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
552 230
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
474 103
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
sangredeargento added Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

4
258 161
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
FrankFederico added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

5
356 168
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
568 151
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

7
406 231
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Lenny Kravitz Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

8
332 106
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
319 148
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

10
323 132
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

11
240 131
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

12
368 138
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

13
107 60
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
188 75
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

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

15
138 125
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

16
156 77
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

17
77 15
Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bob Marley & The Wailers Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

18
153 158
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
184 107
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

20
135 107
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

21
141 83
Death is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Death Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

The Best SodaStream Flavors

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59 13
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
107 61
PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
53 13
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

25
103 71
The Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added The Time Minneapolis sound - Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

26
48 16
Santana is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

27
93 65
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
56 85
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

The Best Rock Vocalists

29
65 67
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

30
116 100
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

31
35 59
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

32
38 15
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

33
69 53
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Body Count Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

34
34 14
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added John Lee Hooker Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

35
135 134
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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91 84
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Mother's Finest Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

37
34 16
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

38
32 14
War is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

39
33 15
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

40
34 19
Outkast is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

41
32 17
Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Isaac Hayes Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

42
30 18
Booker T. & the M.G.'s is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Booker T. & the M.G.'s Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

The Best Frontmen in Rock

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69 68
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
JosephMeece added Cameo Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

44
52 54
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

45
46 48
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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40 35
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
fabrice-olivier added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

47
27 22
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

48
59 73
Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Skunk Anansie Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

49
71 91
24-7 Spyz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
24-7 Spyz Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

50
22 19
Death is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Death Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock