Freddie McGregor
Night Nurse
The Anthology
Dennis Brown

Reggae » Lovers Rock

A romantic, R&B-influenced form of reggae, Lovers Rock was a product of the U.K. reggae scene, becoming popular in the late '70s as mainstream roots reggae increasingly devoted itself to social protest and Rastafarian spirituality. From ska to reggae, Jamaican music had long been influenced by American soul, but lovers rock blurred the lines to a greater extent than ever before, pairing the smooth sounds of Chicago and Philly soul with reggae basslines and, to a greater or lesser extent, rhythms. Teenage vocalist Louisa Marks was the first British artist to score a lovers rock hit with her 1975 single "Caught You in a Lie"; in the years that followed, lovers rock became quite popular among inner-city Britons looking for an alternative to political reggae. While never quite prevalent in Jamaica, lovers rock was adopted as an alternate style by several major roots-reggae figures, including John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, and Freddie McGregor, who used it to broaden their repertoires and appeal to wider audiences. Dancehall vocalist Sugar Minott adopted a similar tactic during the '80s when he relocated from Jamaica to the U.K. Lovers rock maintained its popularity with its core urban audience into the '90s, and while it remained a style that few artists pursued exclusively, it helped singer Maxi Priest score several international hit singles.

Lovers Rock Artists Highlights

Freddie McGregor
Freddie McGregor
Dennis Brown
Dennis Brown
Gregory Isaacs
Gregory Isaacs
Beres Hammond
Beres Hammond
Barrington Levy
Barrington Levy
Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott

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Lovers Rock Album Highlights

Night Nurse
Gregory Isaacs
Night Nurse
The Anthology
Freddie McGregor
The Anthology
Crown Prince of Reggae: The Best of Dennis Brown
Dennis Brown
Crown Prince of Reggae: ...
Time Is the Master
Don Carlos
Time Is the Master
Long Road
Junior Reid
Long Road
In the Light/In the Light Dub
Horace Andy
In the Light/In the Light ...

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Lovers Rock Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
You Are My Angel Horace Andy
Black Magic Woman Dennis Brown
Have You Ever Been in Love Dennis Brown
Stick by Me John Holt
Help Me Make It Through the Night John Holt
Close to You Maxi Priest
All I Have Is Love Gregory Isaacs
Stop Loving You Freddie McGregor
Sweets for My Sweet
Jimmy Riley
Just a Passing Glance Don Carlos

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