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
579 255
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
291 180
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
510 118
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
375 185
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
621 158
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

7
426 248
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Lenny Kravitz Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

8
357 120
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
328 169
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

10
337 149
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

11
246 150
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

12
398 148
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

13
122 71
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
206 83
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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143 142
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

16
173 170
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
181 88
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
97 25
Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bob Marley & The Wailers Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

19
156 124
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

20
77 15
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
191 123
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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74 21
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
68 21
Santana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

24
143 100
Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Death Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

25
44 72
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
106 78
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

27
57 100
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

28
71 80
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

The Best Rock Vocalists

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106 85
The Time is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added The Time Minneapolis sound - Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

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48 22
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

31
148 143
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

32
121 112
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

33
48 23
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

34
46 22
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
44 24
Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Isaac Hayes Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

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44 25
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

37
45 27
Outkast is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

38
73 67
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Body Count Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

39
94 96
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Mother's Finest Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

40
60 41
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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41 25
War is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

42
73 80
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
JosephMeece added Cameo Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

The Best Frontmen in Rock

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36 28
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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54 58
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

45
56 67
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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33 32
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

47
73 103
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 85
Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Skunk Anansie Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

49
107 76
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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25 31
Death is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Death Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock