In this country, we all see how many races, especially African Americans are treated poorly. With music being one of our most beloved pastimes, it was important for these artists to sing change into our ears. Whether it's talking about the war on drugs in under deserved neighborhoods, or police brutality that remains an issue to this day, people have been exposed to the truth of this country. Look at this list of songs that not only made change but pushed through the airwaves so well, that the accolades were endless. These songs help us take back our power!
A Change Is Gonna Come (1964)
Billboard Hot 100 Peak Position 31
Billboard R&B Singles Peak Position 9
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 1999
Sam Cooke was a recognized success in the music industry. With his sweet, mellow yet powerful voice, Cooke led African Americans to a peaceful and encouraging mood with the release of this 1964 classic. During this time, Cooke was influenced by the message of the dream in Martin Luther King Jr's I Have a Dream speech at the Civil Rights March on Washington in 1963. Towards the end of 1963, Cooke stated that the "Change" composition came to him in a dream. For this song to come from this piece, it speaks a lot on the progression of the Civil Rights Movement. A movement that helped change the course of treatment towards African Americans.
What’s Going On (1971)
Billboard Hot 100 Peak Position 27
Mainstream Top 40 Peak Position 24