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Top Reggae Music

Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Reggae is Jamaican music that is characterized by syncopated rhythms and influenced by rhythm and blues and calypso.  So if you want your music rhythmic, laid back (although many of them have social commentary), and suffused with the tropical Jamaican sunshine, you will enjoy reggae!

Here are my favorite reggae songs, grouped by artist in alphabetical order. Also, see top reggae music albums:

Arp – All My Life
Arp – Champion Lover
Arp – Missing You
Barrington Levy – Moonlight Lover
Beres Hammond – Warriors Dont Cry
Beres Hammond & Marcia Griffit – Live On

Bob Marley is responsible for making reggae famous outside Jamaica.  Time Magazine hailed “Exodus” as the best album of the 20th Century.  Indeed, he has become the Legend in the Reggae world.


Bob Marley – Buffalo Soldier
Bob Marley – Get up,stand up
Bob Marley – Jamming
Bob Marley – Keep On Moving
Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry
Bob Marley – Redemption Song
Bob Marley – Sun Is Shining
Bob Maley  – I Shot the Sheriff


Buju Banton is a gruff-voiced reggae artist who was able to break Bob Marley’s record for the greatest number of number 1 singles in a year.  He could have been another legend, if not for some of his songs that has homophobic content, and is thus unacceptable to a mass audience.


Buju Banton – Man Fi Dead
Buju Banton – Destiny
Buju Banton – Hills & Valleys
Buju Banton – Your Love
Buju Banton & T. Hibbert – 5446

Bunny Wailer is an original member of the reggae group The Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.  He is reclusive and very spiritual, but many of his songs are lighthearted dance tunes.  He has won 3 grammys.

Bunny Wailer – Pass it On

Culture is a reggae harmony group from the 70’s.  They combine sharp social commentary with catchy rhythms.

Culture – Two Sevens Clash
Culture – Behold
Culture – Cumbolo
Culture – Holy Mount Zion
Culture – Iron Sharpening Iron
Culture – Legalization
Culture – Stop The Fussing And Fighting

Dennis Brown was dubbed by Bob Marley as “Crown Prince of Reggae” because he was Marley’s favorite singer.  He produced a number of reggae classics.


Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket
Dennis Brown – Bad Love Affair
Dennis Brown – Make Me Your Slave
Dennis Brown – Rougher Yet
Dennis Brown – Stey In My Corner
Dennis Brown – Wake Up And Live
Dennis Brown – Sitting and Watching
Dennis Brown – Wolves  and Leopards


Capleton – Jah Jah City
Causion – Intimidation
Cocoa Tea – Rikers Island
Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly
Damian Jr. Gong Marley – Me Name Jr. Gong
Denroy Morgan – Link Up
Determine – Zion Hill

Don Carlos – Movin On The Top
Don Carlos – Time
Eek-A-Mouse – Assassinator
Everton Blender – Ghetto People Song
Frankie Paul – Rude Boy Business
Frankie Paul – S In You
Frankie Paul – Whap Dem
Garnett Silk – A Man Is Just A Man
Garnett Silk – Complaint
General Degree – Ragga Loving

Gregory Isaacs is another reggae legend, a very prolific and popular artist who virtually invented Lovers Rock (a U.K. genre) and also did Jamaican “roots” reggae.


Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse
Gregory Isaacs – Slave Master
Gregory Isaacs – Love is Overdue
Gregory Isaacs – Loving Pauper
Gregory Isaacs – My Only Lover
Gregory Isaacs – Siner Man
Hopeton Lindo – Undertaker
Horace Andy – Cassandra
Israel Vibration – Greedy Dog
Israel Vibration – Perfect Love And Unterstanding
Jahmali – El Shaddai
Jimmy Riley – Thank You Jah
Junior Reid – Not A One Man Thing
Leroy Sibbles – Murder
Leroy Sibbles – Play The Melody
Leroy Sibbles & Sister Nancy – Its Not Over
Lms – Never
Mikey General – Queen With A Mind
Mikey General And General Peco – Love Is What We Need

Morgan Heritage is a Brookly-based group founded by the children of veteran reggae performer Denroy Morgan.

Morgan Heritage – Set Yourself Free
Morgan Heritage – Let’s Make Up
Morgan Heritage – God Is God
Morgan Heritage – Trodding To Zion
Morgan Heritage – Reggae Bring Back Love
Mr. Easy & Louie Culture – Ne Peace


Peter Tosh was the most powerful voice in reggae.  Many thinks that he’s a genius, even better than Bob Marley but didn’t get the acclaim he deserves.  His controversial message is to legalize marijuana.


Peter Tosh – Rastafari is
Peter Tosh – Apartheid
Peter Tosh – Stepping Razor
Peter Tosh – African
Peter Tosh – Jah Guide
Poet & The Roots – Come Wi Go Dung Deh
Poet & The Roots – Five Nights Of Bleeding
Prince Malachi Feat. Roaring L – Universal Pain
Sizzla – Pressure (Remix)


Sugar Minott, a very talented reggae artist, has the gift of writing new songs over existing rhythms, even doing better than the original songs.  His refusal to turn back from his back from his roots cost him wide acclaim.


Sugar Minott – Herbman Hustling
Sugar Minott – No Vacancy
Sugar Minott – Jamming in the Street
Sugar Minott – Rub A Dub Sound
Suger Minott – Devils Pickney


Taffari – Neighbourly Love

The Gladiators is reggae’s most influential reggae band lead by Albert Griffith’s gutsy baritone, Dallimore Sutherland’s falsetto, and Clinton Fearon.  They imbue popular reggae with intelligent poetic lyrics and melodies.
The Gladiators – Dreadlocks The Time Is Now
The Gladiators – Hello Carol
The Gladiators – Mix Up
The Gladiators – Rudeboy Ska
The Gladiators – Soul Rebel

See also Top Reggae Albums

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