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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1,232 153
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
2
766 296
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
3
675 145
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
509 218
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
5
359 276
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
810 179
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
7
576 287
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music
8
458 198
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae
9
468 168
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk
10
357 173
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock
11
421 217
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
243 168
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X
13
277 199
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music
14
313 105
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
189 32
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
467 237
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music
17
135 114
The Busboys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
18
290 139
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
19
161 156
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
20
241 117
Death is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal
21
161 83
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal
22
207 129
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers
23
248 170
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
114 43
Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock
25
208 202
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal