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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    Black Merda is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Black Merda Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Funk rock

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    Ragga, Nu metal, Dancehall

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    Lil Suzy

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    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Nu metal, Latin metal, Groove metal

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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    Chorus of Souls

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    Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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    Askmeificare is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Askmeificare punk rap afropunk

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    Fugi

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    Hip hop music, Mathcore, Heavy metal

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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

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    Beyond Theory Blackened Groove Metal

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    Pop music, Rock music, Reggae

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Mystifier is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Mystifier

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Heavy metal

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    Saul Williams is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Saul Williams Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Spoken word

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    The Bots is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


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    Pop punk, Rap rock, Rapcore

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    Osabissa is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    Osabissa

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Jon Butcher Axis is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    Jon Butcher Axis

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    Ska, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    The Family Stand is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    The Family Stand Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    O.Children is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    O.Children

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    Band209 HoodMetal

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    The 54 is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


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    Urban contemporary, Indie pop, Rock music

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    Tamar-kali Pop punk, Rock music

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    Peekaboo Theory

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    Music of Africa, Reggae, Soul music

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    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Rap metal

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Progressive metal

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    Mi

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    Old-time music, Bluegrass, Country

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


    Ebony Bones

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    Kyrbgrinder is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    Kyrbgrinder

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    Deathcore, Brutal death metal, Death metal

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    Saidah Baba Talibah Blues Rock

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