10 Grand Funk Railroad Songs From The ’70s Hardcore Fans Know

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Being underrated is relative to the era in which the band was prevalent. While most people today probably haven’t heard of Grand Funk Railroad versus more popular counterparts, the band was in no way underrated when they dished out their material in the ’70s. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of the best cuts from this exceptional rock act.

“I Can Feel Him In The Morning” – Survival (1971)

Curiosity seeps throughout every progressional crevice of “I Can Feel Him In The Morning”. From the conversations  of children talking about God to the inherent folk influences of the track, “I Can Feel Him In The Morning” is America’s cultural dilemma infused in a song.

“Sin’s a Good Man’s Brother” – Closer To Home (1970)

While this opener of Grand Funk Railroad’s third album is one heavy rocker, it doesn’t the funk-filled groove that made the band stand out from the rest. The energy of “Sin’s A Good Man’s Brother” welcomes the listener with such intensity that it’s hard to stop from thereon.

“The Loco-Motion” – Shinin’ On (1974)

Covering the Carole King/Little Eva hit “The Loco-Motion” from 1962 seemed to be an awkward idea at first when you think of a gritty act like GFR doing it. But the band proved naysayers wrong with their ecstatic version of the song climbing up to the top of the charts effortlessly.

“Walk Like a Man” – We’re An American Band (1973)

Good old stutting rock and roll is present in the song “Walk Like A Man”. While the band has made it clear that they intended to dabble with pop sounds, this swagger of a masterpiece doesn’t forget where they came from.

“Footstompin’ Music” – E Pluribus Funk (1972)

From just the title itself, you’d be noted of the rhythmic magic that “Footstompin’ Music” possesses. This mix of rock, R&B, and jump blues became a concert staple of the band due to its inherent infectious energy.

“I’m Your Captain (Closer To Home)” – Closer To Home (1970)

Even Grand Funk Railroad’s early material weren’t ones that you’d want to miss. The angst yet fun-inducing bop of “I’m Your Captain (Closer To Home)” combines an addictive run and heavy atmosphere on the interlude section.

“We’re An American Band” – We’re An American Band (1973)

The track that cemented Grand Funk Railroad as certified popstars was definitely 1973’s “We’re An American Band”. The song details adventurous endeavors although the risque nature of rock and roll is never forgotten here.


“Bad Time” – All the Girls in The World Beware!!! (1974)

From their tangy funk to a more polished pop, Grand Funk Railroad bewildered listeners anew with “Bad Time”. This seething proto-grunge cut is proof that the band is a pioneer in its own right as well.

“Aimless Lady” – Closer To Home (1970)

“Aimless Lady” has an exquisite rhythm section implementation and became a host to Farner’s absolute domination on the guitar. It even became an influence to Blue Oyster Cult.

“Feelin’ Alright” – Survival (1971)

The original trio of Grand Funk Railroad was a force to be reckoned with, evidenced by this juicy makeover of a Traffic classic, taking it to a whole new level and viewed in a lens of unabashed creativity.