Get The Funk Out! Rockers, What Are Some Great Funk Songs?
So let's go off genre for a moment.
Any of You rockers out there like to get Funky?
What are some of the best Funk Songs You ever heard?
Here's My List
Let It Whip by The Dazz Band
Atomic Dog by George Clinton
Give Up The Funk by Parliment Funkadelic
Word Up by Cameo
Living In America by James Brown
Your Turn...Get Funky!!
- SmileyLv 41 decade agoBest Answer
Funkadelic and Parliament are two of my favorite funk bands Darth. Someone here mentioned the song Funk #49...this is not funk...it's hard rock by The James Gang (Joe Walsh), which I'm sure you're already aware of.
I own so many great Funk albums from the late 60's-70's.
The band Funkadelic were amazing, and Eddie Hazel is one of my favorite guitarists. His playing style was very much influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Ron Bykowski also played lead guitar for them...and he smokes as well!
Their albums, Maggot Brain, Free Your Mind & Your A** Will Follow, and America Eats it's Young were great examples of psychedelic funk...lots of cool fuzzy guitars and long jams.
By the 'Cosmic Slop' album, they had really become much more cohesive as a band, and had adopted a really cool funk/rock sound. The amazing lead guitar work of Eddie and Ron always took the forefront, with George Clinton's lyrical wit and humor not far behind. Bootsy Collins bass playing gave the band a great sound too, and his revolutionary technique/style was really starting to evolve around this time also.
These are some Funkadelic albums I know you'll enjoy:
Their first album (self titled) 1970
Free Your Mind...And Your A** Will Follow 1970
Maggot Brain 1971
America Eats Its Young 1972
Cosmic Slop 1973
Standing on the Verge of Getting It On 1974
Let's Take It to the Stage 1975
Parliament was another cool band, and featured George Clinton as well. The first Parliament album called 'Osmium' was released in 1970, and in my opinion is a funk/psych/rock masterpiece! Their second album was not released until 1974, and by that time their style had changed to the more typical 70's funk sound of the day...akin to Funkadelic.
Parliament featured many of the same members as Funkadelic, including Eddie Hazel and Bootsy Collins.
Here's a few other great Funk bands of the late 60s-70s.
As the 70's progressed, some of these bands began to verge on disco...so be careful! Though since you don't mind 'KC and the Sunshine Band'...this shouldn't bother you at all... LOL
Tower of Power
Sly and the Family Stone
Rufus & Chaka Khan
Kool & the Gang
The New Birth
Here's some of my favorite funk songs:
What is Hip? - Tower of Power
Hit it and Quit it - Funkadelic
Cissy Strut - The Meters
Jungle Boogie - Kool & The Gang
My Automobile - Parliament
Chameleon - Herbie Hancock
Fencewalk - Mandrill
Sex Machine - Sly and the Family Stone
Got to Get a Knutt - The New Birth
Run Charlie Run - The Temptations
Play That Funky Music (White Boy) - Wild Cherry
Nappy Dugout - Funkadelic
Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine) Part I - James Brown
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
Backstabbers - The O'Jays
No Head, No Backstage Pass - Funkadelic
You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate
Pain - Ohio Players
Low Rider - War
Jimmy's Got a Little Bit of ***** in Him - Funkadelic
You seemed to have developed a passion for 70s jazz fusion lately, and many bands/artists like Return to Forever, Deodato, Stanley Clarke, Weather Report, Alphonse Mouzon...and many others verged on funkiness too.
Check out Stanley Clark's album 'School Days'...I think you'll really enjoy that too...great funk grooves!
Edit - Now Playing: Funky Woman by 'Mahogany Rush'...definitely not a funk tune or band, but it's easy to see how someone might get confused, based on the title of the song...LOL
- 1 decade ago
Your list is so complete, people, it's hard to come in and make the save this time. EXCELLENT list. If Smiley doesn't get the Best Answer this time I'm phoning the FBI.
I have some favorites that are more obscure and missed the group, but then I'm also not surprised - since this is my passion to find the nuggets that the world overlooks.
The Winstons (1969) - Color Him Father
Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers (1979) - Bustin' Loose
Xavion (1984) - Eat Your Heart Out (similar to Living Colour!)
Don't forget the baritone lovemongers out there, Barry White and Isaac Hayes.Source(s): My collection
- MontagLv 51 decade ago
Funk and some funk rock. Not all of these are by actual funk artists though.
"Brick House" by The Commodores
"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" by Sly & The Family Stone
"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder
"Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine" by James Brown
"Kiss" by Prince
"One Nation Under a Groove" by Funkadelic
"Give up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" by Parliament
"Stomp!" by The Brothers Johnson
"Naked in the Rain" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire
"Cissy Strut" by The Meters
"Celebration" by Kool & The Gang
"Pow" by Graham Central Station
"What is Hip?" by Tower of Power
"Epic" by Faith No More
"Papa Was A Rolling Stone" by The Temptations
"Play That Funky Music (White Boy)" by Wild Cherry
- Honorary WalrusLv 71 decade ago
Play That Funky Music-Wild Cherry
September-Earth Wind and Fire
Atomic Dog-George Clinton
Celebration-Kool And the Gang
Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)-Parliament
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- Dani GLv 71 decade ago
Ohio Players - Fire
Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up
Curtis Mayfield - Pusherman
James Brown - Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine
The O'Jays - For The Love of Money
The Commodores - Slippery When Wet
The Isley Bros - I Turned You On
George Clinton - Flashlight, Atomic Dog
- genaddtLv 71 decade ago
Afternoon Darth. I don't know if they are the best but these are my favorites:
~Baby Love - Mother's Finest
~Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly & The Family Stone
~Fire - The Ohio Players
~Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
~Burn Rubber On Me - The Gap Band
~Get the Funk Out Ma Face - The Brothers Johnson
~Let It Whip - The Dazz Band
~Jungle Love - The Time
~Theme from S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage
- SusanLv 44 years ago
Aside from the whole Danity Kane thing, I guess I'm really not surprised by much, musically. My tastes are SO all over the place. However, I will say that I was a Steely Dan fan for years before I ever even knew it. As dumb as that sounds, I had heard their music for YEARS and had always assumed that they were someone else (specifically, that "Do It Again" was a Santana song), and that I didn't really like Steely Dan. About five years ago, my (now) hubby, popped in a Steely Dan CD while we were on a road trip, and I went along with it to humor him. I was shocked to leanr that I has been a fan for years and didn't know it!
- Fonzie TLv 71 decade ago
Make it Funky- JB
More Bounce to the Ounce- Zapp
She's a Bad Mama Jama- Carl Carlton
King Kong- Jimmy Castor
many off your list too Darth. Esp. Atomic Dog
- 1 decade ago
To be honest, I really am not into funk (the original), but I was really dazzeled when I first heard Steven Wilson's (Porcupine Tree) early works with no-man (before PT) where they combined a quite unique sound of ambient pop with underlaying funky rythms and guitars.
Songs like "Housekeeping" and "Sweetheart Raw" really made me open my horizons, and let some "funky" music into my collection. Too bad the record is deleted, allthough I've seen it on e-bay once or twice. It's worth checking out.
- AceLv 71 decade ago
Superfreak Rick James
Living in America James Brown