music The Best Funk Bands/Artists  

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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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+ - 244 39
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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+ - 223 34
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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+ - 197 36
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Ohio Players Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

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+ - 162 26
Barkays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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+ - 208 42
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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+ - 192 37
Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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+ - 192 37
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Cameo Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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+ - 188 37
Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Kool & the Gang Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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+ - 166 30
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rick James New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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+ - 160 30
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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+ - 186 41
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

13
+ - 161 33
Slave is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Slave Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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+ - 126 22
Con Funk Shun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Con Funk Shun Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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+ - 134 25
The Brothers Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
The Brothers Johnson Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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+ - 107 17
Brick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Brick Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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+ - 138 28
Morris Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Morris Day Minneapolis sound

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+ - 117 24
Heatwave is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Heatwave Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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+ - 117 26
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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+ - 56 6
The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
The Gap Band Disco, Electro, Contemporary R&B

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+ - 103 24
The Brides of Funkenstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
The Brides of Funkenstein P-Funk, Soul music, Funk

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+ - 93 24
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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+ - 95 26
Fatback Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Fatback Band Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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+ - 59 9
Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Dazz Band Rhythm and blues, Funk

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+ - 88 24
BT Express is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
BT Express Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

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+ - 73 18
Parlet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Parlet P-Funk, Soul music, Funk

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+ - 75 20
Teena Marie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Teena Marie Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Rock music

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+ - 36 4
Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Lakeside Rhythm and blues, Funk

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+ - 54 10
Maceo Parker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Maceo Parker P-Funk, Jazz, Soul jazz

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+ - 78 25
Sun is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Sun Disco, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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+ - 66 18
Faze-O is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Faze-O Rhythm and blues, Funk

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+ - 79 28
Danny Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

33
+ - 49 9
Zapp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Zapp Hip hop music, Electro, G-funk

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+ - 80 29
Big Ol' Dirty Bucket is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

35
+ - 69 22
Instant Funk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Instant Funk Disco, Electro, Rhythm and blues

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+ - 90 36
Here Come the Mummies is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Here Come the Mummies Rhythm and blues, Funk

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+ - 48 10
War is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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+ - 60 20
Cymande is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Cymande Music of Africa, Reggae, Soul music

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+ - 57 18
Bernie Worrell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Bernie Worrell Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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+ - 58 21
Dayton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Dayton Urban contemporary, Funk

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+ - 56 20
Captain Sky is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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+ - 45 13
Mandrill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Mandrill Funk, Alternative Funk, Funk-Rock

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+ - 36 7
The Meters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
The Meters New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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+ - 28 4
CHIC is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
CHIC Disco, Rock music, Reggae

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+ - 24 3
Midnight Star is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Midnight Star Hip hop music, Disco, Pop music

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+ - 47 17
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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+ - 52 21
Q.A.S.B. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Q.A.S.B. Funk

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+ - 28 5
Rufus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rufus Smooth soul, Disco, Pop music

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+ - 52 24
Defunkt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Defunkt Jazz-funk, Dance-punk, Jazz fusion

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+ - 25 4
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz