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
Al Green funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Bobby Womack funk & soul Douglas Showalter
Sweet Thing
Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan funk & soul Douglas Showalter
Skin Trade
Duran Duran
Duran Duran funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Son of a Preacher Man
Dusty Springfield
Dusty Springfield funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Shining Star
Earth, Wind, and Fire
Earth, Wind, and Fire funk & soul Kenny Echizen
Knock on Wood
Eddie Floyd
Eddie Floyd funk & soul Tom Finch
At Last
Etta James
Etta James funk & soul Sharon Aguilar
It's Your Thing
Isley Brothers
Isley Brothers funk & soul Douglas Showalter
Night Train (Instrumental)
James Brown & The Famous Flames
James Brown & The Famous Flames funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Junior Walker and the All Stars
Junior Walker and the All Stars funk & soul Anders Mouridsen
That's the Way I Like It
KC and the Sunshine Band
KC and the Sunshine Band funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Perfect World
Marcella Detroit
Marcella Detroit funk & soul Mike Olekshy
This Love
Maroon 5
Maroon 5 funk & soul Henrik Linde
Otis Redding funk & soul Lee Wanner
I Wanna Testify
Parliament funk & soul Douglas Showalter
Prince funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Prince funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Prince funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Rick James
Rick James funk & soul Andy Gurley