music The Best Black Rock Bands

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List Rules 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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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jimmy Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Lenny Kravitz Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

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Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Sly & the Family Stone Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

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Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Isley Brothers Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ike & Tina Turner 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
Kings X

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Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Hootie & the Blowfish Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Morris Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Morris Day Minneapolis sound - Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Prince

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The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

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Body Count is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Body Count Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

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PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PAR~A~DIGM Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Pop - Bio at www.par-a-digm.com

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Mother's Finest Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Death is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Death Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bob Marley & The Wailers Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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Cameo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cameo Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
John Lee Hooker Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
TV on the Radio Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Isaac Hayes Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

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24-7 Spyz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
24-7 Spyz Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

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Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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War is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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Black Merda is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Black Merda Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Funk rock

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Outkast is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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Santana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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Booker T. & the M.G.'s is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Booker T. & the M.G.'s Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Skunk Anansie Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk