Friday, April 15, 2022

K's REGGAE SPECIAL VA - The 100 Greatest Reggae Songs of All-Time (2021 Super Deluxe Edition)



VA - The 100 Greatest Reggae Songs of All-Time (2021 Super Deluxe Edition)

Due to the popularity of the K-tells Reggae post here is another great compilation.

The 100 Greatest Reggae Songs of All-Time (2021 Super Deluxe Edition) (2021) After considerable research and scrolling over lists and lists online of the best reggae songs ever made, voted for on many forums, and based on the comments and praise online, plus my own recollections from listening to all the great reggae John Peel used to play, I finally settled upon my top 100 of all-time.

Along with so many classics, a number of great instrumental dub versions of the A-sides which often appeared on the B-sides have been added to the original singles. So many tracks here you just never see on regular run of the mill reggae compilations, due to licensing, music rights issues, it's a fantastic compilation of classic reggae.




Pt.1    Pt.2      Pt.3  


Track list

1 Willie Williams Armagideon Time 0:05:10

2 The Jamaicans Ba Ba Boom 0:03:21

3 Jacob Miller; Augustus Pablo Baby I Love You So b/w King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown (Original 1974 Pablo International 7" Single Version) 0:04:59

4 The Cables Baby Why (Original 1968 Studio One 7" Single Version) 0:02:51

5 Sister Nancy Bam Bam b/w Bam Bam (Version) (Original 1982 Techniques 7" Single Version) 0:06:22

6 Errol Dunkley; Fe-Me-Time All Stars Black Cinderella b/w Cinderella (Version) (Original 1972 Fe-Me-Time 7" Single Version) 0:06:22

7 Bunny Wailer Blackheart Man 0:06:17

8 The Heptones Book of Rules b/w Book of Rules (Version) (Original 1973 Jaywax 7" Single Version) 0:06:24

9 Bob Marley & The Wailers Buffalo Soldier 0:04:17

10 Alton Ellis; Alton & Sound Dimension Can I Change My Mind b/w Change My (Version) (Original 1969 Studio One 7" Single Version) 0:10:57

11 Max Romeo; Lee "Scratch" Perry Chase the Devil / Disco Devil (The Jamaican Discomix) 0:14:24

12 Eric Donaldson Cherry Oh Baby (Original 1971 Jaguar 7" Single Version) 0:03:03

13 The Heptones Cool Rasta b/w Rasta Dub (Original 1976 Cancer 7" Single Version) 0:05:51

14 Bob Marley & The Wailers Could You Be Loved 0:03:57

15 Junior Byles Curley Locks b/w Curley Locks Dub (Original 1974 Orchid 7" Single Version) 0:06:34

16 The Maytals Do the Reggay 0:03:09

17 Phyllis Dillon Don't Stay Away 0:02:33

18 Peter Tosh Equal Rights 0:06:00

19 Ken Boothe Everything I Own 0:03:44

20 Junior Byles Fade Away b/w Fading Dub (Original 1975 Well Charge 7" Single Version) 0:06:39

21 Toots & The Maytals 54-46 That's My Number (Original 1968 Pyramid 7" Single Version) 0:02:53

22 The Congos Fisherman 0:06:06

23 Toots & The Maytals Funky Kingston 0:04:56

24 Bob Marley & The Wailers Get Up, Stand Up 0:03:18

25 Black Uhuru Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (12" Version) 0:06:03

26 Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come (Original 1972 Island Records 7" Single Version) 0:03:08

27 Dennis Brown; The Observer Strike Here I Come b/w Head Shot (Original 1977 Observer 7" Single Version) 0:06:15

28 Susan Cadogan; The Upsetters Hurt So Good b/w Rub a Dub (Original 1974 Perries 7" Single Version) 0:06:44

29 Pat Kelly I Am Coming Home 0:03:47

30 Lee "Scratch" Perry (I Am) The Upsetter 0:03:06

31 Johnny Nash I Can See Clearly Now 0:02:49

32 The Mighty Diamonds I Need a Roof b/w Roof Top Dub (Original 1975 Channel 1 7" Single Version) 0:05:33

33 Bob Marley & The Wailers I Shot the Sheriff 0:04:41

34 Dobby Dobson (I'm a) Loving Pauper 0:03:16

35 Alton Ellis I'm Still in Love (Original 1967 Studio One 7" Single Version) 0:03:27

36 Bob Marley & The Wailers Is This Love 0:03:52

37 Desmond Dekker & The Aces Israelites 0:02:36

38 Bob Marley & The Wailers Jamming 0:03:33

39 The Slickers Johnny Too Bad 0:03:10

40 Lord Creator Kingston Town b/w Kingston Town Dub (Original 1969 Clan Disc 7" Single Version) 0:06:24

41 Peter Tosh Legalize It 0:04:42

42 The Pioneers Let Your Yeah Be Yeah 0:03:08

43 John Holt; Sound Dimension A Love I Can Feel b/w A Love I Can Feel (Version) (Original 1970 Coxsone 7" Single Version) 0:04:59

44 Nicky Thomas Love of the Common People 0:02:19

45 Peter Tosh Mama Africa 0:07:59

46 The Paragons Man Next Door (also known as "Quiet Place" or "I've Got to Get Away") (Original 1968 Duke 7" Single Version) 0:02:01

47 Jimmy Cliff Many Rivers to Cross 0:02:43

48 Burning Spear Marcus Garvey b/w Marcus Garvey (Version) (Original 1974 Fox 7" Single Version) 0:07:19

49 Dennis Brown & Prince Mohammed Money in My Pocket (12" Extended Discomix) 0:08:12

50 The Maytals Monkey Man 0:03:47

51 Freddie Notes & The Rudies Montego Bay 0:02:25

52 Gregory Isaacs Mr. Cop b/w Mr. Cop (Version) (Original 1976 Micron Music 7" Single Version) 0:07:54

53 Millie Small; Ernest Ranglin & Orchestra My Boy Lollipop b/w My Boy Lollipop (Instrumental) (Original 1964 Fontana 7" Single Version) 0:04:14

54 Slim Smith & The Uniques My Conversation (Original 1968 Lee's 7" Single Version) 0:03:28

55 Gregory Isaacs My Number One 0:03:30

56 Larry and Alvin Nanny Goat (Original 1968 Studio One 7" Single Version) 0:02:24

57 U-Roy Natty Rebel b/w Natty Rebel (Version) (Original 1976 Volcano 7" Single Version) 0:07:30

58 Gregory Isaacs Night Nurse (12" Long Version) 0:07:09

59 Bob Marley & The Wailers No Woman, No Cry (Live) 0:07:09

60 Junior Reid One Blood 0:03:49

61 Bob Marley & The Wailers One Love / People Get Ready 0:02:52

62 The Mighty Diamonds Pass the Kouchie (Original 1981 Music Works Records 12" Single Version) 0:05:58

63 Junior Murvin; The Upsetters Police & Thieves b/w Grumblin' Dub (Original 1976 Island Records 7" Single Version) 0:07:06

64 John Holt Police in Helicopter (Original 1983 Greensleeves 12" Single Version) 0:07:50

65 The Maytals Pressure Drop 0:03:00

66 The Techniques w; Tommy McCook & The Supersonics Queen Majesty 0:03:31

67 Delroy Wilson Rain from the Skies 0:02:29

68 Marlene Webber Right Track (Original 1977 Rattie Soul 12" Single Version) 0:05:52

69 The Melodians Rivers of Babylon (Original 1970 Beverley's Records 7" Single Version) 0:03:24

70 Dandy Livingstone Rudy, a Message to You 0:02:33

71 The Abyssinians Satta Massagana b/w Satta Massagana Dub (Original 1976 Penetrate 7" Single Version) 0:07:00

72 Barry Biggs Sideshow (Original 1976 Dynamic Sounds 7" Single Version) 0:03:36

73 Janet Kay Silly Games (Original 1977 Arawak 12" Single Version) 0:06:28

74 Horace Andy; Underground Vegetable Skylarking b/w Skylarking (Version) (Original 1972 Bongo Man 7" Single Version) 0:06:11

76 J.C. Lodge & Prince Mohammed Someone Loves You, Honey / One Time Daughter (Original 1980 Joe Gibbs Music 12" Single Version) 0:07:30

77 Linton Kwesi Johnson Sonny's Lettah 0:03:54

78 Gregory Isaacs Soon Forward (Original 1979 Front Line 12" Mix) 0:06:33

79 Bob Marley & The Wailers Stir It Up 0:05:31

80 J.C. Lodge Telephone Love (12" Mix) 0:06:19

75 Capital_Letters Smoking My Ganja (Original 1978 Greensleeves 12" Special Mix) 0:08:45

81 Jacob Miller Tenement Yard b/w Tenement Dub (Original 1975 Arab 7" Single Version) 0:05:24

82 Bob Marley & The Wailers Three Little Birds 0:03:01

83 The Heptones Through the Fire I Come (12" Extended Mix) 0:06:35

84 The Paragons The Tide Is High 0:02:43

85 Culture; The Mighty Two Two Sevens Clash b/w Two Sevens Clash (Version) (Original 1977 Joe Gibbs Record Globe 7" Single Version) 0:07:09

