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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Marcus Garvey Burning Spear

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Get Up, Stand Up The Wailers

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Redemption Song Bob Marley & The Wailers, Bob Marley

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Night Nurse Gregory Isaacs

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Buffalo Soldier Bob Marley & The Wailers

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The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff

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Pressure Drop Toots & the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff

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

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Legalize It Peter Tosh

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Rivers of Babylon The Melodians

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Bam Bam Sister Nancy

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Many Rivers to Cross Jimmy Cliff

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Stepping Razor Peter Tosh

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I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash

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Here I Come Dennis Brown

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Welcome to Jamrock Damian Marley

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Mr. Loverman Shabba Ranks

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Mama Africa Peter Tosh

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The Tide Is High The Paragons, The Paragons

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Untold Stories Buju Banton

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Wild World Maxi Priest

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Ghetto Red Hot Super Cat

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One Blood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Reggae Songs
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Tomorrow People Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

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Oh Carolina Shaggy

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Rockaway Beres Hammond

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Too Experienced Barrington Levy

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Love and Unity - Michael Proph... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Reggae Songs

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

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Roller Skates Steel Pulse

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Everything I Own Ken Boothe

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Tempted to Touch Beres Hammond

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Have Mercy The Mighty Diamonds

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Bad Boys Inner Circle

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True Love Soldiers of Jah Army

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What Is Life? Black Uhuru