Best Native American Rock Bands


The Top Ten

1 Redbone

Redbone opened many doors for other Native musicians but got little acknowledgement because Native musicians were not really accepted in the mainstream at the time. Most people don't even know how much their music influenced other musicians. In their own right, each one was a great musician and together they were unbeatable. Lolly's song, "Come And Get You Love" is still played on radio and covered by other musicians of today. They still have many fans and are still garnering new ones after all these years. They simply are the best.

Redbone was the first Native Band to break into the mainstream. Even though mainstream radio at the time refused to play some of their music for political reasons. Their song "Come And Get Your Love" has become almost an anthem in Indian Country. They had a great original sound that has never been duplicated although their music is covered still today. Fantastic musicians!

Great band and even better people. Got to spend a few hours working with band members at a earth day festival. Talked about our grandma's cooking and the old ways being lost. They gave both Native musicians a chance to go mainstream and showed everyone that our culture and music did not stop evolving in 1492. Because of them many native groups combine different modern genres their traditional music.

Amazing and fun to watch

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2 Blackfoot Blackfoot Blackfoot is an American Southern rock musical ensemble from Jacksonville, Florida organized during 1970. Though they are primarily a Southern rock band, they are also known as a hard rock act.

Although, they were pegged southern rock, these guys could deafen ears with their hard stuff also... Check out "Good Morning" off their Marauder album, Ricky Medlocke Lead singer now plays with Skynyrd, Jakson "Thunderfoot" Spires sadly passed on a few years back, but the name keeps going, and so does their music... Top album... Strikes spawned their two biggest hits, "Train, Train" and "Highway Song"... Take a listen you won't be disappointed.

Grew up listening to these guys! Some were in other bands before this... I don't know their names right now. but my kids and grandkids all love listening to the Mountain Album. Rock on!

Absolutely love blackfoot! Some of the best rock ever

I love especially the songs: Oh Black Betty, Left Turn On A Red Light, Cherikee Nation - Greetings from Germany

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3 Testament Testament Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.

Testament helped me through my troubled teen years by allowing me to go to a different place in my mind while listening to their music. The song trail of tears sparked my quest for learning the truth about what the USA did to its native people, and how so little is being done to help them thrive as a culture. Testament has made its words heard;hovever, the treatment of Native Americans still has not changed. The US sends billions of dollars to other countries for democracy, but sweeps its own mistakes under the rug. I am known to be English, Irish, Chinese and Austrian, but I call myself American.

Playing it on NATIVE VOLTAGE radio program in Cortez Colorado

Very underrated

Good music good memorys...

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4 W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, who is the only remaining original member of the band.

Blackie Lawless, the pride of Cherokee-nation has been cranking out rock-anthems for many moons now... "He who dares wins" - Last Command

Just listen to W.A.S.P. , The Last Command, Inside the Electric Circus, The Headless Children and The Crimson Idol and you know, why...

Total inspiration for my metal madness.. !

Pure art

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5 Blackfire

I love this band. Punk Rock / Native American tones/ Metal. Great message in the lyrics. Especially with songs Downfall, How can we confess, Its Not Over, and Silence as a weapon. They were found by Joey Ramone before his death and were on the Vans Warped tour in 2004. Buy their CD's now. Laugh out loud. I did.

Blackfire is a band that is very important to me. They helped me find my identity both as a Native and as an individual. If it wasn't for them I think I'd still be at war with myself.

They are very good, I like it

Now working as a duo Sihasin (hope in Navajo language) a high energy unique sound of bass and drums, jeneda and clayson benally. Klee has his own solo project. Their music is stronger than ever.

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6 Indigenous

INDIGENOUS was an awesome NA blues/rock band from Dakota heritage. Saw them jam many times around South Dakota, Neb. And in Alb. NM.

I saw and heard Indigenous in Boston 12 years ago and they were TOTALLY AWESOME. They did a bunch of Jimi's music and blew the house away.

I love there smooth style true till the gods call us home where we give thanks to all of the great music they shared with us.

The best sound coming out of America!
Mato Nanji and group are amazing and totally original!

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7 Stevie Salas

Indian Chief is one of the best songs he's written you can feel the culture in this tune also has a Hendrix vibe to boot - Awesome

8 Breach Of Trust
9 Smooth Reign

In my professional opinion, this group needs a strong manager and a budget to get them to where they should be. A very refreshing dose of what music used to be. Kudos Smooth Reign!

This band is an all Native American versatile Hip/Hop/R&B/Rock group.

This band has a style of their own. They definitely stand out.

Need to hear more from this group

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10 Keith Secola and Wild Band of Indian

Just saw them again at the grassroots festival in trumansburg, ny. They are SO AWESOME! I feel every note, every wail, every hit and stomp... Right down to my soul! They should be higher on the list... Like #2, ok?!

Saw him at the Hard Rock in Orlando. Got his autograph. AMAZING MUSICIAN!

The Contenders

11 Coupstick

They have a real connection with the way of life in there tradition and it shows in the music they play

Native rock from Denver, Colorado
Count or Be Counted!

Coupstick is one of the MOST influential Native American bands I have EVER heard! Check them out! They are badass!

I have known These guys for several years Not only are they great at the music they preform, but they are awesome human beings, I believe they are headed for stardom

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12 The Johnnys
13 Aaron Peters
14 Betty X
15 Ill NiƱo

Awesome band

16 Shawn Michael Perry & Only The Brave

Give my brother a listen and vote for him!

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17 The Black Owl Society

This band is seriously awesome. Such an amazing talent and sound! The bass player is an original member of Indigenous and has created this new trio that has explosive lyrics and a heavy blues/rock sound. The songs so far are a mix of some ground shaking originals and some blues you may already know, but a lot heavier. I definitely give this hot Nakota bass player two major thumbs up!

18 Systems Victims

North Dakota 's longest standing Native
Crust band. If you enjoy some crusty thrash! YouTube them!

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19 Corporate Avenger

Awesome Industrial-Hip Hop-Metal Rock group.
Wikipedia says "Corporate Avenger is a Native American band from Southern California. The style of their music has varied over time, ranging from electronica and industrial to rap to rock. With each change, the subject matter has always remained the same: political matter, knowledge, and spirituality. "
The group is a great group with some controversial and radical songs.

Love this band. You won't find a much more offensive band but they talk about truth and yeah it hurts...

20 Deadsy
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