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10 Songs All Black People Should Know.

What is Blackness?  Is it the way you drink your Kool-Aid?  Does it require you to drink Kool-Aid?  Nobody knows.

Now despite not knowing what it really means to be Black, if you are Black there are certain things that you should just damn know.  And being as we’re in the business of education here at VSB.com, and Black, we may as well hit you all of from time to time with things that you should know if you’re, well, Black.  You can call it a periodic checklist check-in.  We’ll just call you Bob.

Exactly.

10.  Donny Hathaway – This Christmas

Something about Donny’s version of this song just gets into your soul and makes you happy about Christmas – even if you can’t afford to buy any gifts and your mother has to be the actual Christmas tree.   This song has lasted since the 1970s as the national black indicator of the Holiday season.  No matter what age or what radio station, ghetto or the suburbs, This Christmas is a mainstay of Black America (and white America too – I heard this in Macy’s a couple of times, though I do live in D.C.)

9.  Prince – Purple Rain

When this movie came out in 1984 (holy Batcakes, 1984) there was no denying the impact of this movie and this soundtrack, possibly Prince’s crowning achievement. Whether gangsta or gentlemen, explicit or androgynous, everybody and their mother knew the words to Purple Rain and would sing it loudly…and continues to do so ’til this day.  Plus, it proved that a straight Black man could wear a onesie, which if you think about it, did SO much for the Black community.

8.  Micheal Jackson – Thriller

It was the biggest song off of one of the biggest albums EVER.  I’ve come to realize that folks are generally either Prince or Michael fans.  Not that people don’t like both, but folks usually favor one or the other.  And if you were a Mike fan, you got the jacket, the glove and learned all the dance moves.  Black kids across America were pretending to be a zombied Michael Jackson for Halloween, not realizing that Michael Jackson apparently thinks Halloween is everyday of the year and pretends to be a zombie himself.

7.  Marcia Griffiths – Electric Boogie

You want to know the Black folks with no rhythm?  Put the Electric slide song on at a party and watch the folks that can’t do it.  Guaranteed to be broken out at nearly every Black function within a 12-planet radius, no Black life is complete without knowledge of the song, or at least the dance and knowing when to break it out -  basically whenever you damn well feel like it as nobody will ever reject an opportunity to do The Electric Slide.  It’s in our DNA.

6.  Al Green – Love & Happiness

The kind of song you can throw on at any barbecue or Black occasion and the older of the audience will most certainly start singing, off-key as they wanna be, but because it’s Reverand Al, it’s okay.  Plus, he automatically makes everybody think of grits.  And what’s more Black than grits?

5.  Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On?

Poignant, deep, and speaking to the struggle during the Vietnam War of both Blacks and other minorities.  Black folks love social commentary in music and nobody did it better than Marvin with this song and ultimately this album.  Plus his daddy capped him, which is nothing short of ignant ninja sh*t.  Plus, if you ain’t familiar with this song, then you probably don’t know Marvin well which means you probably don’t know any other Black people.  Meet some.

4.  Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come

All Black people should know this song because all Black people should have seen Malcolm X.  Or should see it.  Seeing Malcolm X should be a requirement of Blackness.  I’m gonna see if I can get that Congressionally mandated.  And like Marvin, this song is also some activist Black struggle music and a response to Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind”.  And ALSO like Marvin, he got caught out there with some shady woman who ended up killing him behind some non-sense, which is ALSO some ignant ninja sh*t.

3.  Maze FEATURING Frankie Beverly - Before I Let Go

Is it me or was Maze featuring Frankie Beverly for a very long time.  They just never let him join up, huh?  This song is akin to the Black National Anthem guaranteed to be played at every Black function where food is present.  In fact, if you’re Black and you don’t know this song, you should seek help.  And therapy.  And Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

2.  James Weldon Johnson/John Rosamond Johnson – Lift Every Voice And Sing

The ACTUAL Negro National Anthem.  I mean, just cuz.  And that means ALL THE VERSES PEOPLE.  Not just the first verse.

1.  Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday

Stevie’s tribute to Dr. Martin Luther Tha Kang, Jr is quite possibly the most famous song in Black history, mostly cuz its sung at every Black birthday function, and if you listen closely, can be heard being sung on nearly a daily basis by Black people in major metropolitan cities.  Because it’s always somebody’s birthday.  Hoo-rah.

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  • http://presidentialtelevisionandfilm.ning.com/ Monk

    What about the theme to “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons”??

    • RedBeanzNRice

      @Monk,

      lmao – hush.

      • http://presidentialtelevisionandfilm.ning.com/ Monk

        @RedBeanzNRice,

        I’m SO sincere though. This songs are more than television themes, they are anthems.

        • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

          @Monk,

          im with you monk…the theme song to good times is my mom’s ringtone when she calls me! lol

          • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

            @shatani, Im a personal fan of “and then there’s maude”…

        • RedBeanzNRice

          @Monk,

          @Monk,

          You know what? I thought you were being facetious, but you’re right. We used to sing the Jeffersons theme song outside before class when this one boy would walk up.

          He walked like George Jefferson, with the swaying arms in the back – hell, that’s just how he walked. But we couldn’t resist. EVERYBODY knew the song, and EVERYBODY knew the walk. So yeah, you’re absolutely right.

          It should be listed.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

            @RedBeanzNRice,

            We used to sing the Jeffersons theme song outside before class when this one boy would walk up

            by “we” you mean “my classmates” and by “this one boy” you meant “i”, didnt you?

            • RedBeanzNRice

              @The Champ,
              “by “we” you mean “my classmates” and by “this one boy” you meant “i”, didnt you?”

