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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1,234 154
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
2
769 297
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
3
676 146
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
510 221
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
5
359 277
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
FrankFederico added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues
6
811 179
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
7
576 288
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music
8
458 199
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae
9
468 169
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk
10
357 174
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock
11
421 218
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
243 169
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X
13
277 200
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music
14
189 33
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
15
467 238
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music
16
135 115
The Busboys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
17
290 140
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
18
162 157
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
19
241 118
Death is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal
20
161 84
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal
21
207 130
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers
22
248 171
The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
MarySSpiegel added Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
23
114 44
Death is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock
24
171 110
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal
25
211 102
TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock