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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Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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Death is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added 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
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added The Bar-Kays Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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Albert King is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Albert King Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Sevendust Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

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psychicconsultation added Haiqeem Post Grunge, Alternative Rock, Rock

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Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Sepultura Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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Gnarls Barkley is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Gnarls Barkley Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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The Meters is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added The Meters New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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Skindred is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
motherofxander added Skindred Ragga, Nu metal, Dancehall

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 61 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) 62 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Betty Davis

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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
motherofxander added P.O.D. Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Malo is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Malo Chicano rock, Rock music, Brown-eyed soul

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Mandrill is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Mandrill Funk

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The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
eric tonyess added The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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Redbone is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Redbone Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Taj Mahal Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
fabrice-olivier added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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Pure Hell is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Pure Hell Classic Punk, Punk rock

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Love is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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Black Randy is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Black Randy

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X-Ray Spex is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added X-Ray Spex New Wave, Punk rock

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Norman Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Norman Whitfield Psychedelic soul, Disco, Pop music

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Sonny Sharrock is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Sonny Sharrock Jazz

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Ronald Shannon Jackson is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Ronald Shannon Jackson Free funk, Jazz

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CHIC is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added CHIC Disco, Rock music, Reggae

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Nona Hendryx is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Nona Hendryx New Age music, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

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Magic Sam is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Magic Sam Soul blues, Chicago blues, Blues

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Blood Orange is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
SandraVilcu added Blood Orange

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Doug Pinnick is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jean-FrançoisBachelet added Doug Pinnick

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Nonpoint is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
motherofxander added Nonpoint Nu metal, Latin metal, Groove metal

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Junior Kimbrough is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Junior Kimbrough Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Country blues

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Esquirita is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Esquirita

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Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Sun Ra Doo-wop, Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz

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James Blood Ulmer is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added James Blood Ulmer Electric blues, Free funk, Jazz

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Fred Wesley and The J.B.'s is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Phil Upchurch is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Phil Upchurch

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She Wants Revenge is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
tmesa added She Wants Revenge Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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

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The Funkees is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added The Funkees

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Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Coton... is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Cody ChesnuTT is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cody ChesnuTT Neo soul, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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Amanaz is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Amanaz

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Killswitch Engage is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Killswitch Engage Progressive metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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Jorge Ben Jor is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Jorge Ben Jor Pop music, Samba rock, Samba

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

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Maxayne is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Maxayne

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Harlem River Drive is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Harlem River Drive

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Rikki Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands