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The Best Bands with Black in the Name  

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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
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal
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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
davidandthe added Americana, Noise rock, Rock music
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Black Label Society is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Groove metal, Grunge, Black metal
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Black Lips is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Noise rock, Rock music, Garage punk
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Black Uhuru is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Reggae, Dub
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The Black Angels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock
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Big Black is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Dylan Imperato added Noise rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music
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Black Veil Brides is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock
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Black Mountain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Neo-progressive rock, Space rock, Heavy metal
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The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop
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Blackfoot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Rock music, Heavy metal, Southern rock
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Black Stone Cherry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Rock music
18
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Mbube, World music, Isicathamiya
19
Blackberry Smoke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Country rock, Country, Southern rock
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Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Melodic hardcore, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
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Black Kids is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music
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Black Grape is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Alternative dance, Britpop
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The Black Dahlia Murder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Deathcore, Melodic death metal, Metalcore
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BLACKstreet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Hip hop music, Pop music, Electronic dance music
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Black Country Communion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands with Black in the Name
Blues-rock, Hard rock