rock The Best Black Rock Bands  

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

2
596 260
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
300 186
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
FrankFederico added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
522 123
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
sangredeargento added Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

5
386 189
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
640 163
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

7
438 253
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Lenny Kravitz Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

8
366 124
Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Sly & the Family Stone Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

9
334 176
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

10
344 154
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

11
253 154
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

12
412 150
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

13
128 75
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ike & Tina Turner Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
211 88
The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
MarySSpiegel added The Isley Brothers Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

The Best Rock Vocalists

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145 150
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

16
180 173
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Hootie & the Blowfish Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

17
195 90
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

18
167 127
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

19
104 29
Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bob Marley & The Wailers Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

20
86 19
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

21
195 128
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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79 23
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

23
77 24
Santana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

24
147 104
Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Death Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

25
50 73
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

26
60 102
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

27
112 82
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

28
74 84
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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56 24
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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110 87
The Time is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added The Time Minneapolis sound - Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

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54 26
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

32
52 25
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added John Lee Hooker Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

33
125 115
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

34
152 147
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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49 27
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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48 26
Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Isaac Hayes Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

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50 30
Outkast is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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45 27
War is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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76 70
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Body Count Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

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65 45
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
fabrice-olivier added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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96 98
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Mother's Finest Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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59 60
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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77 82
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
JosephMeece added Cameo Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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37 31
Booker T. & the M.G.'s is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Booker T. & the M.G.'s Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

45
59 71
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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36 34
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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74 105
24-7 Spyz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
24-7 Spyz Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

48
60 87
Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Skunk Anansie Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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107 79
PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PAR~A~DIGM Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Pop - Bio at www.par-a-digm.com

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26 34
Death is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Death Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock