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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

2
308 60
Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Sly & the Family Stone Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
270 52
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Bootsy Collins Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

4
245 48
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Ohio Players Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

5
206 38
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Rick James New Wave, Disco, Pop music

6
287 67
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

7
240 51
Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Kool & the Gang Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

8
231 51
Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Isley Brothers

9
229 51
Tower of Power is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Tower of Power Jazz-funk, Smooth jazz, Rhythm and blues

10
194 38
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

11
199 40
Barkays is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Barkays

12
228 53
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Cameo Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

13
68 6
Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Lakeside Rhythm and blues, Funk

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187 41
Slave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Slave Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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160 31
The Brothers Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added The Brothers Johnson Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

16
149 28
Con Funk Shun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Con Funk Shun Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

17
129 22
Brick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Brick Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

18
89 11
The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added The Gap Band Disco, Electro, Contemporary R&B

19
143 31
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

20
138 29
Heatwave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Heatwave Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

21
155 40
The Time is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
OliverBerger added The Time Minneapolis sound

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117 27
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

23
118 29
The Brides of Funkenstein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added The Brides of Funkenstein P-Funk, Soul music, Funk

24
67 9
The Meters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added The Meters New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk

25
77 12
Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Dazz Band Rhythm and blues, Funk

26
77 12
Zapp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Zapp Hip hop music, Electro, G-funk

27
114 30
Fatback Band is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Fatback Band Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

28
76 13
Maceo Parker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
_1443598644808 added Maceo Parker P-Funk, Jazz, Soul jazz

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51 6
Rufus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Rufus Smooth soul, Disco, Pop music

30
104 27
BT Express is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
BT Express Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

31
41 4
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

32
74 13
War is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

33
40 4
Midnight Star is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
steady2000 added Midnight Star Hip hop music, Disco, Pop music

34
85 21
Parlet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Parlet P-Funk, Soul music, Funk

35
84 22
Teena Marie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Teena Marie Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Rock music

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50 7
CHIC is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
steady2000 added CHIC Disco, Rock music, Reggae

37
74 20
Faze-O is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Faze-O Rhythm and blues, Funk

38
72 19
Bernie Worrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Bernie Worrell Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

39
62 14
Mandrill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
funkyrex added Mandrill Funk, Alternative Funk, Funk-Rock

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85 28
Sun is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Sun Disco, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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79 25
Instant Funk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Instant Funk Disco, Electro, Rhythm and blues

42
40 6
Brass Construction is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Brass Construction Rhythm and blues

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91 37
Here Come the Mummies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Here Come the Mummies Rhythm and blues, Funk

44
80 30
Danny Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Danny Bedrosian

45
80 31
Big Ol' Dirty Bucket is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Big Ol' Dirty Bucket

46
63 20
Cymande is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Cymande Music of Africa, Reggae, Soul music

47
61 23
Dayton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Dayton Urban contemporary, Funk

48
40 9
Eddie Hazel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Wilbur Harris added Eddie Hazel Psychedelic soul, Soul music, Psychedelic rock

49
52 18
Billy Preston is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Billy Preston Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

50
57 22
Captain Sky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Captain Sky Funk