Best Jamaican songs of all time- wrong or right?

April 21st, 2009

Last week a presentation was made at the University of the West Indies about the top 100 songs made by Jamaicans over the past fifty years, from 1957 to 2007.

There has been a lot of debate about who is and is not on the list and whether they were rightly placed. One of the committee’s members said the list was aimed at “arguing, rationalising, categorising and revealing 100 of the best Jamaican popular songs and instrumentals which propelled Jamaica into the major league of global popular music and the development of modern sound technology.”

Check out the top 20 below and share your thoughts on the list. Was the method used to create it, the most effective? Was the list a true representation of the top songs over the past 50 years?

Learn more about the list and how it was developed by reading this article.  http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20090420/ent/ent3.html

Here is The top 20:

1. One Love/People Get Ready (Bob Marley and the Wailers – 726 points)

2. Oh Carolina (The Folkes Brothers – 540)

3. 54-46 (The Maytals – 516)

4. Got To Go Back Home (Bob Andy – 493)

5. My Boy Lollipop (Millie Small – 470)

6. Many Rivers to Cross (Jimmy Cliff – 451)

7. Israelites (Desmond Dekker and the Aces – 424)

8. Cherry Oh Baby (Eric Donaldson – 367)

9. Simmer Down (The Wailers – 357)

10. Carry Go Bring Come (Justin Hinds and the Dominoes – 331)

11. The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff – 316)

12. No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley and The Wailers – 305)

13. Rivers of Babylon (The Melodians – 298)

14. Redemption Song (Bob Marley and the Wailers – 289)

15. Easy Snappin’ (Theophilus Beckford – 281)

16. Girl I’ve Got a Date (Alton Ellis – 261)

17. Satta Massagana (The Abyssnians – 253)

18. Everything I Own (Ken Boothe – 249)

19. Eastern Standard Time (Don Drummond – 246)

20. Wear You To The Ball (U-Roy – 236)


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42 Responses to “Best Jamaican songs of all time- wrong or right?”

  1. Steve says:

    The role of Lee Scratch Perry in elevating the sound of reggae music is untold. I am amazed that this forum could even contemplate a top 100 without acknowledging Perry’s work.

    This list seemed to be based on popularity and sales rather than on the pioneering work of the artistes themselves.

  2. Bob says:

    HERE IS HOW I PUT THESE 20,
    5446,
    CHERRY OH BABY,
    LAND OF MY BIRTH,
    RIVER OF BABYLON,
    GOT TO GO BACK HOME,
    GIRL I’VE GOT A DATE
    ,WEAR YOU TO THE BALL
    ,CARRY GO BRING COME
    ,EVERY THING I OWN,
    ISRAELITE,
    OH CAROLINA
    EASYSNAPPIN
    ,MY BOY LOLLIPOP,
    SIMMER DOWN,
    ONE LOVE
    PEOPLE GET READY
    MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
    , NO WOMAN NO CRY
    , REDEMPTION SONG,
    EASTERN STANDARD TIME
    SATTA MASSAGANA

    IS THERE ANY WAY WE COULD GET THE TOP 100 LIST. WHAT POWER 106 SHOULD DO IS TO HAVE THE TOP 470 JAMAICANS SONGS OF ALL TIME PLAYED FOR THE 47th ANNIVERSARY OF JAMAICA INDEPENDENT.

  3. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    An interesting list!! But what about BAM BAM and SMALL AXE?

  4. Bob says:

    YES MR REID.
    THAT’S WHY I HAD ASKED IF I COULD SEE THE TOP 100 LIST THEY HAD SELECTED.

    ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID.

    I HAVEN’T SEEN U DOING MUCH POST HERE , IS IT THAT YOU HAVEN’T SEEN MUCH THAT INTEREST YOU , OR YOU JUST NOT INTO DEBATE THAT MUCH ANY MORE? ANY HOW I WILL READ WHAT EVER U PUT OUT I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO READ UR COMMENTS. TAKE IT EASY .

  5. Len says:

    Foreign Press

    Blinking Bus.

    Brown Gal

  6. Anthony says:

    What does this mean happened after the 70′s?

  7. The best Jamaican popular songs and instrumentals are a matter of choices I would think, so I come up with some I think should have made the list.

