Happy Black Music Month

Happy Black Music Month!

In honor of black music month, I wanted to acknowledge that hip-hop is the top genre. If all the musicians from the past could see us now they’ll be proud. Especially now that we have opportunities that they didn’t to make our communities better. I have compiled a list of artists who I feel have really changed their genre or made a major influence on the culture. Some of these artists were before my time, but my exposure to their music was by various family members. I have curated a list of artists who you should definitely check out and add to your playlist.

  1. Sam Cooke
  2. Ray Charles
  3. Curtis Mayfield
  4. Sly and Family Stone
  5. The Staple Sisters
  6. James Brown
  7. Michael Jackson
  8. Marvin Gaye
  9. Al Green
  10. Stevie Wonder
  11. Aretha Franklin
  12. Luther Vandross
  13. Otis Redding
  14. Earth, Wind& Fire
  15. Rick James
  16. George Clinton
  17. Bootsy Collins
  18. The Parliament
  19. Patti Labelle
  20. Chaka Khan
  21. The Gap Band
  22. Cameo
  23. O’Jays
  24. Ohio Players
  25. The Commodores
  26. Gladys Knight
  27. Isley Brothers
  28. Prince
  29. Michael Jackson
  30. Janet Jackson
  31. The Sugarhill Gang
  32. Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
  33. Curtis Blow
  34. KRS-One
  35. Public Enemy
  36. Rakim
  37. Salt-N-Pepa
  38. Roxanne Shante
  39. Dougie Fresh
  40. Kurtis Blow
  41. Ice-T
  42. Slick Rick
  43. MC Lyte
  44. LL Cool J
  45. Run DMC
  46. Ice Cube
  47. NWA
  48. Nas
  49. Biggie
  50. 2 Pac
  51. Jay-Z
  52. Lil Kim
  53. Missy Elliot
  54. Wu-Tang
  55. Tribe Called Quest
  56. Guy
  57. New Edition
  58. Toni Braxton
  59. Whitney Houston
  60. Anita Baker
  61. Busta Rhymes
  62. Lauryn Hill
  63. Dre
  64. Snoop Dogg
  65. OutKast
  66. Master P
  67. Lil Wayne
  68. Mariah Carey
  69. Monica
  70. Brandy
  71. SWV
  72. BBD
  73. Johnny Gill
  74. John B
  75. Maxwell
  76. Baby Face
  77. Luther Vandross
  78. Keith Sweat
  79. Gerald Levert
  80. Kelly
  81. Jodeci
  82. Boys II Men
  83. Jagged Edge
  84. Tony Tony Tone
  85. Xscape
  86. En Vogue
  87. TLC
  88. Mary J. Blige
  89. Aaliyah
  90. Ginuwine
  91. Sade
  92. Faith Evans
  93. Eve
  94. DMX
  95. Tyrese
  96. Erykah Badu
  97. Destiny’s Child
  98. Usher
  99. Alicia Keys
  100. Beyonce

 

 

 

 

 


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