Monday, April 24, 2006

The Top Ten Reggae Songs of All Time

Many years ago, I told Britt Bergman, the cofounder of the Advanced Theory, that I didn't like reggae. (Read why the Advanced love reggae, in the Advanced Genius Theory.) All the songs just sounded the same to me, and I just couldn't get into it. But Britt sat me down and played some of the best reggae in his collection (the Pixies, the Police, Zeppelin), and I was converted on the spot. In fact, ever since then I have loved reggae more than anyone I know. So I thought it might be helpful to you if you don't really get into reggae to see my list of the top ten reggae songs of all time to get you started:
  • "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney. Really great reggae.
  • "Walking on the Moon" by the Police. Fantastic reggae.
  • "Mr. Grieves" by the Pixie. A little harder edged than I usually like, but really good reggae.
  • "Spirit of Radio" by Rush. Reggae with a Simon and Garfunkel flavor.
  • "D'yer Maker" by Led Zeppelin. There isn't any better reggae.
  • "The Tide Is High" by Blondie. They make my all-time rap list too.
  • "Police and Thieves" by the Clash. Awesome reggae except for the first part.
  • "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by GN'R. They do a live version where Axl says, "How about a little reggae?" A little? Try a lot.
  • "The Harder They Come" by Willie Nelson. Actually anything from the Countryman album belongs on this list.
  • "I Against I" by Bad Brains. This is what I like to call "Roots Reggae."

16 comments:

Naveen Lamb said...

When you are talking about this reggae, I assume that you are speaking about the white interpretation of reggae, yes? Because there isn't a single black act in your list. Just wondering what kind of reggae you were talking about, in the same sense that there are three waves of ska:First Wave (The Trojans, Prince Buster), Second Wave (The Specials, Fun Boy Three) and Third Wave (No Doubt, Mighty Mighty Bosstones).

Jason Hartley said...
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Anonymous said...

oh... you were just kidding! I was like, where's the Jamaicans?!

Anonymous said...

ay dun play wit da kulcha. Sin of us tek it mad serious mon.

Anonymous said...

half of theses songs blow ass and i wouldn't consider reggae maybe try adding some sublime or bob marley and you might get better responses jackass !!!!

Anonymous said...

that list is the biggest load of tosh i have ever seen!! BOOOOO!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

are you for real???? ok try peter tosh, burning spear, alpha blondy, israel vibration, steel pulse!, don carlos... the list just gets bigger an bigger!

Anonymous said...

I hope your kidding around. reggae is a powerful and diverse musical genre. shame on you for listing such a white list for people to introduce themselves to a style of music that has roots going much further back than most of the classic rock you have listed. coming from a music critic, i would expect a more enlightened reach into a style of music that moves millions of people worldwide.

Anonymous said...

I hope your kidding around. reggae is a powerful and diverse musical genre. shame on you for listing such a white list for people to introduce themselves to a style of music that has roots going much further back than most of the classic rock you have listed. coming from a music critic, i would expect a more enlightened reach into a style of music that moves millions of people worldwide.

Anonymous said...

gay listen to the real reggae like Bob Marley, Eek A Mouse,sublime, peter tosh, marlon asher, alpha bondy you poser bitch

Anonymous said...

he was kidding.. chill..

Anonymous said...

RACIST~!

Anonymous said...

girl a-where you come from? why you no love reggae music?
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yomomma said...

so funny...

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SDC said...

Actually Rush did have some pretty nice faux-reggae w/ 'Vital Signs' on 'Moving Pictures'.

The Police: good pick - nice bubblegum reggae.