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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Get Up, Stand Up The Wailers

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Buffalo Soldier Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Marcus Garvey Burning Spear

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Night Nurse Gregory Isaacs

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Redemption Song Bob Marley & The Wailers, Bob Marley

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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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JessicaSankar added Red Red Wine UB40

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Stepping Razor Peter Tosh

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I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash

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Welcome to Jamrock Damian Marley

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Here I Come Dennis Brown

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Mr. Loverman Shabba Ranks

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The Tide Is High The Paragons, The Paragons

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Jamie Browning0 added Police & Thieves Junior Murvin

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Jamie Browning0 added Chase the Devil Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters, Max Romeo

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Tomorrow People Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

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Mama Africa Peter Tosh

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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) 33 on the list The Very Best Reggae Songs
XavierLévesque added One Blood

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Too Experienced Barrington Levy

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Rockaway Beres Hammond

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Oh Carolina Shaggy

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Roller Skates Steel Pulse

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Love and Unity - Michael Proph... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Reggae Songs

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Bad Boys Inner Circle

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

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Have Mercy The Mighty Diamonds

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Everything I Own Ken Boothe

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Tempted to Touch Beres Hammond

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What Is Life? Black Uhuru

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True Love Soldiers of Jah Army