Throughout the years, Reggae music has fallen a bit under the radar. Although the greatest name in Reggae, Bob Marley, is recognized all over the world, this lively genre often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. From positive vibes, good nature and just the overall feeling of being happy, you will find Reggae music to be peaceful and relaxing.
Below are the top five Reggae songs over the generations that all have the common values of Peace, Love and Unity.
1. Bob Marley: No Woman, No Cry
As stated above, Bob Marley is considered one of the founders of reggae music. No Woman, No Cry became Marley’s first hit in 1975 on his album LIVE!. During this tour in London, Marley not only spread his name to the world, but made the world fall in love with reggae music. To this day, No Woman, No Cry is considered one of the best songs of all time.
2. Jimmy Cliff: The Harder They Come
Hitting its peak in February of 1993, Cliff’s song was debuted as part of the soundtrack in the movie “The Harder They Come.” The movie was about a young Jamaican man trying to become a successful reggae singer but finds him tied into corrupt record labels and drug pushers. The song “The Harder They Come” found its way as number 140 on the top 200 Billboard.
3. Desmond Dekker and the Aces – Israelites
Desmond Decker was a Jamaican Ska and Reggae singer-songwriter and musician. With the help of his Aces (Wilson James and Easton Barrington Howard), they had their first international reggae hit, Israelites. This versatile band wrote songs about dealing with moral, cultural and social issues in Jamaican mainstream culture.
4. Toots and the Maytals: Pressure Drop
Pressure Drop was recorded in 1969 on the album Monkey Man. Toots and the Maytals started as a small Jamaican band trying to make it big, and Pressure Drop was their ticket to success. In 1972, Pressure Drop featured on the soundtrack of the movie “The Harder They Come” and was put on the Rolling Stone’s Greatest 500 Hits of All Time List as number 446.
5. The Abyssinians- Satta Massagana
Satta Massanga was released officially by the Abyssinians in 1976. This track has been remade worldwide by various reggae artists and even The Abyssinians themselves. Translated, this title means “give thanks” and the song was adopted by Rastafarian as a hymn used during service.
So what are your favorite reggae songs??