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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767 114
Parliament-Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic soul, P-Funk, Soul music

2
413 90
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
329 75
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

4
357 86
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

5
317 74
Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

6
280 62
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added New Wave, Disco, Pop music

7
308 73
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

8
375 99
Prince is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

9
286 71
Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added

10
144 21
The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Disco, Electro, Contemporary R&B

11
206 42
The Brothers Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

12
241 56
Barkays is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added

13
198 41
Con Funk Shun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

14
233 55
Slave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

15
280 74
Tower of Power is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Jazz-funk, Smooth jazz, Rhythm and blues

16
243 60
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

17
126 18
Zapp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Hip hop music, Electro, G-funk

18
162 32
Brick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

19
114 17
Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Rhythm and blues, Funk

20
122 20
War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

21
112 17
Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Rhythm and blues, Funk

22
171 40
Heatwave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

23
174 43
Graham Central Station is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

24
159 38
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

25
183 53
The Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
OliverBerger added Minneapolis sound