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

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2
520 202
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
221 143
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
FrankFederico added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
425 89
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
sangredeargento added Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

5
376 209
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Lenny Kravitz Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

6
334 150
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
486 138
Prince is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

8
292 122
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

9
309 94
Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Sly & the Family Stone Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

10
303 119
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

11
227 116
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

12
334 132
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

13
93 48
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ike & Tina Turner Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
172 64
The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
MarySSpiegel added The Isley Brothers Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

15
134 107
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

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182 91
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

17
139 66
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

18
139 149
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Hootie & the Blowfish Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

19
93 42
Prince is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Prince

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51 8
Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bob Marley & The Wailers Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

21
116 95
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

22
96 58
Morris Day is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Morris Day Minneapolis sound - Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

23
56 74
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

24
40 8
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

25
80 54
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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114 89
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

27
34 7
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

28
56 57
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

29
66 43
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Body Count Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

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30 7
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added John Lee Hooker Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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30 8
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

32
29 8
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

33
27 6
War is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

34
27 49
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

35
87 75
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Mother's Finest Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

36
130 125
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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136 71
Death is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Death Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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105 47
PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
cremistlv added PAR~A~DIGM Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Pop - Bio at www.par-a-digm.com

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29 13
Santana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

40
25 10
Booker T. & the M.G.'s is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Booker T. & the M.G.'s Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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26 12
Outkast is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

42
24 10
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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65 59
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
JosephMeece added Cameo Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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24 11
Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Isaac Hayes Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

45
50 46
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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43 38
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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23 12
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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58 63
Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Skunk Anansie Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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19 10
Death is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Death Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

50
69 81
24-7 Spyz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
24-7 Spyz Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal