3. Curtis Mayfield
Widely credited for pioneering funk and politically conscious African-American music, Curtis Mayfield also paved the way for funky-fresh style that developed from the psychedelic steez of the '60s. His music was meant to inform and educate, and his very unique style did the same. The OG SuperFly had a style that was equal parts soul, funk, and hippie. There are definite influences from the 1960s, but you'd be a turkey to think that this dude didn't directly inspire style in the '70s, '80s, and beyond.