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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1,169 143
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
727 283
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
632 135
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
339 257
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
486 205
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
769 173
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

7
548 279
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

8
432 193
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

9
439 166
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

10
340 169
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

11
403 206
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
227 164
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

13
256 187
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

14
288 102
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
165 29
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
445 226
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

17
152 145
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

18
125 111
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

19
270 136
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

20
225 112
Death is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

21
68 4
Hirax is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

22
150 78
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

23
238 163
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
67 4
Cerebral Ballzy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Street punk, Skate punk, Punk rock

25
67 4
Sufrajett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Sufrajett

26
192 125
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

27
65 4
Devil You Know is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Devil You Know Groove metal, Melodic metalcore

28
196 192
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

29
162 107
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

30
101 40
Death is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

31
67 5
light the torch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added light the torch

32
66 5
Orange 9mm is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Orange 9mm

33
67 5
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Nu metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

34
69 58
California King is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
radthought added

35
69 6
Prophets of Rage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added

36
133 95
Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

37
192 99
TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

38
76 72
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psychicconsultation added Haiqeem Post Grunge, Alternative Rock, Rock

39
175 86
PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PAR~A~DIGM Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Pop - Bio at www.par-a-digm.com

40
87 43
Skindred is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
motherofxander added Ragga, Nu metal, Dancehall

41
144 112
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
99 64
Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

43
186 102
Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

44
86 42
Nonpoint is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
motherofxander added Nu metal, Latin metal, Groove metal

45
73 32
X-Ray Spex is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added New Wave, Punk rock

46
86 50
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
145 118
Morris Day is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Minneapolis sound - Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

48
66 34
Pure Hell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Classic Punk, Punk rock

49
70 35
Doug Pinnick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jean-FrançoisBachelet added

50
72 39
Candiria is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
motherofxander added Hip hop music, Mathcore, Heavy metal