By: Jodi Phillips / DJ Flexx

Many things have come from the DMV but the most notable is the genre of Go-go music. 

In the late 60s and early 70s, D.C. was the hotbed for a brand new sound of funk that infused with early hip-hop and R&B. Forty-some years later and it is still a dynamic genre for D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Surprisingly, many people haven’t heard of go-go or can’t distinguish it between other genres of music so to better open the eyes of DMV residents, here are 10 go-go songs that every music fan needs to hear.

The list was generated by DJ Flexx, the resident go-go expert at WPGC.

Chuck Brown’s “Wind Me Up”

Chuck Brown “Go-Go Swing Medley”

Brown infused the funk sound of the 60s and 70s with a bit of hip-hop and R&B to create a genre unlike any other.

Experience Unlimited “Da Butt”

Fans of the 1988 classic, School Daze, will inherently remember this track which gained Experience Unlimited major mainstream attention.  It was featured on VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s.

DJ Flexx “The Water Dance”

Little Benny “Cat in the Hat”

Rare Essence “Overnight Scenario”

When Rare Essence formed in the 70s, they had no idea their four-piece garage band would turn into a 12-man ensemble

UCB “Sexy Lady”

One of D.C.’s leading go-go bands, UCB hit their massive break when they were slated as the house band during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

CCB “Phatty”

Backyard Band “Keep It Gangsta”

Junk Yard Band “Loose Booty”

911 “Brown and White

Honorable Mentions:

TCB “Ass Clap”

Trouble Funk “Drop the Bomb”

Raw Image “Shake it Out”

Mambo Sauce “Welcome to D.C.”

What song are we missing from this list?  Let us know in the comments below.

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