reggae The Very Best Reggae Songs  

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This roundup of good reggae songs includes some of the most memorable tunes ever performed by the world’s best reggae musicians. Without question, reggae music is universally popular. What began in Jamaica in the 1960s exploded worldwide and today, these famous reggae songs are played over and over in clubs all across the globe.

Reggae music takes many forms. Some of the top reggae songs are powerfully political in nature, inspiring listeners to rise up and be liberated. Others speak of universal harmony and love. But all reggae sounds feature a distinctive rhythm. In fact, the term “reggae” comes from “ragged,” reflecting the displaced beats which give it such a unique sound. There is absolutely no music in the world “like reggae.” Even hit reggae songs are unique.

When it comes to reggae, one musician stands alone as the most influential in the genre: Bob Marley. You’ll find plenty of Marley’s soulful melodies on this reggae songs list. It would be impossible not to include several of them. Several Marley’s (including Ziggy and Damien) are listed here as well. Other artists represented on this top reggae songs list include Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & the Maytals, and Gregory Isaacs.

These are just some of the most popular reggae songs. Which one deserves the top spot? You decide, with your votes.

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Stir It Up The Wailers, Bob Marley

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No Woman, No Cry The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Buffalo Soldier Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Redemption Song Bob Marley & The Wailers, Bob Marley

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Get Up, Stand Up The Wailers

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The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff

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54-46 Was My Number Toots & the Maytals, Jeff Beck

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Pressure Drop Toots & the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff

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Many Rivers to Cross Jimmy Cliff

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Marcus Garvey Burning Spear

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Legalize It Peter Tosh

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Rivers of Babylon The Melodians

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Night Nurse Gregory Isaacs

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I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash

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11 6
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Welcome to Jamrock Damian Marley

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10 5
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Stepping Razor Peter Tosh

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Bam Bam Sister Nancy

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Here I Come Dennis Brown

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Mama Africa Peter Tosh

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JessicaSankar added Red Red Wine UB40

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Mr. Loverman Shabba Ranks

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Wild World Maxi Priest

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Tomorrow People Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

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Untold Stories Buju Banton

Best Grammy-Nominated Reggae Albums of the 2010s

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The Tide Is High The Paragons, The Paragons

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Oh Carolina Shaggy

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Rockaway Beres Hammond

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Ghetto Red Hot Super Cat

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Too Experienced Barrington Levy

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Tempted to Touch Beres Hammond

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The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Give a Little Love Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, Ziggy Marley

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What Is Life? Black Uhuru

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Have Mercy The Mighty Diamonds

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Bad Boys Inner Circle

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Everything I Own Ken Boothe

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Roller Skates Steel Pulse

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True Love Soldiers of Jah Army