312. James Brown, 'Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud'
Writers: Brown, Pee Wee Ellis
Released: Sept. '68, King
11 weeks; No. 10
In 1968, Brown traded his processed 'do for an Afro and started writing songs like this anthem. The real stars are Clyde Stubblefield on drums and the L.A. kids — mostly white and Asian-American — yelling, "I’mblack and I’m proud."
Appears on: 50th Anniversary Collection (UTV/Polydor)