              *chuckling* I think I hate you.

        • malaika

          @Monk,
          I get to watch the re-runs of Good Times in Kenya every Saturday. I guess this makes it a universal black song and should def make the list

    • http://nextbigthing.blogsome.com Hostess

      @Monk, Yo! That’s right!!!! I think I learned those in Sunday school after learning Jesus Can Work It Out…Another song all Black folks should know.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Hostess,

        ive never heard that song. we sang this little light of mine!

        • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

          @shatani,

          You’ve never heard “Jesus Can Work It Out”?? You need to youtube that one! Woohoo! That’s some powerful traditional praise music right there!

          • WuDaMan

            @PBG,
            Please believe it.

          • http://gingerlyoptimistic.blogspot.com Ziggy

            @PBG,
            OMG that was like my mothers pre game warm up song every sunday morning before church!

            • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

              @Ziggy,

              Welcome (I think)!!!! **Diva Dust v. 2.0 ™**

            • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

              @Ziggy,

              Yes, you are new aren’t you?

              Well, here is your ****glitter****! We’re so glad to have you here @ vsb.com where [insert whatever is happening] happens. I’ll add you to the roster over in the Prayer Cubicle.

            • VoiceofReason

              @Ziggy,

              When I was younger my mom’s warm up song was “Be Grateful.”

              • Nikiloveli

                @VoiceofReason,

                That song will just sit down in your spirit, won’t it? Def on my top ten.

              • Mia

                @VoiceofReason
                Cannot make a gospel playlist without Be Grateful or some Shirley Caesar.

            • SouthernGirl

              @Ziggy, welcome and sht!t…even though i swear the lil cartoon in the funny papers just popped in my head. lol. *pt-gold stars*

          • PYT

            @PBG,

            OMG, I remember listening to this song every morning on the Russ Parr Morning Show as I got dressed for school. Thanks for the memory!

        • Ivy St.

          @shatani, Does or Do (not sure) the Mississippi Mass Choir sing this song?

          • WuDaMan

            @Ivy St.,
            I like Trinity United Church of Christ’s version. It’s all mega churchy.

          • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

            @Ivy St.,

            I promise I ain’t shyt for this but, I just youtube’d the song to see a 2520 gospel choir sing it and a Black choir sing it. It made me think of that age old question asked @ every cookout: “Who made this potato salad??”

            Draw your own conclusions.

            • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

              @PBG,

              *snicker*

        • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

          @shatani, Here you go Tani. They were havin’ some chuuch up in there!

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiQfucwzOYs&feature=related

          • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

            @PBG,
            man,
            I needed that this morning. Thank you PBG!!

            • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

              @blackberry molasses,

              You’re welcome. I sorta see it as my duty being the Director of the VSB Prayer Cubicle and all.

              • SouthernGirl

                @PBG,

                yes lawd! i needed that BBJ glitter in my life this morning but uh….do ya’ll think i fall out on the floor and sing jesus can work it out like ‘ol girl when these 2520′s over here start getting on my nerves?

          • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

            @PBG,

            wow, i was so tired before i listened to that! goodness! thanks pb

      • WuDaMan

        @Hostess,
        Personally I love the Sanford and Son. Holds a special place for me.

        • eff yo couch

          @WuDaMan,

          That and the theme song to “What’s Happenin”

          I’m I the only person that used to add my own words to both of those songs?

          • WuDaMan

            @eff yo couch,
            no We used to sing ‘Shady Grady Shady Grady …..’ to sanford and son

            • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

              @WuDaMan,
              it was a college knickname and sandford and son became my theme song.

    • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

      @Monk,

      YES, Monk. Just…YES!!! And, for bonus points, the theme song to “Amen”

      Turn all the lights of heaven on, shine on me, Turn all the lights of heaven on, shine on me
      Turn on the lights, and put me on the honor roll…

      Excuse me as I do the Jefferson jig *shuffle, shuffle, crazy feet, twirl around) Y’all don got me started!

      • http://presidentialtelevisionandfilm.ning.com/ Monk

        @Luvvie,

        I’d also add the theme to “Sanford And Son”. Even though there’s no words, all coloreds should know this and be able to make the sounds with their mouths.

        • superwoman

          @Monk, yes, definitely. we used to get this show in south africa, back in the day….dubbed into seSotho, with unintendedly hilarious effect!!!!

          • YGB

            @superwoman,

            LOL! I remember those times!!!

        • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

          @Monk,

          **humming the theme song and bobbin my head**

          “I’m comin’ Elizabeth!!!!”

          • WuDaMan

            @blackberry molasses,
            ‘don’t make me put these five knuckle across yo fat lip.’ BTW the G is for Gonecatchacase.

        • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

          @Monk,

          Most def. In fact, if I meet someone who is racially ambiguous, I will ask them to hum the sanford and son theme. If they fail, they are no brethren or sistren of mine

          • http://twitter.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

            @Luvvie,

            “racially ambiguous”

            are you sure you weren’t a writer for Seinfeld?

            • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

              @Intellectual Hedonist,

              EEWWW Seinfeld?? I rebuke it in the name of the Fatha, the Son, Meshack, Shadrack, and that Billy Goat!

              • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

                @Luvvie, NOT MESCHACK I loved Designing Women especially when they had that old lady (Berneice?) on there and she would sing “BLACK MAN, BLACK MAN, WHERE DID YOU COME FROM” whenever Anthony walked into the room..he was also in my other most favoritist movie….Mannequin…and then Arsenio Hall killed his a$$ because tv only has room for 1 black mofo with a weird hairline and extra gums…

              • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

                @Luvvie,

                you.DUMB.

                Go Sat Down for “the Billy Goat”

              • Resident GRitS

                @Shay-d,

                I love me some Hollywood. He spoke truth!

                @ Intellectual Hedonist,

                I also like Seinfeld, too. It’s a show about nothing…what’s not to love?

                THESE PRETZELS…ARE MAKING ME THIRSTY!

              • http://twitter.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

                @Luvvie,

                So I take it you never saw the episode that Elaine was dating the “racially ambiguous” guy and they spent the entire episode trying to figure out what his ethnic background was…. hillarious!!!!

              • WuDaMan

                @Luvvie,
                You better watch it talking about billy goats in Chicago. CHEESEBURGER, CHEESEBURGER, CHEESEBURGER. btw I don’t like Seinfeld either.

              • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

                Im with you IH…i loved me some seinfeld. i loved how disappointed they both were in the end when they figured out they were both just white folk! lmao

            • YGB

              @Shay-d-lady,

              “and then Arsenio Hall killed his a$$ because tv only has room for 1 black mofo with a weird hairline and extra gums…”

              I’m too through!!! You’re killin me over here and the white folks are lookin’ at me funny (that’s nuthin new but even more so now)!!

        • KingPine

          @Monk,

          oh hell yeah…..

          damn…i am old as hell!

        • http://nianaturally.blogspot.com N.I.A. thinkingofamasterplan….

          @Monk, LOL!! I didn’t even realize I remembered the theme until after I read this and started humming the tune. LOL!

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          @Monk,

          I’d also add the theme to “Sanford And Son”. Even though there’s no words, all coloreds should know this and be able to make the sounds with their mouths.

          ***nodding head while guffawing***

      • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

        @Luvvie,

        and then you have to jump into double dutch ropes…..

      • RedBeanzNRice

        @Luvvie,

        *sighs* I always thought it was
        “Turn on the light from Heaven Lord, shine on me…”

        Turn on the light, and put me on the right road (help me find my way home) turn on the light from Heaven, Lord, shine on me..shine on me..wooooaah shine..aaaayy..

        I need you every day, every hour, I can’t make it without you shine, shine, shine (shine on me)

        Yeah, I can’t type her rifts, but you get the picture, lol.

        • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

          @RedBeanzNRice,

          Yeah Im pretty sure I made up my version and you’re right but lol I know I ain’t gon remember the RIGHT way or even try lol.

          • RedBeanzNRice

            @Luvvie,

            But hell, it really doesn’t even matter. We can sing it anyway we like – point is, the song is known, lol.

            I used to sing the theme to Good Times at the start of damn near EVERY show, but it took the Dave Chapelle Show to give me the actual lyrics to that muffled part that no one ever knows.

            It’s: Hangin in a chow line – good times – ain’t we lucky we got em.

            Hell, I thought it was Aging in a sow way – good times – ain’t we lucky we got em.

            • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

              @RedBeanzNRice,

              True story, I just about DAHD @ “Aging in a sow way”. Tears are coming out my eyes b/c that shit made me cackle and I wasnt expecting it

            • RedBeanzNRice

              @Shay-d-lady,

              “NOT MESCHACK I loved Designing Women especially when they had that old lady (Berneice?)”

              I hate that you said that, lol. Although I think Luvvie was referring to the Meshack of biblical times, lol I know EXACTLY who you’re talkin bout.

              Berniece was the favorite on the show – oh how she loved some Anthony. *black man, black man where did you come from* That chick made me belly-laugh EVERY time she made an appearance.

              *sidenote* Did you know she was one of the social workers on Good Times, when Wilona (mah girl) was trying to adopt Penny? Yep, it’s a fact, and she was just as nutty then as she was on Designing Women, lol.

              • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

                @RedBeanzNRice, LOL I figured from the other references she used but there is only one Meshack in my heathenistic book and he starred on Designing women..LMAO (looking around for lightning)…..
                but yeah I remember I have good times on DVD…my favorite is when Mad Dog shot JJ and then Threw himself on the mercy of the court….or the where sweet lenny had jj paint that picture of his girl and she was stans wife from Martin? LOL

              • RedBeanzNRice

                @Shay,
                “sweet lenny had jj paint that picture of his girl and she was stans wife from Martin”

                When Sweet Daddy Williams (Lenny was the dude that used to sell everything from his person… “my name is Lennayyy..and if I ain’t got it, there ain’t anaaayyy”) had him paint that picture of Stan’s wife, and she didn’t like it – the part that had me WEAK was when she stormed out talkin’ mess and James called her a skank. *sighs*

                If I was a TV sitcom wife wannabe, I’d marry James. Only problem I had with it was that James ALWAYS rocked those damn camel-colored courduroy pants and same colored velour shirt. But Thelma NEVER wore the same fit twice; neither did Michael. And somehow they ALWAYS had kick-ass food on the table, and NO leftovers.

                Hello? Weren’t they supposed to be broke?

              • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

                @RedBeanzNRice,

                They didn’t always have kick-azz food on the table. Remember the time they got the spoiled meat from that store and everybody but JJ got sick?? Florida went down to protest and ended up TV!

              • http://nextbigthing.blogsome.com Hostess

                @RedBeanzNRice, Was Jay Leno on Good Times too?? I have a vague recollection of him being a clinic patient when JJ thought he had the VD.

              • RedBeanzNRice

                @PBG,

                Yep, you right – I forgot about that one.

                @Hostess,

                Yep, he was on there once in the VD episode. I think he was the only patient in the clinic that had a speaking part.

