The Best Soul and Funk Music of 2020

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A look at the best soul and funk music of 2020, featuring artists like Gary Clark Jr., D’Angelo, and Michael Kiwanuka.

The Best Soul and Funk Music of 2020

The best soul and funk songs of 2020 give us a funky groove that makes us want to get up and dance. The beats are catchy and the lyrics are often positive and uplifting. This genre of music is perfect for getting us through these tough times.

Best Funk Albums of 2020

Funk albums, artists and songs have been widely celebrated in 2020. Some of the most well-known funk musicians include Parliament-Funkadelic, James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and Prince.

The best funk albums of 2020 have been nominated for Grammy Awards and have received critical acclaim from music critics. Many of these artists have been inspired by the classic sounds of 1970s funk music.

Here are some of the best funk albums of 2020:

-Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
– Negro Swan by Blood Orange
– Free Nationals by Free Nationals
– It Is What It Is by Thundercat
– Black on Both Sides by Orlando Julius & The Afrosounders

Best Soul Albums of 2020

It’s been a great year for soul music, with strong releases from both veteran artists and newcomers. Here are our picks for the best soul albums of 2020.

D’Angelo, “Red Blooded Woman”
D’Angelo teamed up with producer Questlove for his first album in 14 years, and the results are stunning. “Red Blooded Woman” is a sleek, sexy update on classic soul, with D’Angelo’s angelic voice Floating over Questlove’s signature groove.

Leon Bridges, “Sweeter”
On his second album, “Sweeter,” Leon Bridges continues to mine the rich vein of classic soul that made his debut so special. This time around, he digs a little deeper, explore themes of love and loss with maturity and grace. The result is an even better album than his first, and one of the best soul albums of 2020.

Curtis Mayfield, “The Sweet Exorcist”
Curtis Mayfield was one of the most influential soul musicians of all time, and this reissue of his 1974 album “The Sweet Exorcist” is a reminder of why. The album is full of funky grooves and socially conscious lyrics, delivered with Mayfield’s trademark style. It’s a timeless record that sounds as fresh today as it did 46 years ago.

Best Funk Songs of 2020

Funkadelic – “Hit It and Quit It”

Maceo Parker – “Homeboy”

Mark Ronson ft. Anderson .Paak – “Then There Were Two”

Thundercat – “Dragonball Durag”

The Internet – “Roll (Burbank Funk)”

Nile Rodgers & Chic ft. Mura Masa, Cosha, Vic Mensa – “Till the World Falls”

Best Soul Songs of 2020

1. “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Ann Peebles
2. “Love and Happiness” by Al Green
3. “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right” by Luther Ingram
4. “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Roberta Flack
5. “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
6. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
7. “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
8. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
9. “The Love I Lost” by Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
10. “‘In the Ghetto'” by Isaac Hayes

The Best Soul and Funk Music of 2020: A Year in Review

It’s been quite a year for music. Despite the challenges faced by the industry, there have been some amazing soul and funk tracks released in 2020. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best soul and funk music of 2020. From nostalgic throwbacks to modern anthems, there’s something for everyone in this list. So without further ado, let’s get into it.

Best Funk Albums of 2020

1. D’Angelo, “Red Hot Chili Peppers,” “Buck Ballads”
2. Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On”
3. James Brown, “Get On the Good Foot”
4. Sly and the Family Stone, “There’s a Riot Goin’ On”
5. Parliament, “The Mothership Connection”
6. George Clinton, “Computer Games”
7. Bootsy Collins, “The One Giveth, The Count Taketh Away”
8. Funkadelic, “Maggot Brain”
9. Ohio Players, “Honey”
10. Ike and Tina Turner, “Workin’ Together”

Best Soul Albums of 2020

What a year 2020 has been! Despite the challenges and heartache that came with it, there was still plenty of soul and funk to help us get through. From Dâm-Funk’s long-awaited return to the fore with his excellent album Funkadelic to fresh faces like Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd, it’s been a great year for fans of soul music.

And of course, we can’t forget the many great reissues and compilations that came out this year, including exhaustive looks at the catalogs of James Brown and George Clinton.

So without further ado, here are our picks for the best soul and funk albums of 2020.

Best Funk Songs of 2020

1. ” Leave Me Alone” by D’Angelo
2. “Sugarfoot” by Black Pumas
3. “Serpentine Fire” by Earth, Wind, and Fire
4. “Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka Khan
5. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
6. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
7. “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
8. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
9. “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder
10. “‘Scuse Me Miss” by Jamiroquai

Best Soul Songs of 2020

It’s been a tough year for everyone, but music has been one of the things that has helped us get through. There have been some great soul and funk songs released in 2020 that have lifted our spirits and made us dance. Here are our picks for the best soul songs of 2020.

“Nobody” by Rufus & Chaka Khan
This disco-infused track was released in March, just as the pandemic was starting to hit America hard. The lyrics feel both timely and timeless, as Khan sings about how “nobody loves you like I do.” It’s a perfect song for dancing around your living room or getting lost in your own thoughts.

“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” by Nina Simone
Simone’s classic 1967 song feels even more relevant in 2020. The simple, beautiful melody is paired with lyrics that speak to the ongoing fight for civil rights and freedom from oppression. It’s a reminder that we all have the power to make change.

“Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” by Marvin Gaye
This 1971 song tackles some of the biggest problems facing inner cities: poverty, crime, and police brutality. Gaye’s soulful vocals and the catchy beat make it easy to sing along, but the lyrics will stay with you long after the song is over.

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross
This Motown classic was originally released in 1967, but it feels just as fresh today. Ross’ powerful vocals are matched by an infectious groove that will make you want to get up and dance. And who doesn’t need a little extra positivity right now?

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