80s music The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s  

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1985 proved to be a monumental year for reggae music. That was when the first Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album – an award then called Best Reggae Recording – was given to Black Uhuru. The rest of that decade saw more renowned nominees and winners of the prestigious award. Artists including Steel Pulse, Third World, and Yellowman were all recognized as the minds behind some of the best reggae albums of the 1980s.

What notable LPs will you find on this 1980s reggae albums list? Multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Cliff was a favorite among reggae fans and Grammy voters alike throughout the 1980s. He even took home the trophy for Best Reggae Album for Cliff Hanger in 1986. Burning Spear is another reggae artist who was popular in the decade.

Ziggy Marley, along with his band the Melody Makers, picked up where his father left off in the world of reggae. Other good recordings featured on this list of Grammy-nominated 1980s albums include Brutal by Black Uhuru and Peter Tosh's No Nuclear War.

Do you have a favorite Grammy-recognized reggae album from the 1980s? Give the best releases a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list.

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Conscious Party is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Conscious Party Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers - Won in 1989.

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Anthem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Anthem Black Uhuru - Won in 1985.

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Cliff Hanger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Cliff Hanger Jimmy Cliff - Won in 1986.

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Steppin' Out is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Steppin' Out Steel Pulse - Nominated in 1985.

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Hold on to Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Hold on to Love Third World - Nominated in 1988.

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Rasta Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Rasta Philosophy The Itals - Nominated in 1987.

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Brutal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Brutal Black Uhuru - Nominated in 1987.

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Toots in Memphis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Toots in Memphis Toots Hibbert - Nominated in 1989.

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King Yellowman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
King Yellowman Yellowman - Nominated in 1985.

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Resistance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Resistance Burning Spear - Nominated in 1986.

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People of the World is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
People of the World Burning Spear - Nominated in 1988.

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No Nuclear War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
No Nuclear War Peter Tosh - Won in 1988.

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Play the Game Right is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Play the Game Right Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers - Nominated in 1986.

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Reggae Nights is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Reggae Nights Jimmy Cliff - Nominated in 1985.

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UB40 CCCP: Live in Moscow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
UB40 CCCP: Live in Moscow UB40 - Nominated in 1988.

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Working Wonders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Working Wonders Judy Mowatt - Nominated in 1986.

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Linton Kwesi Johnson in Concer... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Linton Kwesi Johnson in Concert with the Dub Band Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Dub Band - Nominated in 1987.

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Club Paradise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Club Paradise Jimmy Cliff - Nominated in 1987.

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Alive in Jamaica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Alive in Jamaica Blue Riddim Band - Nominated in 1986.

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Babylon The Bandit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Babylon The Bandit Steel Pulse - Won in 1987.

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UB40 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
UB40 UB40 - Nominated in 1989.

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Hanging Fire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Hanging Fire Jimmy Cliff - Nominated in 1989.

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Brutal Dub is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Brutal Dub Black Uhuru - Nominated in 1988.

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Breakfast in Bed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Breakfast in Bed UB40 and Chrissie Hynde - Nominated in 1989.

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Captured Live is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Captured Live Peter Tosh - Nominated in 1985.