Mandatory Music: The Most Influential Black Musicians in Music History

It’s time to expand your musical repertoire. While Spotify is great for discovering new music, it doesn’t do much to honor the legendary musical artists who paved the way for today’s recording stars. Many of the most influential musicians in music history are black and because of the white-centric nature of the recording industry, they definitely haven’t gotten their due. That’s why we’re celebrating the trailblazing, innovative, and groundbreaking singers, songwriters, composers, and instrumentalists who made music what it is today. Add them to your rotation and discover a whole new depth of music appreciation.

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