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The Best Bands with Black in the Name 

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Updated May 5, 2020 1k votes 284 voters 33.2k views 36 items

List Rules Vote up the greatest bands that have the word "black" in their band name.

Of all the colorful band names, more use black than any other shade. And while black isn’t technically a color, for the purposes of this list, it sure is. Some of the most iconic bands in music history have black in their moniker. You can wonder why – but it's undeniable that adding the word “black” to another word makes it just feel somehow cooler. These are some of the best bands with black in the name.

When it comes to great black band names, it’s hard not to immediately think of Black Sabbath. But the band’s original name was the Earth Blues Company, and later, just Earth. Why the change? The story goes that Geezer Butler had a spooky encounter, and the group recorded a song about the experience. They called it “Black Sabbath,” an homage to the Boris Karloff horror movie. Eventually, Earth morphed into Black Sabbath, and the rest is music history.

Bands with the color black in the name come from all genres of music. Black Flag is heavy metal. The Black Keys are a bluesy-rock band, as are The Black Crowes. The Black Eyed Peas and BLACKstreet are hip hop, and Black Uhuru is reggae/dub. But which is the best? That's up to you to decide.

Enjoy voting on this list of diverse bands with black in their name!

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black Rebel Motorcycle C... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black Label Society is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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The Black Angels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black Uhuru is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black Mountain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Godspeed You! Black Empe... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black Veil Brides is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black Lips is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black Stone Cherry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Blackfoot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Big Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Blackberry Smoke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Mozz Mooseknuckle added Black
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Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black Breath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black Grape is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
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Black Fast is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Nathaniel Louis Kitt added Black Fast
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BLACKstreet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name