1. A Change Is Gonna Come
Performed by Sam Cooke.
This protest song, written and originally performed by Sam Cooke, was successfully sold on the rock 'n' roll market and was a hit in 1967. The fact that racial prejudice and segregation were the specific subjects of the song is made clear in the original verse: "I go to the movie, and I go downtown / Somebody kept tellin' me, ‘Don't hang around.'" "A Change Is Gonna Come" became a kind of anthem for the civil rights movement.


2. The Tracks of My Tears
Performed by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.


3. Dancin' in the Street
Performed by Martha and the Vandellas (1964).
This party song exemplifies the special appeal of the Motown label's immensely popular sound—with its insistently ringing dance beat and its gospel-flavored call-and-response patterns. Because the song's release coincided with the 1960s urban race riots, "Dancin' in the Street" was often taken as a call for direct political action, city by city and "everywhere around the world."


4. Respect
Performed by Aretha Franklin.


5. What's Going On?
Performed by Marvin Gaye.


6. Living for the City
Performed by Stevie Wonder.


7. We're a Winner
Performed by Curtis Mayfield.