* ArchivePanic: His discography is rather extensive; many of his earliest albums featured endless instrumental versions and re-recordings of his hits (as was the industry practice at the time). Record Label Hip-O Select even spent a few years re-issuing every single one of his singles from 1956 to 1979, culminating in an 11 volume set. ''Music/StarTime'' is by far the best buy to start off with, featuring four discs full of Brown's greatest and essentials hits.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: His [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09qbhwcpA6A electrifying performance]] at ''The T.A.M.I. Show'' in 1964, which includes a prime example of his NotQuiteDead cape routine.
** When Brown found out Music/TheRollingStones were due to perform after his set, Brown objected, telling the show's producers, "Nobody follows James Brown!" Keith Richards would later say one of the biggest mistakes the Stones ever made was following him.
* EarWorm: Every single track.
* FollowTheLeader: Inspired countless soul, R&B, funk, hiphop and rap acts, but also {{Reggae}}, {{Afrobeat}} and dance music in general. Also a huge influence on live performing. Music/MickJagger and Music/IggyPop are just two artists who borrowed a lot from Brown's stage presence.
* EpicRiff: "The Payback", "Doing It To Death", "Superbad", "Blues and Pants"... due to their repetition and being extensively sample over the years, James Brown riffs tend to be instantly recognizable upon hearing them.
* SampledUp: Brown is believed to be the most sampled artist of all time.