New Funk Music: The Best of 2021

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A guide to the best new funk music of 2021. If you’re a fan of the genre, or just looking to discover some new music, check out this list!


New Funk Music: The Best of 2021 is a comprehensive guide to the best funk music of the year. This guide features artist interviews, album reviews, and more.

What is Funk Music?

Funk is a music genre that originated in African-American communities in the mid-1960s. The term “funk” refers to a style of danceable, rhythmic music that was popularized by African American musicians. Funk music is characterized by a strong bass line, syncopated rhythms, and often times horn or percussion-based melodies. Some of the most popular funk artists include James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly and the Family Stone, and George Clinton.

The Best Funk Songs of 2021

Funk music is a genre that is often overlooked. It’s time to give funk its due and take a look at the best funk songs of 2021. From Bruno Mars to Anderson .Paak, there are plenty of artists keeping the funk alive. Check out our list of the best funk songs of the year.

“Funk You Up” by The Internet

Formed in Los Angeles in early 2011, The Internet is a band made up of Syd the Kyd (lead vocals, keyboard), Matt Martians (keyboard, production), Patrick Paige II (bass guitar), Christopher Smith (drums), and Steve Lacy (guitar). They are currently signed to Odd Future’s label.

Their debut album, Purple Naked Ladies, was released on Odd Future Records in December 2011. The album was supported by three singles: “Cocaine”, “Love Song”, and “She said”.

“Funk You Up” is the lead single from their second studio album, Feel Good. The song was released on August 12, 2013.

“I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince

Love was certainly in the air when Prince wrote and recorded “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” The track is an ode to physical love, but also includes some spiritual lyrics about unity and connection. The result is a sensual and funky anthem that has become one of Prince’s most iconic songs.

“I Wanna Be Your Lover” was the lead single from Prince’s self-titled second album, which was released in October 1979. The song was an instant hit, reaching the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It was also a success in Europe, reaching the Top 10 in several countries.

In addition to its commercial success, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” is also widely hailed as one of Prince’s best songs. The track has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including Madonna, who paid tribute to Prince with a performance of the song at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

“Kiss” by Prince

When it comes to pure funk, few artists can touch the greatness of The Purple One. “Kiss” was one of his most famous tracks, and for good reason – it’s an absolute bop. The song is all about the groove, and Prince’s iconic guitar licks and vocals make it impossible to resist moving your body. You can’t help but smile when you hear this track, and that’s what funk is all about.

“Super Freak” by Rick James

Rick James’ “Super Freak” is a stone-cold classic of the funk genre, and it’s still as fresh and relevant today as it was when it was first released back in 1981. The song went on to become a massive hit, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming one of James’ signature tunes.

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars is one of the best funk songs of 2021. The song was released as a single on November 10, 2014, and it quickly rose to the top of the charts. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, and it also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and many other countries. The song won two Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year.


In conclusion, there is a lot of amazing new funk music being created by artists all over the world. This list is just a small sampling of the great new funk albums that have been released in 2021. If you’re a fan of funk music, be sure to check out these albums and support these talented artists.

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