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, Chicago blues, Rock music

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    Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

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    Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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    Leila Adu is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Leila Adu

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    Progressive metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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    Dance-punk, Rock music, Post-Britpop

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    Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Black Merda is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Black Merda Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Funk rock

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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    Mandrill is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Mandrill Funk

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    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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    Psychedelic soul, Disco, Pop music

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    Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

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    Ragga, Nu metal, Dancehall

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Electric blues, Free funk, Jazz

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    Free funk, Jazz

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    Jazz

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    Soul blues, Chicago blues, Blues

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    Fred Wesley and The J.B.'s

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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    New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Country blues

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    Pure Hell Classic Punk, Punk rock

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    Chicano rock, Rock music, Brown-eyed soul

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    Disco, Rock music, Reggae

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    Harlem River Drive

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    Pop music, Samba rock, Samba

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    Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou

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    Edzayawa

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    Esquirita

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    New Wave, Punk rock

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    BLO

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    Black Randy is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Black Randy

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    Black Ant Hip-roc Band is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Black Ant Hip-roc Band

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    Maxayne

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    The Funkees

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Latin American music

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