Bob Marley
Catch a Fire
Very Best of Toots & the Maytals [Polygram]
The Original Reggae Hitsound of Desmond Dekker and the Aces

Reggae

Reggae is a music unique to Jamiaca, but it ironically has its roots in New Orleans R&B. Reggae's direct forefather is ska, an uptempo, rhythmic variation based on the New Orleans R&B Jamaican musicians heard broadcast from the US on their transistor radios. Relying on skittering guitar and syncopated rhythms, ska was their interpretation of R&B and it was quite popular in the early '60s. However, during one very hot summer, it was too hot to either play or dance to ska, so the beat was slowed down and reggae was born. Since then, reggae has proven to be as versatile as the blues, as it lends itself to a number of interpretations, from the melodic rock steady of Alton Ellis and the rock and folk-influenced songwriting of Bob Marley to the trippy, near-psychedelic soundscapes of dub artists like Lee "Scratch" Perry. It has crossed into the mainstream through the bright, bouncy "reggae sunsplash" festivals and pop-oriented bands like UB40, but more adventurous reggae artists, such as Marley and Perry, have influenced countless reggae, folk, rock and dance artists. Their contributions resonate throughout popular music.

Reggae Album Highlights grid list

Catch a Fire
Bob Marley & the Wailers / ...
Catch a Fire
10
Very Best of Toots & the Maytals [Polygram]
Toots & the Maytals
Very Best of Toots & the ...
10
Legalize It
Peter Tosh
Legalize It
9
Arkology
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Arkology
10
Fabulous Greatest Hits [Melodisc]
Prince Buster
Fabulous Greatest Hits ...
10
Foundation Ska
The Skatalites
Foundation Ska
10
Natty Dread
Bob Marley & the Wailers / ...
Natty Dread
10
Dance Hall Style
Horace Andy
Dance Hall Style
9
Trench Town Mix Up
The Gladiators
Trench Town Mix Up
10
Power of the Trinity
Israel Vibration
Power of the Trinity
10
Rudies All Round
1993
Various Artists
Various Artists
Rudies All Round
10
Funky Kingston/In the Dark
Toots & the Maytals
Funky Kingston/In the Dark
10
City Down
Casselberry-Du Pree
City Down
10
Rudy Got Soul: The Complete Early Years 1963-1968
Desmond Dekker
Rudy Got Soul: The ...
10
Collector's Classics
Jacob Miller
Collector's Classics
10
Mr. Love
Gregory Isaacs
Mr. Love
10
For a Fistful of Dollars
Derrick Harriott
For a Fistful of Dollars
10
Burnin'
Bob Marley & the Wailers / ...
Burnin'
10
Chant Down Babylon: The Island Anthology
Burning Spear
Chant Down Babylon: The ...
10
Roots of Reggae, Vol. 1: Ska
1996
Various Artists
Various Artists
Roots of Reggae, Vol. 1: ...
10
Night Nurse
Gregory Isaacs
Night Nurse
10
Two Sevens Clash
Culture
Two Sevens Clash
10
Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley & the Wailers / ...
Legend: The Best of Bob ...
10
Never Give In
Pato Banton
Never Give In
10
Blackheart Man
Bunny Wailer
Blackheart Man
10
Simmer Down at Studio One, Vol. 1
Bob Marley & the Wailers
Simmer Down at Studio One, ...
10
Strength of My Life
Israel Vibration
Strength of My Life
10
Seek + You Will Find
Horace Andy
Seek + You Will Find
9
20 Reggae Classics: The Music That Inspired A Generation
Various Artists
20 Reggae Classics: The ...
10
Dread Beat an' Blood
Linton Kwesi Johnson
Dread Beat an' Blood
10
African Herbsman
Bob Marley / Bob Marley & ...
African Herbsman
10
The Very Best of Toots & the Maytals [Music Club]
Toots & the Maytals
The Very Best of Toots & ...
10
Right Time
The Mighty Diamonds
Right Time
10
Their Greatest Hits
The Maytones
Their Greatest Hits
10
The Best of the Uniques 1967-1969
Slim Smith & the Uniques
The Best of the Uniques ...
10
Long Shot Kick de Bucket: The Best of the Pioneers
The Pioneers
Long Shot Kick de Bucket: ...
10
Sings Jamaican Rock Steady-Reggae
Derrick Harriott
Sings Jamaican Rock ...
10
Babylon by Bus
Bob Marley & the Wailers / ...
Babylon by Bus
10
Trojan Box Set: Rock Steady
1999
Various Artists
Various Artists
Trojan Box Set: Rock Steady
10
