In the late 1960s into the 1970s, many jazz combos and R&B bands began to transform into funk bands, by 1975 funk solidified itself as a distinct musical genre. The musical foundations of the bands were centered around a “groove.” Although funk was associated with up tempo party music, many groups also performed ballads with moderate to slow tempos. As each group added their own stylistic differences due to region, musical background, new technology, and current trends, they created new distinctive subgenres of funk. Some of the genre’s most notable bands are listed below;

Earth, Wind and Fire

The Gap Band

The Bar-Kays

Cameo

Kool & The Gang

Ohio Players

The JBs

War

Tower of Power

Santana

Boosty's Rubber Band

Sly & the Family Stone

Parliament-Funkadelic

The Commodores