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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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273 51
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

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242 45
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

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217 43
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

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249 57
Prince is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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211 45
Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Kool & the Gang Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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208 44
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Cameo Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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208 44
Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Isley Brothers

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208 44
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

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183 35
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Rick James New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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175 33
Barkays is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Barkays

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175 34
Slave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Slave Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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173 34
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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146 28
The Brothers Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added The Brothers Johnson Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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134 25
Con Funk Shun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Con Funk Shun Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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115 19
Brick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Brick Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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72 8
The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added The Gap Band Disco, Electro, Contemporary R&B

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146 32
The Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
OliverBerger added The Time Minneapolis sound

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122 27
Heatwave is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Heatwave Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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126 29
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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70 10
Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Dazz Band Rhythm and blues, Funk

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49 5
Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Lakeside Rhythm and blues, Funk

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110 26
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

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106 25
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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64 9
Zapp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Zapp Hip hop music, Electro, G-funk

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98 26
BT Express is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
BT Express Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

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103 29
Fatback Band is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Fatback Band Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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66 11
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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80 20
Parlet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Parlet P-Funk, Soul music, Funk

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79 22
Teena Marie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Teena Marie Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Rock music

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60 11
War is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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51 8
The Meters is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added The Meters New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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36 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

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40 5
Rufus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Rufus Smooth soul, Disco, Pop music

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83 27
Sun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Sun Disco, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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67 18
Bernie Worrell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Bernie Worrell Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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70 20
Faze-O is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Faze-O Rhythm and blues, Funk

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33 4
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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79 29
Danny Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Danny Bedrosian

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91 37
Here Come the Mummies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Here Come the Mummies Rhythm and blues, Funk

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80 30
Big Ol' Dirty Bucket is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Big Ol' Dirty Bucket

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71 25
Instant Funk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Instant Funk Disco, Electro, Rhythm and blues

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53 14
Mandrill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
funkyrex added Mandrill Funk, Alternative Funk, Funk-Rock

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38 6
CHIC is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
steady2000 added CHIC Disco, Rock music, Reggae

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60 20
Cymande is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Cymande Music of Africa, Reggae, Soul music

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59 22
Dayton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Dayton Urban contemporary, Funk

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56 20
Captain Sky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Captain Sky Funk

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49 17
Billy Preston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Billy Preston Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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33 6
Brass Construction is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Brass Construction Rhythm and blues

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50 19
Blackbyrds is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Blackbyrds