Jesus Dread (1972-1977)
Yabby You
Jesus Dread (1972-1977)
10
Scrolls of the Prophet: The Best of Peter Tosh
Peter Tosh
Scrolls of the Prophet: ...
10
The Meaning of Life: The Best of the Heptones 1966-1976
The Heptones
The Meaning of Life: The ...
10
Deep Ska: 80 Original Ska Classics
1999
Various Artists
Various Artists
Deep Ska: 80 Original Ska ...
10
What Kind of World
The Cables
What Kind of World
10
Forever
Israel Vibration
Forever
10
Jezebel
Justin Hinds & the Dominoes
Jezebel
10
The Harder They Come [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Jimmy Cliff
The Harder They Come ...
10
Presenting Larry Marshall
Larry Marshall
Presenting Larry Marshall
10
Ska Bonanza: The Studio One Ska Years
Ska Bonanza
Ska Bonanza: The Studio ...
10
Jah Shaka Meets Horace Andy
Jah Shaka / Horace Andy
Jah Shaka Meets Horace Andy
9
Rockin' Steady: The Best of Desmond Dekker
Desmond Dekker
Rockin' Steady: The Best ...
10
The Original Golden Oldies, Vol. 2
Prince Buster
The Original Golden ...
10
Rivers of Babylon: The Best of the Melodians 1967-1973
The Melodians
Rivers of Babylon: The ...
10
Police & Thieves
Junior Murvin
Police & Thieves
10
Time Marches On: Derrick Morgan Sings Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae
Derrick Morgan
Time Marches On: Derrick ...
10
Independant Intavenshan: The Island Anthology
Linton Kwesi Johnson
Independant Intavenshan: ...
10
Live at the One Love Peace Concert
Peter Tosh
Live at the One Love Peace ...
10
Something Special: Ska Hot Shots
Roland Alphonso
Something Special: Ska Hot ...
10
Brown Girl in the Ring
The Maytones
Brown Girl in the Ring
10
Marcus Garvey
Burning Spear
Marcus Garvey
10
Anthology
Jimmy Cliff
Anthology
10
The Anthology
Freddie McGregor
The Anthology
10
Don't Check Me with No Lightweight Stuff (1972-1975)
I-Roy
Don't Check Me with No ...
10
Liberation: The Island Anthology
Black Uhuru
Liberation: The Island ...
10
Legend
Alton Ellis
Legend
10
Crown Prince of Reggae: The Best of Dennis Brown
Dennis Brown
Crown Prince of Reggae: ...
10
20 Vintage Hits
Barrington Levy
20 Vintage Hits
9
Classic Rockers
Augustus Pablo
Classic Rockers
10
Red
Black Uhuru
Red
10
The Prime of John Holt: Massive Recordings from 1970-1976
John Holt
The Prime of John Holt: ...
9
Can't Stop a Man: The Ultimate Collection
Beres Hammond
Can't Stop a Man: The ...
10
The Very Best of UB40 1980-2000 [US]
UB40
The Very Best of UB40 ...
9
Tell It Black
Big Youth
Tell It Black
10
Ultimate Collection: In Good Company
Sly & Robbie
Ultimate Collection: In ...
9
Bobby Bobylon
Freddie McGregor
Bobby Bobylon
10
'Til Shiloh
Buju Banton
'Til Shiloh
9
Time Tough: The Anthology
Toots & the Maytals
Time Tough: The Anthology
10
RAS Portraits
Mad Professor
RAS Portraits
9
Ultimate Collection
Buju Banton
Ultimate Collection
8
East of the River Nile
Augustus Pablo
East of the River Nile
10
Reggae Greats
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Reggae Greats
9
Sufferer's Choice
Sugar Minott
Sufferer's Choice
9
King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown
Augustus Pablo / King Tubby
King Tubbys Meets Rockers ...
10
One in a Million
Yellowman
One in a Million
9
Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt
Yellowman
Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt
10
Englishman/Robin Hood
Barrington Levy
Englishman/Robin Hood
9
The Best of Gregory Isaacs, Vols. 1-2
Gregory Isaacs
The Best of Gregory ...
9
Sound System: The Island Anthology
Steel Pulse
Sound System: The Island ...
9
African Roots
Lloyd Brevett / The ...
African Roots
9
Open the Gate: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Dennis Brown
Open the Gate: Greatest ...
10
Hail H.I.M.
Burning Spear
Hail H.I.M.
10
Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Cornbread
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Roast Fish, Collie Weed & ...
10
Super Ape
Lee "Scratch" Perry / The ...
Super Ape
10
Some Like It Hot
Dennis Brown
Some Like It Hot
10

Reggae subgenres and styles