Desmond Dekker
Rockin' Steady: The Best of Desmond Dekker
Trojan Box Set: Rock Steady
The Skatalites

Reggae » Rocksteady

Rocksteady was a style of popular music that developed out of ska in the 1960s. In its simplest terms, rocksteady is half-speed ska with the trombone replaced by piano and prominent bass. The lyrics are more socially and politically conscious, and there is a greater focus on harmonies, particularly in trios like the Heptones, Gaylads, Dominoes, Aces, and Wailers. Other major figures include Alton Ellis and Ken Boothe. With its relaxed beat and social-protest lyrics, the music served as a forerunner to reggae.

Rocksteady Artists Highlights

Desmond Dekker
Desmond Dekker
The Skatalites
The Skatalites
Toots & the Maytals
Toots & the Maytals
The Gladiators
The Gladiators
Jimmy Cliff
Jimmy Cliff
Sly Dunbar
Sly Dunbar

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Rocksteady Album Highlights

Rockin' Steady: The Best of Desmond Dekker
Desmond Dekker
Rockin' Steady: The Best ...
Trojan Box Set: Rock Steady
Various Artists
Trojan Box Set: Rock Steady
Ska Bonanza: The Studio One Ska Years
Ska Bonanza
Ska Bonanza: The Studio ...
Foundation Ska
The Skatalites
Foundation Ska
Intensified!: Original Ska 1962-1966
Various Artists
Intensified!: Original Ska ...
Time Marches On: Derrick Morgan Sings Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae
Derrick Morgan
Time Marches On: Derrick ...

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Rocksteady Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Rock Steady Alton Ellis
You Can Get It If You Really Want Desmond Dekker
Pressure Drop Toots & the Maytals
ABC Rocksteady The Gaylads
Rukumbine Shenley Duffus
Penny Reel
Eric "Monty" Morris
The Higher the Monkey Climbs
Justin Hinds & the Dominoes
Rub Up, Push Up Justin Hinds
We Are Rolling
Stranger Cole
Black Organ Jackie Mittoo

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