Bands/Musicians 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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1
718 101
Parliament-Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic soul, P-Funk, Soul music

2
380 79
Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
305 64
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

4
330 73
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

5
295 66
Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

6
356 89
Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

7
259 55
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added New Wave, Disco, Pop music

8
288 67
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

9
228 51
Barkays is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added

10
195 39
The Brothers Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

11
187 37
Con Funk Shun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

12
221 51
Slave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

13
266 69
Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added

14
265 69
Tower of Power is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Jazz-funk, Smooth jazz, Rhythm and blues

15
229 57
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

16
126 19
The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Disco, Electro, Contemporary R&B

17
152 30
Brick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

18
111 17
Zapp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Hip hop music, Electro, G-funk

19
109 17
War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

20
165 40
Graham Central Station is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

21
159 39
Heatwave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

22
101 16
Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Rhythm and blues, Funk

23
101 16
Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Rhythm and blues, Funk

24
178 50
Morris Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
OliverBerger added Minneapolis sound

25
146 36
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

26
135 36
The Brides of Funkenstein is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added P-Funk, Soul music, Funk

27
128 34
Fatback Band is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

28
93 17
Maceo Parker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
_1443598644808 added P-Funk, Jazz, Soul jazz

29
120 32
BT Express is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

30
76 12
Rufus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Smooth soul, Disco, Pop music

31
96 20
The Meters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk

32
62 9
Midnight Star is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
steady2000 added Hip hop music, Disco, Pop music

33
98 27
Teena Marie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Rock music

34
59 9
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

35
72 15
CHIC is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
steady2000 added Disco, Rock music, Reggae

36
97 30
Parlet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added P-Funk, Soul music, Funk

37
79 20
Mandrill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
funkyrex added Funk, Alternative Funk, Funk-Rock

38
81 24
Bernie Worrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

39
95 34
Sun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Disco, Rock music, Jazz fusion

40
89 31
Instant Funk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Disco, Electro, Rhythm and blues

41
58 12
Brass Construction is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Rhythm and blues

42
81 27
Faze-O is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Rhythm and blues, Funk

43
63 22
Billy Preston is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

44
96 45
Here Come the Mummies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rhythm and blues, Funk

45
70 27
Cymande is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Music of Africa, Reggae, Soul music

46
64 23
Blackbyrds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added

47
84 37
Danny Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added

48
48 13
Eddie Hazel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Wilbur Harris added Psychedelic soul, Soul music, Psychedelic rock

49
83 38
Big Ol' Dirty Bucket is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added

50
66 28
L.T.D. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rhythm and blues, Funk