              • This Just In

                @RedBeanzNRice,

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrYCrdJyaDg

                don’t fall out of your chair….i almost did!!

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @Luvvie,

        I quit this entire comment thread you started. Your IG is so infectious.

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @Luvvie,

        Any excuse to juke n’ jig! LMAO!!

    • http://twitter.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

      @Monk,

      http://americancomedynetwork.com/video.html?bit_id=35016

      it gives the song additional meaning no?

      safe for work but turn your volume down

    • http://www.myspace.com/chicanextdoor Miss Patterson

      @Monk, this comment right here is why i heart you. during the holiday break me, my mom & my sis-in-law all broke into chorus via the jeffersons theme song on the way to the airport. my brother couldn’t help but crack up.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Monk, you know, i think you’re absolutely right. those would probably be #11 in my book.

    • Gem of the Ocean

      i think black show theme songs and black gospel/negro spirituals deserve categories all there own. they’re all important in the world of coloreds. so if you ever run across somebody and think “where yo ppl from??” you can just whip out 1 of 3 lists (if not all 3):

      1. top 10 soul songs
      2. top 10 negro gospel songs
      3. top 10 colored show theme songs

      • Gem of the Ocean

        oh, and i think a top 10 hip hop list needs to be up there too. making that 4 lists to choose from.

      • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

        @Gem of the Ocean,

        you killin me with

        “negro gospel songs” and “colored show themes”

        I’m about to quit you right nah.

    • Neka W

      Amazingly enough, I’m actually listening to Love and Happiness right now. haha.

  • http://nextbigthing.blogsome.com Hostess

    Why is that Afro Romance ad still showing up?

    Rapper’s Delight…If you’re 53 and under you should know this song. That should include 87% of Black men (life expectancy of about 65) and 80% of Black women (life expectancy 65.5).* Not the full 22 minute version cus that’s just some BS with all those random ass special guest rappers. But the radio edit? Hell yeah!! If it wasn’t so late, I didn’t think my neighbors would call the cops, and the cops would come, I’d call it up on my iPod right now.

    What you hear is not a test! I’m a’rappin’ to the beat!!!!

    *Estimates

    • Maximillian

      @Hostess,

      Beat me to it…

    • http://presidentialtelevisionandfilm.ning.com/ Monk

      @Hostess,
      This is fact. I actually think the lack of Hip Hop on this list prevents me from consigning it.

      • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

        @Monk, I was thinking that it needed a hip hop and a gospel reference… THis little light of mine, or How Excellent or silver and gold…somethin

        • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

          @Shay-d-lady,

          What about “Stomp”? NO? lol

          • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

            @Luvvie, not stomp..but maybe his eye is on the sparrow or old happy day the sister act 21 version wack rap and all….

            • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

              @Shay-d-lady,

              I LOVE Sister Act 2. YES! All coloreds must know “Joygful Joyful” with the rap…

              “Joyful Joyful Lord, we adore thee
              And in my life I place no one before thee
              But since I was a youngsta I came to know
              That you was the only way to go SO…”

              Hehe bonus points for doing the back and forth dance to go with it.

              • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

                @Luvvie, I was in PRIDE (just say no )in highschool and no I didnt get beat up but we did get booed) and we performed Old Happy day and Joyful Joyful exactly the way it was on sister act 2….LMAO

              • 8th Wonder

                *Chimes in with the R&B part*

                Come and join the choooorus, the mighty mighty chooooorus…

                Oh yes!

              • SouthernCharm

                @Luvvie,

                You down with G.O.D? Yeah you know meee!

              • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

                @Luvvie,

                oh yeah, i love love love sister act!! both of them, actually! his eye is on the sparrow is one of those songs that just gives me chills and makes me start to tear up when its sung just right!

                and um…is it really “old” happy day? i thought it was oh….ya’ll betta stop playin wit me!

            • Resident GRitS

              @Shay-d-lady,

              LOL @ “old”.

              I think it’s “Oh, Happy Day.”

            • http://nextbigthing.blogsome.com Hostess

              @Shay-d-lady, Oh Happy Day? Hellz yeah. But what about This Little Light Of Mine?? That right there is the hotness.

              • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

                @Hostess,

                whenever i hear “this little light of mine” now i think of that scene in “black snake moan” when chrissy ricci is singing it. basically, i need another “this little light of mine” thought in my head

              • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

                @Hostess,

                yes, you do champ! she’s all off key and got “that sickness!”

        • http://presidentialtelevisionandfilm.ning.com/ Monk

          @Shay-d-lady,

          “How Excellent” is my most favoritest gospel song EVER.

          • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

            @Monk, How Excellent and I know Ive been changed…neck and neck

            • http://presidentialtelevisionandfilm.ning.com/ Monk

              @Shay-d-lady,

              I’m biased to “How Excellent” because in college, the gospel choir would SANG that joint and damn near everyone would have tears in their eyes literally. Powerful shyt.

              *thinking to self*

              Damn, hope I didn’t rack up too many hell points for typing that.

              • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

                @Monk, and you know what same here (highschool though the choir killed how excellent but this one girl her name was Lashondra SANG THE SHYT out of I know Ive been changed…and also is my living in vain) I just got chills remembering it….

              • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

                @Monk, im partial to “how excellent” myself. i do think that “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” would qualify for required Blackness….

        • http://myspace.com/igotastory meleka

          @Shay-d-lady, Wow, How Excellent?

          “You finna take Jerome BACK!”

          And what about “Order my steps”, this girl on my church choir back in the day would Kill this song.

          • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

            @meleka,
            “teach me how to WALK… in you word…”

            our choir KILLS that song. even the choir director be crying.
            And they rotate through two altos and a soprano who do the solo… Good Lord have mercy

          • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

            @meleka,

            I LOVE “Order my Steps”. But my FAVE gospel song is “Praise is What I do”. Shekinah Glory Ministry KILLT it

            • http://www.singlesisterspeak.wordpress.com Nicki Sunshine

              @Luvvie, I Love, LOVE Praise is what I do.

            • 8th Wonder

              You are officially my homie. Praise is what I do makes me cry like, EVERYTIME.

              Love Hezekiah Walker’s version the bestest.

      • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com/ eysqueen

        @Monk,

        since you mentioned hip hop i’m going to throw this out there to cut up the minotony of the chuch songs..

        -Juicy- Biggie Smalls not only should you know all the words but you should be able to relate to it. I’m putting Biggie on the list.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          @eysqueen,

          -Juicy- Biggie Smalls not only should you know all the words but you should be able to relate to it. I’m putting Biggie on the list.

          juicy would be like 4th on my list if i were gonna name relevant biggie songs everyone knows, behind “big poppa”, “one more chance”, and “mo money, mo problems”

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        @Monk, the reason I didn’t put any hip-hop on the list – though Rapper’s Delight definitely makes a strong case – is the fact that there are lots of Black folks that don’t listen to hip-hop. Period. Especially older or more religious people. However, show me a Black family that won’t play Marvin?

        If you don’t know Tupac or Biggie, I can’t necessarily fault you b/c your parents may not have let you listen to it, but if you don’t know Marvin or haven’t seen Malcolm X or something, your parents definitely did you a disservice.

    • RedBeanzNRice

      @Hostess,

      Yep, Rapper’s Delight – sorry to seem like a biter, but when I was typing, there was no one here but Monk. You beat me to the punch, lol.

    • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

      @Hostess,

      Cosign…every Black person should know “Rapper’s Delight”.

      And I don’t know if it’s been mentioned yet, but I think every Black person under 45 should know “Children’s Story” as well.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @PBG,

        um…what now?

  • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

    P-Money, I love this list. And “This Christmas” is truly THE Black Christmas song. Excuse me as I plagiarize myself in an entry in the Christmas Playlist I put on my blog.

    “This Christmas – Donny Hathaway (It is not officially Christmastime until you hear this song. And no matter where folks are or what they are doing, when you hear “Hang on the mistletoe, I am gonna get to know you better…” people stop that they are doing to finish it with an enthusiastic “THIS CHRISTMAS!!” You could be in the midst of cussing your archenemy out, talm bout “F*ck you and everything you ever stand for. Don’t call me… “THIS CHRISTMAS” ever again!)”

    • http://presidentialtelevisionandfilm.ning.com/ Monk

      @Luvvie,
      “It is not officially Christmastime until you hear this song.”

      I feel this way in regards to summertime when I hear “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince.

      • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

        @Monk,
        “I feel this way in regards to summertime when I hear “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince.”

        TRUEDAT!!!!!

        Man, as soon as they play this song on the radio, I start diggin up my sundresses and capri pants out of storage while planning my first BBQ of the season .

        • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

          @blackberry molasses,

          and this is philly, so you know they start tryin to play it in april!

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Monk,

        word. that is absolutely the anthem. ‘specially round these parts…

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @Monk,

        “I feel this way in regards to summertime when I hear “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince.”

        CO-SIGN!! That song to me is the epitome of summer…the summer of 1991, the year I graduated from high school. Sooo many great memories are attached to that song. I used to lose my mind when the video came on The Box, which was like 45 times a day!

        • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

          @PBG,

          OMG you took it back to The BOX!
          Maaaaaannnn! I loved the Box. Especially when your favorite video came on 6 times. I think I requested “Love You 4 Life” by Jodeci like 16 times in one day.

          • VoiceofReason

            @blackberry molasses,

            I credit the Box for helping Outkast blow up. I think they just sat around requesting Player’s Ball all day so people had no choice but to watch the video.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          @PBG,

          “CO-SIGN!! That song to me is the epitome of summer…the summer of 1991, the year I graduated from high school.”

          ***creating petition to change “pbg’s” name to “aarp”***

          • SouthernGirl

            @The Champ, boy stop!

            i too agree with the summertime cause that is the fresh prince’s new definition of summer madness. don’t hate.

            now i lurve me some ‘this christmas’ but ny holiday just ain’t right until i hear ‘santa baby’ by eartha kitt (R.I.P.)

    • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

      @Luvvie, although I love that one..the one that most gets me is Silent Night by the Temptation…in my mind..im wishing you a (high voice) MERRY christmas..merry christmas..to (high voice) EEEAAACH one of you..and we mean it…..

      • Gem of the Ocean

        i’m with yo shay-d. actually, the Temps’ “Silent Night” (i like to sing both the high AND low parts lol) and Donny’s “This Christmas” are my 2 favoritest xmas songs. they totally get me in the holiday spirit.

    • RedBeanzNRice

      @Luvvie,

      It’s true, Luvvie. And it took you to help me remember that over this Christmas season. Your Christmas playlist was the sh*t!

      • RedBeanzNRice

        @Luvvie,

        an addendum to the previous post –

        And truth be told, I never even heard Eartha Kitt’s version of “Santa Baby” before I read your list. But, best believe after I found it on YouTube, I recorded and rocked it on Christmas day – along with the usual Christmastime songs!

        You go girl!

        • http://twitter.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

          @RedBeanzNRice,

          RIP EARTHA KITT

          pouring out some of this green tea

        • SouthernGirl

          @RedBeanzNRice,

          *utter shock and awe*

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @RedBeanzNRice,

        I’m glad you dug my Christmas playlist. And best believe I jammed to the CD I created with them songs on it ALL of Noel.

