Top Ten Funk Bands

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1Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Californian funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

RHCP for life.. Their awesome feel, energy and guitar that they impart in the songs is truly unimaginable.. Keidis, flea, fruiscante and chad smith are the fantastic four.. Hat's off!

Red Hot Chili Peppers are the perfect example for how the true rock music should it sound!

listen to any of their songs before 1995, then you'll believe me.

They are unique and in my opinion very underrated (at least in my country: The Netherlands). I love their music, I have never heard something better than the Chili Peppers

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2Parliament/Funkadelic

No group assembled a better assortment of musicians than parliament-Funkadelic. While they did not invent Funk music, they refined it and established a sound that revolutionized the music industry. Not given the credit they truly deserved until 10 years after their peak, they are finally acknowledged as one of the greatest bands of all-time! Better management by George Clinton would have produced additional years and numerous more hits!

Parliament Funkadelic, is the sound Red Hot Chilli Peppers have failed to imitate. They are the true pure funk band, Bootsy is an amazing student from James Brown, Bernie Worell is a keyboard mastermind and George Clinton a visionary. If you like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers fine, but don't act like they can funk the hardest, it's make my funk the P funk not the RHCP funk.

No question that George and company took the funk to new dimensions. Their sound has influenced generations of artists even to current day. Like the man himself said,"Funk is forever coming and 'ain't never going nowhere."

Please don't have white dudes as Number 1. Bad enough people think Clapton is the best Blues artist.

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3Earth, Wind & Fire

Best funk band of all time. Disagree? Go listen to Let's Groove. If that song doesn't make you dance then I don't know what will. - HumbleBee

What? Earth Wind & Fire would destroy anyone at making funk music - greatesttop10s

This is literally the band I think of when I think of funk. These guys are awesome.

All of their songs are good but my favorite is September.

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4The Brothers Johnson
5Sly and the Family StoneSly and the Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1967 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music.

Sly's bass player Larry Graham invented the technique of bass playing that is the cornerstone of funk. If you think Sly and the Family Stone is not a funk band then you have never heard "thank you for letting me be myself again"

Really great examples of classic funk. Truly the Kings & Queens of this genre.
You know how Elvis and Michael Jackson are the Kings of their genre, while Sly's the King of Funk!

I'm a funk professional. No doubt! I Like RHCP but this group can not be considered funk! Please!

I especially like their song everyday people - Ajkloth

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6Rage Against the MachineRage Against the Machine is a Nu-Metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Why is this metal-rock band rated this high on a funk band top ten list? Incredible! So RATM is better than pure funk bands such as Cameo, The Ohio Players and The Brothers Johnson (conspicuously absent on this bogus list by the way)? Is there some type of criteria here that makes rock, alternative, and punk bands eligible to be included on a FUNK BAND list simply because they a bass guitar riff or two in their sound? Unbelievable! - Terrax

These guys rocks and are really funky if you think that they are not you've got to learn more about music, RATM Mix a lot genres, Rap, Heavy Metal, Hip Hop and FUNK! Listen to Take the Power Back, Calm Like a Bomb, Bombtrack, Know your Enemy and obviously Killing in the Name, really funky tracks, they even covered a song called Renegades of Funk so...

RATM is incredible. They are the utmost most aggressive band that ever walked the face of the earth, and they managed to combine music and politics into a fantastic way. Love them. - lukestheman4

This is actually the 2nd best

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7Cameo

YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS! NUMBER 36? Cameo's body of work far surpasses the majority of those chosen above them! We're talking FUNK here, not rock! Cameo, along with the Brothers Johnson easily make the top ten! This list is totally bogus.

Cameo was a great funk band that was pretty consistent

8Ohio Players

Only one group came close to these guys and that was Slave, also from Ohio.

9Zapp

Zap and Roger is the reason why I love funk

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10Slave

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11PrimusPrimus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.

I see Primus as one of humanity's last attempts at decent music. And a damn good one, too. Perhaps music is fading into whatever noises you can get out of a computer now, but when I see bands like Primus I have to rethink that statement.

Hendrix is psychedelic rock for God's sake... Primus is real funk... And why aren't solo funk artists on the list? James Brown, George Clinton, Prince?

Primus created a new genre of music. It's the best genre in the world, and it goes by the name Primus.

Les Claypool is one of the respected bassist... That speaks volume of this band...

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12Kool & the Gang

Best Band over all Genres ever! Most sampled Music Group in history. More too say?

Not to compare to others...Just great!

Most sampled Music Group in history. More too say? Most sucessful R&B Band iof all Times.
No other Black Music Group sold so many records in the 80s like them. Questions?

13The Gap Band

Best funk band ever, period!

Best band ever and Charlie Wilson is The Greatest!

Love old school funk and Gap Band is my favorite!

Hitting you in the stomach!

14Dazz Band

The Dazz band is a one-hit wonder. No relevant body of work, no consistancy. How they are rated number 9 on this list is a head scratcher! And where the heck is The Brothers Johnson and Slave on this so-called Funk Band list? Whoever created this list is no true Funk Band purist.

15Tower of Power

I've seen TOP live and they're as tight live as they are on all their albums. They have extremely funky bass, horns, percussion and terrific vocals. They are the definition of funk in it's rawest form. Listening to Taxed to the Max and it's sweet!

ToP created the pure, urban-funk sound. Knockout horn section...maybe the best ever. Yes, I liked the Commodores and Earth, Wind, and Fire, but they turned the pure funk sound into Pop / Funk fusion. Lastly, the best Funk of all time was the Father of Funk himself, James Brown.

They never got the accolades they deserved. Pure music and joyful singing.

The best and still going strong

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16Frank ZappaFrank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

?! Is Frank Zappa a one-man funk band? This list is so fraudulent!

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17Commodores

I have most of #'s: 3,4,5,7,8 and 10's albums but I'm heaviest into the Commodores as of this second. #'s:3,5,7 and 10 have had many long periods of being my favorites like the commodores and that will never change. I'm a die hard fan of the artists I just listed. I don't like the commodores more or less than the others I listed but I had to vote the commodores for now!

18Con Funk Shun

ConFunkshun was a very good band but Brass Construction (conspicuously absent from this list) should be in this spot.

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19Jane's Addiction
20Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.V1 Comment
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1. Sly and the Family Stone
2. Parliament/Funkadelic
3. Ohio Players
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1. Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Primus
3. Rage Against the Machine
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1. Parliament/Funkadelic
2. Earth, Wind & Fire
3. The Brothers Johnson
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