    Owen Gray-Patricia
    Tommy McCook & the Skatalites / Silver Dollar
    Don Drummond & Skatalites – Eastern Standard Time
    Don Drummond – Confucious
    Don Drummond – Scrap Iron
    Winston Francis – Mr. Fix It
    Leroy Smart – Ballistic Affair
    Joe White – My Guiding Star
    Tony Gregory – Get Out My Life Woman
    Lester Sterling – Bangarang
    Lester Sterling – Rock Port Rock
    Cedric Im Brooks & David Madden – Money Maker
    Desmond Dekker – The Israelites
    Johnny Osbourne – Can’t Buy Love
    Lennie Hibbert – More Creation
    Dizzy Reece – Summertime
    Zungguzungguguzungguzeng – Y ellowman
    Cedric Im Brooks – Mun-Dun-Gu
    Leaving Rome – Jo Jo Bennett
    Leroy Smart & Bobby Ellis – Mother Liza
    Bobby Ellis – Shank I Sheck
    Leroy Horsemouth wallace – Herb Vendor
    Rico Rodriquez – Midnight in Ethiopia
    Zap Pow – This Is Reggae Music
    Rico Rodriguez- Africa
    Vin Gordon “Tina May”

    The “Maverick” UK

  8. ghazwaz says:

    Who am i – Beenie Man

  9. ghazwaz says:

    Dont’ Worry – Bob Marley the best

  10. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    Hey Bob, I will be posting more in the short term.Currently, I am somewhat consumed with work and more work.I am doing two jobs, but not making any moolah.Consequently,I do not get the time to address some of the issues being discussed on the board.

    Anyhow, effective as of the end of this month,actually next week, I will be able to spend more time addressing some of the issues on the blog, because one of the corporations I am associated with, is in the process of relocating to Asia, because the rate of profit is far greater in Asia than its home country. Hence, an imminent and massive attrition or redundancy of personnel including myself.

    So, like millions of people across the globe, one is a casualty of the global economic and financial meltdown/tsunami.Nonetheless, my main job/position is secure and I will have a little more time to contribute to the sundry discussions on the board. Nuff respect, Star!!

  11. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    Hey Cottrell, right on with Don Drummond!! But you do not have one of my favourite Don D on your list.It is called SKA IN VIENNA WOODS!! Nuff respect, Cottrell!!

  12. Clifaro Daley says:

    First, let me say that I think the era one’s teen years falls somehow dictate to a large extent what one would consider good music. Personally, I like retro music from 1990-2000, plus a few Vintage.
    So here are a few of my favourite:-

    1. Poor people fed up – Bounty Killa
    2. Dung Inna di Ghetto – Bounty Killa
    3. Mama is not in a good mood – Bounty Killa
    4. Sodom & Gomorah – Capleton
    5. In & Out – Capleton
    6. Weeping Willow – Alton Ellis
    7. Casandra – Denis Brown
    8. Vineyard style – Super Cat
    9. Got a date – Alton Ellis
    10. Everything I own – Ken Boothe
    11. I wanna explain to you – Beres Hammond
    12. Sudan – Buju Banton
    13. Rasta Liberate the people – Buju Banton
    14. War – Bob Marley
    15. Exodus – Bob Marley
    16. Youths crying out – Damian Marley
    17. I gotta say goodbye – Ken Boothe
    18. Stand up – Nadine, Toots, etc.

    So there you go, a few of my favourite sings.

    Sing on,
    Clif.

  13. Mr, Reid, you don’t want to get me going about one of the greatest musician Jamaica/Alpha Boys School has ever produce (Don Drummond) the man with the big trombone. Don Drummond was ahead of his time, the man was a genius and the most prolific composer and musician Jamaica has ever seen. The history of Jamaican music passes through Don Drummond; he has become a larger-than-life figure and a Jamaican musical icon.

    In my opinion, Don Drummond was one of the two greatest composers in Jamaican tradition along with Tommy McCook. His music, more than any other composer in Jamaica, is capable of touching the hearts of very different person, from the simple man in the street to the intellect, with each seeing a different image of them selves in his music. What is even more profound about Don Drummond music is that after some listening you start sensing the sadness behind the joy and the joy behind the tragic with hope always being a central theme to his music. He was the earliest romantic composer in Jamaica in many ways, decades ahead of his time in intensity of expression. Remember such compositions as:

    Don Drummond – That Man Is Back
    Don Drummond – Occupation
    Don Drummond – Confucious
    Don Drummond – Cuban Blockade
    Don Drummond – Love in the Afternoon
    Don Drummond – “Bellevue Special”
    Don Drummond – A Way from It All
    Don Drummond – Smiling
    Don Drummond – Let George
    Don Drummond – Further East*
    Don Drummond – Heaven and Earth (Roll on Sweet Don)
    Don Drummond – Don Cosmic*
    Don Drummond – Cool smoke

    In 1964, Don Drummond’s “Man in the Street” entered the UK top 10, and later, in 1967 Drummond’s adaptation of the theme to the film “The Guns Of Navarone” gives him his second UK Top 10.

    Nuff, nuff respect, Esteban you are the man!! How about giving us a list of your favourite Don D on your list?

    The “Maverick” UK

    My favourite*

  14. Mad Smaddy says:

    no Dennis Brown????\

    WTH !!!

  15. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    Cottrell, I concur, regarding the musical —instrumental and compositional— genius and prolificacy of the great master, Don Drummond, otherwise known as DON D. Also, I will not take you to task with respect to Don Drummond and Tommy McCook,s pronounced and established saliency, and stellar accomplishments in the musicology of Jamaica.But, nonetheless, I will categorically contend, that Messrs Roland Alphonso and Carlos Malcolm should and must not be slighted or considered incidental in that/this regard.Interestingly,all alumni of the esteemed, venerated and august institution, ALPHA.

    With respect to your selected compositions or anthology of Don Drummond’s work, your choices, undoubtedly suggest, and indicate, that you are indeed a cognoscente and an iconophilist of the illustrious and celebrated Don D. Remarkably,one would find it extremely difficult to anthologize Don D, as a consequence of the fact, that he was so prolific in composing over three hundred songs, and at such a young age.Indeed, an extraordinary, phenomenal and copious body of work by any standard.

    Notwithstanding, on closer observation of your compilation,you have omitted one of his most celebrated/acclaimed/lionized composition.Of course, I am referring to Drummond’s renowned ADDIS ABABA. Also, noteworthy ,is Drummond’s famous and popular GREEN ISLAND. Your selected works of Don Drummond is highly appreciated. Hopefully, more Jamaicans,especially younger Jamaicans, will discover this romantic and legendary musical genius, forty years post his dark and depressing demise. Nuff respect, Cottrell!!

  16. Ras says:

    what about SAMMY PLANT PIECE A CORN

  17. Bob says:

    MAD SMADDY:

    YOU HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE WHAT YOU KNOW AND LOVE . THIS IS HOW THINGS WORK.

  18. Mr. Reid: my choice of Jamaican musicians’ maybe all former students of the world renowned Alpha Boys School in Jamaica and I make no apology for that. I may come across as been bias but far from that, the fact of the matter is that Alpha Boys School is responsibly for turning out the best set of Jamaican musicians, singers and DJs in Jamaica.

    As for Carlos Malcolm being a trombonist in comparison to Rico Rodriquez, Don Drummond and Rupert Anderson you be the judge and by the way you might have notice that I did not mention all the other well known “ALPHARIAN” trombonist like Vin Gordon etc, etc,. Well good old Roland Alphonso, what can I say the man was good but again was he as good as Bertie King, Joe Harriott, Wilton Gaynair, Harold McNair, Tommy McCook, Lester Sterling, Headley Bennett and Cedric “Im” Brooks?

    Esteban in my compilation I might have omitted one or two of the master most celebrated/acclaimed/lionized composition but you will have to see with me mate, there is too much to mention take for instant non instrumentals like Dearest and Woman a Com a lot of Jamaicans would not know that those were written and compose by the master himself Don-De-Lion.

    Esteban my brethren, trust me, there is a lot of good Alpha musicians that is not known in Jamaica but is keeping Jamaicans music alive the world over, I am a Jazz lover, and I have seen a lot of “ALPHARIAN” musicians the world over and I am surprise that they are not known in Jamaica. I gust other readers from other schools in Jamaica will soon come up with a list of other grate Jamaican musicians like Monty Alexander, and Ernest Ranglin.

    OK maestro, what do you think about the flowering?

    Dewey Square*
    Ska Town
    Down Beat Burrial

    The “Maverick” UK

    My favourite*

  19. Mark says:

    Bob:

    I like your list….is it in any order? I think “Cherry Oh Baby (Eric Donaldson)” has to be the best ever…from what I can remember as a youth. For months, that song had non-stop air play and you couldn’t go anywhere in Jamaica at the time and not hear it being blasted from a sound system or Jukebox (my measure of a great song).

    But I am a Dennis Brown fan. I think he was the best musician that ever came out of Jamaica (light the fuse and run). I can’t think of another artist that has produced more songs/albums than Dennis Brown.

