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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
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
The Black Crowes Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Black Label Society is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Label Society Groove metal, Grunge, Black metal

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Blackfoot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Blackfoot Rock music, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Oak Arkansas Rock music

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Black Uhuru is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Uhuru Reggae, Dub

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Blackberry Smoke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Blackberry Smoke Country rock, Country, Southern rock

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BLACKstreet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
BLACKstreet Hip hop music, Pop music, Electronic dance music

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Mbube, World music, Isicathamiya

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The Black Box Revelation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
The Black Box Revelation Blues-rock, Indie, Garage rock

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Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Paint It Black Melodic hardcore, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Black Lips is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Lips Noise rock, Rock music, Garage punk

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Black Country Communion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Country Communion Blues-rock, Hard rock

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Black Grape is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Grape Alternative dance, Britpop

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Black Kids is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Kids Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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Black Mountain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Mountain Neo-progressive rock, Space rock, Heavy metal

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Black Stone Cherry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Stone Cherry Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Blackberry Wood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Blackberry Wood Jazz music, Alternative music

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Black Cobra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Cobra Doom metal, Sludge metal

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Black Veil Brides is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Veil Brides Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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The Black Dahlia Murder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
The Black Dahlia Murder Deathcore, Melodic death metal, Metalcore

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Black Moon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Moon Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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The Black Angels is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
The Black Angels Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
The Black Eyed Peas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybea... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears Rock and roll, Soul music, Blues

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Nine Black Alps is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Nine Black Alps Grunge, Britpop, Post-grunge

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Black Lab is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Black Lab Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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As Blood Runs Black is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
As Blood Runs Black Deathcore, Melodic death metal, Mathcore