Mojo's 50 Best Reggae Albums of All Time Albums
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Mojo's 50 Best Reggae Albums of All Time

List of the best reggae albums of all time, as ranked by Mojo Magazine. From superstars like The Skatalites and The Maytels to more obscure acts, all the top reggae artists and recordings are represented in this list, originally published by Mojo's editors in August of 2002. This 50 reggae albums are a solid primer for those who are new to the genre, and a great resource for completist reggae fans.

Reggae music first appeared in Jamaica in the 1960s, following the introduction of ska and rocksteady music. It is characterized by a dependency on "off-beat" or "skank" rhythm, and it's thought that the term "reggae" itself derives from Jamaican slang for raggedy or disheveled clothing. (Reggae superstar Bob Marley, however, argued that the word was derived from the Spanish term for "king's music.")

This collects the Top 50 Reggae Albums Ever Produced, as decided by the editors of Mojo Magazine. Don't be a bumbaclot! Check it out!

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    East of the River Nile Augustus Pablo, Herman Augustus Pablo

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    Augustus Pablo, King Tubby Augustus Pablo

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    Shaolin Temple Barrington Levy Barrington Levy

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    Art and Life Beenie Man

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    Screaming Target Big Youth Big Youth

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    Miracle Celine Dion, Céline Dion & Anne Geddes Bim Sherman

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    Showcase The Sylvers Black Uhuru

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    Bob Andy’s Songbook Bob Andy

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    ‘Till Shiloh Buju Banton

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    Marcus Gravy Burning Spear

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    Studio One Presents… Burning Spear

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    Culture Culture

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    Wolf & Leopards Dennis Brown Dennis Brown

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    CB200 Dillinger

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    Dr. Alimantado Dr Alimantado

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    Tunes From The Missing Channel Dub Syndicate Dub Syndicate

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    It’s Growing Garnett Slick

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    Extra Classic Gregory Isaacs Gregory Isaacs

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    Night Nurse Gregory Isaacs Gregory Isaacs

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    Skylarking Horace Andy

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    Jackie Mittoo Jackie Mittoo

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    African Dub All-Mighty Chapter 3 Joe Gibbs

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    Truths and Rights Johnny Osbourne

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    Mr Rock Steady Ken Booth

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    Passion Jennifer Rush

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    Messenger Edwin McCain Luciano

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    Naturally John Pizzarelli Marcia Griffiths

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    War Ina Babylon Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters, Max Romeo

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    Midnight Confessions Phyllis Dillon

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    FABulous Greatest Hits Prince Buster

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    Man From Wareika Dub Rico Rodriguez

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    King Of Sax Roland Alphonso

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    Scientist Meets Space Invaders Scientist

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    Black Woman & Child Sizzla Sizzla

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    My Crew, My Dawgs T.O.K. T.O.K.

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    MPLA Tapper Zukie Tapper Zukie

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    Forward on to Zion The Abyssinians The Abyssinians

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    Heart of the Congos The Congos

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    Trenchtown Mix Up The Gladiators The Gladiators

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    On Top Four Tops The Heptones

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    Never Grow Old Cross Country The Maytels

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    Right Time The Mighty Diamonds The Mighty Diamonds

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    Neil Young The Paragons

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    Ska Boo-Da-Ba The Skatalites

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    Return of Django Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters

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    Funky Kingston Toots & the Maytals

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    14 Dub Blackboard Jungle Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters Upsetters

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    Version Galore U-Roy

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    King Tubby’s Prophesy Of Dub Yabby You

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    Mister Yellowman Yellowman Yellowman

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