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10 Songs Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963 on The Mall in Washington, DC.
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US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963 on The Mall in Washington, DC. 

Today (Jan. 20), we remember the life and legacy of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose contributions to the social and political sphere of the United States are innumerable. And over the years, the global musical sphere has become filled with songs inspired by or dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Billboard staff has picked our 10 favorites among those songs, from the sobriety of U2's "MLK" to the unfettered optimism of Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome."

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Dream Speech
The Gregory Brothers' Auto-Tune the News (2009)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was known more for his speeches and activism than his singing ability. But when the Gregory Brothers began their series of auto-tuned video speeches and news stories, auto-tuning MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech was a no-brainer. As with most Gregory Brothers remixes, the resulting "song" isn't incredibly catchy. But for what it lacks in catchiness it makes up for in its overall message of unity, which has not been lost in the vocoding process.