Most Black people mumble and hum through our own national anthem (“Lift Every Voice And Sing”) yet know unofficial negro anthems like “Before I Let Go” by heart. Whether you love our current anthem or not, we’re sure you’d vote to replace it with the negro classics on this list. Here are ten songs that could be the negro national anthem. Take a look.
Maze “Before I Let Go” - Nothing fills the negro soul with more joy and happiness than
Popeye’s chicken fresh out the grease this legendary jam— Black America’s unofficial Negro National Anthem. When this drops, the Earth stops spinning and all struggles feel like triumphs.
V.I.C. “Wobble” - Very few things (in the universe) unite Black folk like fake outrage and the Wobble, which, like reneging in spades, gets you beaten to sleep on the dance floor if done incorrectly. It’s THAT serious.
Cameo “Candy” - The classic electric slide + “Candy” combination at special events and parties is the greatest of all new-age negro traditions. If this never happens during a Black wedding reception, the marriage WILL fail.
Juvenile “Back That Azz Up” - This soul-stirring negro spiritual is everything our ancestors fought for in New Orleans bounce-form. Without this glorious twerk anthem in our hearts and spirit, we’re nothing as a people. Photo credit: Instagram
Crime Mob “Knuck If You Buck” - Punching your hand with your fist uncontrollably to this ratchet classic is why the caged bird sings. If you’ve never done this in a mob of progressive Black people, your Black is probably not that beautiful.
St. Francis Choir “Joyful, Joyful (Sister Act 2 Remix)” - “Sister Act 2” is one of the most culturally-influential movies ever that gave us this iconic game-changer. God bless Whoopi and her Brazilian-waxed eyebrows. Photo credit: Instagram
Black Men United “U Will Know” (Jason’s Lyric Soundtrack) - For years, this EPIC collection of legendary voices was the finale at Black history programs that made you proudly rock your Black Bart Simpson shirt to school the next day.
Various Artists “Freedom” (Panther Soundtrack) - This classic all-star power ballad made you feel so proud to be Black and free in the ’90s. Name another song that featured 63 iconic artists (other than “U Will Know”). You can’t.