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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The Wailers, Bob Marley

2
84 48
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55 29
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The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers

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26 7
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40 21
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Bob Marley & The Wailers

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30 13
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Jimmy Cliff

7
34 17
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The Wailers

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24 9
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Toots & the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff

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27 12
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Toots & the Maytals, Jeff Beck

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28 13
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Burning Spear

11
28 13
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Bob Marley & The Wailers, Bob Marley

12
29 14
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Peter Tosh

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30 15
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Gregory Isaacs

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25 12
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Damian Marley

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20 8
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Jimmy Cliff

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18 7
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Sister Nancy

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19 8
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Johnny Nash

18
18 8
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The Melodians

19
15 6
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Peter Tosh

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16 7
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12 5
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7 1
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Jamie Browning0 added Junior Murvin

23
12 7
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Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

24
11 7
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Dennis Brown

25
11 7
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The Paragons, The Paragons

26
10 6
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Barrington Levy

27
4 0
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Jamie Browning0 added Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters, Max Romeo

28
8 5
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Buju Banton

29
3 0
One Blood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Reggae Songs
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9 7
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9 7
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Peter Tosh

32
8 6
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Shaggy

33
6 4
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Maxi Priest

34
7 6
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Beres Hammond

35
6 5
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Super Cat

36
5 4
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Steel Pulse

37
1 0
Love and Unity - Michael Proph... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Reggae Songs

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9 9
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Shabba Ranks

39
5 5
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Ken Boothe

41
6 7
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Inner Circle

42
5 6
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Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, Ziggy Marley

43
5 6
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5 6
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The Mighty Diamonds

45
8 10
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Black Uhuru

46
6 8
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Beres Hammond

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8 11
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1 10
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Soldiers of Jah Army