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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.

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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Steppin' Out is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Steppin' Out
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 By Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers (1988); Tracks: Tomorrow People, What's True & What's True
Won in 1989.
3
Anthem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Anthem
Won in 1985.
4
Babylon The Bandit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Babylon The Bandit By Steel Pulse (1985); Tracks: Sugar Daddy, Not King James Version & Don't Be Afraid
Won in 1987.
5
Brutal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Brutal By Black Uhuru (1986); Tracks: Great Train Robbery, Let Us Pray & Reggae With You
Nominated in 1987.
6
Brutal Dub is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Brutal Dub By Black Uhuru; Tracks: Visions of Dub, Dub in the Moutain & City Dub
Nominated in 1988.
7
Hanging Fire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Hanging Fire By Jimmy Cliff (1987); Tracks: Reggae Down Babylon, Soar Like an Eagle & Hold Tight (Eye for an Eye)
Nominated in 1989.
8
No Nuclear War is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
By Peter Tosh (1987); Tracks: Testify, Vampire & In My Song
Won in 1988.
9
Toots in Memphis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Toots in Memphis By Toots Hibbert (1988); Tracks: Knock on Wood, Love the Rain & Love Attack
Nominated in 1989.
10
UB40 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
UB40 By UB40 (1988); Tracks: 'Cause It Isn't True, You're Always Pulling Me Down & Matter of Time
Nominated in 1989.
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Cliff Hanger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Cliff Hanger By Jimmy Cliff (1985); Tracks: Hitting With Music, Brown Eyes & Nuclear War
Won in 1986.
12
Resistance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Resistance By Burning Spear (1986); Tracks: Jah Feeling, Resistance & Outro
Nominated in 1986.
13
Hold on to Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Hold on to Love By Third World (1987); Tracks: Corruption, Manners & Hold on to Love
Nominated in 1988.
14
Play the Game Right is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Play the Game Right By Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers (1985); Tracks: Natty Dread Rampage, Aiding and Abetting & Revelation
Nominated in 1986.
15
Rasta Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Rasta Philosophy By The Itals; Tracks: No Call Dread Name, Dance A Yard & Satisfaction
Nominated in 1987.
16
Reggae Nights is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Reggae Nights
Nominated in 1985.
17
Captured Live is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Captured Live
Nominated in 1985.
18
King Yellowman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
King Yellowman
Nominated in 1985.
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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
Nominated in 1986.
20
Working Wonders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Working Wonders
Nominated in 1986.
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Club Paradise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Club Paradise
Nominated in 1987.
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Linton Kwesi Johnson in ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Linton Kwesi Johnson in Concert with the Dub Band
Nominated in 1987.
23
People of the World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
People of the World
Nominated in 1988.
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UB40 CCCP: Live in Mosco... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
UB40 CCCP: Live in Moscow
Nominated in 1988.
25
Breakfast in Bed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 1980s
Breakfast in Bed
Nominated in 1989.