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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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
FunkyFunctioner added 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
FunkyFunctioner added 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
FunkyFunctioner added Ohio Players Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

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

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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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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

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

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

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Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Isley Brothers

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Con Funk Shun is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Curtis Mayfield Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added The Gap Band Disco, Electro, Contemporary R&B

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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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Tower of Power is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Brothers Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added The Brothers Johnson Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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

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Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Lakeside Rhythm and blues, Funk

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

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

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Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Dazz Band Rhythm and blues, Funk

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War is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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Zapp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Zapp Hip hop music, Electro, G-funk

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

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

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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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The Meters is listed (or ranked) 28 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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BT Express is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
BT Express Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

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

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Maceo Parker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
_1443598644808 added Maceo Parker P-Funk, Jazz, Soul jazz

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

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

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

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

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George Duke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Danny Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Danny Bedrosian

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Cymande is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Cymande Music of Africa, Reggae, Soul music

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

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Big Ol' Dirty Bucket is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Big Ol' Dirty Bucket

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Blackbyrds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Blackbyrds

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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

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

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Dayton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Dayton Urban contemporary, Funk