Funk Songs

Though not without heavy roots in blues and jazz, modern funk music is known more for rhythmic repetitiveness and less for melodic sequencing.

Stylistically, funk guitar follows the same regimen. Heavy rhythms that repeat the same chord and/or note for multiple measures are extremely typical and often mean that the electric guitar becomes more exclusively a rhythm-focused instrument.

In many cases, electric bass and drums are in the foreground of tracks, while the electric guitar takes more of a background role.

While many excellent funk guitarists have flown under the radar of mainstream music, a few names you might recognize would be James Brown, Prince, Mark Ronson and John Frusciante, all of whom would fall under the funk category.

Funk Songs

info title artist style difficulty instructor
Otis Redding funk & soul Lee Wanner
The Jackson 5
The Jackson 5 funk & soul Sharon Aguilar
Bobby Womack funk & soul Douglas Showalter
At Last
Etta James
Etta James funk & soul Sharon Aguilar
Brick House
The Commodores
The Commodores funk & soul Andy Gurley
War funk & soul Joel Van Dijk
Cissy Strut
The Meters
The Meters funk & soul Anders Mouridsen
Cool Jerk
The Capitols
The Capitols funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Prince funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Have You Seen Her
The Chi-Lites
The Chi-Lites funk & soul Henrik Linde
The Four Tops funk & soul Sharon Aguilar
I Second That Emotion
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles funk & soul Douglas Showalter
I Wanna Testify
Parliament funk & soul Douglas Showalter
I'll Take You There
Staples Singers
Staples Singers funk & soul Mike Olekshy
It's Your Thing
Isley Brothers
Isley Brothers funk & soul Douglas Showalter
Prince funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Knock on Wood
Eddie Floyd
Eddie Floyd funk & soul Tom Finch
Prince funk & soul Mike Olekshy
War funk & soul Douglas Showalter
My Girl
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones funk & soul Anders Mouridsen