Mandatory Music: The Best Black Musical Groups in History

If one talented musician is good, many are better. Throughout history, bands have brought undeniable energy and musical ingenuity to stages and stereos all over the world. Black musical groups in particular have made unique contributions that have transformed the way we listen to music today. That’s why we’re celebrating the black artists who broke new ground in music-making and who persevered despite the entrenched racism in the recording industry. From Motown and R&B to soul and funk, these musical groups have made us sing, dance, and revel in the magic of music.

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