The Best Black Rock Bands Bands/Musicians

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

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    often listed
    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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    added by MarySSpiegel
    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Kings X

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    The Chamber Brothers

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    Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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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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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

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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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    Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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    Hip hop music

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    Haiqeem

    often listed & added by psychicconsultation
    Haiqeem Post Grunge, Alternative Rock, Rock

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

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    Neo soul, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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    Prince

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    often listed & added by radthought

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Alternative hip hop, New Wave, Fusion

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    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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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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    Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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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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