Following on from my jazz playlist I’ve got a new 30-track playlist for one of my favourite and most listened to genres of music…funk. This is the second post in my twelve-part series ’30 Best . . . Tracks That You Need To Listen To’. In each post I take you through a specific genre of music varying from jazz to soul to new wave. This time I’ve picked out 30 of the best funk tracks that you seriously need to listen to.
A Very Brief History Of Funk Music
Like jazz, funk music originated in African-American communities, however it came about in the mid ‘60s. When it comes to its style, funk can be characterised as being rhythmic and danceable. It brings together soul, jazz and blues and focuses on a strong groovy bassline and drum beat. A few sub genres of funk include psychedelic funk, avant funk (like Talking Head for example) and funk metal. And a lot of hip hop music that we hear today will often use samples of older funk music. Which is one of my favourite things to spot in music.
If you want to do some of your own reading about funk music as a genre then you can check out the full wiki page here.
30 Best Funk Tracks That You Need To Listen To Now: The Playlist
My Favourites from the Playlist…
I have to admit that choosing a few favourites is bloody difficult! Although…that being said, one of my all time favourite songs is definitely Earth, Wind & Fire’s Let’s Groove which, if you haven’t listened to it before, should be the first one you give a listen! As it says in the title, this song just makes you want to get up and have a little dance. Pretty much Earth, Wind & Fire’s entire discography has that kind of effect. Another favourite is Tim Maia’s O Caminho Do Bem. This is one of my go-to tracks for walking to. It’s got the kind of beat that just makes you feel like an absolute boss when you listen to it.
If I had to choose a final favourite it’d be Luther Vandross and his song Never Too Much. I’ve been a fan of this song for years and I’m sure it’ll be one that a lot of you will already know. Again it has that get-up-and-dance effect on me, as most funk songs do! Honestly I think I could go through every song on this playlist and describe how much I love it. But don’t worry, I’ll spare you the details!
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What are your thoughts on funk music? Have you listened to much funk music before? Let me know. If you have anymore suggestions of funk artists that I should give a listen to then drop them in the comments. I’m always looking for new artists to discover so send them my way! And if you haven’t had the chance to check out my jazz playlist then head over and give it a listen.
*Photography by Surya Urs via Unsplash