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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.

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Steppin' Out is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Steppin' Out Steel Pulse
Nominated in 1985.
2
Conscious Party is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Conscious Party Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
Won in 1989.
3
Anthem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Anthem Black Uhuru
Won in 1985.
4
Toots in Memphis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Toots in Memphis Toots Hibbert
Nominated in 1989.
5
Babylon The Bandit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Babylon The Bandit Steel Pulse
Won in 1987.
6
No Nuclear War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Peter Tosh
Won in 1988.
7
Rasta Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Rasta Philosophy The Itals
Nominated in 1987.
8
Cliff Hanger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Cliff Hanger Jimmy Cliff
Won in 1986.
9
Resistance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Resistance Burning Spear
Nominated in 1986.
10
Brutal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Brutal Black Uhuru
Nominated in 1987.
11
UB40 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
UB40 UB40
Nominated in 1989.
12
Hold on to Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Hold on to Love Third World
Nominated in 1988.
13
King Yellowman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
King Yellowman Yellowman
Nominated in 1985.
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Brutal Dub is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Brutal Dub Black Uhuru
Nominated in 1988.
15
Working Wonders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Working Wonders Judy Mowatt
Nominated in 1986.
16
People of the World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
People of the World Burning Spear
Nominated in 1988.
17
UB40 CCCP: Live in Moscow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
UB40 CCCP: Live in Moscow UB40
Nominated in 1988.
18
Play the Game Right is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Play the Game Right Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
Nominated in 1986.
19
Reggae Nights is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Reggae Nights Jimmy Cliff
Nominated in 1985.
20
Captured Live is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Captured Live Peter Tosh
Nominated in 1985.
21
Breakfast in Bed is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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.
23
Alive in Jamaica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Alive in Jamaica Blue Riddim Band
Nominated in 1986.
24
Club Paradise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Club Paradise Jimmy Cliff
Nominated in 1987.
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Linton Kwesi Johnson in Concer... is listed (or ranked) 25 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.