  • Relax, Relate, Alise

    Every Black person should know Johnny Kemp’s “Just Got Paid”, especially when actually played on Friday…

    • superwoman

      @Relax, Relate, Alise, for sure! DAMNIT!!!! this song used to put me in such a great mood, singing along to beat the band, never mind that i’d never even drawn a salary yet…..

    • RedBeanzNRice

      @Relax, Relate, Alise,

      Ahhhh – the “Black Folk’s Finally Got that Check After Putting up with ‘the man’s BS All Week’” national anthem.

      What Black folk couldn’t possibly love this song?

    • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

      @Relax, Relate, Alise,

      *Sigh* unfortunately, the version that pops in my head now is the *NSYNC one. *shakes lilliputian fists vigorously. DANG Justin Timberlake and his jew fro that made me SWOON as a teenybopper

      • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

        @Luvvie, hangs head in shame.. I too liked the jew fro…and I have all the n sync cds and Back street boys.. im still hood though!@…yall remember the commercial for Darron henson choreographer (he also played Lem on soul food the series) where he goes.. aint no lie..bye bye bye as he is showin the steps to the video….LMAO…

        • RedBeanzNRice

          @Shay-d-lady & Luvvie

          “I too liked the jew fro”

          *dead* @ the “jew fro”. But in retrospect, it really was.

          A Jew fro, I can deal with, but I’m just mad that the Justin of now won’t shave that damn scruffy full throat beard he’s rockin. *sighs* It’s just not cute.

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @Luvvie, You know that’s because you and your liliputian fists were barely in preschool when the original came out. *snicker*

        • WuDaMan

          @PBG,
          bwuahahaahah good one baby whisperer

        • SouthernGirl

          @PBG, *guffaw* i forgot n’sync even remade that joint. i think it’s cause when i heard it, although i did like them overall, i just could not co-sign that sh!t and immediately erased it from my memory.

    • http://www.museacdonline.com pgh muse

      @Relax, Relate, Alise,

    • http://www.museacdonline.com pgh muse

      @Relax, Relate, Alise, lol! I love this song!!! This is a good one!

    • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

      @Relax, Relate, Alise, I swear I dance like that song JUST came out whenever I hear it.

      Goodness gracies…we played in band when I was in Jr.High. ~~~~<—wavy lines of flashback and memories.

      • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

        @PBG,

        “~~~~<—wavy lines of flashback and memories.”

        *DEAD* ____________

      • Gem of the Ocean

        lmao @ ~~~~<—wavy lines of flashback and memories.

        good one!! i gotta use that next time i am taken down memory lane…

  • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

    im absolutely ecstatic!! i get to keep my Black Card! woohoo!!!

    i never come out on top with lists like this. lmao!

    • Gem of the Ocean

      honestly shat, i think your “blackness” needs to go under review… your coloredness is temporarily suspended. please hand me your black card *holds out hand*

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Gem of the Ocean,

        there is no way im handing my black card to someone lighter skinted than me! lmao!

  • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

    Other songs Black folks must know

    *Spinners – Love don’t Love Nobody

    *Stevie Wonder – Overjoyed

    *Teddy Pendergrass – Turn off the lights (I said TURN EM OFF!!)

    *Temptations – Just my imagination

    *Fugees – Killing me Softly (folks lose their minds at the “La la la la” section)

    Thats all I got for now

    • http://presidentialtelevisionandfilm.ning.com/ Monk

      @Luvvie,

      I was thinking about the Fugee’s “Killing Me Softly” also.

      “One Time!!”

    • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

      @Luvvie,
      Teddy P needs to stop yelling at folk if he wanna get the draws.

      • RedBeanzNRice

        @blackberry molasses,

        “Teddy P needs to stop yelling at folk if he wanna get the draws.”

        Um hello? THAT’S how he GETS the draws. That damn Billy Mays copied his “screaming at the possible recipients” style of “advertising”.

        Truth be told, when Teddy says it, my draws go off before the damn light switch does. Teddy makes a sista gasp, swoon, and turn into a full blown ho sh*t addict. *sighs*

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          @RedBeanzNRice,

          “Um hello? THAT’S how he GETS the draws.”

          right? hell, how do you think he ENDED up in that wheel chair?!?!?

        • Gem of the Ocean

          LMAO @ “Truth be told, when Teddy says it, my draws go off before the damn light switch does.”

          o.m.frikkin.g!! you’re a mess!!

          Turn Off The Lights Ho Sh*t
          Yelled Out Yo Draws Ho Sh*t
          Teddy P Mandated Ho Sh*t

      • 8th Wonder

        I been done told Teddy stop yelling at me like that.

        Ole screaming requests face.

    • overit

      @Luvvie, LMAO for “(I said TURN EM OFF!!)”

      Man, if you didn’t add that on there, I would have lol.

  • RedBeanzNRice

    What about:

    Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get it On
    2nd side, Got to Give it Up

    Phyllis Hyman: You Know How to Love Me
    2nd side – Ain’t You Had Enough Love

    Angela Bofill: Tonite I Give In
    2nd side – You Could Come Take Me Home

    Stevie Wonder, 2nd side: Ribbon in the Sky
    (only adding as a second to your listing, cause all of Stevie Wonder’s hits are a key to blackness, but would f*ck up your bandwidth if all were posted. That’s just how MAGNIFICENT he is.

    Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.: You Don’t Have to Be a Star

    Blue Magic: Sideshow

    Bob Marley: I Shot the Sheriff
    2nd side, No Woman, No Cry

    ANYTHING by Chaka Khan

    ANY and EVERYthing by Parliament and/or Funkadelic

    Ohio Players: Fire
    2nd side, Skin Tight

    Patti Labelle: If Only You Knew

    Peaches and Herb: Reunited

    Otis Redding: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

    Rick James: Mary Jane
    2nd side, Ebony Eyes
    3rd side, Fire and Desire

    Smokey Robinson: Ooo, Ooo, Baby, Baby
    2nd side, Tears of a Clown
    3rd side, Cruisin

    Teddy Perndergrass: Close the Door
    2nd side, Come on Over to My Place

    The Temptations: EVERYTHING

    The Isley Brothers: Caravan of Love
    2nd side, Between the Sheets

    And lastly, the gateway to hip hop:

    Sugar Hill Gang: Rapper’s Delight
    2nd side, 8th Wonder

    • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

      @RedBeanzNRice,

      If this list was a place and I was a crackhead, it’d be Baltimore and its limitless “corners”. What this means is, I STAN for it!

      • RedBeanzNRice

        @Luvvie,

        Aww, ty. But girl, you gotta stop with the crackhead references – either that or I gotta stop having beverages available when you do, cause spitting up on the computer screen and/or the keyboard is NEVER a good look, lol.

    • http://twitter.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

      @RedBeanzNRice,

      i want to know what kind of records you got that have three sides… must be some new technology

      • RedBeanzNRice

        @Intellectual Hedonist,

        LMAO – you’re a funny one! When I say “2nd or 3rd side” I don’t mean as in the record. I mean as in “sidenote”, lol

        • http://twitter.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

          @RedBeanzNRice,

          I’m visual and grew up in the vinyl era, so my mind was flipping the 45 when I read your list and then I was like whoa!

          LOL!

          • Gem of the Ocean

            mi e-prima = heyyyyy mrs. dj!

          • SouthernGirl

            @Intellectual Hedonist, glad it wasnt’ just me…lol. still got my salt with a deadly pepa feat. spinderella on vinyl….talk about memories ~~~~~~~ (borrowing PBG’s wavy memory lines)

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @Intellectual Hedonist,

        i want to know what kind of records you got that have three sides… must be some new technology

        i like little jabs like this. good one

        • 8th Wonder

          Champ, we all know how you feel about “little jabs”, buddy.

          • Gem of the Ocean

            *dead*

    • Please Excuse Your Significant Other

      @RedBeanzNRice, I’m glad u mentioned Parliament b/c I was fittin to get angry if no one mentioned Atomic Dawg

      • http://twitter.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

        @Please Excuse Your Significant Other,

        I can’t listen to Atomic Dog without wanting to see half naked men HOPPING around.

        Even when it plays over the speaker at Macy I half expect to see a Hop pop off.

        • RedBeanzNRice

          @Intellectual Hedonist,

          “I can’t listen to Atomic Dog without wanting to see half naked men HOPPING around.”

          I’m SO mad at you for that comment. LMAO!! I wanna send you to the “go sat down” corner, but I won’t have that authority for another month.

          Just know you deserve it, lol.

          • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

            @RedBeanzNRice,

            I’ll send her to the SAT DOWN corner because the nekked Ques with the gold boots…. argh!

            • 8th Wonder

              Change that argh to an ooh and we’re in business.

              Oh, and if we doin P-Funk, we have to mention One Nation Under a Groove…8th Gets hella crunk to that one.

        • Gem of the Ocean

          @Intellectual Hedonist,

          sad to say but you and me both, e-prima. smh.

    • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

      @RedBeanzNRice,

      If this comment were crystal meth, I’d be a dirty blond white girl in America’s heartland, 23 but lookin’ 47, selling my baby’s diapers for a hit.

      It’s really that dayum dope.

      • RedBeanzNRice

        @PBG,

        “If this comment were crystal meth, I’d be a dirty blond white girl in America’s heartland, 23 but lookin’ 47, selling my baby’s diapers for a hit.”

        Between you and Luvvie, I’ve died several mini-deaths from fits of laughter. That comment right there made me choke on my cheese grits. LMAO.

        @Ro,

        Aww, ty kindly. Baskets of sunshine to you too!!

      • Gem of the Ocean

        ummmm yeah. i’m done with you.

    • http://fyre08.blogspot.com Ro

      @RedBeanzNRice,

      This list…. perfection, like a custom made Loubou. Perfection is giving you a mean side eye over the threat of territory being taken, with her old ever unattainable self!!!

      Baskets and Baskets full of sunshine for you!!!

  • http://www.southparkninja.com SouthParkNinja

    I think that Lenny Williams “Cause I love You” should be a close 2nd!

    • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

      @SouthParkNinja, yeah lenny gotta to be on there..

    • http://presidentialtelevisionandfilm.ning.com/ Monk

      @SouthParkNinja,

      I agree TOTALLY!!

    • RedBeanzNRice

      @SouthParkNinja,

      Not even a close second – it should be on the list as well.

      Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh ooooh. That man can sing!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @SouthParkNinja, yeah, i made a list of songs and had it down to around 25, and Lenny Williams was in the top 15.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @SouthParkNinja,

      you know, i realize that i’m gonna lose a couple points for saying this, but i had never even heard that song before until the “kings of comedy”

      • miss t-lee

        @The Champ,

        *throat punch*
        Really? Daaang.

        • 8th Wonder

          I’m mad you throat punched first and asked questions later.

          you ain’t right twin.

          • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

            @8th Wonder,

            WOW… t-lee is gangta wit hers.

