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R&B Songs for & About Barack Obama

The Sounds of Change ...

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On Nov. 4, 2008, Sen. Barack Obama defeated Sen. John McCain to become the next President-Elect of the United States of America. And then on Jan. 20, 2009 he was inaugurated. The election and inauguration were historic moments not only for the United States, but the world, and resulted in huge seismic shifts in American politics, and a new direction for the country. And if you're thrilled about Obama and are looking for the right music to express your joy, pride, hope, etc., below are a few R&B songs to and about Barack Obama to listen to as you celebrate, contemplate and commemorate his historic feat.

Yes We Can, Brian McKnight

B. McKnight's silky-smooth "Yes We Can" was inspired by President Obama's historic election victory and can be found on the independent documentary Barack Obama: The Man and His Journey. The song was released as a single on Inaguration Day - Jan. 20, 2009.

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I Believe, R. Kelly

"I Believe," which is not to be confused with Kelly's iconic "I Believe I Can Fly," was inspired by Barack Obama's victory in the November 2008 presidential election. "Your victory made history and now I believe," Kellz sings on the song. Say what you want about the man's personal life (I sure do), but no other R&B artist can make inspirational anthems the way R. Kelly can.

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All About the Love Again, Stevie Wonder

This song was the first single released from Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise, an Obama-themed compilation released by Hidden Beach Recordings in April 2009.

Mr. President, Janelle Monae

Janelle, an eclectic artist whom Obama himself has praised, wrote this track about hard economic times and it's perfectly fitting for the America that Obama inherits: "Dear Mr. President, I hope you got the letter I sent/A dollar only goes so far, and we need health care, no matter who we are."

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If You're Out There, John Legend

The politically active John Legend premiered this song at the 2008 Democratic National Convention: "The song is a rallying cry," he said. "When I was writing it I knew I didn’t want to temper it with cynicism. I wanted to be unabashedly hopeful. I think people’s expectations of (President Barack) Obama are very high, which is great, but they also need to understand how Washington works and the push and pull the president always has with Congress."

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Seal & Obama Bring Change, Seal

This video is Seal's recent remake of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," mashed up with soundbytes from some of Obama speeches and powerful images.

Yes We Can, Kevin Ross

Kevin is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Washington D.C. who is currently studying songwriting at the Berkelee School of Music. Check him out at http://www.myspace.com/kevinrossmusic.

Obama Song, Shawn Kane

Shawn Kane is a young J Records singer from the South who grew up singing in church and idolizes Soul men like Al Green, Bobby Womack and Sam Cooke. His uptempo "Obama Song" is a fun, hopeful ode to the 44th President of the United States.

Obama: A Change Has Come, Urban Mystic

Urban Mystic's remake of the Sam Cooke classic "A Change Is Gonna Come" doubles as a celebration of the inaguration of America's 44th president.

Hug, Ray Lavender

Not only is this song about being kinder and more loving, but Ray L actually gives Obama a shout-out near the end and tells him how much we need him.

Hush (Obama Mix), Usher

This song wasn't written as a tribute to Obama: it's actually a social commentary about the war in Iraq, poverty at home and other issues. But there's a YouTube video that cleverly incorporates some of Obama's words to make the song even more relevant and meaningful.

Yes We Can, Various Artists

This is probably the most famous track on the list and may have inspired some of the other songs here. "Yes We Can," which features will.i.am., John Legend and various celebrities, is the definitive pro-Obama song.

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