Reggae music is a unique blend of calypso, rhythm and blues with an accentuated shift. Over the years, many talented artists from all over the world have emerged and made reggae music one of the most listened to music genres today. Listen to these latest reggae songs and you will see why no one can stop reggae.
Most reggae songs are themed with inspirational words, love, harmony, and social issues that affect everyday life. A unique feature of this genre is the Rastafarian theme, which is common to most reggae artists in their music. Some reggae songs are political anthems, especially those released during colonial times.
Reggae music is a fan favorite because of the powerful message embedded in the song lyrics. After so many years of musical evolution, reggae music remains relevant today, and here I give you an overview of the new reggae songs of 2020.
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Listen to the following tracks and decide if any of them can be on the list of the best reggae songs of all time.
1. Dubbing on the front of the court – Aggravants
Aggravants are the âholy trinityâ of Jamaican music. Prince Jammy played the part of the engineer and Bunny Lee played the part of the producer. The voice acting in the front yard has amazing tunes and rhythm to get you in that mood.
2. This is not true – Skip Marley (Ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley)
Skip Marley released his new song, “It’s Not True” with Damian Marley (the youngest son of Bob Marley and his uncle). This new version is a masterpiece, and it doesn’t surprise many because talent is in its blood. He is the grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley and his music pays homage to his family heritage. Its sound is a reggae hybrid that mixes eras, genres and styles while displaying great poetic lyricism.
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3. Use me – Shaggy
The famous Jamaican singer and songwriter has made a comeback in the music spotlight with a fantastic single titled “use me”. The song brings out Shaggy’s desire to be there for her lover, and everything else is useless to their relationship. Use me is the first single from his upcoming album.
4. Famalay – Machel Montano (Ft. Bunji Garlin and Skinny Fabulous)
Famalay has reached the top of iTunes’ most downloaded reggae songs list, making it one of the best reggae songs of the year. Famaly was produced by Krishna “Dada” Lawrence who worked with prominent artists like Azaryah. Besides the excellent production quality, the song features some of the biggest names in Caribbean soca, and it’s interesting that all three have recorded their parts of the song in different parts of the world.
5. Shape Nice – Afro B x Vybz Kartel x Dre Skull
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This highly anticipated track brings together the sounds and styles of Africa, Jamaica, New York and London. Vybz Kartel is a dominant name in the dancehall world with a long career and a huge number of hits. New York producer Dre Skull is also known for his unique work with several great artists like Wizkid, Davido and Popcaan.
This song brings out the eternal relationship between Afro-pop and dancehall. Be sure to listen to this breathtaking new banger.
6. My revolution – Lakopo
In this song, Lakopo sends the message that the revolution is here and the time is right. “My revolution” is taken from his album Waves. Lakopo is based in Japan and Jamaica. He states, however, that his hometown is Maui, Hawaii, which is why island reggae is the central theme for him. His talent in island reggae music visible in his new single “My revolution”.
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This song is quite the catch for all island reggae song fans. Don’t miss his new album titled Waves.
7. GYAL (Girl You’re Loved) – Tarrus Riley (Ft. Stonebwoy)
Tarrus Riley got his producer IzyBeats (worked with Koffee for his hit song Toast) involved on a collaborative EP from which this song appears. The song features Ghanaian singer Stonebwoy, and for sure, it has the best of these two artists. Tarrus Riley is responsible for some of the biggest and most potent dancehall and reggae songs in the business. Stonebwoy is a dancehall heavyweight in Ghana, and his contribution to this track is wonderful.
8. Call Me – Walshy Fire, Mr Eazi and Kranium
Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire joins forces with afro-pop sensation Mr Eazi and dancehall artist Kranium for this fantastic song, call me. Walshy Fire revealed to Billboard that it’s a song for the ladies. Once again, we are witnessing a fusion of Afrobeat and dancehall, and the result is sensational. The chemistry between the two artists is simply breathtaking, and you can only feel it when you hear it. The single is now available.
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9. Raggamuffin – Koffee
Koffee is the new toast of Jamaican reggae. The very first article she wrote was about Usain Bolt, and he reposted it, which was important to her. The tribute went viral and months later it continues to entertain her fans. His unique style of reggae music does not disappoint. Its lyricism is priceless and the song is about how the government neglects young people and gun violence.
10. Big Men – Busy Signal
Busy Signal is not new to making hits, and once again managed to make one of the best reggae songs of the year. The song was released earlier, and its captivating rhythm and message touched many. Busy Signal urges us to remember some of the great people who came before us. In the song, he mentions the names of very critical people in the history of their respective countries. Some of the big names include; Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Fidel Castro and Oprah Winfrey. This song will lift your spirits as we remember the great men who performed selfless deeds for the greater good.
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11. You give me hope – Alaine
Alaine is one of the most famous female artists in reggae. She was born in the United States, but moved to Jamaica, where she perfected the art of singing. She has done some of the best reggae songs known. Alaine is a pro, especially when it comes to singing about love. This video gives hope for the future, and all you need to consider is what you need to do now. At 40, she still offers the best reggae tunes and her latest song “you give me hope” contains a lovely verse that will inspire more than one. So if you are feeling weak and need to rejuvenate hope, make sure you have hope eyelashes.
12. Fresh paint – Mavado
Fresh Paint is a product of Chimney Records and is featured on the Fresh Paint riddim. The all new dancehall melody with fresh beats that will brighten up any dull day. Fresh Paint riddim features more artists including Shanseea, Kranium and Teejay. Mavado has done excellent work with various artists, including American rapper Nicki Minaj for their hit song, “Give it all to me”.
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13. So I move – Kranium
Off the Fresh Paint riddim is another classic from Kranium titled So Me Move. Kranium has grown into one of the best dancehall reggae artists in the game today. Kranium made his breakthrough in 2013 with his hit “no one should know” which won him international recognition and landed him a prestigious contract with Atlantic Records. He has featured many international artists from the United States and he continues to impress with the growth and progress he has made over the years.
14. Toast – Koffee
Despite his young age (19), Koffee has had a significant impact on the Jamaican music scene and reggae in general. His new single Toast won the Single of the Year award at the Jamaica Music Industry Association awards. Toast has amassed over 4 million streams on Spotify, and it has a more positive vibe. Koffee advances modern reggae by following in the footsteps of Chronixx and Protoje who are among the leaders of the new wave of roots reggae music.
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15. Love and Reggae – Collie Buddz
This tune is simply about the good life. In 2007 Collie Buddz released his debut album and since then he’s been on top. Fans have to wait a few years for his LP projects, but when they arrive, they are still magnificent. His dedication to music is visible, and this single proves how hard he works. In love and reggae, Collie Budz shines a light on what men want. The song is now on all digital platforms.
Nobody can stop reggae
Reggae music is an essential musical genre, and many Jamaicans identify with it. It inspires people with its deep message, and it’s generally relaxing for the mind. Some of the best reggae songs educate people about history and social ethics in general. If you are feeling uncomfortable and yearning for some peace, get yourself some of the latest reggae songs and let it work its miracle.
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