Many things in this world put you in a good mood, including reggae music.
When most people think of reggae, they only see images of Bob Marley dancing to the beat of the drums with his signature dreadlocks and Rasta hat. But reggae music is much more than that.
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Several artists have contributed to reggae and its appeal to the world, including subgenres such as “dancehall reggae”.
February is reggae month, and we could all use some uplifting reggae music in our lives. If you haven’t delved into the world of reggae until now, here are five songs worth listening to.
Here’s what you missed:
“One Love” by Bob Marley
Bob Marley is the undisputed king of reggae and is widely known as the Ambassador of Peace who uses his music to spread love, peace and unity among the human race.
This iconic song is famous all over the world.
The lyrics call for unity, acceptance and, of course, love among humanity.
The relaxing melody fills you with hope and joy. Bob Marley wrote this song amid the turmoil of the Jamaican elections in December 1976, which many remember as one of the most violent times in the country’s history.
The reggae legend is one of the greatest of all time.
“Cherry Oh Baby” by Eric Donaldson
If you want to express your love for a special woman in your life in true reggae style, this is the perfect song.
This song is in a class of its own and is one of the most enduring songs in reggae. It has catchy lyrics that make you fall in love with the beat and lyrics.
Cherry Oh baby was named the winner of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition in 1971.
The song has indeed found favor internationally. The Rolling Stones (on their 1976 album, black and blue) and UB40 (on their 1983 album, labor of love) covered the song.
Cherry Oh Baby’s the rhythm remains hugely popular as over 30 covers have been recorded.
“Many Rivers to Cross” by Jimmy Cliff
Written by reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff at the age of 21 in 1961, this song is suitable for any occasion.
The song became an international hit after the movie The Harder They Come.
This legendary song has become one of the most popular reggae songs of all time. The Rolling Stones ranked it No. 35 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Many Rivers to Cross is also featured in the 2013 movie Rush and the TV shows Daredevil, Wilfred and Falling Skies.
This song is not only a classic, but one of the best reggae songs of all time!
“Cool as a Breeze/Friday” by Chronixx
Released in 2020, “Cool as The Breeze/Friday” by Jamaican reggae artist Chronixx is another much-needed breath of fresh air. It is indeed a song that is cool as child’s play.
The visual directed by Meji Alabi brings the song to life, with Chronixx riding a couch floating through the streets, with him and those around him paying homage to Jamaica. He is seen playing from the rooftops before day turns to night, and the party continues.
Listening to this song will bring back memories of Jamaica with the music, the party and the good vibes.
“Pressure Drop” by Toots and the Maytals
Listening to this song will spark an irresistible urge to book a summer vacation in Jamaica. It’s simply impossible not to imagine lying on a sandy beach with a refreshing cocktail while playing.
The tune is deliciously light and the lyrics are easy to remember; listen to it once and you’ll be humming it while doing your laundry for months.
Toots and the Maytals, originally called The Maytals, were a Jamaican musical group and one of the best known ska and rocksteady vocal groups.
Ska and rocksteady were the first genres that later became reggae. The Maytals were formed in the early 1960s and played a key role in popularizing reggae music.
History of reggae music
Reggae is a popular style of Jamaican music that originated in the 1960s and quickly established itself as the country’s dominant music genre.
In the 1970s, it became a fashionable international style in Britain, the United States and Africa. He was widely seen as the voice of the oppressed.
Reggae music is quite diverse and appeals to the masses. Today, reggae music has spurred the innovation of a whole new range of musical styles, such as modern Jamaican dub, and has been infused into many other popular genres, such as hip-hop and rap.
No matter where you are, you can find bands all over the place playing that authentic, rootsy reggae like it was when it started in Jamaica over 50 years ago.
This was our list of reggae songs to listen to for Reggae Month. Let us know if we mentioned your favorite. We’d love to hear your thoughts.