Rock legend Mick Jagger is a huge fan of reggae music.
When it comes to rock and roll, there are a few bands that people all over the world think of instantly. The Rolling Stones are one of those bands, and their lead singer Mick Jagger is even more punchy. It is not surprising that his musical influences are wide and varied. He recently caught up with Far Out Magazine to share his top ten reggae songs, which undoubtedly influenced his music in one way or another.
Mick Jagger remains one of the most influential artists of modern times and has always had a fascination with Jamaica and its music. He is proud to have discovered the culture and even owns a home in Jamaica. It’s more than just a fascination for him and he shared that he and Charlie Watts, the drummer of the Stones drummer, were the two leading members of the band to not only love but embrace reggae in their hearts.
He said the two fell in love with reggae so much that they quickly started incorporating it into their own beats.
“We were interested rhythmically, so we started playing reggae beats, and the others took it over. I’m sure Keith (Richards) would say something different, ”he said.
His love of reggae runs so deep that he even took legendary reggae artist Peter Tosh into the fold. This was after Tosh parted ways with the Wailers as the leader. He not only invited him to join the band, but he also co-signed him on his label. After not achieving the success he wanted, Tosh finally left the Stones in 1981. Before leaving the group, the two recorded a reggae remix of the Temptations hit “Don’t Look Back”, which s’ called “(You Gotta Walk And) Don’t Look Back” in 1978.
He always tries to integrate reggae music into his projects. In 2011, he created a unique supergroup project called SuperHeavy which starred Damian Marley. At that time, he said his intention was to present different styles of music, with music ranging from reggae and ballads to Indian music.
Mick Jagger’s love for reggae is overflowing with more than ten hits. His list touches on some of the well-known artists considered to be the founding fathers of reggae like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Max Romeo and Tenor Saw. Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” made her list. He also said that other tracks he liked from his old rival were “No More Trouble” and “War”. Other notable names on his list include Dawn Penn and Toots and the Maytals.
They also had the opportunity to show their appreciation for Jamaica and reggae by living and participating in the culture they love so much. In 1973, they recorded their album Goats Head Soup at the Dynamic Sounds studio in Kingston. They also once covered the popular reggae track, “Cherry Oh Baby”, by Eric Donaldson. It was the 1971 Festival Song winner which they included on their 1976 album Black And Blue.
Jagger was also able to participate in a piece of history since in April 1978 he was at the One Love Peace Concert at National Stadium in Kingston.
Check out Jagger’s 10 best reggae songs below.
“Get up, get up / No more trouble / War” – Bob Marley
“Pick me up” – Peter Tosh
“54-46? That’s my number” – Toots and the Maytal
“You do not love me” – Dawn Penn
“The best of the best” – Gregory Isaacs
“War in Babylon” – Max Romeo and the upsetting
” Brothers and sisters “ – The viceroys
“Write on the wall” – Ronnie Davis
“Sound the alarm” – Tenor saw
“Marcus Garvey” – Fire lance