86 Bob Andy Unchained (Original 1966 Studio One 7" Single Version) 0:02:35

87 Althea & Donna; Joe Gibbs & The Professionals Uptown Top Ranking b/w Calico Suit (Original 1977 Joe Gibbs Record Globe 7" Single Version) 0:07:32

88 Bob Marley & The Wailers Waiting in Vain 0:04:16

89 Linton Kwesi Johnson Want Fi Goh Rave (12" Long Version) 0:07:20

90 Max Romeo & The Upsetters War Ina Babylon (Single Edit) 0:04:50

91 The Paragons w; Tommy McCook & The Supersonics Wear You to the Ball (Original 1967 Treasure Isle 7" Single Version) 0:02:38

92 Dennis Brown Westbound Train 0:03:03

93 The Cables What Kind of World (Original 1968 Studio One 7" Single Version) 0:03:03

94 Glenroy Richards Wicked Can't Run Away b/w Wicked Can't Run Away (Version) (Original 1977 Grove Music 7" Single Version) 0:06:25

95 Jimmy Cliff Wonderful World, Beautiful People 0:03:14

96 Jimmy Cliff You Can Get It If You Really Want 0:02:45

97 The Techniques You Don't Care (a.k.a. You'll Want Me Back) 0:02:39

98 Dawn Penn You Don't Love Me (No, No, No) (Original 1967 Studio One 7" Single Version) 0:04:32

99 Bob & Marcia; Harry J. All Stars Young, Gifted and Black b/w Young, Gifted and Black (Instrumental) (Original 1969 Harry J Records 7" Single Version) 0:06:27

100 Desmond Dekker & The Aces 007 (Shanty Town) 0:02:34


  1. I'm not especially a Reggae fan, but I want to thank K for the compilations he offers (quality & sound!), and that encourage me to listen. It's really a great Blog BB, we can't say it enough!

    1. Hi Patrick,
      Sometime we need to listen to music we would not normally listen to. It broadens our musical understanding.
      Thank you for your kind words.


  2. Wonderful!!! Thanks a lot! I love Reggae!
    Enjoy Easter holidays, Cheers

    1. Thanks Il Commendatore,
      A lot of great energy from this music.
      Have a safe and enjoyable Easter break.


  3. The "100 Best of" format is unfortunately far too often superficial, not really in-depth, without passion and expertise. Not so in the Butterboy cosmos! This compilation has class, is highly knowledgeable, and it has been put together with heart and soul by a real aficionado. Great(est) work on this subject, one hundred tons of thanks to both of you, K & Mr. B.! Best, TC
    P.S. And yes, the late John Peel always was a powerful educator and sound scout for me, too ...

    1. Hi TC,
      Your comments encapsulate exactly what I feel about K's work. Thanks for highlighting this.


  4. Correct versions!! Great sound quality!
    Reggae deserves to be compiled and presented like this.
    Each song bringing back memories of the first time I heard it...where I was, who I was then, very cool...
    Thanks, K.

    1. Hi,OldDJ
      Thank you for you kind appraisal of this set.
      Its a delight to be able to post such quality.


  5. thank you B.B as always 4 this great music

  6. This is all things wonderful for the Bank Holiday Weekend. Another K Special smash! Thanks guys! SleepyPete x

    1. Thanks SleepyPete,
      Don't party to hard.


  7. The hits just keep on coming, thanks BB for another great post

    1. Hi door97426,
      These specials are always special. Enjoy!


  8. The great fun of Top 100's is the chance to disagree. I reckon about 80/20. But that is not to say I wont enjoy them all. Thanks you K.

    (Is there such a thing as Blue-eyed Reggae?)

    1. Thanks lemonflag,
      I took this set to a party yesterday and it went down a treat, not everyone enjoyed every track but it kept us going all day. As you say it was still enjoyable.

      Blued eye reggae??? If you mean white men doing reggae, there is lots.


  9. Excellent compilation. Great from start to finish.
    Thanks BB.

    1. Thanks peerke,
      A lot of joy to listen to.


  10. BB & K, Brilliant, I'm loving all the reggae tunes ye put up at the moment, Thanks a million

    1. Thanks clarissa,
      Glad you are enjoying the recent posts.