9. Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud, James Brown. Released in August of 1968, Brown’s controversial hit was written out of the singer’s rising frustration with racism, black-on-black crime and the murder of King earlier that year.
10. People Got to Be Free, The Rascals. Released in the summer of 1968, this song seemed to channel all the emotions of a turbulent year in America—the murders of King and RFK, the height of the Vietnam War and a culture clash unlike any the nation had ever witnessed before.