Greatest Songs by Black Music Artists

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 Homecoming - Kanye West
15 Mess Around - Ray Charles
16 When Doves Cry - Prince
17 Unforgivable Youth - Lupe Fiasco
18 Heaven on Their Minds - Carl Anderson
19 Thriller - Michael Jackson
20 Strange Fruit - Nina Simone
21 No More Drama - Mary J. Blige
22 Respect - Otis Redding
23 The Power of One - Donna Summer
24 Listen - Beyoncé
25 I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
26 Lieder - Adel Tawil
27 Stand by Me - Ben E. King
28 Lean on Me - Bill Withers
29 F**K the Police - N.W.A
30 Papaoutai - Stromae
31 Beat It - Michael Jackson
32 Aw Yeah? (Intervention) - Tech N9ne
33 Havin' a Real Bad Day - Taj Mahal
34 Night Time is the Right Time - Ray Charles
35 I Want to Take You Higher - Sly & the Family Stone
36 Don't Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes at Me - Wynonie Harris
37 Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King
38 Goin' Down - Freddie King
39 When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
40 Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
41 Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
42 The Thrill is Gone - B.B. King
43 Back Track - Little Walter
44 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
45 Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
46 Sittin' on the Dock of Bay - Otis Redding
47 Green Onions - Booker T & the MG'S
48 Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers
49 God's Song - Etta James
50 The Sky is Crying - Elmore James
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Top Remixes

1. I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
2. Earth Song - Michael Jackson
3. Dieser Weg - Xavier Naidoo
1. Billie Jean-Michael Jackson
2. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
3. Respect - Aretha Franklin


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