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The Best Black Rock Bands 

Steve Jackson
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Updated July 8, 2020 36.9k votes 4.2k voters 382.5k views 176 items

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 vote up your favorites!

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Death is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Kings X is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Hootie & the Blowfis... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Body Count is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Killswitch Engage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Sly & the Family Sto... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands