The Gap Band Albums Ranked

The Gap Band was an American R&B and funk band that rose to fame during the 1970s and 1980s. The band consisted of three brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson; and it was named after streets (Greenwood, Archer, and Pine) in the historic Greenwood neighborhood in the brothers’ hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. After 43 years together, they retired in 2010. Here are all of The Gap Band albums ranked.

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4. The Best Of Gap Band (1994)

“This album will not disappoint anyone who remembers these brothers; I had the pleasure of seeing them perform in Greenville, S.C. twice during their heyday & MAN…they could tear up the stage sumthin’ fierce!!!! Early In The Morning is my favorite cut off the whole album; Party Train a close second. As far as slow cuts go, Yearning For Your Love is one of my favorite Quiet Storm type songs to listen to.”

3. The Gap Band III (1980)

“The Gap Band III (five overall) is what really placed The Gap Band as the hardest working band in the R&B business and they were able to compete with more popular funk bands like Kool & The Gang, Earth Wind & Fire, The Commodores, Zapp, The Bar-Kays, and Con Funk Shun and we can thank the hittin’ jam “Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)” of which is one of their signature party starters.”

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2. The Gap Band II (1979)

“Only a couple of ballads, mostly straight funkin around on this release. The Boys Are Back In Town is a ballad that is worthy of five stars in and of it’s self. I can be hard on funk ballads but this one is hard on me. It is just written very well. Again the rest of it is pretty rocking though. This is a must have album for funk fans.”

1. The Gap Band IV (1982)

“THE GAP BAND IV has its share of slow jams that, in spite of their non-hit status, are still standards of “Midnight Love” shows on R&B radio. “Stay With Me”, “Season’s No Reason To Change” and “I Can’t Get Over You” (which has a moving horn solo by Ronnie Wilson) are ideal songs to get your partner in a loving mood, and if you ever want your lover to come back to you, these tunes should be able to do the trick. With IV, The Gap Band reached the pinnacle of R&B stardom.”