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Thanks to the popularity of Casey Gane McCalla’s fantastic list of the Top 50 Black Message Songs ever made, and thanks to the enthusiasm of Rev. Al Sharpton’s tens of thousands of radio listeners who have been calling in since Friday, here is an expanded list of the songs that have meant the most to us as a community.


Top 50 Black Message Songs: 1-10

Top 50 Black Message Songs: 11-20

Top 50 Black Message Songs: 21-30

Top 50 Black Message Songs: 31-40

32 More Sharpton Message Songs, Part Two

32. Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes: Wake Up Everybody

31. James Brown & The famous Flames: Don’t Be a Dropout

30. Gil Scott Heron: Peace Go With You Brother

29. Sound of Blackness: Change

28. The Isley Brothers: Fight The Power

27. Kanye West: Jesus Walks

26. Curtis Mayfield: Freddie’s Dead

25. Sly & The Family Stone: Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey

24. James Brown: King Heroin

23. Aretha Franklin/Nina Simone: Young, Gifted and Black

22. McFadden & Whitehead: Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

21. The O’Jays: Love Train

20. The Staple Singers: Respect Yourself

19. Sam Cooke: A Change Is Gonna Come

18. Gil Scott Heron: Black History and The World

17. The Intruders: I’ll Always love My Mama

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