The Best Go Go Groups/Artists

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Upvote your faovrite go-go groups and artists

Go go artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List includes any good go go band label, album and biographical information when available if you click on the names. This list of the top go go bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Go go groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all go go bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest go go bands of all time, since the most famous go go artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best go go music.

You can click on the go go band names to see more information about that particular notable go go group. If they're near the top of the best go go artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top gogo bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the go go band names themselves. Since go-go music originated in Washington DC in the mid 60s-70s, many of the artists who play that subgenre of funk music are from the DC area.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different artists, including Amerie and Wale. You get to decide which artists are the best by voting for your favorites. If you like The Big Hurt or Sy Smith, then make your voice heard.

All important, significant and iconic names in go go music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new go go bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of go go, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into go go music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good go go bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent go go bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best go go bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest go go 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 go go bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

  • 1
    155 votes
    Charles Louis Brown (August 22, 1936 – May 16, 2012) was an American guitarist, bandleader and singer who has garnered the honorific nickname "The Godfather of Go-Go". Go-go is a subgenre of funk music developed in and around the Washington metropolitan area in the mid-1970s. While its musical classification, influences, and origins are debated, Brown is regarded as the fundamental force behind the creation of go-go music.
    • Genres (Music): Go-go, Funk
    • Albums: The Other Side, Greatest Hits, The Best of Chuck Brown, We're About the Business, Hah Man
    • Nationality: United States of America
  • Rare Essence
    Photo: user uploaded image
    148 votes
    Rare Essence is an American go-go band from Washington, D.C.
    • Genres (Music): Go-go
    • Albums: We Go on and On, Rare Essence Live Pa #6: Back at the Tradewinds 10-5-2004, Get Your Freak On
  • Junk Yard Band
    Photo: user uploaded image
    127 votes
    The Junk Yard Band is a go-go band, founded in the early 1980s by children playing on improvised instruments. They are best known for their song, Sardines.
    • Genres (Music): Go-go
    • Albums: Go Hard, Creepin' Thru Da Hoodz, The Word / Sardines
  • 4
    78 votes
    • Albums: Skillet, Bottle of Tears
  • Trouble Funk
    Photo: Kevin Coombe / Flickr
    73 votes
    Trouble Funk is an American R&B and funk band from Washington, D.C. The group helped to popularize funk and the subgenre go-go in the Washington metropolitan area. Among the band's well-known songs are the go-go anthem "Hey, Fellas". They released several studio albums including Drop the Bomb, In Times of Trouble, Live, and Trouble Over Here Trouble Over There (UK #54), and two live albums, Trouble Funk: Straight Up Go-Go Style and Saturday Night Live. In 1982, they released a single "So Early in the Morning" on D.E.T.T Records, later reissued on diverse labels as 2.13.61 & Tuff City. Trouble Funk sometimes shared the stage with hardcore punk bands of the day such as Minor Threat and the ...more
    • Genres (Music): Go-go, Funk
    • Albums: Drop the Bomb, Trouble Over Here, Trouble Over There, Let's Get Small, Funkin' the Classics
  • Kirk Guitar Thompson
    Video: YouTube

    From: Washington DC, United States
    Genre:R&B, Jazz, Pop
    Kirk Guitar Thompson is an American recording artist, singer, songwriter and musician and Guitarist. He has 6 Albums and 2 singles

    • Genres (Music): R&B/Go-go/Jazz
    • Albums: Sweething, Peeling Back toThe Funk
    • Nationality: United Stares of America