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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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    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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    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) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    Kings X

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    Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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    The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    The Chamber Brothers

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    added by vikingslad28
    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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    Jangle pop, Heartland rock, 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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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

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

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    Haiqeem Post Grunge, Alternative Rock, Rock

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    Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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    Hip hop music

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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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    Prince is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    Prince

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    PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

    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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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    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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