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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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jimmy Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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2
501 193
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
208 133
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
FrankFederico added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
409 86
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
sangredeargento added Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

5
364 200
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Lenny Kravitz Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

6
323 144
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
440 133
Prince is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

8
280 117
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

9
301 92
Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Sly & the Family Stone Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

10
298 116
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

11
221 112
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

12
321 131
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

13
86 48
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ike & Tina Turner Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
166 63
The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
MarySSpiegel added The Isley Brothers Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

15
131 102
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

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177 89
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

17
130 63
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

18
133 147
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Hootie & the Blowfish Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

19
107 92
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

20
79 39
Prince is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Prince

21
94 56
Morris Day is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Morris Day Minneapolis sound - Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

22
55 70
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

23
38 7
Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bob Marley & The Wailers Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

24
113 86
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

25
32 6
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

26
74 51
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

27
62 40
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Body Count Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

28
54 56
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

29
105 44
PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
cremistlv added PAR~A~DIGM Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Pop - Bio at www.par-a-digm.com

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30
85 72
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Mother's Finest Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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26 6
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added John Lee Hooker Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

32
27 7
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

33
26 7
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

34
25 47
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

35
133 69
Death is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Death Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

36
26 8
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

37
124 125
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

38
21 6
War is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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23 9
Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Isaac Hayes Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

40
64 57
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
JosephMeece added Cameo Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

41
26 12
Santana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

42
23 10
Outkast is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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22 9
Booker T. & the M.G.'s is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Booker T. & the M.G.'s Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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21 9
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

45
47 44
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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20 9
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

47
23 14
Black Merda is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Black Merda Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Funk rock

48
56 59
Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Skunk Anansie Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

49
69 76
24-7 Spyz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
24-7 Spyz Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

50
105 65
TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
TV on the Radio Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock