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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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues Rock and roll

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop Rhythm and blues

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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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The Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Time 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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PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PAR~A~DIGM Alternative Rock, Nu MetalPop - Bio at www.par-a-digm.com

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

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Body Count is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Body Count Crossover thrash, Nu metal Thrash metal

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The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Prince

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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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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Death is listed (or ranked) 29 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) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music Acoustic music

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Cameo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cameo Hip hop music, Disco Electro

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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop Rock music

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Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul Rhythm and blues

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Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bob Marley & The Wailers Ska, Reggae Rocksteady

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TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
TV on the Radio Shoegazing, Rock music Experimental rock

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War is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
War Chicano rock, Ska Rock music

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John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
John Lee Hooker Americana, Electric blues Talking blues

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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues Rock music

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24-7 Spyz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
24-7 Spyz Rock music, Heavy metal Rap metal

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Black Merda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Black Merda Psychedelic soul, Rock music Funk rock

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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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Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Skunk Anansie Rock music, Heavy metal Alternative rock

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Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Isaac Hayes Disco, Jazz-funk Rhythm and blues

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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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Death is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Death Rock music, Garage punk Garage rock

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The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues Blues

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The Bar-Kays is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Bar-Kays Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues Soul music