

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    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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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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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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    added by JosephMeece
    Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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    Progressive metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Funk metal, 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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    Hip hop music, Mathcore, Heavy metal

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    new! & added by motherofxander
    Mystifier

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