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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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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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Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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Rick James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rick James New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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

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Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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Barkays is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Kool & the Gang Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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Slave is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Tower of Power Jazz-funk, Smooth jazz, Rhythm and blues

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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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Morris Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Morris Day Minneapolis sound

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Con Funk Shun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Con Funk Shun Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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Heatwave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Heatwave Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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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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The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
The Gap Band Disco, Electro, Contemporary R&B

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Graham Central Station is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 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) 22 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Fatback Band Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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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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Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Dazz Band Rhythm and blues, Funk

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

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

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Sun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Sun Disco, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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Faze-O is listed (or ranked) 30 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) 31 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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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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Rufus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rufus Smooth soul, Disco, Pop 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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Cymande is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Cymande Music of Africa, Reggae, Soul music

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Captain Sky is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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War is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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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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Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Lakeside Rhythm and blues, Funk

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Dayton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Dayton Urban contemporary, Funk

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Zapp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Zapp Hip hop music, Electro, G-funk

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Q.A.S.B. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Q.A.S.B. Funk

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Mandrill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Mandrill Funk, Alternative Funk, Funk-Rock

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Billy Preston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Billy Preston Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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Funkscribe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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Defunkt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Defunkt Jazz-funk, Dance-punk, Jazz fusion

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P.t.f.i. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists

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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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Garry Shider is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Garry Shider Psychedelic soul, Rhythm and blues, Funk