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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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Ragga, Nu metal, Dancehall

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    Black Merda is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Black Merda Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Funk rock

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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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    Nu metal, Latin metal, Groove metal

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    Chorus of Souls

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    Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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    Lil Suzy

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    Pop music, Rock music, Reggae

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Askmeificare is listed (or ranked) 63 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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    Beyond Theory is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Beyond Theory Blackened Groove Metal

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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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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    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Heavy metal

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Spoken word

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


    Osabissa

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Pop punk, Rap rock, Rapcore

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Jon Butcher Axis is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    Jon Butcher Axis

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    Ska, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Band209 HoodMetal

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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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    The 54 is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    The 54

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    Peekaboo Theory

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    The Family Stand is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


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

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    Tamar-kali Pop punk, Rock music

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    Music of Africa, Reggae, Soul music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Urban contemporary, Indie pop, Rock 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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    Deathcore, Brutal death metal, Death metal

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    Ebony Bones is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    Ebony Bones

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


    Kyrbgrinder

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    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Rap metal

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    Saidah Baba Talibah Blues Rock

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    Gordon Voidwell is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands


    Gordon Voidwell

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