  20. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    Ras,SAMMY PLANT PIECE A CORN, a seminal and important song addressing the psychological issues re grudgefullness in Jamaica.Like you, one wonders why it is not in the top twenty. Again, I am ignorant as to the methodology utilized and employed to select or rank order these songs. Nonetheless, I am willing to hazard a guess, that SAMMY PLANT PIECE A CORN DUNG A GULLY, will constitute the top forty.Indeed,a Jamaican classic. By the way Ras, the library or archive(s) of great Jamaican songs is so vast and extensive, that we — including myself — will constantly be questioning this ranking. Nuff respect!! Peace!!

  21. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    Yes Cottrell, the history of Jamaican music definitely passes through Alpha Boys School. It is incredible the number of HALL OF FAME musicians that/which the school has produced over the years.The list is extensive and extremely impressive. Kudos to ALPHA !! With respect to Don De Lion, my father was an avid fan/aficionado.So,I grew up hearing Drummond and the incomparable SKATALLITES, daily. As a matter of fact, on weekends, in my household, The Skatallites were played 24/7, which resulted in me comprehending and appreciating the intensity and brilliance of that genre of music, which I still enjoy listening to and cherish, today. Nuff respect !!

  22. Bob says:

    THANK YOU MARK:

    HERE IS SOME MORE IN RANDOM ORDER. IMIGHT NOT REMEMBER SOME OF THE ARTIST. SO YOU GUYS CAN RE DO THEM WITH THE ARTIST NAMES.I ALSO WILL PUT OUT SOME ARTIST AND YOU CAN ALSO FILL IN THE SONGS TOO.

    GREEN BAY KILLING A MURDER.
    MONEY WORRY.
    NANNY GOAT.
    RAM GOAT LIVER.
    DREAM LAND =PETER TOSH.
    BIG TREE SMALL AXE= BOB MARLEY&THE WALERS.
    LEGALIZE MJ=PETER TOSH
    SARRY FI MAGA DAG
    TRIBAL WAR=JACOB MILLER
    UP PARK CAMP.
    WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE= PETER TOSH
    GO JOHNNY BE GOOD = PETER TOSH
    IF ITS LOVE U RUNNING FROM =PETER TOSH
    SHAME AND SCANDAL IN THE FAMILY=
    007 SHANTY TOWN=
    BEAUTIFUL WOMAN =TOOTS
    UNCLE BENGY =ERIC DONALDSON
    RUN DEM MEK DEM COME =ERIC DONALDSON
    JAH WOULD NEVA GIVE THE POWER TO A BALL HEAD=JACOB MILLER
    FREEDOM STREET= KEN BOOTH
    COMING IN FROM THE COLD =BOB MARLY
    FEEL LIKE JUMPING= RETA MARLEY
    BOOK OF THE RULE=
    NICE TIME= DELROY WILSON
    GLASS HOUSE PETER TOSH
    DUPY GUNMAN =ERNIE SMITH.
    RAIN DROPS PETA PATA=ERNIE SMITH
    MY LOVE IS OVER DUE =GREGORY ISSAC
    UP TOWN TO RANKIN= ALETHEA&DONNA
    INTENSIFIED GIRLS.
    BOY BLUE ADMIRAL =BAILEY
    SITING IN THE PARK =ALTON ELLIS
    BOOPS=PINCHERS
    RUDE BOWY JUDGE DREAD = PRINCE BUSTER
    TOO HOT= PRINCE BUSTER
    SARDERING A WA THE YOUNG GIRLS WANT.=
    30 PIECES OF SILVER= PRINCE BUSTER
    CAPONE =PRINCE BUSTER
    10 COMMANDMENT PRINCE BUSTER.
    MADNESS =PRINCE BUSTER
    MILLY GIRL PRINCE BUSTER.
    TIME LONGER THAN ROPE=PRINCE BUSTER
    RECK A PUM PUM=PRINCE BUSTER.
    JUNGLE =TOOTS
    LOVING PAUPER=
    ZION TRAIN =BOB MARLEY
    COMING IN FROM THE COLD BOB MARLEY
    THIS TRAIN= BOB MARLEY&THE WAILERS
    IS THIS LOVE =BOB MARLEY
    JAMMING =BOB MARLEY
    WANT TO GET HIGH=RETA MARLEY
    OLD PIRATE MENTAL SLAVERY= BOB MARLEY
    DON’T WORRY =BOB MARLEY
    RABBLE =BOB MARLEY
    ALL NITE TIL DAY LIGHT= JACOB MILLER
    I H’V THE HANDLE BABY=
    MR OFFICER=JACOB MILLER
    PEACE TREATY= JACOB MILLER
    NEVA GONNA SEE ME AGAIN=FREDDIE McGREGOR
    COLLIE HERB CHRISTMAS=
    BOOK OF THE RULE=
    DANCING MOOD= DELROY WILSON
    LIFE IS JUST FOR LIVING= ERNIE SMITH
    I’M JUST A GUY=
    TENEMENT YARD=
    CARELESS ETHIOPIANS=
    PICK HIM UP U LICK IM DOWN= PRINCE BUSTER
    TAKE IT EASY =
    GET UP ADINA=
    SABOTAGE=
    FAT MAN LEAVE MY GIRL ALONE=
    MADA YOUNG GAL=
    BAM BAM=

    OK SOME ONE CAN MAKE A NEW LIST BASE ALSO ON THESE NAMES I WILL PROVIDE.

    PINCHERS
    TONY REBEL,
    MIGHTY DIAMOND,
    BLACK UHURU
    BERRIS HAMMOND,
    MOLERY WILLIAMS
    GENERAL TREES
    CULTURE
    BURNING SPEAR
    SLY & RABBI
    TONY TOUGH
    MARCIA GRIFFITH
    CARLENE DAVIS
    STANLEY AND THE TURBINE.
    STICHIE
    OK GUYS THIS WILL DO FOR NOW I HOPE THESE SONGS ARTIST DRAG YOUR MEMORIES.
    SO SOME ONE TAKE IT FROM HERE. I HAVE A LOT MORE SONG S. BUT ITS JUST FARE TO LET SOME ONE ELSE FILL THE NAME S THAT MISSING AND THE SONGS THAT FIT THE NAMES I GIVE.

  23. Could this be the 200 greatest reggae songs ever according to sales and popularity?

    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
    21. Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs
    22. You Don’t Care – The Techniques
    23. Vietnam – Jimmy Cliff
    24. Rivers Of Babylon – The Melodians*
    25. Police & Thieves – Junior Murvin*
    26. Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    27. Red Red Wine – UB40
    28. Cherry Oh Baby – Eric Donaldson*
    29. (I Am) The Upsetter – Lee “Scratch” Perry
    30. Sitting & Watching – Dennis Brown
    31. Jammin’ – Bob Marley & the Wailers*
    32. Wear You To The Ball – U-Roy & The Paragons*
    33. Two Sevens Clash – Culture
    34. I Shot The Sheriff – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    35. Armagideon Time – Willie Williams
    36. 007 Shanty Town – Desmond Dekker & The Aces*
    37. A Love I Can Feel – John Holt
    38. Revolution – Dennis Brown
    39. Queen Majesty – The Techniques*
    40. Natty Rebel – U-Roy
    41. Loving Pauper – Dobby Dobson*
    42. Natural Mystic – Bob Marley
    43. Equal Rights – Peter Tosh*
    44. Rocksteady – Alton Ellis & The Flames*
    45. Do The Reggay – Toots & the Maytals
    46. Don’t Stay Away – Phyllis Dillon
    47. Baby Why – The Cables*
    48. One Blood – Junior Reid
    49. Iron Lion Zion – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    50. Book Of The Rules – The Heptones*
    51. Telephone Love – JC Lodge*
    52. Blackheart Man – Bunny Wailer
    53. Nanny Goat – Larry & Alvin Marshall
    54. Unchained – Bob Andy
    55. Tenement Yard – Jacob Miller
    56. Ba Ba Boom – The Jamaicans*
    57. I’m Still In Love with You – Alton Ellis*
    58. Pass The Kutchie – The Mighty Diamonds
    59. Wonderful World, Beautiful People – Jimmy Cliff
    60. Mama Africa – Peter Tosh*
    61. Fade Away – Jr. Byles*
    62. How Could I Leave – Dennis Brown*
    63. Soon Forward – Gregory Isaacs
    64. Trenchtown Rock – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    65. Westbound Train – Dennis Brown
    66. Cool Rasta – The Heptones
    67. My Conversation – Slim Smith & The Uniques*
    68. You Can Get It If You Really Want – Jimmy Cliff
    69. Now That We Found Love – Third World
    70. Talk About Love – Pat Kelly*
    71. I Need A Roof – The Mighty Diamonds*
    72. 1865 (96 Degrees In The Shade) – Third World
    73. Declaration of Rights – The Abyssinians*
    74. War Inna Babylon – Max Romeo
    75. Big Ship – Freddie McGregor*
    76. Waiting In Vain – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    77. Guess Who’s Comming To Dinner – Black Uhuru
    78. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
    79. What One Dance Can Do – Beres Hammond
    80. Crying Over You – Ken Boothe
    81. Someone Loves You – JC Lodge
    82. Sonny’s Lettah – Linton Kwesi Johnson
    83. What Kind Of World – The Cables*
    84. Rain From The Sky – Delroy Wilson*
    85. Everything Crash – The Ethiopians*
    86. Love Me Forever – Carlton & The Shoes
    87. Johnny Too Bad – The Slickers
    88. Love Is My Religion – Ziggy Marley
    89. Monkey Man – Toots & the Maytals*
    90. War – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    91. Can I Change My Mind – Alton Ellis*
    92. Duppy Gunman – Ernie Smith*
    93. Zungguzungguguzungguzeng – Yellowman*
    94. Black Cinderella – Errol Dunkley*
    95. Have Mercy – The Mighty Diamonds
    96. Tumblin Down – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
    97. My Boy Lollipop – Millie Small
    98. Hold Me Tight – Johnny Nash
    99. Angel – Shaggy & Rayvon
    100. Dreadlocks In Moonlight – Lee “Scratch” Perry
    101. Freedom Street – Ken Boothe*
    102. Give A Little Love – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
    103. You Don’t Love Me (No No No) – Dawn Penn*
    104. Welcome To Jamrock – Damian Marley
    105. 400 Years – Peter Tosh & the Wailers*
    106. Perfidia – Phyllis Dillon*
    107. Feel Like Jumping – Marcia Griffiths
    108. African Herbsman – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    109. Greetings – Half Pint
    110. Better Must Come – Delroy Wilson
    111. Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt – Yellowman
    112. Rumours – Gregory Isaacs
    113. Electric Boogie – Marcia Griffiths
    114. Maga Dog – Peter Tosh
    115. What Is Life? – Black Uhuru
    116. I’ve Got To Go Back Home – Bob Andy*
    117. Pretty Looks Isn’t All – The Heptones*
    118. Breaking Up – Alton Ellis
    119. The Gorgon – Cornell Campbell
    120. Ram Goat Liver – Pluto Shervington*
    121. All Wi Doin Is Defendin – Linton Kwesi Johnson
    122. People Are You Ready – Johnny Osbourne*
    123. Take It Easy – Hopeton Lewis
    124. Moving Away – Ken Boothe*
    125. Rock & Groove – Bunny Wailer
    126. Tomorrow People – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
    127. Herbman Hustling – Sugar Mino
    128. Buddy Bye – Johnny Osbourne*
    129. Murderer – Barrington Levy
    130. Oh Carolina – Shaggy
    131. Sweet Sensation – The Melodians
    132. Calling Rastafari – Culture
    133. Sweet Talking – The Heptones
    134. Reggae Ambassador – Third World
    135. Baltimore – The Tamlins
    136. Forward Jah Jah Children – Jacob Miller
    137. Things You Say You Love – The Jamaicans
    138. Look Who’s Dancin’ – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
    139. Black Man Time – I-Roy
    140. Ok Fred – Errol Dunkley
    141. This Is Reggae Music – Zap Pow*
    142. Always Together – Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths
    143. Members Only – Tyrone Taylor
    144. Love Forever – Cynthia Schloss
    145. Ball Room Floor – Bunny Wailer
    146. Fire Burning – Bob Andy
    147. Sinsemilla – Black Uhuru
    148. Betcha By Golly Wow – Errol Dunkley
    149. Can’t Hide From Jah – Yellowman
    150. Youthman – Jr. Reid
    151. Shark Attack – Wailing Sou
    152. Boombastic – Shaggy
    153. Under Me Sleng Teng – Wayne Smith
    154. Dance of the Vampires – Scientist
    155. Who Can Make The Dance Ram – Yellowman
    156. Give It All You’ve Got – Beres Hammond
    157. Arlene – General Echo
    158. Rockaway – Beres Hammond
    159. Play de Music – Ernie Smith
    160. No Vacancy – Sugar Minott
    161. Rhythm Of Life – Third World
    162. Queen of The Minstrels – Cornell Campbell
    163. Natty With A Cause – Willie Williams
    164. Guava Jelly – Johnny Nash
    165. Rude Boy Gone A Jail – The Clarendonians*
    166. Stop Lovin You – Freddie McGregor
    167. Birds Of A Feather – Johnny Nash
    168. Mr. DC – Sugar Minott
    169. Night And Day – Dawn Penn
    170. Tune In – Cocoa Tea
    171. All The Way In – Cynthia Schloss
    172. Carry Go Bring Come – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
    173. Ten Commandments – Prince Buster
    174. Sidewalk Killer – I-Roy
    175. Natty Dread in a Greenwich Farm – Cornell Campbell
    176. Mission – Admiral Tibbett
    177. Jamming In The Street – Sugar Minott
    178. Train To Skaville – Derrick Morgan
    179. Hard To Confess – The Tamlins*
    180. Nice Up the Dance – Michigan & Smiley
    181. Black People – The Slickers
    182. Solomon – Derrick Harriott*
    183. Caan Dun – Shabba Ranks
    184. One Draw – Rita Marley
    185. Ganga Smuggling – Eek-a-Mouse
    186. Positive Vibrations – Ras Michael & the Sons Of Negus*
    187. The Same Song – Israel Vibration
    188. On The Beach – The Paragons*
    189. One Love, One Heart – Righteous Flames
    190. Under Mi Sensi – Barrington Levy
    191. I Love Marijuana – Linval Thompson
    192. A Hundred Pounds Of Collie – Cornell Campbell
    193. Champion – Buju Banton
    194. Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush – Jacob Miller
    195. Smoke Two Joints – The Toyes
    196. Pirates Anthem – Shabba Ranks
    197. Police In Helicopter – John Holt
    198. Look – Bounty Killer
    199. Your Honour – Pluto Shervington*
    200. Fatty Fatty – Clancy Eccles

