There is no doubt that the Rolling Stones will go down in history as one of the greatest rock and roll groups of all time. Much of their swashbuckling success comes from their inspiring leader Mick Jagger. The singer has transcended generations to remain one of the most dynamic frontmen of all time. Part of the reason he can continue to wow us all is because of his true love of music, and it’s not just for rockers.
Jagger has always been able to adapt the sounds of the moment to his work with the Rolling Stones. Whether it’s disco, punk or reggae, Jagger is able to assimilate to the rhythm at any time. But, it must be said, it is in this last genre that the singer feels most at ease. Literally. Below we have Jagger’s ten favorite reggae songs of all time in one perfect playlist.
The singer has lived on the island of Jamaica for most of his life, and he claims he and Stones drummer Charlie Watts were the two main members of the band to embrace reggae in their hearts. “We were interested from a rhythmic point of view, so we started playing reggae beats, and the others took it over.” Jagger adds with a mischievous smile, “I’m sure Keith (Richards) would say something different.”
The singer even invited Wailers frontman Peter Tosh to join the Stones for a while. After the legendary reggae band split, Jagger and co signed Peter Tosh to their label. However, he never managed to replicate the successes of his former bandmate Bob Marley and eventually left Rolling Stones Records in 1981. “Peter was a nervous guy and was often frustrated,” Jagger said. “Bob Marley got so fat, and it probably bothered him.”
Talk to Rolling stone, Jagger confirmed how much he is in love with all things reggae by creating a solid list of his ten favorite tracks of all time. In fact, he’s a son in love with the kind he couldn’t keep at ten.
His rival, Bob Marley, is of course in Jagger’s list of favorite reggae songs, choosing his song “Get Up, Stand Up” as well as “No More Trouble” and “War” as a sign of how much he loves the singer. There are also nods for esteemed artists like Dawn Penn and Toots and the Maytals, as well as former Stone signer Peter Tosh.
There is also an entry for Gregory Isaacs who managed to become Keith Richards favorite song of all time. Every song on the list is pure starting jam. They deliver in spades on every note.
Below we have Mick Jagger’s favorite reggae songs as part of a perfect playlist.
Mick Jagger’s favorite reggae songs:
- “Get up, get up / No more trouble / War” – Bob Marley
- “Pick Myself Up” – Peter Tosh
- ’54 -46 ′ This is my number ‘- Toots and the Maytals
- “You don’t love me” – Dawn Penn
- ‘Cream of the Harvest’ – Gregory Isaacs
- ‘War Ina Babylon’ – Max Romeo and the upsets
- “Brothers and sisters” – The viceroys
- “Write on the Wall” – Ronnie Davis
- “Alarm bell” – Tenor saw
- ‘Marcus Garvey’ – Searing Lance