            LMMFAO

          • miss t-lee

            @8th Wonder,
            It was a reflex chickie, I didn’t mean it for it to happen that way…lol

            @ Blackberry molasses
            *singing*
            “I’m so gangsterous with it” :)

      • SouthernGirl

        @The Champ, WTF?!?!?!?!? I just can’t…

  • jana.love

    well i’m not really “black” but i got about 9 outta the 10 covered. i feel good.

    • MDUBB

      @jana.love,
      Good for you!
      Welcome to the club, there’s dollar store sodas in the trash can filled with ice in the back, help yourself.

      • jana.love

        @MDUBB,

        holla! i hope they got grape. love me some grape soda.

        • MDUBB

          @jana.love,
          Naw see, you gotta get on that Strawberry Kiwi!
          Uncle Boogie (real name by the way) got some Vodka if you want to mix it, lol.

        • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

          @jana.love,

          If you got 9 of these songs covered and you like grape soda, you may not be “black”, but I’d bet a dollar you got some black in ya…or like some black in ya. *palin wink*

          • overit

            @PBG, dead.

          • Gem of the Ocean

            ok. it’s official. i quit you.

    • http://twitter.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

      @jana.love,

      I aint black either gurl and I got 10 out of 10.

      • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

        @Intellectual Hedonist, I aint black either REALLY????? I thought you were just light skint….

    • RedBeanzNRice

      @jana.love,

      Huh? What do you mean you’re not really “black”? Why the parenthesis? Does that mean you LOOK black, but aren’t? *confused*

    • Luvtheshoes

      @jana.love,

      Don’t feel lonely, girl. Imma come out the closet as a 2520 who still got 8 out of the 10.

      Although I wanna know why there’s no Earth Wind and Fire on the list? How can there be no September or Love’s Holiday?

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        @Luvtheshoes, actually I’m thinking the Black requirement EWF song would be “Reasons”. And it’s in the top 15 with Lenny Williams, though there’s a REALLY good argument for it to be in the top 10.

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @Luvtheshoes,

        *dead* @ you comin’ out of the closet as a 2520!!

        Luvvieeeeee! Speed dial…NOW!!

      • SouthernGirl

        @Luvtheshoes, jana

        damn it to hell! *shock and awe*

        does anybody else need to come out the 2520 closet?!?!?!?!? this is an offical welcome committee sponsored question!

        don’t be shy and sh!t…commenting all over the BBJ place and the dropping bombs the like of which wendy williams ain’t neva seent on unsuspecting folk*

        *said with all kinds of glittery BBJ gold starred love, but damn…don’t be scurred and shit. ya’ll ain’t scary @ us or nothing. unless you’re a 2520 masquerading as an albino midget clown or something cause that’s a whole ‘nother story…

        • Luvtheshoes

          @SouthernGirl,

          LOL! Thanks and sh*t

  • Rita

    I remember when I first “discovered” ( I was raised in the 90′s,bear with me) Otis Redding, I was singing ‘sitting on the dock of the bay’ for days. @ Lunch,@ Dinner, In class,On the bus….my peers were all into Backstreet and Spice Girls. I had my little sad song and I thought I was being different. My teachers probably thought I was clinically depressed……

    Man, I was gonna say The Spinners: Love Don’t Love Nobody, but nevermind. :)

    • RedBeanzNRice

      @Rita,

      Raised in the 90′s? I know my math is foggy as hell, but what are you, 12 – 16 years old? You can’t be more than 19.

      At any rate, welcome, but do we need to clean up our language in this piece?

      Ok, having said that, the Spinners are definitely a key to blackness, as are the Whispers – it’s just that the Temptations and the Four Tops overshadowed the Spinners.

      The Spinners were more of a late 60′s group, trying to venture into the 70′s. They had quite a few good songs that could denote blackness.

      IMO, just a few:

      Ghetto Child (perhaps their only defining 70′s era song)

      Rubberband Man
      Could It Be I’m Falling in Love

      And we can’t forget the duet with Dionne Warwick: Then Came You

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @RedBeanzNRice, LOL!! Rita was probably born in the late 80′s.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        @RedBeanzNRice, i went thru my Spinners catalog before doing my list too and couldn’t find anything I thought should go in the top 10.

        Though let me tell you which Temptations song gave me the most trouble, “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”…”Just my Imagination” is one of my favorite songs of all times, however, Blackness is is “Rolling Stone”…that is the Temptations true contribution to the Black Experience.

      • Rita

        @RedBeanzNRice,

        um.no…I’m 20 lol…88′

        most of my childhood took place in the 90′s

        • Rita

          @Rita,

          and someone ahead of me mentioned The Spinners,

          I was simply agreeing

          but thanks for the info.

          • Rita

            @Rita,

            never mind that last comment. I always write before I think. or reread.

            I’m done now.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          @Rita,

          judging by your multiple replies to your own comments, i’m assuming “rita” is short for “ritalin”.

          • 8th Wonder

            I chuckled.

          • Rita

            @The Champ,

            uh. sometimes.

        • http://myspace.com/trulanda True since ’89

          @Rita,

          nice to know I’m not the only youngin’ here. =]

    • overit

      @Rita, ok this is random as all get out, but…i blame it on P:)

      sitting on the dock of the bay reminds me of a comment 8th wonder made about what a virgin would sing, or something like that. still dying.

      • 8th Wonder

        *bows*

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @overit,

        sitting on the dock of the bay reminds me of a comment 8th wonder made about what a virgin would sing, or something like that. still dying.

        this is one of the funniest things ive ever read, at least in the last 36 hours