Famous reggae songs

What are the most famous reggae songs that you know? This is our list of 20 famous reggae songs in history of reggae music:

1. No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley & the Wailers
2. Israelites – Desmond Dekker & the Aces
3. Stir It Up – Bob Marley & the Wailers
4. Pressure Drop – Toots & the Maytals
5. The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff
6. One Love – Bob Marley & the Wailers
7. 54-46 That’s My Number – Toots & the Maytals
8. Satta Massagana – The Abyssinians
9. Funky Kingston – Toots & the Maytals
10. Montego Bay – Freddie Notes & The Rudies
11. Many Rivers To Cross – Jimmy Cliff
12. Marcus Garvey – Burning Spear
13. Legalize It – Peter Tosh
14. Redemption Song – Bob Marley & the Wailers
15. Here I Come – Dennis Brown
16. Get Up, Stand Up – Bob Marley & the Wailers
17. Rudy Got Soul – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
18. The Tide Is High – The Paragons
19. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & the Wailers
20. Everything I Own – Ken Boothe


Famous reggae artists

What are the most famous reggae artists that you know? This is our list of 20 famous reggae artists in history of reggae music:

1. Bob Marley
2. Peter Tosh
3. Toots and the Maytals
4. Jimmy Cliff
5. Burning Spear
6. Bunny Wailer
7. Black Uhuru
8. Sly and Robbie
9. Third World
10. Lee “Scratch” Perry
11. I-Roy
12. King Tubby
13. U-Roy
14. Laurel Aitken
15. Mutabaruka
16. Culture
17. Big Youth
18. Wailing Souls
19. Desmond Dekker
20. Steel Pulse

History of reggae music

Reggae’s origins are in traditional African and Caribbean music; American rhythm and blues; and in Jamaican ska and rocksteady. In 1963, Coxsone Dodd of Studio One asked Jackie Mittoo (pianist of The Skatalites) to run recording sessions and compose original music. Mittoo, with the help of drummer Lloyd Knibbs, turned the traditional ska beat into reggae by slowing down the tempo. Bob Marley, who played an important role in popularizing reggae worldwide, recorded ska, rocksteady, and nyabinghi-drumming records early in his career. The word reggae may have been first used by the ska band Toots and the Maytals, in the title of their 1968 hit Do the Reggay. The Oxford English Dictionary says the origin of the word is unknown, but may be derived from the Jamaican-English word rege-rege, meaning quarrel. Other theories are that the term came from the word streggae (a Jamaican slang term for prostitute) or that it originated from the term Regga, which was a Bantu-speaking tribe from Lake Tanganyika.

By the late 1960s, reggae was getting radio play in the United Kingdom on John Peel’s radio show, and Peel continued to play much reggae during his career. Reggae has always had a fairly large following in the United Kingdom, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. In the second half of the 1970s, the UK punk rock scene was starting to take off, and some punk DJs played reggae records during their DJ sets. Certain punk bands, such as The Clash, The Slits and The Ruts incorporated reggae influences into their music.

types of reggae

There are different types of reggae. These are often a clash between two music genres that make up a sub-genre.

Ragga Metal is one. Ragga Metal is a clash between reggae and metal. We also have the reggae-fusion, hip-hop – rap kinda reggae which is reggae with a more rap singing instead of the ”typical” reggae singing style. Rap with a reggae kinda beat.

First there was Ska, out of which evolved Rocksteady, which in turn became Reggae, which has developed into a number of different styles: Roots, Dub, Dub Poetry, Toasting, Lover’s Rock, Niyabingi (traditional drumming and chanting) and Dancehall (both Slack and Conscious).


Definition of reggae music is a music style developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady.

Definition of reggae music is most easily recognized by the rhythmic accents on the off-beat, usually played by guitar or piano (or both), known as the skank. The tempo of reggae is usually felt as slower than the popular Jamaican forms, ska and rocksteady, which preceded it. It is this slower tempo, the guitar/piano offbeats, the emphasis on the third beat, and the use of syncopated, melodic bass lines that differentiates reggae from other music, although other musical styles have incorporated some of these innovations separately.