Top Ten Funk Bands

Funk Rock, Funk Metal, Punk Funk, Funkcore, Funk, even. maybe. yeah.

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. 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!

My favourite band of all time

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 distinction 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 ...more - Eddiej

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

2 Parliament/Funkadelic

Make my Funk the P Funk, I wants my Funk Uncut!

Best band of all time.

Not only the greatest funk band (Parliament particularly), but also one of the best bands ever, any genre. The musicians were aces, Clinton ruled. Funkentelechy is the best song ever, with the best bass ever, and they have so many great songs. Not debatable.

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!

3 Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin, and Afro pop. They have been described as one of the most innovative and commercially successful bands of all time.

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

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

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

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!

I especially like their song everyday people - Ajkloth

6 Cameo

Baddest funk bad ever!

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

Hard core Funk and amazing slow jams. They are the Best Funk band ever!

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7 Ohio Players

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

They where the first band to incorporate funk jazz and r&b in the same song that I remember

8 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock 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

9 Zapp

One of the best funk bands ever

Zap and Roger is the reason why I love funk

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 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 has a better bass player and singer Les Claypool does both of these things I can't listen to RHCP because their singer is bad and sings out of tune even on some studio releases - christangrant

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

12 Kool & the Gang

This is definition of funk rock! Great band!

Best Band over all Genres ever! Most sampled Music Group in history. More too say? of the best live bands Band over all Genres!

Not to compare to others...Just great!

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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 Mr. Bungle was an American experimental rock band from Northern California. Known for a highly eclectic style, the band often cycled through several musical genres within the course of a single song, including heavy metal, avant-garde jazz, ska, disco as well as funk.
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

Absolutely the number one funk band ever!

Is there any doubt?

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!

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

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.
21 Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985. The band consists of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney.
22 Vulfpeck

This is pure funk with massive feelz! If you were to extract the "funk" from every band on this list and make a potion that would instantly enable musicians to embody perfect platonian funk, those musicians would form Vulfpeck.

Joe Dart!

23 Fishbone

Yea these guys should be higher on the chart.

Why is fishbone never mentioned? RHCP really? Rage? Come on people!

World's Baddest Band
Great music and even greater live shows.

24 The Meters

No Meters, no almost anyone else on this list.

The Meters are the kings of New Orleans funk and a huge influence to RHCP.

Should be way way way up this list! Seriously way up there!

25 The Bar Kays


26 Jamiroquai

Jamiroquai is amazing! Their debut was more acid jazz, but over the albums it becomes funky!

They are playing acid jazz but they have a funky spirit and their basslines are kickass.

27 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi 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 more.

best ever

28 Bob Marley & The Wailers

The greatest Reggae band has no business on a funk band list! come on guys!

29 Steely Dan Steely Dan Steely Dan is an American rock band founded by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals) in 1972.

These guys are the epitome of funk man. - fireinside96

These guys are great, I don't know how this group is so low

30 Stone City Band

Rick James and the Stone City Band were the meaning of funk in the 1970s 1980s

31 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.
32 KC and the Sunshine Band
33 Level 42
34 War

Low Rider. - Gehenna

35 The Funk, the Whole Funk, Nothing But the Funk
36 Average White Band

Pick Up The Pieces is a true master piece. Live versions are just awesome.

37 Bootsy's Rubber Band


38 King's X
39 Extreme

Funky metal for sure, especially the earlier stuff.

40 Spin Doctors

Happy, enthusiastic funk rock, they really rock

41 The New Mastersounds

Best modern funk band, as well as life as on records

42 Finger Eleven

And quite honestly doesn't makes any sense without F11!

43 The Fatback Band
44 Clutch Clutch Clutch is an American rock band from Frederick, Maryland, originating in Germantown, Maryland. Its four members met while in high school in Germantown and consider themselves a Frederick-based band where they write/rehearse for every album/tour.
45 Rick James & the Stone City Band!

This is a joke these guys are so low on this list

Rick & his band was no joke

Slick Rick should be much higher on this list!

He created a whole type of music called punk funk!

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46 Hoobastank Hoobastank Hoobastank is an American rock band, formed in 1994 in Agoura Hills, California with lead singer Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin, drummer Chris Hesse, and original bassist Markku Lappalainen.
47 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

Due to Bonham's funk and groove style of playing the drums all of led zep's songs are funky, but they also had one of the best funk rock songs of all time in 'Trampled Underfoot'.

48 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.
49 Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, more.

Another rock band on a funk band list! Are you guys serious? Where is One Way? War? Slave? Zapp?

All hail to Arctic Monkeys

omfg artic monkeys = best punk band ever! 1

This shoul be at TOP dude

50 Faith No More Faith No More Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current moniker in 1983, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man.

Excuse me? Faith No More are pretty much the pioneers of funk rock. RHCP only copied their style when they did Blood Sugar Sex Magic, before that it was all hillbilly stuff. These guys have always stayed to their roots and have experimented with fusing funk with metal, punk and even classical music. - metaldude8

I have no idea who these guys are but I do know that they do not warrant the number 10 spot on this list! Where is The Fatback Band? Slave? or even Chic?

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Top Remixes

1. Parliament/Funkadelic
2. Earth, Wind & Fire
3. The Brothers Johnson
1. Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Frank Zappa
3. Primus
1. Sly and the Family Stone
2. Parliament/Funkadelic
3. Ohio Players


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