Rock The Best Black Rock Bands  

Steve Jackson
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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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1,069 140
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
647 280
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
328 201
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
FrankFederico added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
559 133
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
sangredeargento added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

5
690 170
Prince is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

6
411 203
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
466 274
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

8
395 139
Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

9
357 189
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

10
378 163
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

11
264 167
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

12
436 161
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

13
144 84
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
230 98
The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
MarySSpiegel added Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

15
159 160
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

16
192 185
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

17
221 98
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

18
128 35
Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

19
181 142
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

20
103 26
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

21
98 28
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

22
204 135
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

23
89 35
Santana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

24
162 111
Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

25
54 83
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

26
68 28
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

27
70 31
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

28
122 93
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

29
64 110
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

30
65 29
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

31
81 95
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

32
117 94
Morris Day is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Minneapolis sound - Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

33
58 31
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

34
159 156
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

35
130 123
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

36
57 32
War is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

37
56 31
Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

38
59 37
OutKast is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

39
82 77
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

40
100 105
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

41
72 56
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
fabrice-olivier added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

42
86 88
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
JosephMeece added Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

43
64 67
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

44
43 37
Booker T. & the M.G.'s is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

45
64 79
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
41 40
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

47
36 39
Death is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

48
75 111
24-7 Spyz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
dan808 added Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

49
64 94
Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

50
26 32
Albert King is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues