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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1,194 146
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
744 286
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
650 138
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
498 209
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

5
347 266
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
788 174
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

7
560 282
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

8
444 193
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

9
450 166
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

10
350 169
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

11
409 212
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
236 164
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

13
270 192
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

14
301 102
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
176 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
453 232
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

17
133 111
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

18
156 151
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

19
277 136
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

20
235 113
Death is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

21
72 4
Sufrajett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Sufrajett

22
158 79
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

23
201 126
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

24
74 5
Hirax is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

25
240 168
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