Zapp Songs Ranked

Zapp (also known as the Zapp Band, Zapp & Roger) is an American funk band that emerged from Dayton, Ohio, United States, in 1977. Particularly influential in the electro subgenre of funk, Zapp was known for their trademark use of the talk-box effect. The original line-up consisted of four Troutman brothers—frontman Roger, Larry, Lester, and Terry—and non-Troutman family members Bobby Glover, Gregory Jackson, Sherman Fleetwood, Jerome Derrickson, Eddie Barber, and Jannetta Boyce. Zapp also worked closely with George Clinton and Bootsy Collins of Parliament-Funkadelic during its early stages, their support being a factor in the group gaining a record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 1979. Here are all of Zapp songs ranked.

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10. Computer Love (The New Zapp IV U, 1985)

“A cool little maxi-single to own after having the first three Zapp albums in the arsenal. Smooth and completely computerized funk (well, synth funk), the only other place you could find this “Computer Love” is within the incredibly popular greatest hits collection by the group that came out in the mid-80’s.”

9. I Want To Be Your Man (I Want To Be Your Man, 1986)

“Its simple, but the instrumentation is the focus for anyone wanting to figure out how far creativity can go with one or two instruments and some electronic devices.”

8. I Can Make You Dance (Extraordinary, 1983)

“This was Roger at his best…I can make you dance..a great ice breaker for any crowd. Takes me back to the old house parties as a teenager. It sounds as good as the first time I heard it on the radio.”

7. So Ruff, So Tuff (More Bounce to the Ounce, 2018)

“A true classic one that will last the test of time a song that been copied and sampled more than any other So Ruff, So Tuff was one of my all-time Zapp songs.”

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6. Heartbreaker (Zapp III, 1983)

“Always been a fan of Roger and Zapp and this song is absolutely one to buy. It is a classic and would never be forgotten. You won’t find passion like this on the radio today.”

5. Be Alright (Zapp, 1980)

“This song has such a funky vibe. So funky that many people aren’t aware that Tupac sampled it for his hit record “keep ya head up”! You can never go wrong with Zapp music.”

4. Dance Floor (Zapp II, 1982)

“It immediately explodes into a funktastic groove…but then just sort of hangs around there. This is one of those songs that made you get Out of your seat back in the Day and TODAY…Will Still make You Move.”

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3. More Bounce to the Ounce (Zapp, 1980)

“One of the more enjoyable things to come out of the death of disco was the birth of Roger Troutman’s Zapp. Here, he serves up the first of his extended synth-funk jams, all of which were something of a piece: the groove, the tempo, the vocoder vocals. Each one sort of lived and died based on the hook, and here, the hook is excellent.”

2. Slow & Easy (More Bounce to the Ounce & Other Hits, 2005)

“I remember listening to this in the 90’s, house parties, broken relationships. Roger is the man any way. Me and my friends would listen to this after school and before our parents would come home from work.”

1. Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) (Zapp II, 1982)

“If we ever manage to build robots with funk-infused circuit boards, this is what they’ll sound like. If you wanna know what REAL funk is supposed to sound like, check out this tune…and the rest of the album. Then listen to anything that Troutman had a hand in. Truly “Funk at its Finest!”