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Fusing elements of funk and rock, funk rock has been popular due its melding of these respectively different genres. Since the 1960s, funk rock has evolved from a niche genre. Then itexploded in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming popular and emerging as a style that dominated the airwaves and album sales. With groovy bass lines, funky drum beats, and distorted guitars, funk rock is something that remains a great influence on rock music today and the best funk rock bands are looked upon fondly by history for their contributions to popular music.

So what are the best funk rock bands and musicians? Whenever you think about funk rock, the first names that come to mind are the likes of Sly & the Family Stone, Parliament, Red Hot Chili Peppers (who actually had Parliament's George Clinton to produce one of their albums), Prince, and Faith No More. These bands are widely recognized as funk rock's best outfits and their position on this list reflects that.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best funk rock bands. These funk rock bands are considered top notch, but if you think someone is a glaring omission, feel free to add them.
This list answers the questions "who are the best funk-rock bands of all time?" and "Who is the greatest funk-rock 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 popular funk-rock bands that you might've heard of.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

2
169 40
Prince is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

3
152 38
Parliament-Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Parliament-Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, P-Funk, Soul music

4
111 35
Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Sly & the Family Stone Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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68 18
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
mwlittletreasures added James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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62 16
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
mwlittletreasures added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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76 28
George Clinton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
George Clinton Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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52 27
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
BrianHardy1 added Rick James New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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68 43
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Jk01234 added Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

10
56 32
War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
War Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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49 28
The Time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
The Time Minneapolis sound

12
51 30
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Ohio Players Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

13
33 18
New Power Generation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
New Power Generation Hip hop music, New Wave, Pop music

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46 32
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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41 29
CHIC is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
CHIC Disco, Rock music, Reggae

16
43 35
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

17
25 23
Betty Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Betty Davis Rock music, Soul music, Glam rock

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29 29
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Mother's Finest Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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20 22
Brick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
JackSferlazza added Brick Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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5 4
The Bar Kays is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added The Bar Kays

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19 26
Wild Cherry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Wild Cherry Disco, Pop music, Rock music

The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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19 29
Slave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
JackSferlazza added Slave Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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16 25
D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
D'Angelo Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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2 5
Vulfpeck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
cbaird19 added Vulfpeck

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1 4
Fugi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Fugi

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12 21
Black Merda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Black Merda Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Funk rock

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15 28
Mazarati is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Mazarati New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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10 22
Lafayette Afro Rock Band is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Lafayette Afro Rock Band Disco, Jazz, Funk rock

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20 39
Toto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Toto Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

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6 20
Trapeze is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Trapeze Blues-rock, Funk rock, Hard rock

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6 20
Robert Randolph & The Family B... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
SupaMan added Robert Randolph & The Family Band Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Jam band

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4 21
Black Nasty is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time

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3 21
Bonerama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Bonerama New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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3 21
Blast Funktion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Dago added Blast Funktion Funk Rock Fusion - French band composed of 8 members, with a horns section. Influenced by Red Hot Chili Peppers, FFF, Rage Against The Machine, Fishbone, Living Colour, Maceo Parker, ... You'll find their tunes on Soundcloud : ...

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2 21
Shotgun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time

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1 20
Republic of Loose is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Republic of Loose Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal