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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61 28
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The Wailers, Bob Marley

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62 31
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The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers

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48 23
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Bob Marley & The Wailers

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36 14
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Bob Marley & The Wailers, Bob Marley

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34 14
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Jimmy Cliff

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39 19
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The Wailers

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35 16
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Gregory Isaacs

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27 10
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Toots & the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff

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29 12
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Damian Marley

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24 8
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Sister Nancy

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23 8
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Jimmy Cliff

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32 16
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Peter Tosh

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28 13
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Toots & the Maytals, Jeff Beck

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23 9
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Johnny Nash

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29 15
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Burning Spear

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17 6
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Peter Tosh

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18 7
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20 10
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The Melodians

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10 1
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Jamie Browning0 added Junior Murvin

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15 6
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15 7
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The Paragons, The Paragons

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15 8
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Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

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13 7
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Dennis Brown

27
12 7
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Peter Tosh

28
10 5
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Buju Banton

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13 8
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Barrington Levy

30
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One Blood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Reggae Songs
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11 7
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10 6
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Beres Hammond

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10 6
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Shaggy

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8 4
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Steel Pulse

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8 4
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Maxi Priest

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Love and Unity - Michael Proph... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Reggae Songs

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12 9
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Shabba Ranks

38
8 5
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Super Cat

39
8 6
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The Mighty Diamonds

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7 5
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Ken Boothe

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8 7
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Inner Circle

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7 6
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Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, Ziggy Marley

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7 6
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11 11
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10 10
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Black Uhuru

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9 9
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Beres Hammond

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2 12
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Soldiers of Jah Army