7. Steve Cropper
Funkiest Jam: Sam & Dave "Soul Man"
A founding member of Booker T and the M.G.'s, guitarist Steve Cropper began as an A&R for Stax Records catalog and later began doing session work as well. Just running through his discography is a celebration of what made Stax so amazing.
Cropper played on some of history's most celebrated soul songs—inculding cuts by Sam & Dave, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour," Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." (The only mark against his funkiness: he re-recorded "Dock of the Bay" with Sammy Hagar in 1979.) And, much like his bandmate "Duck" Dunn, he played himself in The Blues Brothers, indicating a funkiness beyond reproach.