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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Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues Blues

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Death is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Death Rock music, Garage punk Garage rock

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The Bar-Kays is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Bar-Kays Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues Soul music

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Future soul

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Betty Davis is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Gnarls Barkley is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Gnarls Barkley Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Neo soul

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Albert King is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Albert King Soul blues, Electric blues Rhythm and blues

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Haiqeem Post Grunge, Alternative Rock Rock

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Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Sevendust Nu metal, Industrial metal Heavy metal

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Redbone is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Redbone Rock music, Rhythm and blues Funk

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

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Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Sepultura Nu metal, Heavy metal Extreme metal

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Malo is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Malo Chicano rock, Rock music Brown-eyed soul

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Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Taj Mahal Blues-rock, Soul blues Electric blues

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Skindred is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Skindred Ragga, Nu metal Dancehall

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Pure Hell is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Pure Hell Classic Punk, Punk rock

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The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock Psychedelic rock

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The Meters is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Meters New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues Funk

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Norman Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Norman Whitfield Psychedelic soul, Disco Pop music

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

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Ronald Shannon Jackson is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ronald Shannon Jackson Free funk, Jazz

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CHIC is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
CHIC Disco, Rock music Reggae

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Junior Kimbrough is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Junior Kimbrough Punk blues, Juke joint blues Country blues

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X-Ray Spex is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
X-Ray Spex New Wave, Punk rock

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James Blood Ulmer is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
James Blood Ulmer Electric blues, Free funk Jazz

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Fred Wesley and The J.B.'s is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Magic Sam is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Magic Sam Soul blues, Chicago blues Blues

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Black Randy is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Phil Upchurch is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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

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Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Sun Ra Doo-wop, Kozmigroov Avant-garde jazz

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Doug Pinnick is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Love is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Love Rock music, Garage rock Folk rock

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

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Black Ant Hip-roc Band is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Black Ant Hip-roc Band

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Maxayne is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Maxayne

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Nona Hendryx is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Nona Hendryx New Age music, Dance music Rhythm and blues

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Harlem River Drive is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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BLO is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
BLO

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Edzayawa is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Edzayawa

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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
P.O.D. Nu metal, Thrash metal Rock music

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The Funkees is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Coton... is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Rotary Connection is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rotary Connection Psychedelic soul, Psychedelic pop Jazz fusion

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

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Nonpoint is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Nonpoint Nu metal, Latin metal Groove metal

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Rikki Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Mandre is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Larry Young is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Larry Young Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk Hard bop

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Ghetto Brothers is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ghetto Brothers Rock music, Garage rock Latin American music