The Ultimate Black History Month Playlist, from Cynthia Erivo to Kendrick Lamar

In the spirit of Black History Month (or year, in my case), I’ve been curating a lengthy playlist of songs that capture the Black experience. And no, I’m not just talking about iconic civil rights classics, like Sam Cooke's “A Change Is Gonna Come” or Billie Holiday's haunting “Strange Fruit.” I’m talking about songs that span across several decades and speak to multiple relevant topics, whether it be a thoughtful ode to Black love or a feel-good tune about the beauty of melanin-rich skin.

So, with the help of my fellow PureWow editors, I’ve created the ultimate Black History Month playlist, complete with hits by Beyoncé, Cynthia Erivo, Kendrick Lamar and more. Keep reading for 45 of the best jams.

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1. “brown Skin Girl” By Beyoncé