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Weekly Mixtape: Black History Month

by admin February 7, 2011

It’s hard to believe that just 30 years ago when MTV first launched, music videos by black artists were rarely played. All that changed in 1983 when Michael Jackson’s video for “Billie Jean” became the first by a black artist to be shown in high rotation on MTV, effectively breaking the colour barrier.

February is Black History Month and with that in mind, here are 20 jazzy, soulful, funky, bluesy and smooth record-breaking, historic tracks that should serve as a reminder of what has been accomplished and how far we’ve come as a society.

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SIDE A:

1. “A Change Is Gonna Come” – Sam Cooke – Ain’t That Good News – 1964

2. “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud” – James Brown – Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud (Single) – 1968

3. “Maybellene” – Chuck Berry – Maybellene (Single) – 1955

4. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson – Thriller – 1982

5. “What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On – 1971

6. “At Last” – Etta James – At Last (Single) – 1961

7. “What’d I Say” – Ray Charles – What’d I Say (Single) – 1959

8. “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album – 1992

9. “Are You Experienced” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced – 1967

10. “Respect” – Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You – 1967

SIDE B:

11. “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” – Otis Redding – The Dock of the Bay – 1968

12. “Rapper’s Delight” – Sugarhill Gang – Sugarhill Gang – 1979

13. “I Want You Back” – Jackson 5 – Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 – 1969

14. “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” – Stevie Wonder -Uptight Everything’s Alright (Single)- 1966

15. “Crack Music” – Kanye West feat. The Game – Late Registration – 2005

16. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” – Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – 1998

17. “Compared To What” – John Legend and The Roots – Wake Up! – 2010

18. “Free Your Mind” – En Vogue – Funky Divas – 1992

19. “Summertime” – Billie Holliday – Summertime (Single) – 1936

20. “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” – The Temptations – All Directions – 1972