Top Eight Freedom Songs For MLK Day

Rocks Off sincerely prays that those of you with today off are at least peripherally aware of why you have today off. For our annual MLK Day reflection this year, we thought we'd leave the songs about Dr. King to Bono, and instead share a few of our favorite songs that set his dream to music in one way, shape, form or another.

Rocks Off may not be free at last, but we're sure trying. Before you judge us too harshly, please remember these came straight off the top of our head. Thank God Almighty.

8. Patty Griffin, "Up To the Mountain (MLK Song)": Because Rocks Off swore that any time we posted something about Dr. King, we would include this stirring, nearly a cappella song from 2007's Children Running Through. We'd hate to go back on our word, and besides, "Mountain" is also a dead-on telegraph for the red-haired Austin songbird's gritty 2010 gospel LP Downtown Church.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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