There are many things in this world that put you in a good mood, one of which is reggae music.
When most people think of reggae, they only see images of Bob Marley dancing to the beat of the drums with his iconic dreadlocks and rasta hat. But reggae music is so much more than that.
Various artists contributed to reggae and its appeal to the world, including subgenres such as “reggae dancehall”.
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February is reggae month, and we could all use some stimulating reggae music in our lives. If you haven’t ventured into the world of reggae before, 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 December 1976 Jamaican elections, 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 with a true reggae style, this is the perfect song.
This song is in a class by itself and is one of the most enduring reggae songs. It has catchy lyrics that make you fall in love with the rhythm and the lyrics.
Cherry Oh Baby was named winner of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition in 1971.
In fact, the song has found international favor. The Rolling Stones (on their 1976 album, Black and blue) and UB40 (on their 1983 album, Love work) have covered the song.
Cherry Oh Baby’s The rhythm is still extremely popular, as more than 30 versions 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 fits every occasion.
The song became an international hit after The Harder They Come.
This legendary song has become one of the most popular reggae songs of all time. The Rolling Stones ranked her at number 35 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Many Rivers to Cross also appeared in the 2013 film Rush and on television shows Daredevil, Wilfred and Falling Skies.
This song is not just 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. In fact, it’s a song that’s as fresh as a breeze.
The visual directed by Meji Alabi brings the song to life, with Chronixx riding a sofa floating through the streets, with him and those around him paying homage to Jamaica. He is seen performing from the rooftops before the day turns into night, and the party continues.
Listening to this song will bring back memories of Jamaica with music, partying and good vibes.
“Pressure Drop” by Toots and the Maytals
Listening to this song will arouse an irresistible desire to book a summer vacation in Jamaica. It’s just impossible not to imagine lying on a sandy beach with a refreshing cocktail when it’s time.
The melody is deliciously cheerful and the lyrics are easy to remember; listen to it once and you’ll be humming for months and months doing the laundry.
Toots and the Maytals, originally called The Maytals, were a Jamaican music group and one of the best known vocal groups of ska and rocksteady.
Ska and rocksteady were the previous genres that later became reggae. The Maytals were formed in the early 1960’s and were key figures in the popularization of reggae music.
History of reggae music
Reggae is a popular style of Jamaican music born in the 1960s that quickly became the dominant music genre in the country.
In the 1970s, it became an international fashion style Great Britain, United States, and Africa. It was widely perceived as a voice of the oppressed.
Reggae music is quite diverse and attracts the masses. Today, reggae music has spurred innovation in a new range of musical styles, such as modern Jamaican dub, and has been incorporated into many other popular genres, such as hip-hop and rap.
Wherever you are, you can find bands in every corner playing that true reggae roots like it was when it started in Jamaica over 50 years ago.
This was our list of reggae songs to listen to during reggae month. Let us know if we mentioned your favorite. We’d love to hear your thoughts.