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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
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 Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
3
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music
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Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal
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Cameo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Hip hop music, Disco, Electro
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Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
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Rick James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added New Wave, Disco, Pop music
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Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added
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The Brothers Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
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Con Funk Shun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
12
Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues
13
Tower of Power is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Jazz-funk, Smooth jazz, Rhythm and blues
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Barkays is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added
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The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Disco, Electro, Contemporary R&B
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Slave is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
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Zapp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Hip hop music, Electro, G-funk
18
War is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music
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Brick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
FunkyFunctioner added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk
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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro
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Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
GeorgeE.Laster added Rhythm and blues, Funk
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Graham Central Station is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
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Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Rickey Vincent added Rhythm and blues, Funk
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Heatwave is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk
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The Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Bands/Artists
OliverBerger added Minneapolis sound