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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109 57
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The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers

2
60 25
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Bob Marley & The Wailers, Bob Marley

3
119 69
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71 35
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Bob Marley & The Wailers

5
78 41
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The Wailers, Bob Marley

6
55 25
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Gregory Isaacs

7
52 24
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The Wailers

8
57 28
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JessicaSankar added UB40

9
36 12
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Toots & the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff

10
43 18
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Damian Marley

11
43 19
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Jimmy Cliff

12
34 13
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Johnny Nash

13
37 17
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Toots & the Maytals, Jeff Beck

14
29 11
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Jimmy Cliff

15
30 12
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Sister Nancy

16
40 21
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Peter Tosh

17
22 8
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17 4
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Jamie Browning0 added Junior Murvin

19
21 8
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The Paragons, The Paragons

20
30 17
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Burning Spear

21
14 3
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Jamie Browning0 added Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters, Max Romeo

22
20 9
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Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

23
18 8
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Peter Tosh

24
25 15
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The Melodians

25
17 8
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