Top 25 All-Time Prince Funk Jams

prince_rehearsal_2013_lAs we all try to come to grips with the passing of an all-time great and personal favorite in Prince, here is my list of his 25 greatest funk tracks. Most of the media coverage focuses on his pop legacy and mainstream hits like “Purple Rain,” but he was as important and critical to the history of funk music as anyone, right there with James Brown, Sly Stone and George Clinton. He drew from all their styles and yet had the amazing talent to make it uniquely his own thing rather than just a mimic. When I first heard songs like “Housequake” and “Sign ‘O’ the Times” and “Girls and Boys,” etc., there was nothing else like them. He had the ability to be massively innovative while still hitting the groove as hard and dirty as anyone has ever done it. And Lord could he bring the funk live, like an elastic freight train leaving its tracks for the stratosphere.

So see how this list stacks up against your own in the funk realm. And RIP to the seriously funky, gifted Minneapolis marvel.


  1. Anotherloverholeinthehead
  2. Automatic
  3. Controversy
  4. DMSR
  5. Erotic City
  6. Gett Off
  7. Girls and Boys
  8. Glam Slam (Escape)
  9. Head
  10. Hide the Bone
  11. Housequake
  12. Irresistible Bitch
  13. Kiss
  14. Lady Cab Driver
  15. Let’s Work (Long Version)
  16. Old School Company
  17. P.f.u.n.k.
  18. Race
  19. Rock Hard in a Funky Place
  20. Scarlet Pussy
  21. Sexy Dancer
  22. Shockadelica
  23. Sign ‘O’ the Times
  24. Stare
  25. 3121

Scott Goldfine

As a fervid lifelong music & film enthusiast / student, I grew up in and around the Los Angeles entertainment industry. I have worked and held many positions in various media realms, since 1998 serving as Editor-in-Chief and now Associate Publisher for Security Sales & Integration, a trade publication serving the electronic security industry. I love several genres of music & film. The former includes funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Ohio Players, etc.); blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, etc.); rock (Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, etc.); hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc.); jazz (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Crusaders, etc.); R&B (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, etc.); and more. I was a club disc jockey and ran a mobile DJ company (Musical Moods) for more than 15 years, which is where the name Dr. GX originates (Doctor Good Times). Fave film genres include horror (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.); science fiction (Aliens, Terminator, 2001, etc.); action (Warriors, Road Warrior, Die Hard); westerns (Outlaw Josey Wales, Showdown at OK Corral; Wild Bunch, etc.); suspense (Jaws, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, etc.); drama (Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, etc.); and comedies (Life of Brian, Superbad, Ruthless People, etc.). I have attended many hundreds of concerts and movies (in theaters or screenings). I may as well also throw in a few favorite TV shows to give an even broader taste of my sensibilities. A handful would be Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Lost, Justified, Fargo, Seinfeld, Sopranos, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Key & Peele, Monty Python, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Man on Earth, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Office. Fave authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker and Michael Crichton. I am also a big sports fan and lifelong supporter of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). Also enjoy my family of course, electronics/computers/AV gear, and animals, nature and outdoor activities. Graduate of Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge (Radio-TV-Film, Psychology minor). Also studied at UCLA for kinesiology/psychology and earned post-grad Certificate in Accounting from Santa Monica College. Present main occupation is as Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Security Sales & Integration (SSI), which I joined in 1998. I am responsible for overseeing all editorial content in print. online, electronic, in-person and any other media or products for the electronic security industry's leading business-to-business trade publication. SSI is part of Framingham, Mass.-based Emerald Expositions.

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