Best Funk Songs

Best Funk Songs

James Brown, Kool & The Gang, The Isley Brothers, The Temptations; those were some good times indeed. Here's a look at how far funk has traveled after being created by James Brown in the 60s.
If you listen to a lot of old funk records, the drums are really small. But you don't perceive it like that because the groove is so heavy. - Lenny Kravitz

Funk mostly concentrates on bass guitar music pieces and drum beats, rather than comprising too much melodies and harmonies. There is a notable presence of rhythm guitar and keyboard sounds though. Recent developments in conventional funk music includes touches of rock and metal music genres.

20 Best Funk Songs
  • (Not Just) Knee Deep - Funkadelic
  • Atomic Dog - George Clinton
  • Chameleon - Herbie Hancock
  • Cissy Strut - The Meters
  • Cult Of Personality - Living Colour
  • Flash Light - Parliament
  • Freddie's Dead - Fishbone
  • Get Up Offa That Thing - James Brown
  • It's Your Thing - The Isley Brothers
  • More Bounce to the Ounce - Zapp
  • One Nation Under a Groove - Funkadelic
  • Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
  • Renegades Of Funk - Rage Against The Machine
  • Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin
  • Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud - James Brown
  • Super Freak - Rick James
  • Superfly - Curtis Mayfield
  • Superstition - Stevie Wonder
  • Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly & the Family Stone
  • When Doves Cry - Prince & The Revolution
List of Other Notable Funk Songs
  • Amen, Brother - Winstons
  • Apache - Incredible Bongo Band
  • Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today) - The Temptations
  • Brick House - Commodores
  • Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me?) - Gap Band
  • Bustin' Loose - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers
  • Car Wash - Rose Royce
  • Clean Up Woman - Betty Wright
  • Cloud Nine - The Temptations
  • Computer Love - Zapp & Roger
  • Cutie Pie - One Way
  • Dazz - Brick
  • Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) - B.T. Express
  • Don't Stop ('Til You Get Enough) - Michael Jackson
  • Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone
  • Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside
  • Fire - Ohio Players
  • For the Love of Money - O'Jays
  • Funkin' for Jamaica - Tom Browne
  • Funky Broadway - Dyke & The Blazers
  • Funky Stuff - Kool & The Gang
  • Future Shock - Curtis Mayfield
  • Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club
  • Get Down On It - Kool & The Gang
  • Get on the Good Foot - James Brown
  • Get the Funk Out of Ma Face - Brothers Johnson
  • Give It to Me Baby - Rick James
  • Groove Me - King Floyd
  • Heartbeat - Taana Gardner
  • Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
  • Hollywood Swinging - Kool & The Gang
  • Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly & The Family Stone
  • I Can't Stand the Rain - Ann Peebles
  • I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl) - Instant Funk
  • I'll Take You There - Staple Singers
  • It's Just Begun - Jimmy Castor Bunch
  • Jungle Boogie - Kool & The Gang
  • Just Kissed My Baby - Meters
  • Kiss - Prince & The Revolution
  • Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
  • Let it Whip - Dazz Band
  • Little Red Corvette - Prince & The Revolution
  • Living for the City - Stevie Wonder
  • Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players
  • Lovely Day - Bill Withers
  • Low Rider - War
  • Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
  • No Parking (On the Dance floor) - Midnight Star
  • Out of Sight - James Brown & The Famous Flames
  • P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up) - Parliament
  • Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown & The Famous Flames
  • Pick Up the Pieces - Average White Band
  • Play That Funky Music (White Boy) - Wild Cherry
  • Right Place, Wrong Time - Dr. John
  • Shakey Ground - The Temptations
  • Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Sign O' the Times - Prince
  • Slide - Slave
  • Stand! - Sly & The Family Stone
  • Tell Me Something Good - Rufus
  • The Jam - Graham Central Station
  • The Payback - James Brown
  • Think (About It) - Lyn Collins
  • Upside Down (Inside Out) - Diana Ross
  • Use Me - Bill Withers
  • War - Edwin Starr
  • What is Hip? - Tower of Power
  • Word Up - Cameo
  • You Dropped a Bomb on Me - Gap Band
  • You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate
Though funk music was typically played by African-Americans, it is being played and experimented in almost all countries at present. Hence, there are new sub-genres coming up like funk rock, funk metal, G-funk, funk jam, and similar others.
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