    The “Maverick” UK
    My favourite*

  24. Bob says:

    VERY IMPRESSIVE COTTRELL HYATTE:
    YOU DRAG MY MEMORY A GREAT DEAL . NOW I HAVE TO SAVE THE LIST AND THEN GO FIND THE ONES I LIKE FROM THE LIST AND WILL DO SO WITH ANY BODY ELSE WHO PUT UP A GOOD LIST . I STILL HAVE A LOT MORE ON TAPE ANS CD I COULD PUT . BUT IT WOULD TAKE ALL THE GLEANER SPACE . THEY PROBABLY WOULD BAND ME.
    ANY HOW I MIGHT POST SOME MORE. THANKS .

  25. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    Wow !! Hey Bob and Cottrell, extremely impressive catalogues of Jamaican songs and singers on the part of you both. Many of my favourites are on both lists. Bwoy, I would love to have the time to sit down and listen to all of these songs at a real Jamaican old hits session.Nuff respect!!

  26. Mr Reid, a real good Jamaican old hits session? Be careful of what you wish for, if I was to win the UK Lotto or the Euro Millions that would be a must!!!! We need to show this younger generation how we the “elders” use to enjoy ourselves with out guns, knives or violence. The only problem is that it would have to have some live music as well, what do you think?

    The “Maverick” UK

  27. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    Hey Cottrell and Bob, On closer observation/examination of your respective catalogues, I have noticed that the late and great dragon, Mr. Byron Lee is not represented, not even TINY WINY. How come? Just a question!! Nuff respect!!

  28. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    Cottrell, no problem with the live music,I am extremely supportive in this regard. Your point regarding showing the younger generation how our generation partied and enjoyed ourselves independent of guns,knives or violence is well taken.

    Nonetheless, I do not know if you remember the long neck Red Stripe Beers that/which predated the stubby,fat bottles.I remember going to dances in Spain Town and Kingston and at times when conflicts and tensions developed, especially, fights over women, those longneck bottles were immediately transformed into weapons — daggers — by breaking the bottom of the empty bottles, but in all honesty, those days were mild, in comparison to the violence which obtains today.

    Brethren, a hope you win the lottery, because I man looking forward to that OLD HITS session with 5446, Got To Go back Home and Oh Carolina pulsating in the background, mannish water, curried goat, copious Guinness,Red Stripes, a whole heap a women,inter alia. Nuff respect,Star!!

  29. My musical Brethren Esteban: how do you mean if I remember the long neck R/S bottles? They use to be my livelihood as a youth and my favourite choice of weapon along with my ratchet knave sometime!!!!!!! Our generation were the original Rude Boys of the 60s/70s. Those longneck bottles were also the favourite props for some go-go dancers at cretin night clubs also.

    When I was a boy in Trench Town, Three Seven Street Kingston 12 to be exact, the ska and rocksteady era was very much in Trench Town and that was where the Rude Boys culture creep into our music and the glamorisation of the so-call bad man music started with such songs like the Wailers songs, Rudie Get Taller, Desmond Dekker & the Aces 007 Shanty Town, the Clarendonians Rude Boy Gone A Jail etc, etc.

