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
Shotgun
Junior Walker and the All Stars
Junior Walker and the All Stars funk & soul Anders Mouridsen
My Girl
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones funk & soul Anders Mouridsen
Cissy Strut
The Meters
The Meters funk & soul Anders Mouridsen
Brick House
The Commodores
The Commodores funk & soul Andy Gurley
Superfreak
Rick James
Rick James funk & soul Andy Gurley
I Second That Emotion
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles funk & soul Douglas Showalter
Bobby Womack funk & soul Douglas Showalter
It's Your Thing
Isley Brothers
Isley Brothers funk & soul Douglas Showalter
I Wanna Testify
Parliament
Parliament funk & soul Douglas Showalter
Sweet Thing
Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan funk & soul Douglas Showalter
War funk & soul Douglas Showalter
This Love
Maroon 5
Maroon 5 funk & soul Henrik Linde
Have You Seen Her
The Chi-Lites
The Chi-Lites funk & soul Henrik Linde
War funk & soul Joel Van Dijk
Shining Star
Earth, Wind, and Fire
Earth, Wind, and Fire funk & soul Kenny Echizen
Otis Redding funk & soul Lee Wanner
Ooo Baby Baby
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Cool Jerk
The Capitols
The Capitols funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Night Train (Instrumental)
James Brown & The Famous Flames
James Brown & The Famous Flames funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Put It Where You Want It
The Crusaders featuring Larry Carlton
The Crusaders featuring Larry Carlton funk & soul Mike Olekshy