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Soulful September: 7 Amazing and Iconic Male African American Songs for Your Playlist

Sep 06, 2023 10:00AM ● By Anand Subramanian

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September, often marked by the transition from summer to fall, brings a unique blend of emotions. As the days become shorter and the air becomes crisper, a certain soulfulness permeates the atmosphere. It's a time for reflection, embracing change, and celebrating the rich musical heritage of Black artists who have contributed immensely to the world of music.

Let's explore ten unique and iconic songs by Black artists that deserve a spot on your playlist this September.

"A Change Is Gonna Come" - Sam Cooke

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Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" is an anthem of hope and resilience that's as relevant today as it was released in 1964. This timeless classic combines Cooke's smooth, velvety voice with poignant lyrics that address the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. Its message of change and unity resonates strongly in September, a month that often signifies transformation and progress.

"What's Going On" - Marvin Gaye

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Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" is a poignant and socially conscious track that resonates with listeners today. Released in 1971, the song addresses the turmoil and uncertainty of the times, touching on themes of war, racism, and environmental concerns. As we reflect on the state of the world in September, this song serves as a reminder to question and seek understanding.

"Lean On Me" - Bill Withers

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Bill Withers' "Lean On Me" is an uplifting and reassuring ballad with a message of support and community. The song's heartfelt lyrics and Withers' soulful voice create a sense of unity and togetherness, making it an ideal choice for your September playlist. As the world transitions into a new season, "Lean On Me" reminds us of the importance of leaning on one another for support.

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"I Can't Help It" - Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson's contribution to the world of music is immeasurable, and "I Can't Help It" is a hidden gem that deserves more recognition. This smooth and romantic song, written by Stevie Wonder, showcases Jackson's exceptional vocal range and artistry. As September brings a touch of nostalgia for the warm summer days, this track is perfect for a laid-back evening.

"My Girl" - The Temptations

Image: The Temptations in 1967. Source: Wikimedia Commons

"My Girl" by The Temptations is a timeless love song that captures the essence of young love and romance. Released in 1964, this Motown classic features sweet harmonies and a catchy melody that can instantly lift your spirits. As the leaves change color and fall gently to the ground, "My Girl" sets a nostalgic and heartwarming tone for September.

"Georgia on My Mind" - Ray Charles

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Ray Charles' rendition of "Georgia on My Mind" is a soulful tribute to the state of Georgia and the feeling of longing for home. Charles' unique blend of gospel, rhythm, and blues infuses this song with a deep emotional resonance. As September invites thoughts of home and comfort, this song serves as a reminder of the importance of roots and connection.

"Stand by Me" - Ben E. King

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Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" is a timeless classic that beautifully encapsulates the idea of companionship and support. Released in 1961, the song's message of standing by loved ones through thick and thin remains relevant today. As September encourages reflection on our relationships and connections, "Stand by Me" reminds us of the strength of unity.

As we welcome the arrival of September and the changing of seasons, it's the perfect time to curate a playlist that reflects the unique soulfulness of this month. The iconic songs explored in this article offer a diverse range of emotions and themes, from hope and unity to heartbreak and introspection. Whether you're enjoying a cozy evening indoors or embarking on a scenic drive to witness the beauty of autumn, these songs will provide the perfect soundtrack for your Soulful September.

So, gather these musical gems, press play, and let the soulful melodies of these remarkable artists accompany you as you navigate the journey of September. Their voices and lyrics will inspire, console, and uplift, reminding you of the enduring power of music to touch the heart and soul.

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 Anand Subramanian is a freelance photographer and content writer based out of Tamil Nadu, India. Having a background in Engineering always made him curious about life on the other side of the spectrum. He leapt forward towards the Photography life and never looked back. Specializing in Documentary and  Portrait photography gave him an up-close and personal view into the complexities of human beings and those experiences helped him branch out from visual to words. Today he is mentoring passionate photographers and writing about the different dimensions of the art world.

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