Top Ten Funk Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American 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.

RHCP shouldn't even be in the top 30 of greatest funk bands of all time. They're not even the greatest funk-rock band--that honor goes to Parliament-Funkadelic, who were big influences on the Chili Peppers. Now, I'm not saying that the Chili Peppers aren't a good band, but some people act like they invented funk-rock and don't take into account influential and groundbreaking bands like P-Funk and Sly & the Family Stone who blazed the way for bands like RHCP and Rage Against the Machine and many other artists on this list.

I understand that people like to vote for their favorites on these lists, but some objectivity is in order, or these lists become nothing more than pointless popularity contests where everyone votes for their favorites without putting any critical thought into what they're voting for. I mean, I'm a huge Prince fan, but I'm not going to vote him the greatest rock artist of all time just because he has some elements of rock in his sound.

Head-to-head, ...more - Eddiej

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2 Parliament/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.

Anyone younger then forty may not realize just how great and influential this group was. They were singular in many ways. A true original that has been copied by bands like the Chili Peppers, Outcast, Prince, Earth, Wind and Fire and sampled by every classic hip hop artist.

Parliament-Funkadelic or Sly & the Family Stone should be in the top spot. The Chili Peppers are good, but they don't come close to the impact and influence that P-Funk have had on music. P-Funk influenced most of the bands on this list, including more recent ones like RHCP and Rage Against the Machine. P-Funk were true innovators and groundbreakers with talent to burn. The Chili Peppers don't come close in talent, impact or influence. People need to be a little more objective when voting on these lists. It's cool to have your favorites and all, but putting the Chili Peppers as the top funk of all time is just ludicrous. I wouldn't even put them in the top 30. - Eddiej

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3 Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, 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

Best band of all time and if you need any proof go listen to "in the stone"

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

EWF is the history of black music and funk movement itself! Absolutely sure it is the greatest soul and funk act to ever emerge the musical stardom. They are legends.

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4 The Brothers Johnson

Discovered by Quincy Jones, George "Lightning Licks" Johnson and his brother the late Louis "Thunder Thumbs" Johnson put together an incredible body of work. "Get the Funk Outta ma Face", "I'll Be Good To You", "Stomp", "Ain't We Funkin' Now", and my personal favorite, the magical "Strawberry Letter 23"! George's smooth vocals and strong guitar licks combined with Louis' out of this world thumb popping bass made for some of the best funk songs ever! - Terrax

5 Sly and the Family Stone Sly and the Family Stone Sly 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!

No. 2 if you ask me. - Funkadelian

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6 Cameo

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

Really? This band sucks

7 Ohio Players

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

8 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a Funk 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

Funk? - Himalayansalt

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9 Zapp

Zap and Roger is the reason why I love funk

One of the best funk bands ever

Fantastic funksters! Should be in top ten!

10 Slave

Some classy funk that was clean surreal

The Contenders

11 Primus Primus Primus 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.

Primus is a Rock band, not a funk band! They have no place on this list! - Terrax

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12 Kool & the Gang

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

Timeless...one of the best live bands ever...best Band over all Genres!

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?

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

Frank Zappa? On a funk band top ten list? Really? - Terrax

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

A true genius, this guy played ALL kinds pf music brilliantly

14 The 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!

15 Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
16 Dazz 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.

17 Tower 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.

Their entire discography is the very best. Should be number one, followed by EW&F, Sly, Average White Band. All others are pretenders.

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18 Commodores

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!

19 Con Funk Shun

True funk-horns and bass

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

20 Living Colour Living Colour Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by heavy metal, punk rock, funk, jazz, hip hop and alternative rock.
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1. Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Frank Zappa
3. Primus
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1. Parliament/Funkadelic
2. Earth, Wind & Fire
3. The Brothers Johnson
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1. Sly and the Family Stone
2. Parliament/Funkadelic
3. Ohio Players
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