One of the best things about summer is being able to relax in the sun and listen to music. Despite the deplorable conditions Black America is constantly plagued with, music can refresh the soul.

Below is a compilation of amazing songs, some old and some new, by Black people. Add these songs to your music library to have the soundtrack to the perfect carefree summer.

“The Way” — Kehlani ft. Chance the Rapper

“Don’t Wanna Fight” — Alabama Shakes

“Another Life” — D’Angelo and the Vanguard

“5AM”— Logic

“Yoga” — Janelle Monáe

“I Just Wanna…” — Elijah Blake

“Foxey Lady” — Jimi Hendrix

“Sunday Candy” — Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment

“On & On” — Erykah Badu

“Pilot Jones” — Frank Ocean

“King Kunta” — Kendrick Lamar

“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” — Nina Simone

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