music 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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TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
TV on the Radio Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

The Best Rock Vocalists The Best Reality Dramas

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Black Merda is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Black Merda Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Funk rock

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Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Sepultura Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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Albert King is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Albert King Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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The Bar-Kays is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added The Bar-Kays Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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psychicconsultation added Haiqeem Post Grunge, Alternative Rock, Rock

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Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Sevendust Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

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Gnarls Barkley is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Gnarls Barkley Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Redbone is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Redbone Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
motherofxander added P.O.D. Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Skindred is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
motherofxander added Skindred Ragga, Nu metal, Dancehall

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The Meters is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added The Meters New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Taj Mahal Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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Betty Davis is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Betty Davis

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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X-Ray Spex is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added X-Ray Spex New Wave, Punk rock

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
fabrice-olivier added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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CHIC is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added CHIC Disco, Rock music, Reggae

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Mandrill is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Mandrill Funk

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Malo is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Malo Chicano rock, Rock music, Brown-eyed soul

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The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
eric tonyess added The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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Junior Kimbrough is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Junior Kimbrough Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Country blues

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Nona Hendryx is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Nona Hendryx New Age music, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

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Magic Sam is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Magic Sam Soul blues, Chicago blues, Blues

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Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Sun Ra Doo-wop, Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz

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Love is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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Nonpoint is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
motherofxander added Nonpoint Nu metal, Latin metal, Groove metal

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Pure Hell is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Pure Hell Classic Punk, Punk rock

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Esquirita is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Esquirita

The Best Female Rock Singers The Coolest Hobbies for Young People

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Blood Orange is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
SandraVilcu added Blood Orange

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Black Randy is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Black Randy

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Norman Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Norman Whitfield Psychedelic soul, Disco, Pop music

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Sonny Sharrock is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Sonny Sharrock Jazz

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Ronald Shannon Jackson is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Ronald Shannon Jackson Free funk, Jazz

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James Blood Ulmer is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added James Blood Ulmer Electric blues, Free funk, Jazz

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Killswitch Engage is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Killswitch Engage Progressive metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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She Wants Revenge is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
tmesa added She Wants Revenge Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Coton... is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Doug Pinnick is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jean-FrançoisBachelet added Doug Pinnick

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Cody ChesnuTT is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cody ChesnuTT Neo soul, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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Fred Wesley and The J.B.'s is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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Ghetto Brothers is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Ghetto Brothers Rock music, Garage rock, Latin American music

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Phil Upchurch is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Phil Upchurch

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Kidd Creole is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kidd Creole Hip hop music

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Lil Suzy is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Miguel R. Muñoz added Lil Suzy

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Jorge Ben Jor is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Jorge Ben Jor Pop music, Samba rock, Samba

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Edzayawa is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Edzayawa

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The Funkees is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added The Funkees

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Amanaz is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Amanaz

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Con Funk Shun is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
JuanMiles added Con Funk Shun Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music