music 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

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529 208
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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223 149
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
432 92
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
379 213
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Lenny Kravitz Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

6
337 153
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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496 139
Prince is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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298 127
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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310 96
Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Sly & the Family Stone Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

10
307 121
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

11
229 118
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

12
340 133
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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93 50
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

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175 66
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

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134 110
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

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182 94
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

17
142 67
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

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139 150
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Hootie & the Blowfish Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

19
99 43
Prince is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Prince

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55 9
Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bob Marley & The Wailers Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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120 98
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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98 59
Morris Day is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Morris Day Minneapolis sound - Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

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56 75
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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42 9
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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83 56
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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37 8
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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57 59
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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114 91
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

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66 45
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Body Count Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

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28 51
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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30 8
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added John Lee Hooker Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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30 9
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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88 76
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Mother's Finest Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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27 7
War is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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30 10
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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131 127
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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136 73
Death is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Death Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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105 49
PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
cremistlv added PAR~A~DIGM Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Pop - Bio at www.par-a-digm.com

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30 14
Santana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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28 13
Outkast is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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25 10
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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66 60
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
JosephMeece added Cameo Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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25 11
Booker T. & the M.G.'s is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Booker T. & the M.G.'s Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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24 12
Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Isaac Hayes Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

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50 47
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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44 40
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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23 15
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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58 65
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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20 12
Death is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Death Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

50
69 83
24-7 Spyz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
24-7 Spyz Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal