Top Ranking Reggae Songs of 2014

Top Ranking Reggae Songs of 2014

Stephen Marley, Capleton, and Sizzla – “Rock Stone”
Protoje & Chronixx – “Who Knows”
Rebelution – “Fade Away”
Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, & Spragga Benz – “Bongo Nyah”
SOJA & Collie Buddz – “She Stills Love Me”
Pressure, Tarrus Riley, and Damian Marley – “Mental Disturbance”
Damian Marley – “Is It Worth It (Gunman World)”
Dre Island – “Live Forever”
Jah Sun – “Roots, Rock, Reggae”
Kabaka Pyramid – “Never Gonna Be A Slave”
Collie Buddz & Rebelution – “Had To Be The One”
Josey Wales – “Ready Fi Josey”
Tarrus Riley & Dean Frazer – “Cry No More”
Sean Paul & Iggy Azelea – “Wickedest Style”
Ali Campbell – “Cyber Bully Boys”
Kymani Marley – “Get High”
Anthony B & Dubmatix – “Detonator”
Chronixx – “Capture Land”
Wayne Marshall – “On The Corner”
Stick Figure & Collie Buddz – “Smokin’ Love”
Delly Ranx – “Sweet Reggae”
Richie Spice – “Reggae Music”
Tarrus Riley, Big Youth, & Mr. Cheeks – “Five Days”
Busy Signal – “Money Flow”
Tanya Stephens – “Wine Up On Mi”
Sean Paul & Konshens – “Want Dem All”
Prince Fatty, Top Cat, & Mungo’s Hi-Fi – “Herbalist”
Chronixx – “Rastaman Wheel Out”
Young J.R – “General”
Papa Michigan & Yami Bolo – “People Rise”
Busy Signal – “Nah Follow Dem”
Wayne Marhsall – “The Boom Draw”
Exco Levi – “Reggae Calling”
Sean Paul & Major Lazer – “Come On To Me”
Lutan Fyah – “Play It (Drums Them Beating)”
Notis & Iba Mahr – “Diamond Sox”
Kabaka Pyramid – “World Wide Love”
Spring Wata – “Hold Firm”
Ali Campbell – “Silhouette”
Pressure – “Virgin Islands Nice”
Richie Spice & Jah Sun – “Can’t Live Good”
Tarrus Riley & Whippa Demus – “Special Occasion”
Sizzla – “Gangsta”
Don Carlos & Rebelution – “Roots Reggae Music”
I-Wayne & Kabaka Pyramid – “Versatile”
Anuhea & SOJA – “Easier”
Jahdan Blakkmoore & Kabaka Pyramid – “For the Children”
Ali Campbell – “History”
Gyptian – “Stuck”
Sizzla – “Champion Sound (Spoonbill Remix)”
Sizzla – “Champion Sound”
Burro Banton – “Bad Like Mi”
Gentleman & Shaggy – “Warn Dem (Unplugged)”
Cham – “Wah Gwaan”
Gentleman’s Dub Club – “Give It Away”
Raging Fyah – “Jah Glory”
Million Stylez & DJ Hard2Def – Baddis Ting (Trappin’ Refix)
Tarrus Riley – “Burning Desire”
Matisyahu & Collie Buddz – “Confidence”
Jah Sun – “Babylon Funeral”
Chronixx – “Like A Whistle”
Jah Cure – “All of Me”
Micah Shemaiah, Infinite, & Matthias – “Reggae Rockit”
Duane Stephenson – “Cool Runnings”
Cornell Campbell & Burro Banton – “Pressure”
Tanya Stephens – “Unapologetic”
Jah Sun – “Rise As One”
Christopher Martin – “Steppin’ Razor”
Popcaan – “Everything Nice”
Magic! – “Rude”
Busy Signal – “Greetings”
Michael Franti & SOJA – “I Believe”
Tommy Lee Sparta – “Hero”
No Maddz – “Shotta”
Romain Virgo – “Stay With Me”
Jah Sun – “Never Give Up”
Stephen “Ragga” Marley & Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – “Strike Hard”
Skrillex – “Ragga Bomb”
Marina P & Mungo’s Hi Fi – “Divorce A L’Italienne”
Wayne Marhsall, Baby Cham, Ace Hood, & Waka Flocka – “Go Harder”
Toian – “Rude Boys”
Gentleman – “Superior (Unplugged)”
J Boog – “Love Me”
Damian Marley & SOJA – “Your Song”
Julian Marley & Junior Reid – “Never Too Ruff”
Jah Sun & Chronixx – “Top Rankin”
I-Wayne – “Seeking Souls”
Sizzla – “Make It Right”
Jah’lil – “One Wrong One Right”
Etana – “Trigger”
Jo Mersa – “Sunshine”
Konshens – “The Journey”
Shaggy – “Work So Hard”
Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – “Hard Work”
Pressure & Jah Mason – “My Herbs”
Busy Signal & Chris Martin – “Lock Di Endz”
Burro Banton – “Inna Mi League”
Collie Buddz – “Nice Up Yourself”
Saba Tooth & Adena Myrie – “Love Is Overdue, Part 2”
Matthew McAnuff – “Be Careful”
Toian – “Kingston Town”
Jo Mersa – “Rock and Swing”
Mala Rodriquez & SOJA – “Like It Used To”
Maxi Priest – “Easy To Love”
Ali Campbell – “Reggae Music”
Lady Ann & Alborosie – “Informa”
Jah Mason – “Wings of Wind”
Sizzla – “Sweet To My Brain”
Gappy Ranks – “Selling Stories”
Exco Levi – “Herb Man”
Mr. Williamz – “Ganja Palace”
Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Black-Am-I, Biggz General, Jo Mersa, Illestr8 – “The Living Breed”
Bugle – “Anointed”
Brooklyn Jungle Soundsystem – “Kulture (Dubmatix Remix)”
Black-Am-I – “In the Ghetto”
Alkaline – “Gyal Bruk Out”
Mavado & Nicki Minaj – “Give It To Me”
Shuga – “Ride De Riddim”
Raging Fyah – “Dance With Me”
Rocky Duwani – “African Thriller”
Queen Ifrica – “Love Is Not Blind”
Lutan Fyah – “Roll It Up”
Bushman & Skarra Mucci – “Pretty Looks”
Zagga – “Heal the Soul”
Clay – “Shadow After Dark”
Busy Signal – “Professionally”
Jah Cure – “Life We Live”
Christopher Ellis & Irie Love – “Better Than Love (Remix)”
Maxi Priest – “Gravity”
Nahko & SOJA – “Lucid Dreams”
Ali Campbell – “I Want You”
Cham – “Sh@T!”
Tarrus Riley & U-Roy – “Sail Away”
Alborosie & Black Uhuru – “Guess Who’s Coming”
Mavado – “My Own”
DeMarco – “Good Book”
SOJA – “Treading Water”
Ward 21 – “No Trouble We”
D Major – “Real Know Real”
Wayne Marhsall & Tarrus Riley – “Nah Give Up”
Christopher Ellis – “Roller Coaster”
Spice – “Like A Man”
Gyptian & Estelle – “Majestic Love”
Jemere Morgan – “Don’t Mean A Thing”
Gyptian & Kes The Band – “Fete Wet”

Top Ranking Reggae Songs of 2014

The World of Reggae Music–Superhits: Popular Reggae

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the most popular reggae hits. Pop Reggae helps to bring people from mainstream pop music to the reggae genre. The famous British selector David Rodigan, for example, became infatuated with reggae after hearing Millie Small performher megahit “My Boy Lollipop.”   That’s where this selection of popular reggae hits begins with the 1964 international ska hit from the Jamaican singer Millie Small. And like the famous ska artists that achieved international fame in the 1960s, the modern dancehall artists Sean Paul and Shaggy have appealed to pop music fans of the 1990s and 2000s, and their albums opened doors for music fans to explore more reggae music. These artists hook new reggae fans and trigger them to explore deeper into the reggae catalog. So this selection focuses on the reggae superhits like “Pass The Dutchie” and “Here Comes The Hotstepper” that were popular in the mainstream and prompted music lovers to listen to more reggae.

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jammin’

Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie

Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hotstepper

Shaggy – Boombastic

Sean Paul Estelle – Come Over

Snow & MC Shan – Informer

Inner Circle – Bad Boys (Theme From Cops)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Could You Be Loved

Enur & Natasja – Calabria 2008

Born Jamericans – Boom Shak A-Tack

Sublime – What I Got

Sean Paul – Get Busy

Rihanna – Pon de Replay

Shabba Ranks & Chevelle Franklin – Mr. Loverman

Tanto Metro – Everyone Falls In Love

Sean KingstonBeautiful Girls

Mad Cobra – Flex

Diana King – Shy Guy 

Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me

Beenie Man Janet Jackson – Feel It Boy

Rihanna & Sean Paul – Break It Off

Eddy GrantElectric Avenue

Wyclef JeanPras, & Ky-Mani Marley Avenues

Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now

Apache Indian – Boomshackalack

Shaggy – Oh Carolina

Terror Fabulos Nadine Sutherland – Action

Wayne Wonder – No Letting Go

Lumidee – Never Leave You – Uh Ooh, Uh Oooh!

Nina SkyJabba, & Vybz Kartel – Move Ya Body

Shaggy – Intoxication

10CC – Dreadlock Holiday

Brick & Lace – Love Is Wicked

Sublime – Santeria

Shaggy & Rayvon – Angel

Estelle & Kardinal Offishall – Magnificent

Inner Circle Sweat (A La La La La Song)

Rihanna & Vybz Kartel – You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)

Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime

Alicia Keys – You Don’t Know My Name (Reggae Remix)

Maxi Priest & Shaggy – That Girl

Nelly Furtado – Turn Off The Lights (Reggae Remix)

J.C. Lodge – Telephone Love

Kevin Lyttle & Spragga Benz – Turn Me On

Eric Clapton – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Eddy Grant – Living On The Frontline

Maxi Priest – Close To You

Shaggy & Rayvon – Big Up

Michael Franti & Spearhead – The Sound of Sunshine

Reel 2 Reel – I Like To Move It

Rihanna & J-Status – Here I Go Again

Bruno Mars & Damian Marley – Liquor Store Blues

Sean Kingston – Fire Burning

Robyn – Dancehall Queen

Snoop Lion, Angela Hunte, and Major Lazer – Here Comes the King

Shaggy & Janet Jackson – Luv Me, Luv Me

Rihanna & Elephant Man – Pon De Replay (Remix)

Maxi Priest & Shabba Ranks – Housecall

Whitney Houston – My Love Is Your Love (Reggae Remix)

Beenie Man & Akon – Girls

Christopher Ellis & Bay C – Don’t Change Number

Wylcef Jean & Major Lazer – Reach For the Stars

Ziggy Marley – Dragonfly

SuperHeavy – Miracle Worker

Mariah Carey & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Cruise Control

Snoop Lion – La La La

Kevin Michael & Wyclef Jean – It Don’t Make Any Difference

Rihanna – Disturbia

Mann & Sean Kingston – Ghetto Girl

Kat Deluna Elephant Man – Whine Up

Beyonce & Collie Buddz – Ring The Alarm (Tranzformas Remix)

Rupee – Tempted To Touch

Sean Paul & Ziggy Marley – Three Little Birds

Madonna & Cherine Anderson – Give It 2 Me

Ace of Base – All That She Wants

Aswad – Shine

Elephant Man – Pon De River, Pon De Bank

Johnny Nash – Guava Jelly

Beenie Man & Chevelle – Dancehall Queen

Snoop Lion, Angela Hunte, and Elan Atlias – Get Away

Chubby Checker –  The Original Master of the Dancehall

Shaggy – Sugarcane

Big Mountain – Sweet Sensual Love

Marcia Griffiths – Electric Boogie

Maxi Priest & Shaggy – That Girl (Urban Remix)

SuperHeavy – SuperHeavy

Snoop Lion & Miley Cyrus – Ashtrays and Heartbreaks

Shaggy – End of the World (Drink Up)

Aswad – Don’t Turn Around

Sean Paul, Fatman Scoop, & Crooklyn Clan – Clap Your Hands Now

Snoop Lion & Iza – The Good Good

NEED

Johnny Nash – Hold Me Tight

Dr. IsraelArmagideon Time

PatraWorker Man

Rihanna – Redemption Songs

Snow & Nadine SutherlandAnything For You

Diana King – Yu Dun Know

Wayne Wonder Again

Kulcha Don & Beenie Man Drive You Crazy

SashaDat Sexy Body

Wyclef Jean & SharissaTake Me As I Am

R. Kelly & Big Tigga Snake

Mad Lion Take It Easy

PatraPull Up To The Bumper

Johnny Nash Mellow Mood

Che’Nelle & ChamI Fell In Love With The DJ

T.O.K. Gal You Ah Lead

Mr. Vegas & Sean Paul – Tiger Bone

Beenie Man & Cecile – So Fly

UB40 – Gonna Make You Sweat

Johnny Nash – Nice Time

 

The World of Reggae Music–Superhits: Popular Reggae

The Top 200 Singles of 2009 – THE BEST OF 2009

Top 200 Singles of 2009

Here is a list of the top 200 songs from 2009…

  1. Courtney JohnLucky Man
  2. Estelle & Sean PaulCome Over
  3. Screw Driver & Inner CircleNever Give Up
  4. Daweh CongoStraight Up Conscious
  5. Sean Paul So Fine
  6. Michael Franti and SpearheadSay Hey (I Love You)
  7. Luciano & Easy Star All-StarsWith A Little Help From My Friends
  8. Luciano, U-Roy, & Easy Star All-Stars With A Little Dub From My Friends (Version 2)
  9. Chali 2na, Damian Marley, and Stephen MarleyGuns Up
  10. John Legend & Buju Banton – Can’t Be My Lover
  11. Daweh Congo Ghetto Skyline
  12. Ziggy Marley & Willie NelsonThis Train
  13. YT, Million Stylez, Mr. Williamz, Blackout Ja, Jah Knight, & Iverse – Champion Sound
  14. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelFan It
  15. The Decemberists The Rake’s Song
  16. AlborosieNo Cocaine
  17. M. Ward Stars of Leo
  18. K’Naan & Chubb RockABC’s
  19. Norah JonesIt’s Gonna Be
  20. Elephant ManDance and Sweep
  21. The Avett BrothersI And Love And You
  22. Daweh CongoOne Day
  23. K’Naan & Damian Marley I Come Prepared
  24. Michael Franti & Spearhead Rude Boys Back In Town
  25. LadenTime To Shine
  26. Queen IfricaLioness On The Rise
  27. Brother Ali Fresh Air
  28. WilcoWilco (The Song)
  29. Michael Rose, Menny More, & Easy Star All-StarsA Day In The Life
  30. Kid CudiDay ‘N’ Nite (Nightmare)
  31. Julian Marley Boom Draw
  32. Buju Banton & Third WorldSense Of Purpose
  33. K’Naan – Take A Minute
  34. The XXVCR
  35. SeraniPlaying Games
  36. Major Lazer, Jovi Rockwell, & Mr. VegasCan’t Stop Now
  37. Tarrus RileyHerbs Promotion
  38. Michael Franti & SpearheadSoundsystem
  39. M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel Never Had Nobody Like You
  40. Ziggy Marley & Toots Hibbert Take Me To Jamaica
  41. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelSweet Jennie Lee
  42. Daweh CongoSteppin
  43. Yim YamesMy Sweet Lord
  44. The Avett Brothers – January Wedding
  45. George Strait – El Rey
  46. Bounty KillerCorrupt
  47. Mayer HawthorneMaybe So, Maybe No
  48. Michael Franti & SpearheadA Little Bit Of Riddim
  49. Dave Matthews Band Funny The Way It Is
  50. Jay-Z & Mr. HudsonYoung Forever
  51. Monsters of Folk Say Please
  52. Julian Marley & Damian Marley Violence In The Streets
  53. Tarrus RileyHuman Nature
  54. Spoon – Writing in Reverse
  55. PhoenixLisztomania
  56. Andrew BirdOh No
  57. M WardRave On
  58. Yim YamesAll Things Must Pass
  59. Modest MouseSatellite Skin
  60. Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros Home
  61. Slaid CleavesCry
  62. Phish Backwards Down The Number Line
  63. Graham Wilkinson, Hayes Carll, and Lloyd MainesRagamuffin
  64. The ItalsLet Dem Talk
  65. Sean Kingston Fire Burning
  66. Black Eyed Peas Boom Boom Pow
  67. Black RynoReal Stingers
  68. Romain VirgoAlton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree
  69. Jah CureSticky
  70. Pearl Jam – The Fixer
  71. Vybz Kartel Life Sweet
  72. Q-TipEven If It Is So
  73. Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling
  74. CapletonAcres
  75. Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA
  76. Mariah CareyObsessed
  77. Suga Roy, Conrad Crystal, Barrington Levy, & Beenie ManShe Call Mi Phone
  78. Passion PitSleepyhead
  79. The Swell SeasonFeeling The Pull
  80. George Strait Arkansas Dave
  81. ChinoNever Change (From Mawning)
  82. Sean PaulPress It Up
  83. Queen Ifrica Coconut Shell
  84. Lyle Lovett Loretta
  85. Beres Hammond Can’t Say I Never Tried
  86. Chali 2na Comin’ Thru
  87. Grizzly Bear Two Weeks
  88. K’NaanWavin’ Flag
  89. BeirutThe Shrew
  90. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelRight or Wrong
  91. MetricSick Muse
  92. Robert Earl Keen, Jr.Flyin’ Shoes
  93. Regina SpektorEet
  94. Bon Iver Blood Bank
  95. Soja & RebelutionHere I Am
  96. Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band Nikorette
  97. John Fogerty & Bruce SpringsteenWhen Will I Be Loved
  98. Julian Marley & Stephen Marley – Things Ain’t Cool
  99. George StraitLiving For The Night
  100. Frankie Paul & Easy Star All-StarsLucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  101. Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township Boys and Girls
  102. Major LazerCash Flow
  103. Zee AviBitter Heart
  104. Etana & Alborosie Blessings
  105. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel I’m Sittin’ on Top of the World
  106. Jay Z & Alicia KeysEmpire State Of Mind
  107. Danny MaloneBasement
  108. Black Eyed PeasRock That Body
  109. George StraitEasy As You Go
  110. Jay-ZD.O.A. [Death Of Auto-Tune]
  111. Suga Roy, Conrad Crystal, & Gyptian – Jah Jah See Dem
  112. Danny BarnesPizza Box
  113. Major LazerBruk Out
  114. Robert Earl Keen, Jr.The Rose Hotel
  115. Soja, Tamika, & GentlemanI Tried
  116. Casual Sax Baby I’m Black (From The Waist Down)
  117. Courtney JohnI Want To Get Next To You
  118. Major LazerPon De Floor
  119. Rhett MillerI Need To Know Where I Stand
  120. The Low Anthem Charlie Darwin
  121. Beres Hammond See You Again
  122. Micachu & the ShapesGolden Phone
  123. Queen IfricaKeep It To Yourself
  124. Bob DylanBeyond Here Lies Nothin’
  125. Son Volt Dynamite
  126. N.A.S.A., Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold, & Nick Zinner Whachadoin?
  127. Elephant ManNuh Linga
  128. Levon Helm Tennessee Jed
  129. EminemCrack A Bottle
  130. Ziggy Marley, Jack Johnson, & Paula Fuga Cry, Cry, Cry
  131. Jay Farrar & Benjamin GibbardCalifornia Zephyr
  132. Boycott BluesGot Beef? (Food Coma)
  133. Snoop DoggI Wanna Rock
  134. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel Won’t You Ride in My Little Red Wagon
  135. N.A.S.A., Kool Keith, & Tom WaitsSpacious Thoughts
  136. Max Romeo & Easy Star All-Stars – Fixing A Hole
  137. The LemonheadsWaiting Around To Die
  138. Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band Air Mattress
  139. Neil YoungJohnny Magic
  140. Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, & Cedella MarleyI Love You Too
  141. Queen Ifrica Daddy
  142. Cunninglynguists – Never Come Down
  143. MavadoSo Blessed
  144. Mos Def & Talib KweliHistory
  145. B-Real & Damian MarleyFire
  146. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelCorrine Corrina
  147. Anthony B & Horace AndyEnter The Kingdom of Zion
  148. John LegendCan’t Be My Lover (Curtis Lynch Remix)
  149. Bruce SpringsteenOutlaw Pete
  150. SizzlaBlack Man In The White House
  151. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelBring It on Down to My House
  152. Wasp – Unfair Officer
  153. Sugar Minott & Easy Star All-StarsWhen I’m Sixty-Four
  154. Bitty McLeanFall In Love (Rub A Dub Mix)
  155. Taken By Trees – To Lose Someone
  156. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelHesitation Blues
  157. U-Roy, Bunny Rugs, & Easy Star All-StarsLovely Rita
  158. Daweh CongoDaybreak
  159. Coconut RecordsAny Fun
  160. SeraniWhen It’s Cold Outside
  161. TelekinesisCoast Of Carolina
  162. MavadoOn The Rock
  163. Bill Callahan – Jim Cain
  164. Kirsty Rock & Easy Star All-StarsShe’s Leaving Home
  165. Noah and the WhaleBlue Skies
  166. Daweh CongoJoy Brings Pain
  167. FanfarioI’m A Pilot
  168. MavadoMoney Changer
  169. The Dry SpellsBlack Is The Color
  170. David Guetta & AkonSexy Bitch
  171. Animal Collective My Girls
  172. Taken By TreesMy Boys
  173. Tribal SeedsThe Garden
  174. Norah JonesChasing Pirates
  175. Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard These Roads Don’t Move
  176. MatisyahuStruggla
  177. Black Eyed PeasMeet Me Halfway
  178. Buju BantonRastafari
  179. JuvenileGotta Get It
  180. GroundationBeating Heart
  181. 10 Ft Ganja Plant 10 Ft. Ganja Plant and Weed
  182. MishkaStay By My Side
  183. Raekwon & Lyfe Jennings Catalina
  184. Bebel GilbertoChica Chica Boom Chic
  185. PitbullI Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
  186. Phoenix1901
  187. Bramma – Da Body Deh
  188. Kid Cudi Make Her Say
  189. Mayer HawthorneJust Ain’t Gonna Work Out
  190. Flo RidaRight Round
  191. Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, & Ghostface KillahHouse Of Flying Daggers
  192. MatisyahuSmash Lies
  193. Timbaland & Justin TimberlakeCarry Out
  194. ChezidekBorder Line
  195. Bebel GilbertoSun Is Shining
  196. Gregory IsaacsFools Fall In Love
  197. Oba SimbaThe Herb
  198. Robert GlasperButterfly
  199. B.B. SeatonLife Goes On
  200. Johnny Clarke with Soothsayers meet Red Earth CollectiveBad Boys
  201. Sean Paul & Keri HilsonHold My Hand [I’ll Be There]
The Top 200 Singles of 2009 – THE BEST OF 2009

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF JUNE 2009 – BEST OF 2009 SUMMER MUSIC

Top 20 Albums of June 2009

  1. Bob Marley and the Wailers B Is For Bob [Tuff Gong/Def Jam/Island Records 2009]
  2. Various Artists Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) [The Red Hot Organization/4AD 2009]
  3. N.A.S.A. – The Spirit Of Apollo [Anti/Epitaph 2009]
  4. AlborosieEscape From Babylon [Greensleeves 2009]
  5. Dave Matthews BandBig Whiskey And The GrooGrux King [Bama Rags 2009]
  6. The ItalsLet Dem Talk [Ital Records 2009]
  7. Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley BandOuter South [Merge 2009]
  8. DJ JS-1 No Sellout [Ground Original 2009]
  9. The Dub MachinistWorldwide Dub [Control Tower France 2009]
  10. Various Artists Reggae Gold 2009 [VP Records 2009]
  11. Ini Kamoze 5150 Rule [Hottis 2009]
  12. Amadou & MariamWelcome to Mali [Nonesuch 2009]
  13. Los Granadian del Espacio Exterior Donde Ningun Hombre Ha Llegado Jamas [Liquidator Spain 2009]
  14. Method Man & RedmanBlackout! 2 [Explicit] [Island/Def Jam 2009]
  15. Regina SpektorFar [Sire 2009]
  16. Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) [Interscope 2009]
  17. 311Uplifter [RCA/Jive 2009]
  18. The Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca[Domino Recording 2009]
  19. Natural BlackGuardian Angel [Zion Roots Music 2009]
  20. Sonic Youth The Eternal [Matador 2009]
  21. Paul WallFast Life [Explicit] [Asylum/WB 2009]

“Life is one big road with lots of signs,” Bob sings “So when your riding through the ruts don’t you complicate your mind.” On this album we see why Bob Marley and the Wailers ruled the world of reggae music, especially with roots reggae tracks like “Wake Up And Live – Pt. 1.”  On the new album B Is For Bob executive producer Ziggy Marley reworked some of the Bob Marley classics giving them a kid friendly edge. The album pulsates with positive vibrations. A stripped down acoustic version of “Three Little Birds” leads off the album followed by a classic acoustic version of “Redemption Song.” These two songs make for fun summer road trip  sing-a-longs. I found the version of “Satisfy My Soul” to be very sensual and in my opinion this song could be one of the best lovers’ rock tracks ever cut. A bongo almost-dancehall infused “Jamming” and new takes on “Small Axe,” “Bend Down Low” and “Stir It Up” fill out this nice addition to the Bob Marley discography. “Could You Be Loved” and “One Love / People Get Ready” also fit perfect with the kid album theme. “High Tide Or Low Tide” excellently caps off the work.

Finding their way to the top of the Jam-Tex music charts this June are a cadre of Indie-rockers and rappers. The benefit album and compilation Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) and the N.A.S.A. hip-hop project The Spirit Of Apollo. Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) includes indie rockers collaborating to make wonderful music and really this album needs to be listened to in its entirety for the best effect. The Dirty Projectors team up with David Byrne on “Knotty Pine,” while Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings provide some soulful “Inspiration Information.” The Decemberists perform “Sleepless,” while Feist and Ben Gibbard team up on “Train Song.” Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, and Arcade Fire all appear on the album.

On N.A.S.A.’s The Spirit Of Apollo George Clinton and Chali 2na Fish rock “There’s A Party (Feat. George Clinton & Chali 2na)” and dancheall wonder Sizzla joins Lovefoxxx, and the nasty female rapper Amanda Blank on the track “A Volta (Feat. Sizzla, Amanda Blank & Lovefoxxx).” My favorite duo on any of these indie compilations appears on the N.A.S.A. album when Tom Waits and Kool Keith collaborate on “Spacious Thoughts (Feat. Tom Waits & Kool Keith)”. M.I.A., Santogold, Nick Zinner, and Spank Rock drive the electro-rap jam “Whachadoin? (Feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold & Nick Zinner)“. The N.A.S.A. album certainly contains the most interesting lineup of artists, including David Byrne, Gift of Gab, Chuck D, DJ Z-Trip, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, KRS-One, Seu Jorge, Ras Congo, and Scarface on tracks like  “Money (Feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip),” “The People Tree (Feat. David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift Of Gab & Z-Trip),” “Hip Hop (Feat. KRS-One, Fatlip & Slim Kid Tre),” “Strange Enough (Feat. Karen O, Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Fatlip),” and “The Mayor (Feat. The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface & DJ AM).”

Alborosie, Ini Kamoze, the Itals, and Reggae Gold 2009 provide this year’s sweltering summer reggae soundtrack. On the new Dave Matthews Band album Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King the track “Funny The Way It Is” proves the band is still putting out quality music. DJ JS-1 gathers some talented indie rappers on No Sellout, for example, Aesop Rock and C Ray Wallz rock the mics on “Karma Killerz.”

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF JUNE 2009 – BEST OF 2009 SUMMER MUSIC

The Best of January 2009

January 2009

  1. Grimy Styles – Rewind [Rude Element Records 2008]
  2. Terry Linen – A Better Man [Tad’s 2009]
  3. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – Cardinology [Lost Highway 2008]
  4. Elephant Man – Energy God [VP Records 2009]
  5. Various Artists – Notorious (Original Soundtrack) [Atlantic 2009]
  6. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast [Fat Possum Records 2008]
  7. Brett Dennen – Hope for the Hopeless [Dualtone 2008]
  8. Federal Moguls – High Risk Investment Planning [Sunset Records]
  9. Estelle – Shine [Atlantic 2008]
  10. John Legend – Evolver [Columbia 2008]

The Best of January 2009