'Freedom': A Martin Luther King Jr. Day Spotify Playlist

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking before crowd of 25,000 Selma To Montgomery, Alabama civil rights marchers, in front of Montgomery, Alabama state capital building on March 25, 1965.

There are many to remember and to be grateful for on Martin Luther King Jr. day (Jan. 16), but probably none more than our basic freedoms.

It's been a subject on the mind of many great songs throughout pop history, most recently by Beyonce and Pharrell, and makes for about as appropriate listening as one could ask for on the day celebrating the life of the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.

From Paul McCartney to Nicki Minaj, here's our Spotify playlist of the 20 best and most triumphant songs celebrating freedom, in all its varied and most critical forms. Listen below.