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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824 133
Parliament-Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic soul, P-Funk, Soul music
2
452 106
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
371 90
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music
4
396 102
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal
5
345 90
Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
6
336 87
Cameo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Hip hop music, Disco, Electro
7
305 76
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added New Wave, Disco, Pop music
8
312 79
Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added
9
409 117
Prince is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
10
306 78
Tower of Power is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Jazz-funk, Smooth jazz, Rhythm and blues
11
177 30
The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Disco, Electro, Contemporary R&B
12
147 21
War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music
13
219 45
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
254 59
Slave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
15
146 21
Zapp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Hip hop music, Electro, G-funk
16
223 47
The Brothers Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk
17
263 64
Barkays is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added
18
262 64
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues
19
131 19
Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Rhythm and blues, Funk
20
173 35
Brick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk
21
130 20
Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Rhythm and blues, Funk
22
188 43
Heatwave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk
23
187 44
Graham Central Station is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
24
179 41
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro
25
194 55
The Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
OliverBerger added Minneapolis sound