Friday Playlist: Don’t Stop the Funk

1970s soul and R&B jams.

Like the combination of roller skates and hotpants, the twangy funk and soul tunes of the ’70s were somehow goofy and corny and sexy all at once. Even if you’re only going to a party at someone’s (brick?) house, these jams will get you and keep you feeling the grooviest you’ve ever felt, all night long.

Don’t Stop the Funk from RookieMag on 8tracks.

Illustration by Minna


  • Gabrielle January 7th, 2012 12:03 AM

    Nice :) now i have to look for them on Pandora :)

  • Gabrielle January 7th, 2012 12:23 AM

    Hehe, we had a triple rainbow the other day… so cool :)

  • sylvia14 January 7th, 2012 1:53 AM

    “If You Want Me to Stay” by Sly and the Family Stone needs to be on this list!!! But these songs are awesome. I love Stevie Wonder. :)

    • Cherokee January 7th, 2012 7:33 AM

      Totally agree with you on “If You Want Me to Stay”, Sylvia! That is one awesome song.

      Great playlist, though!

  • Susann January 7th, 2012 2:27 AM

    Earth, Wind & Fire! :)

  • jaydee January 7th, 2012 4:17 AM

    thank GOD for Parliament–don’t stop tha funk! we gotta have that funk..I know what I’m jamming to the rest of the weekend :)

  • Motherfunker January 7th, 2012 7:34 AM

    you guys just got 200% cooler for including parliament AND sly & the family stone.

  • k8 January 7th, 2012 12:47 PM

    these playlists are always THE BEST!

  • Sonja January 7th, 2012 4:25 PM

    this is exactly what i need on a gray January day. thank you!!! xo

  • Adrienne January 8th, 2012 2:22 AM

    Thank you for introducing to me such a fun genre! Some of the songs remind me of this song from The Brave Little Toaster movie, haha!
    Also, his playlist makes me want to get up off of my ass, throw my chem homework on the ground, and dance. :)

  • LINA_Russian January 8th, 2012 11:53 AM

    It’s the best songs I’ve ever listened

  • velvetqueen January 8th, 2012 2:47 PM

    Can’t forget about “Disco Inferno” by the Trammps!

  • crystal January 8th, 2012 3:40 PM

    no Funkadelic on a FUNK playlist?! still good, though

    • Tyknos93 January 8th, 2012 6:43 PM

      If I may there is a band called Parlaiment which is a shorthand for Parlaiment Funkadelic.

  • Tyknos93 January 8th, 2012 6:38 PM

    This reminds me of the music my parents play at cookouts. I’m grooving.

  • adria2296 January 8th, 2012 8:19 PM

    i absolutely LOVE this playlist!
    i’ve been looking for these songs on youtube and stuff, but they’re not as loud as they are here :c

    • Tavi January 8th, 2012 8:20 PM

      i use to convert youtube links to mp3s, they might play louder in your itunes if you wanna try that?

  • cocococo January 8th, 2012 10:45 PM

    when i was younger and we went camping, we would play this cassette tape that we had over and over again called “ultimate funk and soul” and holy moly was did it ever have the ultimate funk and soul on it. it had stevie wonder, chaka kahn, sly and the family stone, aretha franklin, the o’jays and all these other absolutely amazing funk and soul groups. the cassette almost died, and we had to enter the 21st century and put it on a cd and then onto our ipods, but every time we go away that list comes out and me and my brother and sister belt out every word to ever song.

  • Leeann January 9th, 2012 2:47 PM

    Jamie this is TOO GOOD! Favorite things:

    1. The intro to Superstition kills me every time,
    2. The “pew pew!” sound on Ring My Bell, and
    3. The way you can’t NOT do the body roll to Tell Me Something Good. LOVE.

  • Madness January 10th, 2012 7:14 PM

    young americans- Bowie