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Playlist: Dive into African American culture with these influential songs throughout history

As we celebrate the influence of African American history and culture during Black History Month, we should take time to appreciate the impact of great musicians across various genres and eras.

Pop, R&B, hip-hop and rap have a vast amount of African American artists that have inspired American culture both in the past and the present. This playlist highlights some tracks from many of the most renowned Black artists over the last few decades, dating as far back as the mid-1970s.

Give this collection of songs a listen for more appreciation of our favorite artists and their influence.

"Knocks Me Off My Feet" — Stevie Wonder

"Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst" — Kendrick Lamar

"Let's Get It On" — Marvin Gaye

"They Say" — Common, John Legend, Kanye West

"Freakum Dress" — Beyoncé

"Apple Pie" — Travis Scott

"You Don't Know My Name" — Alicia Keys

"Georgia on My Mind" — Ray Charles

"Can't Take My Eyes Off of You - (I Love You Baby)" — Ms. Lauryn Hill

"The People" — Common, Dwele

"Workin' Day and Night" — Michael Jackson

"Dr. Carter" — Lil Wayne

"Love Is All We Need" — Mary J. Blige, Nas

"Any Time, Any Place" — Janet Jackson

"Song Cry" — JAY-Z

"Lost In Love" — New Edition

"Into You (feat. Fabolous)" — Tamia, Fabolous

"Itty Bitty Piggy" — Nicki Minaj

"Superstar" — USHER

"You" — Lloyd, Lil Wayne

"Loveeeeeee Song" — Rihanna, Future

"Change" — J. Cole

"Been Away" — Brent Faiyaz