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This funk bands list ranks the best funk artists and musicians by votes. This list of top funk groups let’s you see who funk fans think are the best funk bands of all time. Funk originated in the 1960s as a rhythmic, danceable form of music that blended elements soul, jazz and R&B. Emphasizing harmony and melody and having a nasty bass line, the best funk bands have fans from all walks of life dancing and grooving to their sound. Throughout the 70s and 80s funk music has only become more popular, even with its status as a niche genre. As time went on, funk artist evolved by incorporating elements of rock and electronic music into their sound. The best funk bands seamlessly unite fans from across different sexes, races, and nationalities behind their desire to lose themselves in the music, and yes, to dance.


So what are the best funk bands? Any list of funk bands must include the likes of George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, Teena Marie, Kool & the Gang, Herbie Hancock and the Isley Brothers. These funk bands are widely known as some of the best in all of funk music and with good reason. Their hip shaking rhythms and groovy sound remain extremely popular and have influenced an entire generation of musicians and fans.

That said, it's up to you to let us know what are the best funk bands. If you know funk music, feel free to chime in with your vote. If you think some classic or modern bands are missing from this list, feel free to add them.This list answers the questions "who are the best funk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest funk musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most famous funk bands that you might've heard of. 

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Parliament-Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Parliament-Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, P-Funk Soul music

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Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Sly & the Family Stone Psychedelic soul, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Bootsy Collins Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk Funk metal

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Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Ohio Players Rhythm and blues, Jazz Soul music

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Cameo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Cameo Hip hop music, Disco Electro

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop New Wave

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Barkays is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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Rick James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rick James New Wave, Disco Pop music

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Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul Rhythm and blues

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Slave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Slave Disco, Rhythm and blues Soul music

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Tower of Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Tower of Power Jazz-funk, Smooth jazz Rhythm and blues

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Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Kool & the Gang Disco, Dance-pop Contemporary R&B

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The Brothers Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
The Brothers Johnson Disco, Rhythm and blues Funk

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Heatwave is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Heatwave Disco, Rhythm and blues Funk

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The Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
The Time Minneapolis sound

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Con Funk Shun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Con Funk Shun Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues Soul music

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Brick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Brick Disco, Rhythm and blues Funk

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Graham Central Station is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Graham Central Station Rock music, Rhythm and blues Soul music

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The Brides of Funkenstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
The Brides of Funkenstein P-Funk, Soul music Funk

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Fatback Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Fatback Band Disco, Rhythm and blues Funk

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The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
The Gap Band Disco, Electro Contemporary R&B

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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk Electro

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BT Express is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
BT Express Rhythm and blues, Soul music Funk

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Parlet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Parlet P-Funk, Soul music Funk

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Teena Marie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Teena Marie Blue-eyed soul, Disco Rock music

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Sun is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Sun Disco, Rock music Jazz fusion

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Danny Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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Faze-O is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Faze-O Rhythm and blues, Funk

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Big Ol' Dirty Bucket is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Dazz Band Rhythm and blues, Funk

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Instant Funk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Instant Funk Disco, Electro Rhythm and blues

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Here Come the Mummies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Here Come the Mummies Rhythm and blues, Funk

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Cymande is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Cymande Music of Africa, Reggae Soul music

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Maceo Parker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Maceo Parker P-Funk, Jazz Soul jazz

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Captain Sky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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Dayton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Dayton Urban contemporary, Funk

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Bernie Worrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Bernie Worrell Blues-rock, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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Zapp is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Zapp Hip hop music, Electro G-funk

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War is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
War Chicano rock, Ska Rock music

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Q.A.S.B. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Q.A.S.B. Funk

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Rufus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rufus Smooth soul, Disco Pop music

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Mandrill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Mandrill Funk, Alternative Funk Funk-Rock

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Defunkt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Defunkt Jazz-funk, Dance-punk Jazz fusion

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Funkscribe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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Billy Preston is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Billy Preston Rock music, Rhythm and blues Soul music

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P.t.f.i. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Lakeside Rhythm and blues, Funk

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The Meters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
The Meters New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues Funk

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George Duke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop Smooth jazz