Rock 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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1,222 150
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
756 291
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
666 142
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
355 271
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
504 217
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
802 177
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

7
570 285
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

8
452 195
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

9
460 167
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

10
353 171
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

11
416 214
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
239 166
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

13
275 195
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

14
309 104
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

15
183 31
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

16
463 235
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

17
134 113
The Busboys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

18
159 155
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

19
285 138
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

20
237 115
Death is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

21
160 82
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

22
205 128
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

23
244 170
The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
MarySSpiegel added Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

24
113 42
Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

25
205 199
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal