Compiled by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A & M University, this list reflects the opinions of 137 leading scholars of American public address.
The top ten are shown below. You can see the whole list here.
I Have A Dream Speech of August 28, 1963
John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address of January 20, 1961
Franklin Roosevelt Inaugural Address of March 4, 1933
Franklin Roosevelt War Message of December 8, 1941
Barbara Jordan Address to Democratic National Convention of July 12, 1976
Richard Nixon “Checkers Speech” of September 23, 1952
Malcolm X “The Bullet or The Ballot” Speech of April 3, 1964
Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Disaster of January 28, 1986
John F. Kennedy Speech on his religion on September 12, 1960
Lyndon Johnson “We Shall Overcome” speech on March 15, 1965