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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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  • 1
    8
    0

    Steppin' Out

    Steel Pulse
    Nominated in 1985.
  • 2
    6
    0

    Conscious Party

    Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
    Won in 1989.
  • 3
    8
    2

    Toots in Memphis

    Toots Hibbert
    Nominated in 1989.
  • 4
    5
    0

    No Nuclear War

    Peter Tosh
    Won in 1988.
  • 5
    4
    0

    Rasta Philosophy

    The Itals
    Nominated in 1987.
  • 6
    9
    0

    Babylon The Bandit

    Steel Pulse
    Won in 1987.
  • 7
    4
    0

    Brutal

    Black Uhuru
    Nominated in 1987.
  • 8
    3
    0

    Brutal Dub

    Black Uhuru
    Nominated in 1988.
  • 9
    0
    0

    Hanging Fire

    Jimmy Cliff
    Nominated in 1989.
  • 10
    3
    0

    UB40

    UB40
    Nominated in 1989.
  • 11
    6
    2

    Cliff Hanger

    Jimmy Cliff
    Won in 1986.
  • 12
    6
    2

    Resistance

    Burning Spear
    Nominated in 1986.
  • 13
    2
    0

    Hold on to Love

    Third World
    Nominated in 1988.
  • 14
    2
    2

    Play the Game Right

    Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
    Nominated in 1986.
  • 15
    2
    2

    Reggae Nights

    Jimmy Cliff
    Nominated in 1985.
  • 16
    2
    2

    Captured Live

    Peter Tosh
    Nominated in 1985.
  • 17
    4
    2

    King Yellowman

    Yellowman
    Nominated in 1985.
  • 18
    5
    2

    Anthem

    Black Uhuru
    Won in 1985.
  • 19
    0
    0

    Alive in Jamaica

    Blue Riddim Band
    Nominated in 1986.
  • 20
    2
    0

    Working Wonders

    Judy Mowatt
    Nominated in 1986.
  • 21
    0
    0

    Club Paradise

    Jimmy Cliff
    Nominated in 1987.
  • 22
    0
    0

    Linton Kwesi Johnson in Concert with the Dub Band

    Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Dub Band
    Nominated in 1987.
  • 23
    2
    0

    People of the World

    Burning Spear
    Nominated in 1988.
  • 24
    2
    0

    UB40 CCCP: Live in Moscow

    UB40
    Nominated in 1988.
  • 25
    2
    2

    Breakfast in Bed

    UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
    Nominated in 1989.