Celebrate Black Music All Month Long! Check Out These Favorite Songs!

Black people have created and influenced just about every genre you can think of – jazz, hip hop, pop, rock, gospel, country (which, yes, we invented!) and more.

The U.S. finally took note in 1979 and initiated Black Music Month – also known as African American Music Appreciation Month – a month-long celebration highlighting the achievements and contributions Black musicians have made in the music industry.

As talented as we are, we still have a long way to go when it comes to inclusion within certain genres, most recently seen with Lil Nas X’s massive hit Old Town Road. In case you missed it, the non-melanated crowd didn’t view this song as “country” enough, even though it contains all the elements of a typical country song. Billboard apparently felt the same way, as they removed the song from its Hot Country Songs chart after initially including it upon the song’s release earlier this year. Lil Nas X is getting the final laugh, though, as the song continues to top Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the eighth straight week!

Still, we spend this month celebrating how far we’ve come – from Black musicians and singers being allowed to only play the Chitlin Circuit during an era of legalized racial segregation, to Beyoncé being the first Black woman to headline Coachella in 2018.

Check out what the aspireTV team is listening to keep you grooving this Black Music Month and all summer long. From trap (no judgment!) to gospel music, this list is vast and only demonstrates that music is and will forever be a fabric of our community.

Let us know who’s on your playlist!



Biz Markie, It’s Spring Again

Anderson Paak, Tints

Down to the Bone, Pure Funk



Jonathan McReynolds. The Life Music Collection

Tasha Cobbs, You Know My Name

Danielle West, Who You Are

Tasha Cobbs, Gracefully Broken

Lil Nas X, Old Town Road

Beyoncé, Homecoming: The ENTIRE Live Album

Chaynler Joie, I Will Not Neglect You



Tracy Chapman, Give Me One Reason

Lizzo, Truth Hurts

Beyoncé, 1 + 1

Nipsey Hussle ft. Kendrick Lamar, Dedication

Kelontae Gavin, No Ordinary Worship

Lionel Richie, All night long

India Arie, Steady Love

Monica, Commitment

Alicia Keys, Raise A Man

Fugees, Killing Me Softly



Mahalia Jackson, How I Got Over

City Girls, Act Up

Blkswn, Wild Irish Roses

Nipsey Hussle, Victory Lap

Megan Thee Stallion, Fever

Kanye West ft. The Game, Crack Music

Beyoncé, Love Drought

Davido, Fall

Young Thug feat. J. Cole & Travis Scott, The London



Kaiit, Miss Shiney

Sade, Kiss of Life

Khalid, Talk

Deniece Williams, Free

Enchantment, Where Do We Go From Here?

Prince, Adore



LL Cool J, Loungin’ (Who Do You Love)

Ghost Town DJs, My Boo

Meagan Thee Stallion, Big Ole Freak

Dazz Band, Let It Whip

Khalid, Better

The Clark Sisters, You Brought The Sunshine

Beyoncé, Before I Let Go

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