Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Funk songs of all time 2017, Funk is a music genre that originated in the mid-1960’s when African American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new arrangement of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Funk put more emphasis on chord progressions more than the melody and brings a strong rhythmic indentation of a bass line played by an electric bassist and a drum part played by a drummer to the foreground. Funk songs are based on an extended vamp on a single chord, distinguishing them from R&B and soul songs, which are built on complex chord progressions. Funk uses the same richly-colored extended chords found in jazz.
The list below is made up of songs we feel are the best Funk songs of all time. Take a look.
- 10. Word Up – Cameo
- 9. Juicy Fruit – Mtume
- 8. Superfreak – Rick James
- 7. Controversy- Prince
- 6. Good Times – Chic
- 5. Tear the Roof Off – Parliament
- 4. Jungle Love-The Time
- 3. Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads
- 2. My Name is Mud – Primus
- 1. Flashlight – Parliament
Here we present the list of top 10 best Funk songs of all time 2017.
10. Word Up – Cameo
Cameo the band was formed in 1974 with 10 members who did deep Funk songs. These guys did some amazing dance numbers. Cameo recorded this hit in 1986. It got massive air play and become very popular thus becoming one of their successful songs.
Word Up is a party song with great drums that sound out of this world. This group was very experimental with their sound not to mention their inventiveness with the lyrics. The surviving members of the band still perform to date.
9. Juicy Fruit – Mtume
Juicy Fruit is a song written by James Mtume and released as the lead-off single from Mtume’s third album, also titled Juicy Fruit. This mid-tempo song is arguably Mtume’s most well-known, proving enormously successful when first released.
The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart on June 1983 and remained there for eight weeks. It’s one dope rap song. A fitting song in this list
8. Superfreak – Rick James
Super Freak is a 1981 single produced and performed by Rick James. The song was a hit and became James well known songs. The song talks about a wild- freak chic that you can’t take home to your mother. James is a lyrical prodigy. To put dark lyrics into a dance music was a really interesting contrast.
The song topped charts and got a Grammy nomination in 1982. We love this songs and it deserves a spot on this list.
7. Controversy- Prince
Controversy is a very much traditional funk track, where you don’t have many chord changes. It’s a funky groove. It’s dance music. The song was released in 1981. So much is covered in this song, religion, looks, sexual orientation – that the title for when it came out was perfect – Controversy!
Prince is underrated but he deserves more of our attention for being a legend of his time. Up to his demise, Prince still recorded music and so much is yet to be released.
6. Good Times – Chic
Good Times” is a song by American R&B band Chic from their third album Risqué (1979). This song was one of the best songs of 1979. It topped the charts and sold over five million copies
Good times is a Classic. It has been redone so many times by various artists. Niles Rodgers does an exceptional job with this song. He does these crazy jazz chords which would look easy to perform but in hindsight are very hard to do. On the other hand, it’s the most enjoyable easy listen song.
5. Tear the Roof Off – Parliament
Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker) is a funk song by Parliament. It was the second single to be released from Parliament’s 1975 album Mothership Connection.
The song performed well on the charts. With its easy to sing along to chorus, it is one of the most well-known Funk songs. It also became Parliament’s first certified million-selling single
My personal favorite. It’s beautifully orchestrated and beautifully produced. It’s just beautifully crafted.
4. Jungle Love-The Time
Jungle Love is a song from The Time’s third album, Ice Cream Castle. The track was one of the first songs recorded for the album.
Jungle Love is a funk-pop track relying mainly on bass, analog synthesizer and drum machines, although there are elements of new wave keyboards and a rock guitar solo, allowing the song to cross musical boundaries. This song is amazing.
3. Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads
Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991.the group has been hailed as one of the pioneers of a new sound which is Funk by mixing features of punk, art rock, funk, pop and world music with unconventional to create a clean-cut image.
Once in a Lifetime is one of their best songs recorded in 1981. It’s groovy and has a genuinely heartfelt quality that they’d never achieved up till this point. It’s a pure original Funk.
2. My Name is Mud – Primus
Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California. 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 computers now, but when I see bands like Primus I have to rethink that statement.
My Name is Mud is a raw simplistic contagiousness of the bass line combined with the unabashed cold-blooded-ness of the lyrics makes this one persuasively fabulous. This song is awesome! Without a doubt my favourite of ours.
1. Flashlight – Parliament
Parliament was a vocal group based in New Jersey formed in the 1950’s by George Clinton, Ray Davis, Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, and Grady Thomas with Clinton leading the group. Parliament refined Funk and established a sound that revolutionized the music industry and is one of the greatest musical acts of all time.
Parliament are a true pure funk band. Flash Light is the song that propelled them to fame. The song topped pop charts and went on to sell over a million copies which was a record. This song never gets old and has been covered many times by other artists. Many artists have tried to imitate Parliament’s style but come close. These guys are veterans of Funk. Flashlight is a classic that tops our list
This list does not even begin to scratch the surface of how awesome Funk music can be. The best way to enjoy this music is by exploring this genre by starting with this list. Go on and discover this genre and please let us know which are your favourite funk songs below.