Jamaica’s Top 10 Songs Since 1957

1. “One Love” – Bob Marley & the Wailers

2. “Oh Carolina” – The Folkes Brothers

3. “54-46” – The Maytals

4. “Got to Go Back Home” – Bob Andy

5. “My Boy Lollipop” – Millie Small

6. “Many Rivers To Cross”  – Jimmy Cliff

7. “Israelites” – Desmond Dekker and the Aces

8. “Cherry Oh Baby” – Eric Donaldson

9. “Simmer Down” – Bob Marley & the Wailers

10. “Carry Go Bring Come” – Justin Hinds & the Dominos

When I saw that this list had just been released I was a little surprised that the good folks at the University of the West Indies couldn’t have gotten it out on 4/20. I mean, c’mon, talk about a no brainer. Oh well, I’m sure they got about as much done as the rest of us on Monday.

I was a little surprised that there wasn’t anything by Culture or Peter Tosh in the top ten. Culture’s album Two Sevens Clash is probably the best start-to-finish reggae album ever made and Tosh’s Mama Africa is a must have for any reggae enthusiast. It also has one of the greatest album covers in history. Anyway, enjoy the tunes, I linked a few choice selections. Lite a doob if need be (source).

2 Responses to Jamaica’s Top 10 Songs Since 1957

  1. the good doctor says:

    not that i dislike any of these songs, they are a fine set indeed, but really no tosh? i’m with ya probot. and also, though i want many rivers to cross to be one of the songs played at my funeral, i wouldn’t really classify it as one of the best songs from rastaland. i’d swing towards something like harder they come, i mean it’s a great song covered by anyone with a bit of island in their soul, and shit man,title track to a great movie about the trials of a young dude trying to make it in poverty stricken Jamaica, not unlike cliff himself. 54-46 should be #2. toots is the man. its really funny to note that bands like steel pulse and the specials can’t be on this list. apparently some of the reggae i like the most is from england. also, no skatalites? i know people call them ska but in 1965 when guns of the navarrone came out i don’t think ska was a term used to describe i type of music rooted in reggae.. maybe someone else could enlighten me?

  2. the good doctor says:

    i kinda have to retract previous statements, it’s top ten SONGS of Jamaica. not just reggae. apologies all around. and apparently the term ska was first used in the late fifties. so yeah. i’m a tool.

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