50 Best Miami Bands of All Time: From 5 to 1

Can you hear that throbbing beat?

It's just the sound of Crossfade finally reaching a poundingly hot Latin-pop climax after two weeks of counting down the raddest bassers, freestyle stars, rappers, punks, rockers, and noiseniks in our subtropical city's music history.

To loosely quote Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine: "Come on, shake that body, baby. Do the conga. We know you can't control yourself any longer."

So check the cut for the top five in our epic list of the 50 Best Miami Bands of All Time.

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5. KC and the Sunshine Band

Somewhere in the Himalayas, there's a young Tibetan kid in a modest shack drinking Coca-Cola, looking at his Elvis poster, and dancing his ass off to a KC and the Sunshine Band record -- probably "Shake Your Booty." In late 1973, this now-classic disco crew was born when studio intern Harry Wayne Casey cut some after-hours demos at TK Records' headquarters in Hialeah. The boss -- local music legend Henry Stone -- liked them so much that he invested in the band and some hi-fi vinyl. And within two years, every club rat from John Travolta to Miami's own disco mamas were shaking booty to KC's tunes while screaming, "That's the way I like it!" -- Jacob Katel

4. Sam & Dave

Before signing to Atlantic Records and working with the famous Stax Records production team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Sam & Dave ("Soul Man," "Hold On, I'm Coming") were under a gun-barrel management contract with John Lomelo of the King of Hearts club in Liberty City. These Miami boys, now known worldwide for their explosive live show, cut their teeth on the talent-show circuit through Overtown, Coconut Grove, and all of black Miami, where they sang their hearts out for little more than craps money and new shoes. But one day, TK Records label honcho Henry Stone took Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun to see Sam & Dave work a nightclub, and the rest is music history. -- Jacob Katel

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