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The Best Funk Bands/Artists 

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Updated March 30, 2020 18.7k votes 3.1k voters 236.5k views 124 items

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
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Sly & the Family Sto... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Genre: Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk & Funk metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Hip hop music, Synthpop & New Wave; Nationality: United States of America
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Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Cameo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Rick James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Genre: New Wave, Disco & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
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Tower of Power is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Genre: Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Slave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Barkays is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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The Brothers Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Con Funk Shun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Graham Central Station ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk & Electro; Nationality: United States of America
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War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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The Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Heatwave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Zapp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Brick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
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