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.
Steppin' OutSteel PulseNominated in 1985.
Conscious PartyZiggy Marley & The Melody MakersWon in 1989.
Toots in MemphisToots HibbertNominated in 1989.
- 50Won in 1988.
Rasta PhilosophyThe ItalsNominated in 1987.
Babylon The BanditSteel PulseWon in 1987.
BrutalBlack UhuruNominated in 1987.
Brutal DubBlack UhuruNominated in 1988.
Hanging FireJimmy CliffNominated in 1989.
UB40UB40Nominated in 1989.
Cliff HangerJimmy CliffWon in 1986.
ResistanceBurning SpearNominated in 1986.
Hold on to LoveThird WorldNominated in 1988.
Play the Game RightZiggy Marley & The Melody MakersNominated in 1986.
Reggae NightsJimmy CliffNominated in 1985.
Captured LivePeter ToshNominated in 1985.
King YellowmanYellowmanNominated in 1985.
AnthemBlack UhuruWon in 1985.
Alive in JamaicaBlue Riddim BandNominated in 1986.
Working WondersJudy MowattNominated in 1986.
Club ParadiseJimmy CliffNominated in 1987.
Linton Kwesi Johnson in Concert with the Dub BandLinton Kwesi Johnson and the Dub BandNominated in 1987.
People of the WorldBurning SpearNominated in 1988.
UB40 CCCP: Live in MoscowUB40Nominated in 1988.
Breakfast in BedUB40 and Chrissie HyndeNominated in 1989.