A small island with an extensive and impactful culture. Reggae music is an integral part of Jamaican culture and in recent years has had a big impact on other musical genres. The love for Reggae music has enabled it to be adopted into the soundtrack of films and commercials both locally and internationally. Politicians have used music as a soundtrack in campaigns or meetings. You can listen to reggae music on weekends in squares / towns, at weddings and also at night sessions (otherwise known as “a dance / party”).
Reggae music is for everyone – young and old – and is often the best way to get people moving and dancing. Bob Marley was the ultimate reggae ambassador before his death and even now his music still takes reggae to travel around the world. Other artists have also stepped up and delivered great music over the years. Some of these great players include Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Dennis Brown to name a few.
There are songs that were a staple in years and even beyond, the excitement associated with them when playing now is still unmatched. These songs are a must have for every DJ on their reggae playlist.
“Sound the alarm”
Artist: Tenor Saw
Album: Tenor Saw Lives On: Tribute to Tenor Saw
Tenor Saw first performed the iconic song during a soundclash where four (4) of the island’s largest sound systems competed for the title of Best Sound System. The song became a popular dubplate in soundclashes, more often than not, personalized to suit the individual audio system.
“You don’t love me (no, no, no)”
Artist: Dawn Penn
Album: No, no, no
Dawn, in an interview, mentioned that the lyrics for this song came up as she was going through grief. The song was originally recorded in the late 1970s, but was re-recorded several times in the years that followed, with the last version enjoying great success around the world and even reaching third on the Singles Chart in the UK. United.
Artist: Sister Nancy
Album: One, Two
This song is arguably one of the “most sampled reggae songs“. In recent years, Kanye and Jay Z were the last international artists to sample this song with Nancy appearing in Jay Z’s track “Bam” with Damien Marley.
Album: Toast & Throne (Mura Masa Remixes)
Koffee stirred the island and eventually the world with the release of this song. Toast, she said speaking to Billboard.com, was written while visiting Haiti and reflects how she felt about where she was in life and where her life was headed in this. moment.
Artist: Vybz Kartel
Album: Strictly The Best Vol. 45
This song gets any crowd moving! This popular summer song by Vybz Kartel could be heard on every speaker at every party or dance session.
“I’m fine / I’m drinking rum and Red Bull”
Artist: Beenie Man
Album: Beenie Man EP – I drink / Rum & Red Bull
One rhythm, two songs! The king of dancehall has delivered, with these summer favorites. “I’m ok” – is a song that exudes a positivity that despite failures or whatever circumstances life throws at you, once there is life, everything is fine. Rum & Red Bull with Fambo has been another great lasting success.
Artist: Beres Hammond & Buju Banton
Album: Dubbing with the banton
Pull it up is one of those songs that can be played anywhere, anytime and never gets old! Beres Hammond and Buju Banton have both been giants in the music industry and this song is one of the most loved and sung by the two artists.
“The murder she wrote”
Artist: Chaka Demus & Pliers
Album: Bam Bam c’est un murder
The iconic duo first recorded the song in the 1980s and spent years perfecting the song. This song would go on to become their biggest hit locally and internationally and was featured on Billboard’s Hot Rap Song, Hot R & B / Hip Hop, and Hot 100 songs. The murder she wrote was also featured on the UK Singles Chart.
Artist: Lady Saw
In the past, Lady Saw has always been called a steamy artist. His songs were mostly sexually influenced and even while performing his sets they could get “heated”. Sycamore Tree is about a young woman breaking with a love affair because she refuses to perform intimate acts “orally”.
“Don’t let go”
Artist: Wayne Wonder
Album: Diwali Riddim
Wayne Wonder’s No Letting Go is tagged as a reggae fusion song and was his biggest hit among his Caribbean fans. The song that peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart is about finding love or the perfect one.
“Bon Ting Dem”
Artist: Ding Dong
Album: Bon Ting Dem
Another hit from the king of dance – Ding! Ding Dong continually gave us catchy songs that will make young and old dance.
“I love my life”
Album: I love my life
Demarco really echoed the importance of living for the moment in this song, reminding us that we can’t predict the future and so we have to live in the present and enjoy the time we have.
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