In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, here are 25 songs that touch on civil rights and race relations. This is not meant to be a complete list, but it’s a good cross-section of artists, styles and themes.
Billie Holiday, “Strange Fruit,” 1939. “Southern trees bear a strange fruit/Blood on the leaves and blood at the roots.” That’s the opening of this haunting ballad, which deals with the horrors of lynchings, which were not-so-distant history in 1939. The song was banned by some radio networks as too controversial.Read More »from Chart Watch Extra: 25 Songs For MLK Day