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Genre: rare groove

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Rare groove is a music genre that emerged in the 1970s and is characterized by its fusion of funk, soul, jazz, and R&B. It is known for its use of obscure and rare samples, often taken from obscure or forgotten records. The genre has a strong emphasis on rhythm and groove, with a focus on tight, funky basslines and intricate drum patterns. It has been influential in the development of hip hop, particularly in the use of samples.

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Parent Genre: jazz

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Instruments used

Organ, Saxophone, Drum Kit, Piano, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Horn Section, Trumpet, Double Bass, Trombone, Clarinet, Keyboard/Piano, Synthesizer

Releases by year

Here you can see the popularity of Rare Groove genre over time. This graph shows albums and singles releases count by year and decade.

1950s 1
1957 1
1960s 44
1962 1
1963 2
1966 1
1967 3
1968 8
1969 29
1970s 415
1970 23
1971 32
1972 52
1973 64
1974 43
1975 32
1976 65
1977 42
1978 31
1979 31
1980s 45
1980 17
1981 8
1982 7
1984 3
1985 2
1986 3
1988 5
1990s 55
1992 10
1993 10
1994 2
1995 15
1996 1
1997 5
1998 8
1999 4
2000s 135
2000 5
2001 4
2002 8
2003 6
2004 4
2005 51
2006 12
2007 15
2008 12
2009 18
2010s 245
2010 8
2011 25
2012 45
2013 22
2014 15
2015 27
2016 23
2017 48
2018 25
2019 7
2020s 37
2020 9
2021 2
2022 18
2023 7
2024 1
977 releases

Popular rare groove Songs


Most popular rare groove albums

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Sky's The Limit
1978
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The Collection
2006
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16 Slabs of Funk
2002
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Hidden Stash
2016
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The Movers,Vol. 1 - 1970-1976 (Analog Africa No. 35)
2022
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fabric presents Maribou State (DJ Mix)
2020
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I Choose You (formerly Blind Over You)
1975
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Heavy Soul!
1968
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Looking Up: The Complete Works
2018
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Love is a Hurtin' Thing
2015
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Gettin' Down To It
1969
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Feelin's From Within
1976
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Warm Heart Cold Steel
2009

rare groove music by decade

Explore rare groove history by listening to songs from every decade. Click on the decade to view songs.

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List of rare groove artists

Here is a list of rare groove artists on Spotify, ranked based on popularity, who exemplifies the rare groove genre. You can find out what rare groove genre sounds like where you can preview artists or sort them the way you want, just click the headers to sort.

#namepopularityfollowers
1 30 133741
2 34 14507
3 39 28866
4 36 37541
5 37 14781
6 24 14545
7 29 36664
8 33 13490
9 27 8547
10 23 12149
11 31 6433
12 25 28479
13 30 680
14 30 7448
15 29 30028
16 29 32463
17 28 7906
18 29 5499
19 28 6326
20 28 10458
21 27 3169
22 27 4594
23 27 11579
24 27 1491
25 24 10700
26 26 7811
27 25 17409
28 25 1735
29 24 7966
30 25 3481
31 22 13966
32 22 6185
33 20 1755
34 21 8695
35 19 2312
36 22 2261
37 22 2289
38 21 7540
39 21 2543
40 21 1798
41 20 3897
42 17 1231
43 20 7043
44 19 6743
45 19 4240
46 19 11374
47 18 4498
48 16 13662
49 14 3071
50 14 1506
51 17 3531
52 17 3840
53 17 1729
54 17 1287
55 16 2423
56 16 8936
57 16 362
58 16 1938
59 15 3785
60 15 696
61 15 206
62 15 3640
63 15 1700
64 14 1275
65 13 1471
66 13 764
67 12 1225
68 12 2431
69 12 426
70 12 2711
71 12 1921
72 8 426
73 11 1588
74 11 2157
75 11 1172
76 8 2141
77 9 403
78 9 1756
79 10 846
80 10 1100
81 10 1572
82 10 415
83 10 1305
84 10 773
85 9 484
86 9 3874
87 9 1452
88 5 914
89 7 9346
90 8 482
91 7 1199
92 7 589
93 6 3335
94 6 172
95 6 163
96 6 681
97 5 706
98 5 323
99 5 590
100 5 739

rare groove playlist created by Chosic

Enjoy this playlist of popular rare groove music. We made this playlist using an algorithm created by our team.