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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971 121
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Jimmy Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
577 251
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

3
289 178
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
506 117
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
374 183
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
615 157
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
suijam2 added Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

7
425 248
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Lenny Kravitz Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

8
354 118
Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added Sly & the Family Stone Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

9
328 166
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

10
335 148
Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

11
246 148
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

12
394 148
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

13
122 70
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
205 82
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

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143 140
Kings X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Kings X

16
171 168
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Hootie & the Blowfish Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

17
178 87
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
96 24
Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bob Marley & The Wailers Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

19
154 123
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
vikingslad28 added Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

20
76 14
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

21
191 121
Band of Gypsys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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73 20
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

23
67 21
Santana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

24
143 98
Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Death Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

25
44 70
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

26
107 74
PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
104 76
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

28
56 98
The BusBoys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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70 79
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

30
105 84
The Time is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
myofficialfakeemail added The Time Minneapolis sound - Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop, New Wave.

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48 21
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

32
48 22
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

33
121 110
The Chamber Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
The Chamber Brothers

34
148 141
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

35
45 20
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added John Lee Hooker Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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44 23
Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Isaac Hayes Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

37
44 24
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

38
73 65
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Body Count Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

39
44 26
Outkast is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

40
93 95
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Mother's Finest Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

41
59 41
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
fabrice-olivier added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

42
39 24
War is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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35 26
Booker T. & the M.G.'s is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Booker T. & the M.G.'s Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

44
71 79
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
JosephMeece added Cameo Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

45
53 57
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

46
56 65
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
33 30
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

48
73 101
24-7 Spyz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
24-7 Spyz Rock music, Heavy metal, Rap metal

49
60 83
Skunk Anansie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Skunk Anansie Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

50
25 29
Death is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands
Andujar added Death Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock