Greatest Songs by Black Music Artists

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These black artists as made history with these songs

The Top Ten

1 Billie Jean-Michael Jackson

Definitely one on the best!

Best pop song of all time. - PeeledBanana

2 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

Much better by Dolly Parton, who wrote it.

3 Respect - Aretha Franklin
4 Purple Rain - Prince
5 Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
6 No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
7 Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
8 At Last - Etta James
9 All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

To be honest... I always thought she was white. Could it be she's biracial? Because, neither her skin color nor her facial features really look typically black. - Martin_Canine

10 I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick

This is one of the greatest songs of all time in my opinion. There is also a famous cover by Aretha Franklin. Both version are beautiful. Warwick's version is more uplifting, and she sings the melody more strictly, Franklin's sounds more dramatic, with a choir and a dominant piano, and she takes many liberties with the melod, and almost constantly belts. - Martin_Canine

Your point is taken that this particular number really doesn't lend itself to Aretha's style, although she has done "soft(er) and sweet" with considerable aplomb in her career. But when it comes to sheer virtuosity with stunning power, control, and the ability to raise goose flesh at her will, it's Aretha, hands down.

The Contenders

11 Dieser Weg - Xavier Naidoo
12 Earth Song - Michael Jackson
13 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
14 Mess Around - Ray Charles
15 When Doves Cry - Prince
16 Homecoming - Kanye West
17 Unforgivable Youth - Lupe Fiasco
18 Heaven on Their Minds - Carl Anderson
19 Strange Fruit - Nina Simone
20 No More Drama - Mary J. Blige
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1. I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
2. Earth Song - Michael Jackson
3. Dieser Weg - Xavier Naidoo
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1. Billie Jean-Michael Jackson
2. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
3. Respect - Aretha Franklin
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