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, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    most listed & 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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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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    Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

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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) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Kings X

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    Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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    Minneapolis sound Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

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    PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 29 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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    The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    The Chamber Brothers

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    Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    Prince is listed (or ranked) 33 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, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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    Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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    Mandrill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Mandrill Funk

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    Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

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    Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Funk rock

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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