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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1,132 141
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
700 280
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
603 134
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
sangredeargento added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

4
331 238
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
FrankFederico added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

5
464 203
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
744 170
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

7
522 274
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

8
411 189
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

9
419 164
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

10
316 167
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

11
399 187
Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

12
208 160
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

13
238 185
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

14
440 208
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

15
267 101
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

16
147 128
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

17
141 28
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
251 135
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

19
108 110
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

20
209 111
Death is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

21
52 2
Sufrajett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Sufrajett

22
51 2
Hirax is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

23
51 2
Cerebral Ballzy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Street punk, Skate punk, Punk rock

24
51 2
Devil You Know is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Devil You Know Groove metal, Melodic metalcore

25
234 147
The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
MarySSpiegel added Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

26
192 176
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

27
53 3
light the torch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added light the torch

28
133 77
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

29
52 3
Orange 9mm is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Orange 9mm

30
174 123
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

31
147 105
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

32
86 39
Death is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

33
55 4
Prophets of Rage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added

34
53 4
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Nu metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

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144 106
Morris Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Minneapolis sound - Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

36
175 98
TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

37
159 85
PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PAR~A~DIGM Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Pop - Bio at www.par-a-digm.com

38
118 94
Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

39
172 101
Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

40
55 57
California King is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
radthought added

41
129 111
24-7 Spyz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
dan808 added Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

42
85 63
Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

43
72 42
Skindred is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
motherofxander added Ragga, Nu metal, Dancehall

44
62 71
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psychicconsultation added Haiqeem Post Grunge, Alternative Rock, Rock

45
71 41
Nonpoint is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
motherofxander added Nu metal, Latin metal, Groove metal

46
71 49
Black Merda is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Funk rock

47
58 31
X-Ray Spex is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added New Wave, Punk rock

48
98 91
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
127 80
Love is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

50
132 84
Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady