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100 Greatest Reggae Albums

Background: Reggae - Around 1960, in the slums of Kingston Jamaica, where the local bands were playing a musical mixture of American R&B, Caribbean, and pan-African sounds, drummers began to emphasize the afterbeat, the 2nd and 4th beats (4/4 time) in unison with the piano and guitar while the bass played walking quarter notes. The musicians called the sound "Upside-down R&B". It soon became known as "Ska". As time passed Ska slowed the beat, lost it's brass sound and morphed into "Rocksteady", performed with fewer musicians and using more harmony vocals. Around 1968 the influences of Rastafari and Africanism along with political and social unrest in Jamaica gave birth to "Reggae", with a slower, stripped-down, less "Pop-like" sound often with accents added on the 3rd beat. Today the term "Reggae" applies broadly to all the Jamaican born music that contains the original afterbeat rhythm.

Criteria: - This list is based on Influence, Impact, Originality, Versatility, and Lasting Popularity in the genre of Reggae Music.

Edited By: Niels
New List Begun: 4-20-06

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100 Greatest Reggae Albums
  1. Catch a Fire - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  2. Funky Kingston - Toots & the Maytals
  3. The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff / Various
  4. Blackheart Man - Bunny Wailer
  5. Exodus - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  6. Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear
  7. Legalize It - Peter Tosh
  8. Satta Massagana - The Abyssinians
  9. East of the River Nile - Augustus Pablo
10. Burnin' - Bob Marley & the Wailers
11. Two Sevens Clash - Culture
12. Fire House Rock - Wailing Souls
13. Fever - Tenor Saw
14. War Ina Babylon - Max Romeo & The Upsetters
15. Super Ape - Lee "Scratch" Perry
16. Truths and Rights - Johnny Osbourne
17. Robin Hood - Barrington Levy
18. Africa Must be Free (by 1983) - Hugh Mundell
19. Soul Rebels - Bob Marley & the Wailers
20. Mister Yellowman - Yellowman
21. Heart of the Congos - The Congos
22. Equal Rights - Peter Tosh
23. King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo
24. Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires - Scientist
25. Big Ship - Freddie McGregor
26. Kamikazi Dub - Prince Jammy
27. Mundell - Hugh Mundell
28. Sinsemilla - Black Uruhu
29. Spread Out - Don Carlos
30. Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs
31. Uprising - Bob Marley & The Wailers
32. Screaming Target - Big Youth
33. Rasta Communication - Keith Hudson
34. Mikey Dread - World War III
35. International Herb - Culture
36. Protest - Bunny Wailer
37. Wa-Do-Dem - Eek-A-Mouse
38. Fally Lover - Johnny Osbourne
39. Roast Fish Collie Breed & Corn Breed - Lee "Scratch" Perry
40. Dangerous Dub - King Tubby
41. Rasta Revolution - Bob Marley & the Wailers
42. Dread In Babylon - U-Roy
43. Any Which Way ...Freedom - Mutabaruka
44. The African Connection : Dub Me Crazy Part 3 - Mad Professor
45. Better Days - The Heptones
46. Slave Call - The Ethiopians
47. Day To Day Living - Don Carlos
48. Boom-Shak-A-Lack - Junior Reid
49. Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin
50. Face The Devil - Wailing Souls
51. Musical Shark Attack - I-Roy
52. Joseph's Coat of Many Colors - Dennis Brown
53. Go Away Dream - Delroy Wilson
54. Cool Ruler - Gregory Isaacs
55. The Toughest - Peter Tosh
56. In Fine Style - Half Pint
57. Raiders of the Lost Dub - Sly & Robbie
58. How The West Was Won - Toyan
59. Youth Man Vibrations - Echo Minott
60. Sunday Coming - Alton Ellis
61. Gunman Connection - Nicodemus
62. Stranded - Wailing Souls
63. Rastafari - Ras Michael
64. Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt - Yellowman
65. Youthman Skanking - Wayne Smith
66. Sex Education - Clint Eastwood
67. 12" of Pleasure - General Echo
68. Best Dressed Chicken In Town - Dr. Alimintado
69. With Lots of Extra - Sugar Minott
70. Heavyweight Dub Champion - Scientist
71. Black Woman & Child - Sizzla
72. Babylon Destruction - The Overnight Players
73. Dread Beat An' Old - Linton Kwesi Johnson
74. Revolutionary Dream - Pablo Moses
75. Steppin' - Marcia Griffiths
76. Extra Classic - Gregory Isaacs
77. Forward - The Abysinnians
78. Who Feels It Knows It - Rita Marley
79. The Seven Voyages of Captain Sinbad - Captain Sinbad
80. Rastaman Vibration - Bob Marley & the Wailers
81. Look How Me Sexy - Linval Thompson
82. Rivers of Babylon - The Melodians
83. Police In Helicopter - John Holt
84. Changes - Mighty Diamonds
85. Downpression - Michigan & Smiley
86. Conscious Party - Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
87. Glory to God - Ras Michael
88. Rocking Dolly - Cocoa Tea
89. Rebel Souls - Aswad
90. Rasta Philosophy - The Itals
91. Princess Lady - Lacksley Castell
92. Only A Woman - Judy Mowatt
93. Harder Than the Rest - Culture
94. Love Thy Neighbor - Ras Michael
95. Me and Jane - Bingy Bunny
96. To the Top - Aswad
97. Give Me Power - The Itals
98. Youthman Penitentiary - Edi Fitzroy
99. Party Time - The Heptones
100. Dub It To The Top - Yabby You

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