If you’re planning a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., have a look at our collection of powerful songs to celebrate this powerful speaker who inspired millions with his words of love, tolerance, and peaceful revolution. Below is a list of songs we’ve selected to commemorate this remarkable human being. Like any theme ride, you may choose to do an entire playlist celebrating the man and his movement, or just be selective and include a warm-up, cool-down, and/or one powerful climb.
[Edit: Unfortunately, the Moodswings albums are no longer on Spotify or Apple Music. Looks like I’m not the only one who asked the question why—I found this on the Spotify community page. If you use Spotify or Apple Music, you may have to import the songs from your iTunes music library if you have them (Apple Music does this seamlessly). They still can be found on Youtube if you are able to use Youtube in your classes. They are so good, it’s worth the effort! If you can’t do that, use one or two of the numerous songs that reference MLK that we posted below.]
Spiritual High (Parts I, II, and III), Moodswings, 95 bpm
There are three 5-minute parts to this song. Part III includes Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous speech. On the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March, I wrote this post on how I coached the entire 15-minute combination using all three parts of the song. It’s a little complicated because at 95 bpm it’s better as a fast flat, but the emotional tug of the song calls you out of the saddle to climb. That post explains how I did a combination of both.
Many thanks to Bill Pierce, Billy Coburn, Laura Iwan, and Andrea Shepherd for their contributions to this fabulous playlist (much of it collected in the ICA Facebook group exclusively for yearly premium members). Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.