By 1978, Parliament-Funkadelic was one of the biggest bands in funk music. And by this time, Parilament had already issued their signature album (1975’s Mothership Connection), and delivered four more top twenty gold and platinum albums. And now, it was Funkadelic turn to release their first million seller.
It was at this time, the band released One Nation Under a Groove. Produced by George Clinton, it was a concept album, which carried the theory of funk music as a political and conscious statement, one that shatters through boundaries, whether social, sexual, or even musical. The album would feature the signature title track, as well as other standout tracks including the funky balladry of “Into You” and “Grooveallegiance”, the “black rock” simplifying “Who Says a Funk Band Can’t Play Rock?!”, and the scatological “P.E. Squad”.
One Nation Under a Groove became Funkadelic’s first top twenty pop album, peaking at number 16. It was also their first number one on the R&B album charts. Also topping the R&B charts was the title track, knocking off Earth Wind & Fire’s “Got to Get You Into My Life” for a one week stay, while also becoming a top forty pop hit, and one of the songs to have shaped Rock and Roll. The album was highly acclaimed upon it’s release, and remains to be that, as it regarded as one of most essential albums in music history, ranking at or near the top of various “best album” lists in various genres, including soul and rock.