70 artists, 2152 songs
In the late 1960s, artists like James Brown began moving away from the song-oriented structures of R&B and began emphasizing rhythmic elements and sophisticated, syncopated instrumental jams. These energetic polyrhythmic grooves played to a stomping beat were designed to keep people on the dance floor. Bands like Parliament/Funkadelic, led by the charismatic George Clinton, Kool & the Gang and the Ohio Players recorded music infused with elements of rock, jazz, pop, gospel and blues, but rhythm—with the accent on the downbeat or the "one"—always remained the key ingredient of funk. Sly and the Family Stone introduced funk sounds to white audiences on pop radio, making the sound an indelible feature of early 1970's culture.