    I use to love how singers like Alton Ellis would counter those songs with his own compositions like Get Ready Rocksteady, Dance Crasher, and Let Him Try. Now we have the gangster and guns lyrics of Mavado an “ALPHARIAN”, Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel, but Esteban you and I are too old to be singing such songs, so why don’t you join me in singing Alton Ellis’s Cry Tough, don’t you see you’re getting old. How can a man be tough, tougher than the world? We are no longer into Dem a loot, dem a shoot, dem a wail a Shanty Town are we Esteban?

    The “Maverick” UK

  30. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    Dance Crasher and Cry Though by Alton Ellis were/are indeed classics and peaceful songs dialectically countering the rude bwoy image and culture and promulgating peace.Cottrell, yuh kno somethin, if you put Mr. Alton Ellis in his historical context, the damn man was a pacifist, a visionary and a musical genius regarding the larger question of peace.Alton deserves much more respect and credit, than is accorded him, if it is even post-humously.Nuff respect!!

  31. Bob says:

    WELL! MR REID, AS I SAID AT THE TOP OF MY CHART , AND THE BOTTOM THAT I WILL FORGET SOME ARTIEST NAME AND ALSO SOME SONGE, HOW BRYON LEE ESCAPE ME, I DON’T KNOW. BUT THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER. AND YOU AND “COTTRELL” BRING ME BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS… TALKING ABOUT THE LONG NECK RED STRIPE BEER BOTTLE. “NOT ONLY DO I HAVE ONE… BUT ITS FULL OF RED STRIPE BEER.

    YES COTTRELL” I AM ALSO BUYING LOTTO WITH THAT SAME DREAM OF THE DAY I CAN AFFORD A REAL OLD TIME SESSION WHERE IT WOULD BE FREE TO ALL AS A WAY TO HELP BRING BACK SOME SORT OF NOSTALGIA OF THE GOOD OLD DAYS… AND SENSE OF WHAT A SOCIETY SHOULD BE LOVE AND PEACE WHEN ONE GO OUT TO A SESSION . ITS TO ENJOY ONE SELVES… NOT THESE GARBAGE NOW A DAYS,… WHERE IF YOU GO TO A DANCE AND A WOMAN REFUSE TO DANCE WITH YOU ” YOU HAVE TO SHOOT UP THE DANCE.

    I DO SINCERELY HOPE THAT ONE DAY WE ALL WILL GET TO MEET AT A REAL OLD TIME JAM SESSION IN JAMAICA.
    NUFF RESPECT GENTLEMEN.!!

  32. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    Bob, bwoy, that is an extremely long time to have kept or hold on to one of those RS longnecks —- full with beer. But, yes, those days were the good old party days — a lot of sessions —- parties —- and night clubs.Do mek haste and win the lottery!! LOL !! Nuff respect

  33. Bob says:

    WELL” MR REID,
    I AM GOING TO LET YOU IN A A LITTLE SECRET . THE BEER I HAVE THEY DID MAKE THEY IN THE 90 BUT FOR EXPORT. SO THAT’S HOW I GET HOLD OF ONE. AND THAT’S WHY I DON’T OPEN IT .

  34. Ken says:

    Hi I just came across your site, hunting music. I have to say that 100 is not a big enough number. Keith Hudson,s Flesh of my flesh blood of my blood. Rebel music – Bob Marley Sit right down and cry over you – Errol Dunkley. I just can’t figure out- The Mighty Diamond The tunes we want to hear were the ones we raved to. Jamaican music is worth more then a 100 list. peace

  35. Avril says:

    They miss out a lot of songs that even today still shown in the gkeaner like:

    1.Berres Hamond – Remember the days

    2.Freddy Mcgregor – time an say

    3.Mystique GP ft Willi Williams – Vanity (which is a itune most Download for late 2008 reggae)

    4.Bob Marley – Exodus

    And Many more.
    Check out Gleaner Top Tracks :http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20081223/ent/ent3.html

  36. rio says:

    wailing souls – firehouse rock
    michael prophet – gunman

  37. rio says:

    shame and scandal in the family has to be in the top three

  38. devon says:

    Mystique GP ft Willi Williams – Vanity , is trully a favorite, it have a very good massage and cocoa tea – tune in, these songs play like crazy no matter what.

  39. alli says:

    Hay Mystique GP, new album is out today. the name of it is Recovery Of Genre, it’s nice i am playning a copy right now, you can get it online at itune, amazon etc. from there latest song vanity.

  40. chritin says:

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  41. Robyn Tastet says:

    effective luck being consumers

  42. amelia says:

    why dont you have one aeca on this tine it is one of the best songs in jamaica and the lyrics

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