- "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."
Monday, April 24, 2006
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: