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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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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
2
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
sangredeargento added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
3
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
4
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
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
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Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music
8
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae
9
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk
10
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock
11
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Death is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock
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Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
14
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
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
16
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music
17
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music
19
The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
MarySSpiegel added Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
20
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal
21
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal
22
TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock
23
California King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
radthought added
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Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock
25
24-7 Spyz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
dan808 added Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal