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.

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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
738 285
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
641 138
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
494 206
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

5
344 263
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
FrankFederico added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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781 173
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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556 281
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

8
440 193
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

9
447 166
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

10
347 169
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

11
405 211
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
234 164
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

13
265 192
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

14
297 102
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
172 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

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448 231
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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131 111
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

18
154 150
Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

19
275 136
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

20
232 112
Death is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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73 4
Hirax is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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72 4
Cerebral Ballzy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Street punk, Skate punk, Punk rock

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156 78
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

24
71 4
Sufrajett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Sufrajett

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69 4
Devil You Know is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
PeterB added Devil You Know Groove metal, Melodic metalcore